Photographs of Cynthia by Raya on Assignment

Photographs of Cynthia by Raya on Assignment

 

I create stories - using visuals, narrative and audio - around the beauty of everyday people, as they come to come to terms with forgiveness and life's journeys. My work reflects the dignity and strength of 'heroes' (ordinary people) who regularly save the day.

I have a Masters in Public Administration and am a recipient of the Marshall E. Dimock Award for my work in the public sector. I worked for NYS Assemblyman James Tallon and Vermont Governor Howard Dean. In a leap of faith, I left politics to lead bicycle tours and began my own marketing business around community and the beauty of ordinary people.

In 2016 and 2014, the League of American Communications Professionals awarded gold and bronze for my work with the Monarch School of New England, a school for students with significant disabilities, in creating one of the "top annual reports" in the country.

It's all about beauty.

In addition to my graduate degree, I've studied at the Maine Media Workshops (multi-media storytelling, audio storytelling, creating visual story books and photography); at the International Center of Photography in New York City and with documentary photographers John Miller and Harvey Stein.

In 2016, I completed a 6-month training through the Avila Institute of Gerontology's Geriatric Spiritual Care Program and in March 2017, was chosen to participate in the National Endowment of the Arts "Creative Aging Program" for artists at the Creative Center's Training Institute in New York City.

My interest in peoples' lives has been enriched by my spirituality, my love of photography / story and the possibilities of the world around me.