KARIN DOOLIN CO-FOUNDER aka CHANGE-MAKER IN CHIEF
As a wedding + portrait photographer, Karin has always strived to capture the true essence and depth of the individuals in front of her lens. The vision of combining creativity with empathy has always been the motivating force of her professional career, so when that vision perfectly intersected with reality on a humanitarian photography trip to Nicaragua in 2013, it was no surprise that Karin would pursue a way to advocate for families and children in similar underserved circumstances.
As our "Change-Maker In Chief", Karin simultaneously manages the many tasks that keep Big Picture Project operating, but her favorite role is spending time connecting with the people in the communities we serve and getting to know their stories. By using her gift of truly seeing people beyond their circumstances, she is able to deeply understand their needs as well as their potential. Karin aspires to use the cultural lens gained from travels with Big Picture Project to inspire others.
When Karin is not giving her time to Big Picture Project or her photography business, you can most often find her enjoying the quiet life with her husband on their farm property in the midwest, or traveling across the country in their tiny camper.
ROGER DOOLIN CO-FOUNDER
Roger assesses every situation he is confronted thoughtfully and practically. So when the idea of Big Picture Project was first discussed on a plane ride in 2013, without question his stamp of approval was the deciding factor. Roger contemplates all the angles, foresees all the pitfalls, and weighs out all the options. (When you're co-founding an organization with an eternal optimist, someone perceptive and practical like Roger is essential.)While Roger may be very thoughtful with his decisions, he's also extremely thoughtful with his actions. He is gracious and treats others with respect and kindness. No matter where Roger goes on the planet, he finds common ground to connect with strangers and cultivates deep, lifelong friendships. Professionally, Roger is a wedding photographer and much like his role with Big Picture Project - he is most often found behind the scenes, helping where he is needed most and making sure everything operates smoothly. With his free time, Roger is an adventurer and avid outdoorsman. He loves exploring and travel, and finds great enjoyment in simplicity.
EMMA HAND CHIEF PHOTO FRAMER
A few words on Emma. She’s a Dreamer. A do-er. A mother. An artist. An innovator. A pun-lover. And in more than one circle, she’s known as the Joy Bomb. From the office, to the running trail, to her kids’ schoolyard she keeps a smile in her back pocket, ready for action at any time. She has a natural interest in people —especially the space between them where humanity happens. She says it’s these in-between spaces that hold so much potential. Professionally Emma has explored the space where product meets person, always feeling there is more to function than mere problem-solving. Similarily there is more to a photo than mere documentation.
Photos have been a fascination for Emma since she became a mom and wanted to capture the moments that embodied joy, wonder, and connection in her family. This interest turned into product development when her daughter Lilah, still less than a year old, was responding with delight to the printed photos Emma had taped into board books. That was the beginning of the path that led —10 years later— to the design of Big Picture Frames.
Emma says, "These Big Picture Frames support whatever you choose to put inside them. Whatever it is, you feel it deserves attention, so it does. Just like we are never sure where a new path will lead, when we walk in alignment with our true purpose we trust the journey will be worth the time it takes.” That’s your daily inspiration from the Joy Bomb herself as she muses on the space between connection and photos and how that curiosity created a frame. We could say that in the big picture, it’s all connected —like a circle — which happens to be Emma’s favorite geometric shape because it describes planet Earth as well as 90% of all cookies. Coincidence? She doesn’t think so.
YARA HOLT INTERNATIONAL FACILITATOR
Yara was born in Lebanon and moved to Lille, France at age 10. She earned a Master’s degree in International Marketing and Trade from the Université du Littoral-Côte d'opale (Dunkerque) and a Master's in International Management from the Université de Valenciennes, both in 2006.
She came to the U.S. in 2007 and started a career in event planning which led her to hear about Karin and her work with Big Picture Project.
An early supporter of BPP and its mission, Yara was given the opportunity to lend a hand and assist Karin where help was needed. As Director of Operations for a local non profit for the past five years, as well as a volunteer for the St Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross, she was thrilled to get even more involved when Karin asked her to participate and facilitate operations in the field during a project in Nicaragua in 2017.
Yara’s strength is in operations and coordination on an international level, and she is always thrilled to contribute with her creativity, counsel and problem-solving skills. When she is not responding to a disaster with the American Red Cross, at a cultural event with the French community, or traveling, you will find her at home enjoying a good book with her husband Jesse and welsh terrier, Stewy.