Photographer Preserves Family History

Offers Free Photo Shoots to Collinwood Families

“I have one family photo from my childhood. Just my sisters and I,” says Stephen Bivens, local photographer. “I don’t have any photos of our entire family together and I really wish I did.” Bivens reflects on the recent (and unexpected) deaths of his uncles. Both passed away last month. “There weren’t any good photos of the family together to remember the good times,” he says. “I want to give that gift to others. I want to help families remember their history. I want to give them something for future generations.”

Stephen Bivens, neighborhood resident and recent Ballot Box Project winner, will be hosting three photo sessions for Collinwood families this summer. These opportunities are free and open to the public. Bivens will provide a 10-minute photo session. Two prints (4x6 and 5x7) will be available for pick up the following weekend. Images can also be emailed to participants.

The first event will take place on Saturday, June 18 from 1-4pm at Praxis Fiber Workshop (15301 Waterloo Road). Photo pick up will take place at Praxis on Saturday, June 25 from 1-3pm during the Waterloo Arts Festival. Bivens will be able to serve a maximum of 20 families. First come first serve. A photo release will be required for participation as images will be shared throughout the neighborhood in traveling displays.

The next event will take place on Saturday, July 16 from 1-4pm at Waterloo Arts (15605 Waterloo Road). Details to come.

This project is made possible through the generosity of Northeast Shores Development Corporation and ArtPlace America. Visit to learn more.

Stephen Bivens

Stephen Bivens is a Ballot Box Project winner, photographer, and neighborhood resident.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.11.2016