Published: Oregon Tilth Magazine | The Food Project – Boston, MA

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing for Oregon Tilth Magazine. They wrote a wonderful feature article about The Food Project – a nonprofit farming organization in the Boston area that empowers local youth by teaching them through sustainable farming and social justice workshops. I also had the privilege of being The Food Project’s CSA Manager for 2 years when I was living in Massachusetts, so this was a wonderful experience to come full circle, telling the organization’s inspiring story visually. One of my favorite portraits from the day even made it on the magazine cover!

Each year The Food Project works with over 120 teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 70 acres in and around Boston. Over 60% of produce grown at The Food Project is donated to hunger relief. This article features stories of teens whose lives have been impacted by the program. The hard copy is photographed below, but you can read the online version here. I’m so thankful to Oregon Tilth for featuring so many of my photos in this beautiful 12-page spread.

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Family Portrait Session | Codman Estate | Lincoln, MA

This is the third year that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Yen, Lang, Mason and Avery for their annual family portrait session. It was a chilly fall day but they were good sports as we braved the temps and wandered around the beautiful Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Emotions ranged from silly to serious but we had a blast together! I appreciate families who are willing to wander around scouting out the good light while catching up on life. Thank you for entrusting me with your family portraits. 🙂 xo

 

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Family Portrait Session | Lynch Park | Beverly, MA

Two years ago I photographed Jamie + Brian’s wedding at Misselwood in Beverly, Massachusetts.  You might recognize one of their wedding portraits as the face of Juniper Studios! (Check it out as the cover photo on our Facebook Fan Page). Their wedding was held on a perfect fall evening with a light breeze and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Just a couple of weeks ago we visited Lynch Park in Beverly and I had the pleasure of meeting their 6-month old son, Jax, and reuniting with Bear, their ring bearer pup. It truly doesn’t get much better than this in the world of family portrait photography. An adorable baby, a cooperative dog, gorgeous light, and one of the most photogenic couples on the planet. Thank you so much Jamie and Brian for entrusting me with your first professional family portrait! xoxo

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La Paz, Bolivia with LIMBS International | Prosthetic Limbs | Travel Photography

A few years back I had the opportunity to travel to La Paz, Bolivia with LIMBS International to photograph their work in prosthetic clinics. LIMBS is an incredible organization that sends doctors and therapists to 9 developing countries, fitting amputees in need with low-cost limbs and educating local prosthetists on techniques and patient care. This was an eye-opening and life changing project for me. I met many people, doctors and patients and family members, who overflowed with compassion and shared both heartwarming and heartbreaking experiences. These photos are a part of their story.

Pictured above are two homemade limbs that patients came off the street with. Without access to medical care, some Bolivians are forced to craft their own prosthesis out of found items – in this case a pipe, some canvas straps, cardboard, and old socks.

Ricc Gonzales, a prosthetist from Texas standing at the entrance of the LIMBS clinic in La Paz.

Ricc showing a local prosthetist techniques on creating a knee joint.

La Paz, Bolivia.

This is Israel. A young and sprightly child, and a recurring patient at the clinic. He laughed at my Spanish and we played ball together in the courtyard.

 

Andrew, a prosthetist from Canada, Carlos, a prosthetist from southern Bolivia, and Ricc, a prosthetist from Texas.

Sweet, sweet Melanie. Full of curiosity and so excited to see pictures of herself on the back of my camera screen.

JP from Canada, helping at the clinic.

A soccer game in La Paz, with the town of El Alto in the background on the hill.

An early morning taping of three founders of LIMBS speaking on a talkshow – I’m told it’s like the “Bolivian Oprah.”

At the end of our time in La Paz, we organized a recreational soccer game. The best part? It was amputees versus staff.

Sylvia, a patient at the clinic, visits the local farmers market.

Traditional Bolivian dance.

When I arrived in La Paz, it happened to be a couple of days before Easter. I met Carlos – a Bolivian prosthetist who lived in Cochabamba, a city about 250 miles southeast of La Paz. He invited me to join his family for the holiday. So I flew from La Paz to Cochabamba with Ricc, the other Texan prosthetist. We stayed with Carlos for the weekend, ate a delicious Easter feast, and visited the second largest statue of Jesus in the world.

Carlos and his family, with myself included on the right.

Carlos in his home office.

And last but not least, it wouldn’t be a trip to Bolivia without hugging some colorfully decorated alpacas.

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Senior Portrait Session | Wilson Castle | Proctor, Vermont

Last month I photographed Rutland High School senior Myles’s senior portrait session. A few weeks before his shoot I attended a wedding as a guest (a rarity these days!) at Wilson Castle in Proctor, Vermont. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off photographer-brain. At the wedding, every which way that I looked I saw great backdrops and potential for photo opportunities. The castle owner, Denise, was at the wedding so I approached her about doing some portrait shoots on her property. She was more than gracious and allowed us to wander around the castle for Myles’s senior session. The mix of textured backdrops, foliage, and beautiful light made it the perfect spot.

I’m still booking senior sessions for 2018 – we have a few slots available in the next month! Reach out to angela@juniperstudios.com for more info.

Photography by Angela Stevens of Juniper Studios – Chittenden, Vermont based wedding photographer.

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Pigasus Meats | South Hero, Vermont

Kelsey and Phelan are co-owners of Pigasus Meats in South Hero, Vermont. South Hero is an island on Lake Champlain and they are blessed to be running a sustainable meat and egg production on arguably one of the most beautiful farms in Vermont. With stunning sunset views, sprawling grassy fields, and lots of (incredibly) friendly creatures, it would be truly difficult to take a bad photograph there.

Though, there were some unexpected challenges when I visited the farm for their hybrid engagement/business photo session. Upon entering the chicken field, I asked Phelan, “about how many birds do you have here?” His response was, “934.” I was surprised at his precise tally. When we hopped the electric fence, it was birds everywhere. Pecking our legs, boots, and when I knelt down to get some different angles they had no qualms about pecking my arms, camera bag, and camera. It didn’t hurt, but it certainly made me laugh and caught me off guard. I felt like the chicken whisperer. It was impossible to take 2 steps without tripping over chickens. Then there were Hank and Molly. Two beautiful, long haired sheepdogs that live with the chickens and protect them from predators. My, did they melt my heart! It took everything in me to stay focused and not turn the shoot into a dog portrait session. And finally, when we made it to the pigs I quickly learned how fast they are! Every time I knelt down to photograph a pig it would come excitedly charging over, so fast that I couldn’t snap a photo before it ran out of frame. So I would run ahead, camera bag bobbling at my side… turn around, and shoot photos rapid fire until the pigs quickly caught up and rubbed their muddy snouts on my pants.

We had such a joyful, fun shoot. I’ll take muddy snouts and abundant chickens over finding city parking and dealing with traffic any day. Kelsey and Phelan are such hard workers who care about the quality of life of their animals. I highly recommend Pigasus Meats for anyone looking for ethically-raised, delicious products. You can find them at the Burlington farmers market on Saturday mornings.

In just a couple of weeks I’ll be photographing Kelsey & Phelan’s wedding on the farm. I can’t wait!

Photography by Angela Stevens of Juniper Studios – Chittenden, Vermont based wedding photographer.

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Homesteading in Vermont

I recall on our very first date Christian asked me, “could you ever see yourself homesteading?” Flash forward 1.5 years and we’re married with a house in the country, 2 cats, 5 chickens, and honeybees. We’ve got 2.5 acres that we’re turning into our own little happy homestead. We’re in the process of planting a 30’x40′ veggie and flower garden, and will be building our own chicken coop since these babies are getting big!

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. As evidenced by the photos below, growth isn’t always easy or pretty, but eventually it yields beautiful and bountiful results. We can’t wait til these girls start producing eggs this fall!

Buff Orpington chicks, about 2.5 weeks old.Just 2 weeks later, the girls have lost their fluff and are growing feathers! 

Gangster chicken pose?

Photography by Angela Stevens of Juniper Studios – Chittenden, Vermont based wedding photographer.

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  • Karen - Oh, gawky, gawky, gawky! Just remember the ugly duckling (you don’t have swans in disguise, do you? 😉 ).ReplyCancel

Announcing the Launch of Juniper Studios

Hello, world! Welcome to the debut of Juniper Studios. We’re so glad you’re here! We have been known as Angela Klempner Photography since our founding in 2009. A lot of big life changes have happened in the past year, and we’re excited to begin this next chapter by kicking off with a new website and business name – Juniper Studios.

In November of 2016 I met the love of my life, Christian. 10 months later we were engaged, and 4 months after that we were married. We bought a home in the heart of the Green Mountains in Vermont. The property came adorned with a 4,000 square-foot outbuilding, which will become the home of Juniper Studios this summer once we do a little renovating (photo below). With the change of my last name in marriage, it was time to come up with a new business title. About a month ago, after much thought, we settled on a name.

Juniper Studios. The juniper tree thrives where not a lot of vegetation can. It’s a resilient tree, a symbol of hope, with strong roots that sustain it and provide life no matter the conditions. Juniper has a unique look, an enduring sort of beauty. The photo below was taken on a road trip to the Grand Canyon a few years back. I’ve always liked the picture. When my mom was sick I even printed this to hang by her bedside. While I wouldn’t have chosen to go through many of the challenges that I’ve faced, I certainly am grateful for the strength, hope, and compassion that they’ve produced deep within me. I’m excited and ready to step into the next chapter of this crazy life, starting with replanting my wedding and portrait photography business here in the Green Mountain state.

Juniper Studios is now booking weddings, portraits and events in 2018 & 2019 in Vermont, New England, and beyond. Thank you all for your support! Cheers to new beginnings.


Photography by Angela Stevens of Juniper Studios – Chittenden, Vermont based wedding photographer.

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