In honor of Women’s History Month, the Los Angeles Times photography department would like to highlight our award-winning female staff photographers.

Francine Orr joined the Times photography staff in 2000. Previously she had been a photographer for the Kansas City Star. Raised in Colorado, she earned a bachelor’s degree in both history and art from the University of Saint Mary. Orr also joined the Peace Corps and was a volunteer in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. While there, she learned how to be a quiet observer and gained a love for stories.

Orr’s photographic focus has been on public health and poverty issues in Africa, India, and the United States. In Los Angeles, she has concentrated on the growing homelessness crisis as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

A few of Orr’s honors include the 2020 Meyer “Mike” Berger Award for outstanding in-depth, human interest reporting from Columbia Journalism School, a

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Crystal Brewis is a Jamaican-Canadian art director making strides behind the scenes of media campaigns the world over. Most recently, she was at the helm of the women-led adidas campaign “Watch Us Move.” The global ad spot for the Three Stripes’ activewear line is an ode to women of all walks, featuring K-pop group Blackpink, body positive yogi Jessamyn Stanley, and silver medal-winning Paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler.  

But that’s just one of countless major projects Brewis orchestrated the aesthetic and overall vibe for. Her career spans over 360 campaigns to be exact, for brands like Converse, Spotify, and YouTube Music. You may also recall her work on DeMar Derozan’s memorable “Come Out of Nowhere” spot for Nike Canada from a few years back.

Growing up in a creative environment drove Crystal to hone her passion for art and pursue it professionally. Her father was a professional drummer for

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KATC and Jim Olivier Family of Companies are at it again with this week’s Tools For Schools giving to classrooms in need.

This week, the team is delivering supplies to Martial Billeaud Elementary in Broussard. The school requested digital cameras for their art classroom to teach photography skills.

Art Teacher Kayla Powell says they hope to create digital portfolios of their artwork.

“We requested five digital cameras. So we’re hoping that in the art classroom we’re going to use these cameras for students to learn how to photograph their own artwork and in return they’ll be able to create digital portfolios of their art throughout their elementary years,” Powell said. “We’re also hoping that students will be able to photograph different events on campus so they can learn that responsibility.”

Instructional Leader Kessler Landry says they applied for Tools for Schools because last year was their first year opening and

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