Ben Harper and Lift Chicago

Back in April, I worked with Make It Better to photograph Ben Harper for their June issue, honoring the Men We Love (check out the digital edition here)!

See, Ben Harper was a great choice, not because he produces fabulous music, but because of the great work he does with LIFT.

LIFT runs centers all over the country, including Chicago, with a mission to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being. LIFT is a growing movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. Ben Harper serves on the Board for LIFT.

Personally, I was ecstatic to photograph Ben Harper. I have seen him in concert many times, opening for Dave Matthews. I first saw him almost 15 years ago, and have loved him since. When Annika was born, we listened to the Curious George soundtrack, and her favorite song as a baby was “My Own Two Hands“, a duet with Jack Johnson.

So yeah, I was going into this a little giddy with excitement. After taking in his concert as a part of LIFT Local, LIFT Chicago’s annual fundraiser, I got to go backstage and meet Ben.

I swore I wouldn’t be all “groupie” but as soon as I saw him I started going on about how I loved him, my daughter loved him…blah blah blah. Yeah, I was that girl.

Anyway, I hope you check out more about LIFT and the great work they do…it was great learning more about this cause.

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