The team here at SeeingHappy are all photographers who enjoy the process of creating memorable photos. We are a mix of educators striving to share their knowledge and psychologists dedicated to increasing happiness in the world.
We came together with one idea: make the world happier by encouraging others to be mindful of the good, to focus on it (literally), share one photo at a time, and create a communal work of art.
We seek purely to promote photography as a means of self-expression, individual well-being, and building a community with a shared vision of showcasing what makes us happy.
Psychologist & Photographer
Mandy Seligman is a psychologist devoted to using positive psychology at all stages of life. As a mom of five and a homeschooler she is passionate about positive psychology in parenting and in education. As a daughter she is passionate about positive psychology in the care of our elderly.
Mandy is also a fine arts photographer and a member of Soho Photo Gallery in NYC. She believes that slowing down, seeing and capturing beauty is a spiritual journey that enriches all our lives – both of the artist and the viewer. She seeks to promote photography as a path to finding happiness and well-being through attending to and sharing what we see as beautiful in our lives.
Jill Galloway Sherman
Educator & Photographer
Jill Galloway Sherman is an educator of photography in the Philadelphia area. Over the past 20 years Jill has been deeply involved with the Philadelphia arts and education culture. She began teaching at the former Art Institute of Philadelphia and is now an instructor at The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s University. She is also a freelance consultant who works with a wide range of photographers guiding them to further develop their voice and craft.
Focusing her professional energies on developing the skills and appreciation of photography in others, she directs her own artistic energies toward storytelling through photography, collage, and drawing. For Jill, making photographs and art has always been about seeing beauty in the simple moments and sharing those with others.
Media Strategist and Developer
Roger Irwin is a Senior at New York University studying media, culture, and communication. In the nonprofit sector Roger has been exposed to non-profit administration, marketing, developing and teaching social justice curricula, as well as engaging in numerous volunteer opportunities. He is excited to be a part of the Seeing Happy Team because he is an adamant believer in the power of visual media in allowing people to better come to terms with their identity and wellbeing. For media related inquiries email email@example.com.
Web Designer & Developer
Lauren Pittenger is a website designer and developer committed to using her skills to help coaches and other mental health professionals get their work out to the world. To that end, she is thrilled to support the Seeing Happy project and looks forward to perhaps sharing some of her own photos.
Partnerships and OutReach Cordinator
Andrew Trousdale is a photographer from New York City. He works in the non-profit and education space.
He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Georgetown University, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Master of Photography
David Evans is an Australian Master of Photography who creates photographs of high fidelity, depth and substance.
A highly awarded photographer and a respected photography judge at a national and international level – David is also the curator of The EPSON International Pano Awards, the world’s largest contest for panoramic photography, and the co-curator of The International Landscape Photographer of the Year. Additionally, he is the owner of photographic PR agency PhotoPublicity.com, and dabbles in travel writing – having been published several times.
David draws creative inspiration from an uncommon source – he is blessed with synaesthesia, a condition whereby he instinctively and involuntarily associates different colors with such things as letters, numbers, words, days of the week and even people. Often attributed to creatives such as artists and musicians, it allows him to enter a state of flow to see and translate a truly unique perspective of the mind’s eye. David interprets his synaesthesia as an expression of his deepest instinct, and is still learning what it all really means.
His motivation is to remind us that wild, untamed and sublime places are critical elixirs in life – and through travel, nature, art and observation, we find clarity and our true spirit.
As an efficiency engineer and later as a NYC disaster emergency manager Alec Rill had a professional career seeing the world as it is in order to improve it.
Alec has lived in several countries and traveled the world as a photographer, becoming familiar with the way people live and observing what makes people different but also similar. Those experiences enabled him to see the world as it is, as well as gave him the opportunity to present, via photography, a specific point of view. We see poverty, violence, discrimination, inequality, illness, and natural disasters all around us—but also happiness. How you see photos and what you see in them is a reflection of how you see the world.
As a street photographer, Alec presents the world as a multicultural planet where each individual is unique and where happiness is ever-present. His photographs reveal the resilience of the human spirit despite the difficulties life presents. See more of Alec’s photography at alecrill.myportfolio.com.
Alec is a member of the Soho Photo Gallery; he also leads a photography study group and will be teaching a street photography class at the City University of New York (CUNY).