National Geographic : 2008 Sep
__ __ *g0if .BB^H HER Camera, HER Kids Taking with me on assignment was the of my career. Keeping family in focus has always been a top priority for National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt. While most globe trotting photographers are forced to spend large chunks of time away from their children, Belt made the decision to take her kids on the road during her assignments. Her new book, A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel (National Geographic), a photo memoir, depicts her stunning photography alongside stories of the rich, unusual life she created for her family. Belt decided to meld her two worlds even before she had her children, Lily and Charlie, now grown. "I was once out to dinner with a colleague in Washington, D.C.-a man who had a magnificent career-and I asked him if there was anything he would do differently, and he said yes, he would have taken his kids along. He regretted that he didn't spend more time with them. I really took that to heart," says Belt. As a result of her decision, her children-along with millions of readers-have found inspiration from her award-winning work and learned to truly care about the world. "Over the last ten years my pictures have been used for aid organizations, for environmental causes, and that's been the biggest joy for me-that my photography has a life of its own, that it's touching other people's lives. What's better than that?" Photographs made possible b, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Image Collection *F MassMutual We'll help you get there We'll help you get there." MassMutual understands the importance of making good decisions. Agood decision can be a goal-or itcan help you reach your goal. Either way, you need to feel confident. And when it comes to big decisions about your finances and your future-we know you want to make a good one. Our products and experience will help you get there.