At the end of November, right before the holiday craziness began, I organized a Winter Fair Trade styled shoot. I absolutely loved organizing my fist fair trade shoot in June so much, I almost immediately started planning the next one!
I found the perfect Creative Cabin in New Hampshire for the session and partnered with some of my favorite ethical and sustainable brands.
These fair trade shoots have become one of my favorite things because they marry my two passions--lifestyle photography and ethical living. I can’t wait to continue and plans are already underway for the next one! A special thanks to the amazing brands featured in the session:
1. Pact Apparel: Pact Organic was a featured brand in my last fair trade shoot as well. They are one of my go-to brands, and I love how they do business, choose to make clothing, and treat their employees. Pact makes 100% organic cotton apparel and is ALWAYS sweatshop and child labor free.
2. Open River Imports: Open River Imports is the US distributor for Basha Boutique. Basha is an organization based in Bangladesh, a literal house of hope, Basha creates high quality, unique, handmade products-- including kantha blankets--while employing women at risk and survivors of trafficking. When Basha first opened their doors in 2011, they employed 14 women, now they have grown to employ more than 10 times that. Each Basha blanket has the makers name hand sewn on the tag, so you know the woman who worked on creating each blanket.
3. Synergy Organic Clothing: Synergy Organic specializes in ethical, organic women's clothing. At its core, Synergy is committed to empowering men and women through ethical employment practices. They are having an AMAZING sale, if you want to check them out for the first time! They are currently offering an additional 50% off their entire site when you use code “HELLO2019”!
4. Ten Thousand Villages: Ten Thousand Villages is another repeat organization from my first styled shoot. This non-profit organization markets handcrafted products made by more than 120 artisan groups in 35 countries. Every purchase is making an impact in the lives of people around the world.
5. Krochet Kids: Krochet Kids mission is to break the cycle of poverty. They provide life-changing job opportunities to women in need. With each purchase made, they introduce you to the woman who made the product and invite you to visit her online profile to learn more about her.
6. Noonday Collection (Special thanks to Aaron Duffy): The story of how Noonday Collective began is inspiring. It is the story of one woman determined to make a difference in the lives of people in Uganda. Noonday offers fair trade jewelry and uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world.
Thank you to the models, Ashleigh and Rob and to product photographer, Jen Bakos of Jenn Bakos Photo for all of her help!