The busy lives of parents… Stacey P. Morgan is a single mom of twin girls who was inspired to create a series of patriotic photos when helping her daughter to sell Girl Scout cookies last year. Where’s the connection, you may ask? Well, the Girl Scout cookie drive was offering the option to buy a box of cookies and have them sent to service people overseas through the USO (United Service Organizations).
Stacey – a professional photographer – decided to create what she dubbed a PAWtriotic series of cards and calendars. It will be released on the tenth anniversary of September 11th.
Her intent is to donate a portion of the sales to a group called America’s Vet Dogs (AVD). This group trains service dogs to help disabled veterans. The cost is free to any active duty or retired veteran and is funded entirely by donations. That is why Stacey chose AVD as the recipient of donations from her PAWtriotic series.
With her faithful 11-year-old Hungarian Viszula dog Delta as the model, she set out to various historic and military sites throughout the country to take the photos. Stacey prefers mornings and by looking at the photos you can see why. The lighting and the mist make for some enthralling views.
Some of the historic sites Tracey chose to photograph Delta at are the Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Freedom’s Foundation, the Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall, Fort Mifflin, Liberty State Park and of course Ground Zero in New York. Watch the video below; it is remarkable!
Stacey has a different approach to photography. She has always shot in black and white and then adds color to the finished photo by hand. Recently having gone digital, she converts the photos to black and white and then uses her color by hand technique. You can’t argue with the results; they are beautiful!
Her titles are quite creative as well. From “Atten-sit” to “Rhett Cross” the messages are clearly understood. And as a photographer who specializes in animals you’ve got to love the valediction in her email signature – “Wag On!”
“Atten-sit” taken at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College
“Sea to Shining Sea” taken at Fort Mifflin
“On Hollowed Ground”
Rhett Cross (left) and “Warm Your Hearts” (right)
A 2012 calendar is also available.
“Defender of the Fort” taken at Fort Mifflin
“Dawn’s Memorial Daylight”
Stacey used the flag that draped her grandfather’s casket (who fought in WWI) for this photo titled “Amber Waves of Grain.”
“The Right to Bear Arms” taken at Valley Forge Military Academy and College
“Give me Liberty” (left) taken at Liberty Park shows the Statue of Liberty in the background.
“The Star” (right) taken at Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. Notice the original 13 starred flag that Betsy Ross created.
For more coverage on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, click here.
All photos used with permission of Stacey P. Morgan