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- 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
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
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
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.
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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
Jude W. and his wife Beth are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.
There is so much more I could say about this sweet man, but you'll have to wait for the book to come out in November 2016! 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 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.
I was honored to be present, celebrate AND take pictures at Autumn Leaves Northwest Austin's First Anniversary party! The theme was Parisian with music, beautiful art, exquisite food, new and old friends and a lot of LOVE! I'm not just throwing that word around...the LOVE was palpable. I enjoyed meeting families and staff members as well as people from the senior care community of Austin. How WONDERFUL to see familiar faces!
Considering memory care is a very difficult decision. There are so many factors and by the time families decide that it is best for their loved one, they've been through SO MUCH heartache. With that being said, I heard over and over how much peace of mind they have knowing their loved one is cared for in a safe and loving environment. So much can be said for choosing the best living arrangements and perhaps that'll be for a future blog post.
Many of you know that I've been a nurse for 37 years and NP for 16 of those. I still can't believe it has been that long! Nurses know how to listen and connect, and this has certainly helped me in my photography career. Many of my years as a nurse and nurse practitioner were spent in care of the elderly and helping them to manage life with dementia. I'm completing a book telling the love stories of these beautiful families in both photos and written word. Watch for that October 2016! If you would consider contributing by sharing your own love story, please contact me.
Autumn Leaves Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Assisted Living Communities are leaders in providing specialized memory care in a home-like environment. They incorporate practices that are specifically designed for individuals living with memory impairment. There are several Autumn Leaves Memory Cares in TX and 7 other states.