Having a Passion- Tuesday Tell All
May 9, 2017
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Tracie Maglosky put on by Precision Camera. I believe Olympus Camera sponsored the event. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Olympus camera-just saying! Tracie is a true inspiration to all of us. We all had something in common-the WHY behind the passion for what we do.
I have a passion for the story. I love the story within the story, the history, the NOW, and I love having something to look back on. I don’t want to see another person cry because time got away from them and they have no nice images of their loved ones. I don't want to be that person either! I working on this because I'm so often the one behind the camera taking pictures and often leave no evidence that I was even there. Oh no...
We Need More...
Not more cell phone or computer time and not more video game or TV time- we need more time with those we love. Time having fun, loving and creating memories.
When it all comes down to it, we all yearn to learn more about ourselves and others. I have very few photos of myself or my family when we were growing up. It is such a void for me. I would love to know what it was like for my parents before I was born and after. I would love the opportunity to get a peak back at what it was like when my brothers and I played around. What did we look like? What did our house look like? Our memories are tricky- not great and maybe a bit skewed. So, telling the story NOW and preserving it for the FUTURE is my passion.
Have you heard about Lifestyle Photography? No? Stay tuned for a future blog because this is real FUN stuff!!
Mother's Day Heirlooms
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were the inspirations for my latest project. Having worked with people with dementia for so many years, I created an offer to go to memory care facilities or homes to photograph families to include their elderly. A lot of families worry about how others will respond to their loved one with dementia, and I’m able to take that worry away. Next, we take our time and get some fabulous family heirlooms.
TWO COMMON QUESTIONS
Do I Travel?
Yes! I've been asked by people from around the country if I can travel to their area, and yes I can. I need to have at least 2 full days of shoots in a facility or two though.
Will I Continue to Photograph the Elderly and those with Dementia After Mother's Day?
Yes, of course! I love it!
Last week I visited with Fredes and her daughters Lynnelle and Karen. You can’t help but notice their naturally happy and loving giddy personalities. Fredes had some of the wittiest things to say! I caught some of that on video for them. Fredes lives at Poet’s Walk where she is lovingly cared for. I enjoyed my time with them so much!
Life Takes Turns
You never know what kind of turns life will take. We have our NOW though. They had a wonderful afternoon with their mother, and they now have beautiful images to last a lifetime. They can hang one on the wall and remember that day, those smiles, their mother every day.
Ready to create your own legacy? I photograph families just beginning with a program called Bump-2-One-Year which includes maternity through 1st birthday party. Honor, celebrate and create heirlooms for THIS time of your life. It won’t happen again.
Love Still Lives Here was conceived last year. I've completed all the interviews and portraits EXCEPT for one. I only have 3 chapters left to write and I'm working with an awesome editor Joyce Glass with The Write Academy. Can I just say what an honor it is to write and soon share these stories but- HEY- it is NOT EASY!
The Genesis of Love Still Lives Here
Love Still Lives Here is a project/book about families living with Dementia. It's a culmination of 8-12 stories of families and the love that they have for one another. Their stories range from when they first learned that they or their loved one had the disease to how they manage day to day. Very interesting themes have emerged! Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia. After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world. These are the stories so rarely heard. Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.