Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80180 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2017-08-10 08:45:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-10 12:45:48 [post_content] => For those who make fitness their lives, there’s never been a better or more lucrative time to be alive. Over the past decade, social media has significantly boosted the business of getting in shape. Not only has this innovation aided fitness experts in making a profitable living, but it’s given fitness enthusiasts unprecedented access to workout options, routines and lifestyles in just a few simple taps or swipes.The all-encompassing explosion of social media has in one way or another affected every area of our lives. But specifically for fitness experts, platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and even LinkedIn allow these mavens to create content in a way that increasingly blurs the lines between follower and client. Now they’re able to monetize their personal brands, and so it seems, may not even need to teach in-person classes to sustain a business.Let’s be honest—many of us are turned away by the idea of following a strict workout regimen that requires more than an hour a day of our time. In our fast-paced society, people are more receptive to brief, concise information that’s broken down in a few easy steps. For some, the thought of implementing a fitness plan into their lives is inconceivable, but the burgeoning relationship between fitness and social media is making it more sustainable than ever.
"I just want people to feel good in their own bodies, to feel strong, and to move better.”
Idalis Velazquez (@ivfitness), 33, who from a young age has been an athlete and fitness enthusiast, launched her fitness business, I.V. Fitness, in 2008. Before this venture, she never considered a career in fitness, which changed when her business exploded.“Honestly, I never thought I’d be working in this field,” Velazquez said. “It wasn’t something I considered a job. Then, after my second pregnancy, I went through some really serious medical complications and started offering my community free bootcamp classes. I don’t just do these classes for competition or being an athlete; I just like doing it for wellness, to stay active and energized, and to help other moms and women.”Velazquez specializes in resistance training, strength training, and metabolic workouts. The reason she leans more toward encouraging these workouts is due to their effectiveness in showing quick results. When done correctly, they’re also a safer option for getting in shape, whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or just feel stronger, unlike crash-course workouts or diets, which can be harmful to one’s health. [caption id="attachment_80183" align="alignnone" width="726"] Photo provided by Idalis Velazquez[/caption]Most of her in-person training sessions are one-on-one, but now platforms like Instagram have taken her ability to advertise her fitness programs to a whole new level. For her, social media is a huge part of what contributes to her success as a fitness entrepreneur. Instagram is by far her favorite form of social networking because of its accessibility to a very large, diverse audience. Currently, her feed reaches 56.5K followers and is growing every day.“Instagram kind of opened that door for posting more about fitness, especially they started allowing video clips,” Velazquez said. “It was a great opportunity to reach more people around the world.”Velazquez says most of her followers and clients are looking for 30 to 40 minute workouts, so she tries to adhere to those requests. She knows how busy and stressed people can be, especially the modern-day woman, which is why her goal is to create simple and effective workouts for them. “I feel like years ago we used to settle for less and now we want it all,” Velazquez said. “You want the career, you want to be a mom—you have all these things.”Being able to access a fitness workout on a social media network, such as Instagram, has not only made the lifetyle more accessible, but acts as a form of motivation and inspiration for those looking to get toned up. When her clients post their “before” and “after” photos, for example, the results create an incentive for others to try the workout. Velazquez says she hopes to inspire others to live quality lives, which is why she posts about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in addition to workouts.
“I do love connecting with people, but for some reason it really affects me. It’s one of my biggest stressors. I’m trying to have more control. I have two girls and a family."
“I hope they get really strong and create a lot of muscle, especially moms after having kids. A lot of people today have become less mobile, like, they’re staying home or a lot of the time they’re seated because of a desk job. We’ve become—I’m not going to say lazy—but we’re always driving or sitting, and I feel like everyone is suffering from back pains. I just want people to feel good in their own bodies, to feel strong, and to move better.”Velazquez, who is based in the Fort Lauderdale area with her family, realizes how crucial keeping up with social media is for her career in fitness, but also knows when to disconnect to maintain her own sanity, in order to practice what she preaches. About two years ago, when she first started using social media, it consumed too much of her time and she started to feel it negatively impact her life. It’s all about finding the right balance, she says.“I do love connecting with people, but for some reason it really affects me. It’s one of my biggest stressors. I’m trying to have more control. I have two girls and a family. I remember two years ago I was always on the phone, and I remember my husband saying, ‘Oh my God, you’re consumed with social media.’ Now I just have hours that I set so I can post and check whatever I need to in that time. It works for me.”Velazquez’s advice for those just starting out in the competitive entrepreneurial fitness world is to stay true to your personal brand and create consistent content for your audience. Clients can tell when a fitness instructor is genuine about the workouts they offer, and when a variety of workouts is posted regularly, this keeps them engaged and keeps them coming back.[caption id="attachment_80186" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photo provided by Michael Morelli[/caption]Fitness trainer Michael Morelli (@morellifit), who has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, started promoting his fitness brand, MorelliFit, on the platform in 2012. He specializes in TUT (Time Under Tension) methods and carb-cycling. Aside from physical training and nutrition, Morelli also enjoys teaching his clients about awareness and mindset.“Whether it be a fitness or nutrition program, we teach a lifestyle,” Morelli said. “We don't have schemes, or gimmicks, we sell real results. I wake up with one intention, and that's to get as many people as possible to the next level. It doesn't have to be nutrition or training, it could be any number of things.”In the beginning, when Morelli started his social media venture, there were times he’d wake up in the middle of the night to post so his followers in other time zones had consistent content to consume. Fortunately, he now has a team that helps him operate his social media accounts so he’s not constantly plugged in. Still, he uses social media for business about four to six hours a day, mostly to interact with his followers.Morelli says he prefers advertising with social media compared to any other form of promotion because it’s more intimate and his fans can reach him directly, giving him immediate feedback by posting comments. The photos and videos he says receive the most “likes” are generally unique exercises he shares or content containing shocking or controversial captions.“Be real, transparent, honest, and different,” Morelli said. “Value is a must. Get really clear on your niche/target market and stay in your lane. Too many people want to watch and imitate what others are doing. Stand out, don't be afraid to be controversial, and stand for something.”[caption id="attachment_80184" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photo provided by Agyei Foster[/caption]Agyei Foster (@doviesworkout), also known as Dovies, runs his fitness business called Dovies Workout from Accra, the capital of Ghana in West Africa. He initially got the idea to get serious about teaching fitness and sharing it on social media in 2012. While he’s always been passionate about staying fit, he eventually believed enough in himself to pursue it as a career.A typical workday for the 30-year-old fitness coach consists of training individuals on a one-on-one basis with the occasional couple. After his morning sessions, he goes to the gym for an hour. Once he’s done training, he heads home and posts two to three online fitness videos to social media. The rest of his day is filled with answering messages from his fans online, and giving them helpful tips for their workouts.“I like teaching people how to get the best body possible,” Foster said. “I do help with weight loss and weight gains as well, and how to keep the right form for a workout. I always hope they get the results they’re looking for and that all my programs work for them the way they imagine.”Foster’s favorite social media platforms to post content are Instagram and Facebook. Currently, he has over 800K followers on Instagram and is gaining new followers every day. Since most of his fitness clients are online, being able to deliver instant workout programs and advice benefits him in reaching more people from various parts of the world. In total, Foster says he spends an excessive amount of time online between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.“Reaching people can be hard, but you have to know what your followers are interested in, especially when it comes to workout videos,” he said. “I post videos and pictures that people show more interest in, and also post stuff they are not used to like workout videos or posts from my country.”Foster’s best piece of advice for up-and-coming fitness influencers is to “stay original.” He says if you try to copy other successful fitness hosts on social media, users will see through it and write you off. Instead, he says to be true to yourself and share what you’re most interested in when it comes to fitness and staying healthy.What these three fitness influencers have in common is their drive and passion for what they do. They don’t let anyone influence them; they influence others with their genuine love for fitness and making the world a healthier and happier place.
This story was originally published in "The Fitness Issue" of Resource Magazine. Visit the Resource Shop to pick up a copy. [post_title] => How Fitness Entrepreneurs Empower Their Brands Through Social Media [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-fitness-entrepreneurs-empower-their-brands-through-social-media [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-10 12:01:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-10 16:01:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=80180 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78858 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2017-05-31 14:28:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-31 18:28:12 [post_content] => The unnamed girl behind Girl On The Net, one of the U.K.’s most popular sex blogs, is anything but shy. Since 2011, after a breakup with her boyfriend, she’s been blogging about her real life sex stories, dirty fantasies, and sharing rants about gender and sex, as well as cheeky mentions, sex news, guest blogs, and erotic illustrations.“We were both always pretty kinky and experimental, and we'd done bits and pieces of writing together,” Girl On The Net said. “He wasn't sure about starting a blog though, as he was way shyer than I was about airing our dirty pants in public.”Once he became her ex-boyfriend, she started writing about their sexual escapades and asked if he was OK with letting her share the stories online. After he agreed, the blog took off and has been growing in readership ever since.[caption id="attachment_78867" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Illustration by Stuart F. Taylor[/caption]The first blog entry she wrote for the site was titled, “On Asking for Sex,” which was about chatting people up and figuring out how to put yourself out there. Some of her more recent posts include, “Naked from the waist down: a bottomless parlour game” and “Struggle-fucking: hold me tighter.”“I've become less comfortable, I think, because when I started I was very naive and eager to just splatter my thoughts onto the page,” Girl On The Net said. “I had a lot of trash opinions and I wasn't afraid to use them. Now I think I'm more circumspect—I think carefully about a blog post before I hit publish. I've never been nervous simply because it was about sex though—I'm more likely to be nervous if it's something political that people might disagree with.”One of her favorite topics within the sex genre is sex tech, which includes writing about upcoming inventions and toys. She also likes to tackle ethics, whether it involves consent and rights or peculiar questions like, “What exactly is wrong with a dildo made of human ashes?”[caption id="attachment_78865" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Illustration by Stuart F. Taylor[/caption]“I like taking a question that perplexes me and figuring out the answer, and there are plenty of these questions in the sex space where there's no 'right' or 'wrong,' just a moral judgment for you to figure out based on your ethical principles,” she said.There are a few cases in which she won’t write about something because she doesn’t have direct experience with it, like certain fetishes or jobs within the sex industry. This is when she reels in guest bloggers who are fully strapped on with the necessary experience.While the life of a sex blogger may seem like a fun “romp in the sheets,” she’s had to deal with her fair share of negative feedback in the comments section, which usually has to do with the “sex” part or “feminism” part of her blog posts, and the strong beliefs attached to them. “If it's a comment I might reply to correct a misconception or offer a counterargument, but to be honest there are some people who'll hate what I do no matter what, so there comes a point where you have to let it go, or just cry into a gin and tonic.”[caption id="attachment_78861" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Illustration by Stuart F. Taylor[/caption]Another tribulation she’s faced is people threatening to expose her real identity, in spite of her effort to maintain anonymity for reasons such as safety and the privacy of people she’s slept with. “It's not always clear from those who threaten it whether they actually know who I am or just think they do,” she said. “The biggest risk at the moment, I think, is friends who might accidentally let my name slip in conversations. I'm a big believer that humans are mostly good, and I think if I were 'outed' it would be a mistake rather than out of malice. “Girl On The Net has published two books, which include, “My Not-So-Shameful Sex Secrets” and “How A Bad Girl Fell In Love.” She’s also shared her expertise with other publications, such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Guardian, FemaleFirst, and FHM, to name a few. We asked her to tell us her favorite things about sex. Here’s what she said.[caption id="attachment_78864" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Illustration by Stuart F. Taylor[/caption]Dirty talk. I’m a massive fan of dirty talk, and if someone's good at it a whispered “good girl” from my partner can do the work of a whole lot of foreplay.Good hands. Hands are one of the sexiest things about a person. Prostate play. This gets on the list because it's perhaps not a standard trick in many people's books, so often I get to be the first to do it if the guy is up for it. Noises. I get ridiculously excited if I come across porn where the guys are making lots of noise—grunting, being vocal, all that stuff. I know a lot of people grow up shy to make noise because they don't want to disturb neighbors or housemates, but I can't get enough of those grunts and moans when someone's getting ready to climax.[caption id="attachment_78863" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Illustration by Stuart F. Taylor[/caption] Mess. Sex, for me, should ideally be something that leaves you feeling a bit dirty afterward—I like getting a bit too covered with lube or spunk or... well, whatever else. I'm going to call this one “that moment when...” So the moment when you go from casual flirting to “OK, we're definitely going to do this now.” It's one of the hottest things about sex—when you know your lust is requited. It might be the second they invite you back for coffee or that moment they lean in for a kiss. New toys. I don't have a giant collection of sex toys, but I have a few, and my partner and I both get excited when a new toy comes through the letterbox. What I like most is getting to use sex toys—like masturbation sheaths—on him. Watching the look on his face as I do something that feels really good is like giving a hand job with superpowers.[caption id="attachment_78862" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Illustration by Stuart F. Taylor[/caption] Watching a penis get hard. Seriously, the journey is as important as the destination, and penises are magical and hot. These words: thwack, smack, spank, wallop, belt. What can I say? I am into BDSM and these words act as a pretty direct sexiness trigger. See also: the noise of a belt being slipped out of belt loops. Simplicity. I think I enjoy the fact that most sex, when done well and happily, is a very simple thing. It's all about focusing on your partner (or partners) and yourself, and following your instincts: what feels good to you, what sounds they're making, and what that tells you about how good it feels to them. I’m constantly anxious so I really suck at switching my brain off, but good sex helps me to chill and just focus on what's happening.This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 "Relationship Issue" of Resource Magazine. [post_title] => Viral Sex Blogger Tells Us Her Favorite Things About Sex [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => viral-sex-blogger-tells-us-her-favorite-things-about-sex [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-31 14:30:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-31 18:30:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78858 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77276 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2017-03-24 10:00:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-24 14:00:52 [post_content] => The dating scene can be intimidating for those who aren’t used to the playing field, and with a myriad of dating websites and apps out there, it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for your lifestyle. Sure, you can try to avoid online dating and dating apps altogether, which will likely lead to being set up by friends or family, or meeting people through work, at a bar or through other activities—and this isn’t always easy, especially if you’re caught up in the hustle of big city life. This is why the convenience of online dating is now more normal than ever, as people are actually finding long-term partners through these once stigmatized rituals.“We like to think of Bumble almost like an online restaurant,” said Alex Williamson, VP of brand content at Bumble, who’s known as the voice of the brand and IG for this dating app. “You wouldn’t go into a restaurant and expect to see the online epidemic of ‘dick pics.’ On Bumble we hold people accountable to present themselves like they would if they were meeting someone in real life.”Well said. But as with any dating service, taking the convo from text to IRL can be daunting, so we asked Williamson for some simple, essential tips for your first Bumble date.[caption id="attachment_77278" align="aligncenter" width="750"] VP of Brand Content Alex Williamson[/caption]
It’s 5 O’Clock SomewhereThe happy hour drink is a good option because you’re meeting midday. There’s less pressure to feel like you need to stay longer than it takes to have one drink.“Man’s Best Friend,” You Say? Going for a walk with your dog gives you a good “out” if you’re not feeling the date or allows you to continue the date with or without your dog. If you’re not into it you can say, “I’ve got to take the dog home,” but if you’re feeling it you can take your pet, or pets, if he or she has one too, to a patio or park together.Face the MusicThis setting for a date is great because you can both enjoy some entertainment while getting to know each other, but the live music allows for breaks in conversation, which welcomes the occasional, long awkward pause that might otherwise occur.The Ba(e)gelMeeting for brunch is a good first date if you’re looking to have a meal together and know you want to spend a longer amount of time with your date. It doesn’t put any pressure on either of you to feel like you have to go back to someone’s place for a nightcap since it’s during the day. Plus, morning or midday dates always feel less threatening for both parties.[caption id="attachment_77279" align="aligncenter" width="750"] VP of Brand Content Alex Williamson[/caption]
Nothing Good Happens After…Getting a late night cocktail or drink is highly advised against since many people may feel pressured to go back to your date’s place afterward, even though you may not feel ready for that yet. Also, late night drinking may cloud your judgment in general, leading you to do things you don’t actually want to do.Dinner and...Going to get dinner together on the first date isn’t a good idea because you’re obligated to stay for the whole dinner. Since it’s at night, you may also feel pressured to go for a drink afterward which can lead to unwanted advances.A Movie. Seeing a movie together on the first date is a bad idea. During the movie, you’re not getting to know your date since you’re not talking and paying attention to the movie.Meet the FamGoing with someone to a wedding or family party on the first date can be kind of intimidating and puts too much pressure on both of you. Meeting close family and friends isn’t something that should happen right away, especially if you’re not sure you want to continue seeing the person after your first date.
Proof Your Profile
1. Your first photo should represent what you currently look like, not one from five years ago.2. Look approachable by smiling in your photo and avoid group photos so it’s clear who you are, exactly.3. Avoid modeling photos, as it’s an inaccurate representation of you and they’re likely retouched.4. Keep your bio simple and either tell a little about yourself, or include a saying that represents your personality or a conversation starter to help break the ice.
This article originally appeared in the spring 2017 "Relationship Issue" of Resource Magazine. To pick up a copy, visit the Resource Shop or enter our giveaway to win a free copy, subscription and more awesome photography prizes! [post_title] => Bumble's Advice For Nailing Your First Bumble Date [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => dating-advice-from-bumble [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-12 11:48:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-12 15:48:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77276 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75436 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2017-02-07 10:35:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-07 15:35:35 [post_content] => We spoke with photographers Jen Rozenbaum, Sarah Maple and Natalie Keyssar about living and working as women in photography. While all of them operate in different facets of the medium, they agree that throughout history, discrimination has existed for women in the industry, and, at times, still does in their lives today. Here’s how they’re fighting to change that.
“When I got there I noticed that a massive amount of journalists had gone through Zaatari in the two years of the civil war, but I didn’t see any stories from the people living there themselves."
One of the things Bannon promises the kids in his workshops is that if they trust him with their vision and voice, he will make sure their work is seen. Besides what’s been featured in The New York Times and the Toronto exhibit, their work has also been showcased at photo festivals in Sweden and the City Honors School in Buffalo, NY last spring. This event gave junior and high school students the opportunity to work with the pictures and text the refugee children created, exposing them to the struggles faced by children just like them.Bannon plans to return to the Syrian refugee camps in 2017 to teach more workshops. His organization, The Most Important Picture, is also offering a downloadable annotation of the refugee kids’ photos to be used by teachers for school-based exhibitions and lessons.[caption id="attachment_72713" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] "Farah is a child who was abandoned by joy at the peak of her childhood. Shyness visited her because of handicap." By Fatima, Zaatari Camp, Jordan.[/caption]Bannon wasn’t the only one who ran workshops in these camps in recent years. Laura Doggett, a media artist and educator, also taught workshops in the Zaatari refugee camp in 2014, where she instructed groups solely made up of girls. She also went on to continue her work in the city of Irbid a year later.Her work in the camps began after she received the Felsman Fellowship from Duke University, where she studied documentary arts and graduated in 2013. This specific fellowship allowed a documentary and public policy graduate to go together to teach in a region where vulnerable children live. The donor of this fellowship sent them to Zaatari because she wanted to know more about Syrian girls and their access to education, which is extremely limited.“When I got there I noticed that a massive amount of journalists had gone through Zaatari in the two years of the civil war, but I didn’t see any stories from the people living there themselves,” Doggett said. “They didn’t have the tools to tell their own stories—a lot of the stories were really pretty tragic, pretty black and white.”[caption id="attachment_72737" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] By Khaldiya[/caption]Initially, it took Doggett a couple months to get paired with the children for the workshop in Zaatari due to “bureaucratic stuff,” she said. Once she was in the camp, though, she had three months left of her fellowship and 17 girls to teach. She was granted only one hour, twice a week with these girls. In that time, Doggett focused on building her students’ creative thinking skills and doing movement and metaphorical exercises with them to help them become more exploratory.“I would have them get out and climb up on stuff and get under stuff, teaching them about point-of-view. Really, we were just trying to get them to be adventurous so when they’re not in the workshop—which is when they’d be doing all of their production—they would feel comfortable experimenting with different things,” Doggett said. “It was about building the group to where they had the space to share things and try things that were wild...”[caption id="attachment_72739" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] By Suzanne[/caption]The group of girls Doggett taught in Irbid, however, participated in a six-week workshop on documentary video. They were considerably shyer than the girls in Zaatari, who were all friends prior to their workshop. Most of the girls in Irbid had moved to the city from Daraa, a rural and more traditional area in Syria. Several of them left school before the war began; it’s common for girls to cease education in eighth grade to help their mothers take care of the family and get ready for marriage.“[The girls in Irbid] had just been staying home, taking care of their siblings and not really leaving the apartment,” Doggett said. “When they came in they were so nervous, so the movement exercises were really helpful to get them loosened up and laughing.”[caption id="attachment_72734" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] By Khaldiya[/caption]For both workshops, Doggett didn’t explicitly give the girls assignments because she wanted them to see exactly how they were drawn to photograph and film. From there, she saw their visual language develop, as they showed up to class with full memory cards. Doggett says each girl had her own style and she would point out their individual skills and stylistic techniques to encourage them to follow their inner voice and creative instincts.“Khaldiya, one of the girls in the camp, had this certain way she moved with the camera. She would bring us somewhere and kind of turn us around corners and lead us through folds and reveal something,” Doggett said.For each class Doggett would also single out a particular girl as the “Artist of the Day,” which featured that student’s work and gave the group a chance to discuss what they liked about her photos or videos.[caption id="attachment_72738" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] By Rehab[/caption]At the end of the workshop in Zaatari, Doggett had a photo exhibit and video screening of the girls’ work where they invited their families and friends. In Irbid, they did a similar video screening at the center where the workshops were held. Later on, the girls from Zaatari had their work shown at an exhibition in a public park with a gallery space in Amman, although it took a few months to set this up. At first the girls weren’t allowed out of the refugee camp, but after a few months of consulting with Jordan Intelligence, they were granted day passes to visit the exhibit.“We made a really fun day for them and the girls were super nervous,” Doggett said. “When the doors opened they were all clustered in a little hive in the corner, opposite to where their work was. I was like ‘OK you guys don’t have to talk to anybody, but just move your eyes over to the other corner where people are looking at your work.’”
“People say all the time, ‘The girls in Syria must have it so much worse than the girls you’re working with in New York..."
After a while, the girls began introducing themselves and talking about their work to strangers. One of Doggett’s favorite moments was when she heard Rehab, a girl she describes as “excruciatingly shy,” begin talking to a stranger about the photos she took of her grandfather. The young girl explained how she wanted to take a photo of her grandfather up close and that he enjoyed being photographed.Some of the girls from the workshops, such as Khaldiya, have had their films shown in festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and other places the girls are not allowed to go. Doggett is still in the process of trying to figure out a way to grant them access to these events. Since she hasn’t managed to get Visas for them, she continues to do the next best thing: sending them photos and videos of the screenings. Over the years, she has grown close with the girls, and regularly stays in touch through WhatsApp.[caption id="attachment_72728" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] By Asma[/caption]Doggett's latest endeavor is running photo and video workshops for young girls at the Next Generation Center in the Bronx through the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program. At the moment, Doggett is creating a film with a girl named Etta, who is currently transitioning herself out of foster care.“People say all the time, ‘The girls in Syria must have it so much worse than the girls you’re working with in New York,’ but not really. They just have a different set of problems.’ To have a parent abandon you, the issues that arise out of that are so intense and a matter of trust," Doggett said. While several of the girls she worked with in Syria have lost family members in the war, she adds that most, if not all, are with a loving family unit of some sort.[caption id="attachment_72736" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] By Khaldiya[/caption]"People used to ask me, ‘What are they like?’ Well, those alien beings you’re talking about are really typical teenage girls,” said Doggett. “They like having fun, they giggle when boys go by, they talk about them, and they’re super curious about the world. They’re human beings. There are so many similarities. Teenage girls are teenage girls wherever you go.”See more images captured during these workshops below.[caption id="attachment_72723" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] My mother is the light that I see in my eyes. My precious mom, she is my life, my soul and the air that I breathe. I love you my kind and tender mom." By Badiah, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan.[/caption][caption id="attachment_72724" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] "I feel the pain of my father every day. He was shot during the war. My father can't sleep. The metal in his leg hurts a lot. I help him get up and cover him when he is cold. I see my father resting peacefully and remember my uncle who died from war." By Badiah, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan.[/caption][caption id="attachment_72726" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] "This is my tender father, so sensitive that when he hears my sisters voices on the phone from Syria he starts to cry. He holds so much weight on his shoulders. He wants to see my sisters who stayed in Syria with their husbands and children. This is the first time I have seen his tears. I don't like to see him sad. He used to laugh and make jokes but no he only thinks of my sisters. How they eat, how they drink, how they sit, how they sleep through the night, are they happy? Do they miss him or not, Will he see them or die in exile first? This is my father, always filled with sadness. I wish him a long life and the chance to see my sisters, the ones I love and the ones he misses a lot." By Badiah, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan.[/caption][caption id="attachment_72711" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] "My suitcase became the box of my grief. I can't tell my secrets unless I'm inside of it." By Fatima, Zaatari Camp, Jordan.[/caption][caption id="attachment_72717" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] A map of the Zaatari Camp showing the organization, the aid, the roads and the people.[/caption][caption id="attachment_72741" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] By Mohammad Khalf, Zaatari Camp, Jordan.[/caption][caption id="attachment_72710" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] "This donkey works in transporting goods to live." By Eskander, Zaatari Camp, Jordan.[/caption][caption id="attachment_72709" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] "I would go this fast upon my return to my home country Syria." By Eskander, Zaatari Camp, Jordan.[/caption]