2017 with Carmen Buck Photography

2017 with Carmen Buck Photography

How do I celebrate and honor those who mean so much to me, my business Carmen Buck Photography and the wonderful art created?

 

I make a special show!

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Light Shadow and Love

Light, Shadow and Love!  James meets his baby brother Jackson for the 1st time, and it's an exciting time.  This blog is about Selina, Clay, James and Jackson and about capturing love and emotion in photos.  Learn ways to capture the beauty of emotion in your own photographs.

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Tuesday Tell All-3-14-17 David and Joan

Living well when someone we love has dementia:  David and Joan contributed their story about living well with dementia to my book Love Still Lives Here about a year ago.  Yesterday, nearly one year after my original blog about them (3/14/17!) I spent the afternoon visiting with Joan and their son Kristan who had very interesting insight from the adult child's perspective.  Enjoy!

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What is Beauty?

Tuesday Tell All with Carmen Buck Photography:  The Beauty of a Woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is a doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.  
True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.  It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.

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Tuesday Tell All- 2/21/17 Jude and Beth

Tuesday Tell All

Every Tuesday, I’ll be hosting a FaceBook Live at 12N to talk about the stories behind the images.  

This week, I’m going to talk about Beth and Jude. They are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.  This is a book about the families who love and care for those with dementia.  I’m slowly working on it with an editor and hope it’ll be out by the Fall of 2017.  It’s a celebration of love and devotion.  I met with each of the families, we talked and I recorded our interviews.  I also photographed some beautiful portraits for them and for the book.  I’m writing  their stories now and preparing to get them to the publisher.  


The Bigger the Love, The Bigger the Hurt-BUT, but the Bigger the Love- Beth Wick


Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of a photo session?  Maybe you’ve looked at photos, and wondered about the people in the photos-maybe their story or what was going on at the time.  Beth's quote is beautiful in so many ways.  

Love was going on at the time of this photo- deep and devoted love.  She and Jude have a love that is deep and devoted and enviable.  It's the kind of love we all yearn for, and it always has been. It's the love that defines their relationship- not Jude's dementia.

 

Jude and Beth

I want to tell you about Jude and Beth today- 12N on Facebook Live-Carmen Buck Photography page. 

They contributed to Love Still Lives Here.  I recently listened to our interview and was once again amazed by the deep love and true devotion Beth has for Jude. They met later in life and have a beautiful, deep love.  Jude developed dementia, and Beth continues in her devotion to her husband, but dementia does not define their relationship- LOVE defines their relationship.

What Defines Your Relationship?

What defines your Relationship?  Is it how you met or what challenges you've overcome?  For Beth W., Jude's wife, it is NOT dementia.  We met to talk about their love story and how the disease has impacted his life.  I'm compiling stories in a soon to be published book, Love Still Lives Here to honor the beautiful love stories that exist in spite of and in some cases, because of the dementia.

The Love of Jude and Beth

  • His face lights up when he sees Beth.  Like many with dementia, he may not be able to tell us who she is to him, but it is clear she is important to him.  

 

  • Their love has crossed many BIG hurdles and the commitment is clear.  Dementia has altered their 'retirement' plans but Beth is committed to her daily visits, caring for as much personal care as possible, helping him eat, sharing his favorite music with him, walking about and cuddling.

 

  • Dementia has not taken the core of who he is.  He has remained kind, loving, genuine, open hearted with a beautiful sense of humor.  

 

  • Beth wishes to define their love by these characteristics rather than using the dementia symptoms to describe her loving husband.  She admits to needing to honor what is rather than mourn what isn't and to look at their life with a wide angle lens.  That's photog talk for looking at the big picture but you get it.  

What Defines Their Love?

Patience -certainly in the beginning of their love story and now

Kindness- he is helpful to the other residents in the memory care facility where he lives- Poet’s Walk in Round Rock.

He is a gentle man

He is a spiritual man.  He had things happen that could have lead him away from his spiritual beliefs, but they did not.  He is who he is in spite of what happened.  

 


Love Still Lives Here

Our elderly deserve our respect and love. We sometimes forget how important it is to memorialize every time of our lives-even our later years. These beautiful families contributed to my book Love Still Lives Here. I honor them.

Teaser ALERT!

There is so much more I could say about this sweet man, but you'll have to wait for Love Still Lives Here to come out in the Fall of 2017.  You'll see many more pictures, too.  I fell in love with the animation of is face and his sneaky smiles, but again, you'll have to wait a few more months.   You know this blog post is just a super short version, right?  His wife shared beautiful stories about Jude before he had dementia, once he was diagnosed and now that he is in a memory care facility.  The love is so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out!  Love Still Lives Here will be published by the Fall of, 2017.  At it's core, 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.

Tune in to Facebook Live on Carmen Buck Photography page at 12N Tuesday 2/21/17!  Comment and let me know you are there- it'll help me so much!  I'll post it below when I'm all done!

Golden Age Special

Have you thought lately, "I'd do just about anything to see that sparkle in her eyes again?"   When was the last time you had family pictures taken with your elderly family members?  Let's honor them with a gift that lasts for generations!  It's a GREAT time too because there is a special going on!  

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Love Still Lives Here-My Kickstarter Campaign

Love Still Lives Here- My Kickstarter Campaign

I'm getting ready to launch my Kickstarter Campaign called Love Still Lives Here.  Last week, my friend and colleague Alice with Forever Lola Photography videotaped my interview which will be part of the trailer for my Kickstarter Campaign.  You may have seen some posts about this project, Love Still Lives Here.  

That means I'll have a video taped trailer to share my message and ask for donations to help fund my project.  Love Still Lives Here is a book about people impacted by dementia.  It's a POSITIVE, BEAUTIFUL project about love and devotion.  

LOVE STILL LIVES HERE-HOW IT CAME ABOUT

After 37 years as a nurse and 16 of those as a nurse practitioner, I heard the most beautiful stories and thought to myself- these ARE the stories that MUST be told.  So, I left a great career to tell those stories in a book and share the messages with the world.  I'm a storyteller- photographer, author and speaker.  Once I knew what I wanted to do, I fine tuned my photography and interviewed, and learned about business and....   Love Still Lives Here will have 8-12 interviews with several beautiful images of each family.  

Why Kickstarter for Me?

I'm looking to Kickstarter to help me finish the book, purchase assistance with editing and gift photos and copies of the book to the families.  I'm also building a platform to get the word out about this project.

What is Kickstarter?

What is Kickstarter you ask?  

According to Kickstarter.com:  'Kickstarter is an enormous global community built around creativity and creative projects. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project.

Some of those projects come from influential artists like De La Soul or Marina Abramović. Most come from amazing creative people you probably haven’t heard of.

Every artist, filmmaker, designer, developer, and creator on Kickstarter has complete creative control over their work — and the opportunity to share it with a vibrant community of backers.'

What Does Kickstarter Do for Creatives?

According to Kickstarter website:    Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.  To date, tens of thousands of creative projects-big and small- have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.  

 Kickstarter was built to help bring creative projects to life.  They measure their success as a company by how well the mission is achieved and not by the size of their profits. That’s why, in 2015, they became a Benefit Corporation.  A benefit Corporations are for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders. Radically, positive impact on society becomes part of a Benefit Corporation’s legally defined goals. 

What Now?

Watch for MY KICKSTARTER  CAMPAIGN  and consider donating to my project. There will be options to donate as little as 5$ on up.  You'll get something in return (other than knowing you've done something wonderful!), so please watch and donate.  It will open for 3 weeks and I must reach my goal to receive any of the funds.  It's all or nothing with Kickstarter.

What Moments Matter the Most?

So, I set out to do a family photo session this week-end.  It wasn't your typical family photo session because it involved a pig named Daisy and 2 lovely, furry bunnies.  I knew the Cavanaugh family was special, but what I didn't know was that I would get to experience an absolutely genuinely fun, beautiful family too!   We did the Family session at their home because, well frankly, how do you take a pig on a field trip?  Plus, pictures in the privacy and intimacy of your own home carry special meaning.  These pics were taken between the moments with Daisy.  Good luck getting a pig to pose, but stay tuned...

Meet the Cavanaugh Family

Family Lifestyle Portraits

I've talked about 'lifestyle photography' before, and this is an example of that kind of a shoot.  Some of the shoot was posed, but the expressions were priceless and all their own.  I captured some moments between the moments and got those goosebumps (brush with the divine) that I yearn for.  When I get goosebumps, I know I'm in the midst of something truly special.  So I was!  

Family Photo Sessions- What Moments Matter the Most?

What moments matter the most?  Those moments between the moments where the personalities shine through.  I've found that the still images are incredible for this and to even add more BAM, I create a video/slide show.  The video portions are quick snippets but they capture some of the movement and love that still images simply cannot.  It's a blend of the best of two worlds.  Add music and you've got memories that go on and on.  My husband Tim Buck was kind enough to get some video footage for me so this video is definitely a behind the scenes because it shows a little bit of me.  It is a memory of a wonderful afternoon family photo session for the Cavanaugh family and for me!  It might be the best part, so be sure and take a look and leave a comment for this beautiful family!  Oh and PS- Daisy was relatively cooperative, sweet and you'll just have to see for yourself how the posing went...

A Family Session with Horses

We had so much fun photographing and video taping this family, that we opted to do a few more with their horses.  The girls love the horses and so- why not?  I'm so glad we did because it was probably the highlight of the session.  

You can have your family photos uniquely yours also.  This family opted to have video with some behind the scenes along with their portrait images.  These images will mean more and more to them with each passing year.  

Family sessions begin at $200 for sitting fee.

Don't wait to get your family photos done!

Because there's always MORE to the story...here's a little video/slideshow with some behind the scenes. 

A Beautiful Family Session

You'll feel the love and joy in this family.  I've started integrating a little behind the scenes video and love capturing some of the fun between the poses.   What happens next?  This family has beautiful portraits that will mean more to them with each passing year.  They have beautiful images to hang on the walls and desks.  They also have a meaningful portrait video showing things that still images miss.  It's easy to share with their friends and  families.   PERFECTION!  You can get yours, also.  Call 512-920-2825 to schedule.

Hope, Love and Being Better Everyday

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
— Havelock Ellis
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Delightful Dot!

Dot and her daughters  are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here. 

I was blessed to meet with Dot and her 3 lovely daughters, Donna, Delaney and Delinda.  What beautiful stories they had to tell about growing up and growing older with their mother.  We chat. We took pictures.  We laughed.  We laughed a lot.  

I look for themes in the stories of families caring for their loved with dementia.  Dot's family had so much to share and as always, I learned  a lot about life.  Dot has done relatively well with her dementia and her daughter's recognized that there could be personality changes that are sometimes for the worse.  They feel very fortunate that Dot has, in fact, become more pleasant as her dementia has progressed.  Sundowning is a problem, but all has been manageable and they feel their mother is content.  What a gift!

This has given them  hope believing that perhaps aging isn't as scary as it might have been had they not witnessed their mother's graceful walk into old age.  Dot is 85, thought she certainly looks younger!


These ladies have love and joy and laughter.  An afternoon with them was pure joy.  Don't you see it in their faces?  

 From left to right-Delinda, Donna, Delaney and sitting is Dot.

From left to right-Delinda, Donna, Delaney and sitting is Dot.

The expected publication date for my book,  Love Still Lives Here is September 2016.  You will learn more about this admirable family and walk away with a sense of awe.  Their stories ARE about HOPE, LOVE and BEING BETTER EVERY DAY!  Be sure and 'like' my Facebook page (Carmen Buck Photography), follow me on Instagram @CarmenBuckPhoto and Twitter @CBuckPhoto

I am so thrilled to tell you more about Dot.   You know this blog post is just a super short version, right?  Her daughters shared beautiful stories about Dot before she had dementia, once she was diagnosed and now.  The love and humor are so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out!  Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016.  At it's core, 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.


Elder Remembrance Photography

 In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos.  It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s.  When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized?  Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them.  Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there.  It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff.  It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life!  Watch for E-Books with simple tips about how to take great photos.  Add some stories about your loved one and you've got magic! Sign up to get updates!  

Having Fun with Balloons

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
— Dalai Lama

And Happy we were!  We planned a photo shoot to honor mothers and daughters.  We gathered a wonderful team.  We got some balloons for a beautiful little girl to run around with.  We let life unfold and had a blast.

Special thanks to Vanessa for her assistance.  Makeup and hair by Duane Sevelin with Sevelin Global.   Models- Marcy, Sandy and Taylor