Who am I?

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I'm Malinda Baum.

“I do more before 5am than the military does before 4pm.” — my college essay

 Mother of four. Grandmother to one. Military wife. Firefighter Paramedic. Documentarian. Competitive powerlifter. Titles often fail to express the fluidity of the human experience. But I suppose that’s what led me to visual storytelling in the first place. 

As a photographer and filmmaker, I help justice-oriented organizations engage others in their work, challenging assumptions, shifting perspective, and encouraging empathy through honest imagery. When stock images and staged shoots are ineffective at capturing the true impact of their work, I capture a true representation of the issues organizations are fighting for and against. 

Electing to train as a firefighter and paramedic at 33 years old, I spent 12 years in rooms with people suffering from immense trauma and loss. My own Cancer diagnosis in 2008 put me on the other side of service provision, observing how people tiptoe around topics they aren’t equipped to discuss. These experiences have provided me with a lens that many others cannot see even when standing in the same place. 

My work has been featured at SXSW and has received recognition from the Texas Professional Photographers Association and the International Professional Photography Association. 

 


Inspiration

Inspired by the world around us. Finding beauty in spaces, places and people.

Techniques

Still photography, digital artistry, painting, cinematography, audio and editing.

Career Highlights

International Photography award
SXSW film showing

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