None of us have forever. This is how I decided to use my photography skills to help others.
Everyone has a moment in their life where something happens and it just changes you. That event for me was the death of my friend Mary Sue. She was diagnosed with with uterine cancer and was given 5 years to live. She lived 6. At the end, she was a shell of her former self. She was frail and weak and had lost all her hair. But she still had that beautiful smile on her face till the end as well as an indeterminable spirit to make everyone around her feel loved and important.
“I’m so glad I took those pictures”
At the after-service gathering, there was a slideshow of Mary Sue throughout the years. A lot of the photos were ones that I had taken of Mary Sue when we were together. I thought to myself “I’m so glad I took those pictures”. The photo show wouldn’t have been the same without them… for me at least. It made me think that some families never really stop to get photos of their family together. We are so busy living our lives that before you know it, we are at the end of our lives and we have no record of it. Only our memories.
It was that day that I decided that I wanted to offer my photography services for free to families and individuals that are suffering from any life-threatening illnesses. I want take pictures of families together, lovers holding hands, children in their parent’s laps, fathers reading to their children, mothers cooking in the kitchen with their mothers and daughters… so many memories that just go unrecorded, but they are the moments that mean the most.