I have been really lucky to shoot some inspirational women lately and I want to bring their stories to you.

Everyone has a story (whether they believe it or not) and I really believe in recording these stories for future generations (check out my post about what has inspired me in my photography journey )
This session was a spur of the moment event. I was shooting Norma (check out her post here) and designer Annie Thompson was supplying some clothes for the shoot. Annie asked me if I would shoot a couple of other women in the same clothes to show how functional they are and how people can inject their own style to wear them their own way.
Veronica was one of these women. Read more to find out the amazing input she has to support young women in Indonesia and South East Asia to become educated.
I’m a sociopreneur – which means that my work serves not only as the means of my survival and status – but directly impacts others in a way that makes their lives better in important ways.

Haha, that’s a pretty lofty statement.. so here is a simplified version:
I’ve been working with women artisans in South East Asia for 20 years, supporting them in earning their own money, and over the years realized that there are girls who don’t go to school, even if they are bright and talented, just because their families can’t afford to pay school fees (School is not free in many countries)
So now we pay school fees for girl students with the profits we earn from Social Gem – our ethical jewelry brand. The girls we send to school are what keep me inspired, they’re amazing, especially in the traditional patriarchal society where they live.
One day I walked into an orphanage in Cuzco, Peru and the first thing I saw was a huge UN poster of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child .. “Every child has a right to…” , and then turned and saw the bare stone floors and those kids whose parents were not dead, but too poor to feed them, and it hit me really hard.
My ideal client would be like: ‘You don’t want to just buy ‘stuff, you wanna make a difference, change lives with everything you buy.”
Consumption is out of control, but consumption is inevitable, notwithstanding the “Buy Nothing Day” movement etc.  So consumption must at least have some positive side effect.You

You can find Social Gem at their websiteon Facebook or Twitter
Annie Thompson Designs | Toronto Portrait Photographer | Contemporary Beauty Portraits
Annie Thompson Designs | Toronto Portrait Photographer | Contemporary Beauty Portraits
Annie Thompson Designs | Toronto Portrait Photographer | Contemporary Beauty Portraits
Annie Thompson Designs | Toronto Portrait Photographer | Contemporary Beauty Portraits
Designer Annie Thompson 
MUA Trisha Florentin
See more of my work on my Photography by Angela McConnell portfolio
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