Footprints of Peace/ Poetry for Peace


PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2014—This International Peace Day, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, in collaboration with City poet laureate emeritus and peace advocate Sonia Sanchez presents FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE. In a city, a country, and a world where violence is too often in the news, FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE brings together a multigenerational lineup of concerned poets, musicians…

Peace Day Philly 2014


PEACE DAY PHILLY Sing-A-Long for Peace at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia ] Peace Day Philly is a local initiative that promotes diverse and meaningful participation across the region in the United Nations International Day of Peace, a worldwide day observed on September 21. Peace Day Philly initiative welcomes Philly area organizations, neighborhoods, community groups, civic…

UN Peace Day Interfaith Service to End Gun Violence ~ Peace Day Philly Event


Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pa Peace Day Philly Event, Sept. 20, 2014 ~ Photography by Debra Schell ~ © Debra Schell/ 2014 Prints available for purchase, contact Debra for promotional or publication use~ Heeding God’s Call – Taking Action to End Gun Violence – Inspiring Hope, Raising Voices, Taking Action to End Gun Violence. God is calling…

John & Lynn, Wedding Photography


  The Wedding of Lynn Renee Rau and John Patrick Hegarty was held at Paxton Church of the Brethren on August 17, 2014 at Noon. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PHOTO GALLERY

Peace Day Countdown !~


International Day of Peace is less than 2 months away! How will you celebrate? I’m going to be part of Peace Day Philly again this year and to get ready for Peace Day, a group met at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Below are photos from our meeting. I discussed the project I’m working on, Images…

The Lucky Girls Fundraiser Video


Last year I created photographs during a fundraising event for The Lucky Girls! Here’s a photo from the event and below is a video of several photos. Here’s a bit about the fundraiser: The Lucky Girls Fundraiser is held each year to raise awareness and funding to benefit the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Girl’s Orphanage in…

Shakespeare In the Park, Antony & Cleopatra


Photographs from Harrisburg Shakespeare Company’s 21st season at the Levitt Pavilion in Reservoir Park! This season HSC is proud to present William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra. Click HERE for the FULL Photo Gallery! Passion, war, and betrayal erupt in this rich romantic tragedy. Although the sensual Cleopatra has conquered the heart of Rome’s greatest soldier, Marc…

Harrisburg At Night


After Artsfest was over, I documented the empty streets of Harrisburg on Sunday evening. Go to my website for more images of the Harrisburg area.

Artsfest, Day 3


I enjoyed the jazz music today and just relaxed, taking in the moment without documenting it (for the most part), so I didn’t create many photographs, but here are a few. Make sure to check out Artsfest Day 1, and Day 2 photo blogs. Click here for full photo gallery from all three days of…

Around the World Embassy Tour – Washington D.C.


© Debra Schell/ 2014The Around the World Embassy Tour is a signature event of Passport DC, an annual celebration of international culture in Washington DC that showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others. See the following photos and get a glimpse of the…

Images For Peace


Last year I participated in Peace Day Philly, and I photographed many people, places, and events, all to celebrate the International Day of Peace, which is held each year on Sept. 21. Click here to view the work I created in 2013!  I enjoyed my experience, but I wanted to get more involved this year,…

Midtown Harrisburg


Beautiful day today to make photographs so I headed out to shoot some scenes of Harrisburg. I’ve focused on downtown in the past and I wanted to do some shots in Midtown. Here’s a few shots, check out my website for more images from the Harrisburg area.    

2014 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade


The 2014 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade started at 2 p.m  on March 22. The parade traveled from Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue and proceeded south on Walnut to 2nd Street and then onto North Street.The Parade ended at North Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Go to my website for more photos.

Eastern State Penitentiary


Eastern State Penitentiary is a “gold mine” for any photographer. I had been wanting to get there for a while and finally decided to travel to Philly to create images of this cold, dark place. Brilliant light streams through the small cell windows, illuminating the chipped paint and debris left from a time long ago….

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Artwork


In 2014, Radisson Hotel Harrisburg purchased my artwork for their renovated rooms to hang above the bed. The project was for 125 rooms, specifically 50 double bed, and 75 king bedrooms. Above each double bed are two 8×10 images in an 11×14 frame and one 5×7 image in an 8×10 frame. The king bedrooms have two…

The Wedding Singer


THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves…

Jim Thorpe, Pa.


I spent last Sunday in Jim Thorpe, Pa. with a photo friend. It’s a charming small town with interesting architecture, friendly folk, and great landscapes. Met an awesome photographer and new friend, Thomas Storm.  Not only a photographer, but also a musician. Here’s a photo I made of him while walking around town. For more…

Peace Day Philly, Part 2


Here is the link to Part 1. As I arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday, I felt excited to be part of Peace Day Philly. I wanted to capture amazing people who were showing their support for peace. My plan was to photograph the “Global Minute for Peace” that was being held at Independence Mall between…

Peace Day Philly 2013, Part 1


Peace Day Philly started two years ago. It was a small, local idea, spurred by a global initiative to celebrate and embrace peace in the world. I was one year old in 1981, when Peace Day was adopted unanimously through a United Nations Resolution. It stated that the day should be devoted to commemorating and…

Cards, Prints now available at Haven, in Lititz


If you’ve wanted to have a piece of my work, but thought you can’t afford it, well there’s no excuse now, I’ve got cards in Haven, a gift shop, located along Main Street in Lititz. Cards are $4, prints are as low as $20, so stop by and check them out!      

August First Friday Artwalk


I’ll be exhibiting at Lebanon Council on the Arts during this First Friday Artwalk in Lebanon, Pa. The event is from 5 – 8 p.m. All photographs are on SALE and are available for purchase at the gallery. Photography from “My Views,” the “52 Week Photo Project,” and my “Nature Exhibit” will all be on display. Light refreshments will…

A Photo Workshop in Annapolis, MD


A friend of mine invited me to tag along on a photo workshop this past Saturday. Hosted by Jeffrey Wolk and Roger Miller, the day was full of learning, creating, and finding interesting places in Annapolis to make photographs. After learning a bit of Lightroom, and talking with both Jeff and Roger, meeting with other…

Open House/ Art Sale~


If you are in the Harrisburg area, join me for my open house where selected images previously exhibited will be 50 % OFF ~!!! This is an awesome deal if you love my photography and have wanted a piece to call your own. In addition to my work, music, and improv will be happening, so…

Trip to Philly


I spent  yesterday in Philadelphia and it was awesome. I got to meet new friends, spent time with older friends, and was able to network with so many awesome photographers and really cool creatives in Philly. This was my fifth visit I believe, I’ve been to the city several times, it’s only about two hours…

Master Debates @ 2nd Street Comedy Club


All photos ©2013/ Debra Schell Photography Please Do NOT steal my work 😉 More photos on my website.  Taking the stage: Brendan Krick Manny Santiago Luke Stine Stephen Sudia Nino Rampulla Bernie Richards Hosted by Liz P Curtis   Video on Youtube.