Category: Community

This is Arthur. He’s walking from California to Maine.

My husband and I met Arthur and his support team (ie: Anthony) at a gig in Rock Springs, WY. Arthur is walking from California to Maine, in order to raise awareness about breast cancer. He also just happens to be a kick-ass photographer. I was inspired by his passion for the craft, but also his guts in choosing to do this VERY BIG THING at the age of 19.

In Arthur’s own words (he’s 19 now — actually started the walk in May):

“My name is Arthur Hitchcock and I am a 18 year old photographer/student. Last month my mom, Janet Hitchcock, passed away from Stage 4 Breast Cancer, leaving me on my own at 18. My father (also a photographer) passed away when I was 2 from a lifelong heart condition. Being on my own at such a young age, has made school/work almost impossible. For years I have been planning a cross-country trip, and now I think is the time to start. I will be walking alone in the Spring from Long Beach, CA to Maine. I would like to raise money to for Breast Cancer Research. I need help with sponsorship, publicity, and everything else. I really want to make an impact, and do something no one else ever has. I hope this reaches someone who is interested in helping me, or someone who can point me in the right direction as far as raising money and awareness. Eventually I would like for my house in Long Beach to develop into a community art center in memory of my parents and to everything they have done for me.
Also, this entire journey will be documented by me, with photographs and HD video. These will be uploaded to a blog all throughout the walk. (


Also, If you could spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested. Im in need of sponsors, and good old-fashioned connections.

Tell your parents, teachers, and anyone else that might be able to help.

Thank You All.”

So help him out, y’all.

Springfield IL Photographer Kari Bedford is Giving Away a FREE Senior Portrait Session and $500 in Products

Do you know an extraordinary high school senior (Class of 2012) from Sangamon County who you feel is deserving of a free portrait session and $500 in complimentary products from Kari Bedford Photography? If so, please fill out this form nominating the senior of your choice.

Applications MUST include a snapshot.

The nominees will be added to a photo album on the Kari Bedford Photography Facebook page. The nominee who receives the most “Likes” on their photo (and accompanying description) will be the winning role model.

The deadline to enter is July 31, 2011 at midnight. Voting begins as soon as your nomination is sent in….so the earlier you send in, the better!

The session and products may not be redeemed for cash. Nominees must not be current or former clients — open to new clients only!

To nominate your favorite senior, fill out the form!

Illinois Times Wedding Guide Features Kari Bedford Photography

The 2011 issue of Capitol City Wedding, published by the Illinois Times, is available now! Wedding photos from Kari Bedford Photography are featured throughout, including couples from Springfield and St. Louis. You may recognize the wedding of Kari Lee Wasoba and Gareth Schumacher on the cover, as well. This free publication is such a great resource for couples who are planning a wedding in central Illinois and beyond. It covers many of the details of your wedding day, including where to wed, dresses, cakes, catering and more. Pick up a copy wherever you might find the weekly Illinois Times or peruse the online edition today! :)

Sticks and Stones: Official Contest Details

WHO: High school students (grades 9-12) from Sangamon and Menard County schools. ONE entry per student.

WHAT: Be part of a unique local effort to raise awareness and end bullying in our community. Through November 30, Kari Bedford Photography is seeking artistic submissions from central Illinois area high school students. Entries should address the topic of bullying. You choose the means of expression: painting, drawing, photography, writing — it is entirely up to you. No entry will be censored, but please use your best judgment. Entries will be judged by an independent jury that includes local artists and art teachers. Every student who enters will receive a free t-shirt. The winning artist will receive a free portrait session as well as products from Kari Bedford Photography valued at $500. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. No cash value for award. Any high school student from Sangamon County or Menard County may enter, but award may not be applied to current client orders.

WHEN: Deadline for entries: 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2010. The winner will be announced on the blog on December 10, 2010.

WHERE: Students must attend a high school in Sangamon County or Menard County. Students who are home-schooled are also encouraged to submit entries, but must live within Sangamon County or Menard County.


Submissions may be made via email with “Sticks and Stones Entry” as the subject header to and MUST include:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Your mailing address
  • The name of your high school
  • Your t-shirt size
  • A brief explanation of your entry

Your entry MUST address the topic of bullying in some way. Have you been bullied? Have you participated in bullying? Do you have ideas about how to stop bullying? What have you witnessed in your lifetime? How do you feel about the way bullying is handled in your school? What can you do (or what have you done) to end bullying?

If you are submitting an entry, please pay attention to the specific guidelines for each kind of entry. By entering, you are authorizing Kari Bedford Photography to feature your entry on In addition, by entering, you are also stating that you are the original, sole author and owner of your entry.


THE WRITTEN WORD: Poems, short stories, essays

Please keep poems, lyrics, short stories and essays to 500 words or fewer. Send your submissions as a plain text or Word document as an attachment via email to

MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS: Songs and arrangements

Please send song recording as an .mp3 or a link to your song performance on YouTube to

FINE ART: Photography, drawings, paintings, comics, illustrations, sculpture, etc.

Please create a JPG version of your artwork, either by scanning it or photographing it, and email it to Please resize the image file to 72 dpi (web resolution). Please do not send the only copy of your image file!

Some suggestions on photographing fine art:

  • Photograph your artwork in soft, indirect light (ie: late afternoon or in the shade).
  • Make sure the photo is sharp so that your artwork can be judged clearly and fairly!
  • Find a neutral background like a plain wall or a hardwood floor for sculpture, etc.


Short films (five minutes or shorter) should be uploaded to YouTube. Send a link to the video to

QUESTIONS?? You guessed it! Send an email with the subject header “Sticks and Stones Question” to

Contest rules are subject to change and will be updated via Because this is the first attempt at a project like this, please bear with us as we work out the kinks!

Sticks and Stones: A Creative Anti-Bullying Collaboration with Kari Bedford Photography in Springfield, Illinois

Stay tuned for more details…and watch for these posters in your school!