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?
Carmen Buck Photography is in the movies- City Light Theater in Georgetown, TXRead More
Carmen Buck Photography- nurse practitioner and internationally recognized photographer specializing in compassionate photography of the elderly and those with dementia. See video/slideshows of Alzheimer's TX walks to raise awareness and funds for those impacted by Alzheimer's Disease and other types of dementia.Read More
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Many families have no suitable photographs of their loved ones who have Alzheimer's. They don't realize honoring ordinary moments with compassionate photography is an important part of their parent's journey.Read More
There is so much going on. I'm a portrait, lifestyle and humanitarian photographer specializing in compassionate photography of the elderly. It is time for an update! Read here and then click on to see the full newsletter!Read More
Big News about Love Still Lives Here- It's time for an update!Read More
You will not forget Bea's story of Forgiveness and Transcendence. She took a seemingly impossible, painful situation and instead created a healing place for her family.Read More
Westminster hosted a 2nd Annual fund raiser for Alzheimer's Texas at Kendra Scott! It's an honor to photograph such a wonderful event for all 3 of these groups. Westminster, AlzTX and Kendra Scott Gives Back. Westminster, Kendra Scott Gives Back and Carmen Buck Photography all helping raise funds for Alzheimer's TX to help those impacted by dementia.Read More
The Legacy We Leave- Billie is an amazing woman who taught her daughter the power of loyalty in both health and illness. You'll be drawn to the love in this story about Billie and her daughter Laura. Their story is highlighted in my upcoming book Love Still Lives Here (Fall 2017) and the topic of this blog post. Craving more: Tuesday Tell All-Facebook Live 4-18-17 on Carmen Buck Photography at 12N CST tells the story behind the image.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.
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? 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.
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.
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!
And this is truly where the story begins...Read More
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!Read More
Meet Bill and Maureen who have learned about resiliency in a time of many changes left in the wake of a diagnosis of dementia.Read More
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
I’m honored to tell you a little about Juanita. Her story will be a chapter in the book, Love Still Lives Here with an expected publication date January 2017. There has been a truth, a theme that has evolved for each family. This truth has ranged from hope, prayer, loyalty, healing environment and more. Juanita’s daughter’s truth is Patience.Read More
Elder Remembrance Photography and my morning photographing and welcoming new clients to Poet's Walk Round Rock.Read More