Meet our gifted and talented team.
iHope Photography is a member of Inspiring Hope Group, a business development, investment, and missions group that empowers youth for positive change. We are fully registered with the government of Kenya and were formally established in January 2013. Our members come from across Kenya and the United States. We train, empower, and equip our own staff and have a dedicated team with diverse experience
David Chaves, Director - Dave and his wife Lucy co-founded iHope Photography as a means to empower talented and creative youth. Dave sees photography as a tool for creative storytelling as well as social transformation. He started producing videos over ten years ago for churches ministering to youth around Washington, DC. In Kenya, he began training youth in video and photography to document missions work.
Lucy A. Chaves, Team Leader - Lucy helps to lead the iHope Team through mentorship and management assistance. She is especially gifted and experienced in the area of administration, public relations, counseling, and leadership. Lucy loves photography and she is glad to help encourage and equip young photographers to reach clients and to meet and exceed their expectations.
Christine Ochieng', Production Manager - Christine loved journalism from when she was a child. She's worked as a camera person and video editor for four years. During this time, she's covered dozens of events, weddings, and documentaries, including projects featured on the Wedding Show. She has a gift in planning, organizing and directing shoots and bringing out the best in her crew.
George Opejo, Photographer - Photography has had a major impact on George's life. After developing a passion for photography as an intern, George is emerging as one of the top young photographers in Kenya. He's covered a host of major multi-national events and has photographed heads of state from numerous countries. His work has featured in major magazines and newspapers in East Africa.
Winnie Akinyi, Photographer/Administrator - Winnie loves creating beautiful images. She began her photography journey and has been fully trained at iHope. Winnie especially enjoys wedding and fashion photography and is skilled at directing and posing couples and individuals.
Melvin Maina, Videographer - Melvin has a background in video production and mass media. He is a disciplined videographer with a keen eye for picture clarity and quality, and an ear for exceptional sound. Melvin has played a vital role in improving the technical quality of iHope's video production through DSLR shooting.
Pascaline Wanjiku, Public Relations Officer - Pascaline has worked hands-on with wedding planners for over two years and knows the ins and outs of wedding photography. She brings a commitment to quality customer service and loves making brides smile.