Not your Typical Sorority

When I first got the phone call from Lambda Pi Chi Sorority that they were looking for a photographer for their 2011 National Convention in Boston, I was a little skeptical.  A sorority?  Not exactly what I have in mind when I talk about my passion for photographing non-profits.  I mean, let’s be honest.  What do YOU think of when you hear the word “sorority?”  Do you think “mission-driven organization committed to social change” or do you think Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde? Be honest…

Well, lucky for me, Lambda Pi Chi is anything but the Legally Blonde version of a sorority.  Lambda Pi Chi’s mission is to empower women by providing a supportive network dedicated to their personal and professional advancement. Founded by and for Latino women, the sorority is dedicated to and promotes public service and cultural awareness, with an emphasis on Latino history, contributions, and experiences.  Still thinking Legally Blonde? I don’t think so.

I feel so fortunate to have spent the weekend photographing these inspiring women, learning about their organization and feeling embraced by their community.  At their Awards Dinner on Saturday night, they presented me with a thank-you gift and I almost cried I felt so grateful!  It is not everyday that I have the pleasure of discovering and feeling welcomed into a network of strong, smart and passionate women.  So I hereby revise my impression of sororities and give a resounding “hooray!” for Lambda Pi Chi and all that they are accomplishing across the country.

Oh, and of course, I did get some great pictures of the event.  Here are a few faves.

Non Profit Event Photography Boston

Non Profit Event Photography Boston

Non Profit Event Photography Boston

Non Profit Event Photography

Non Profit Event Photography

6 Responses

  1. Raquel

    I’m sure you’ve heard it officially, but wanted to extend my Thank Yous for capturing such beautiful moments for us. Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. National Convention 2011 will be more than memories thanks to your photographs 😀

  2. Carla

    Leise, thank you for the warmth and professionalism you displayed throughout our Convention. Your personality, talent, and efficiency assure me that you were the best choice for our event.

  3. wendy

    Thank you so much for taking pictures at our event, they are beautiful! And thank you for the kind words about our organization.!

  4. Rosita

    Thanks Leise for the kind words … we were so glad to have you there capturing yet another milestone in our history. Great pics … can’t wait to see the rest!

  5. Michelle

    Leise, thank you for spending your weekend with us. We enjoyed having you with us. Also, thank you for the kind words about our organization. You were great and I am so glad you were able to capture our memories.

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