Thursday, March 13, 2008

more than i ever imagined.

I have been so very busy. A great engaged-in-life kind of busy. Seems the blog falls away first when these times roll around so...SO nice to see you again :)

I am lucky enough to tell you that a large part of my busyness is due to my business. Sometimes I am a little afraid to 'say it out loud' or need to ask someone to pinch me on this whole journey that I have embarked. Although I do not say much here about my professional shoots, the one last Friday deserves special attention.

I often work with my dear friend B. She is a Creative Director and often needs a photographer for her clients. We have worked together many times but last week we had a truly deep and moving experience. We spent six hours at a fantastic non-profit facility dedicated to helping developmentally disabled individuals become as independent as each of them are capable. Our goal was to document a day in the life of this amazing place.

When we arrived we were very excited to take part but were not completely certain how we would be received. We were strangers after all. Strangers with a camera.

We walked in and almost immediately were welcomed and enveloped by the most beautiful community of individuals you can imagine. I cannot do this day justice with words but I can tell you I am changed for it. Blessed by it. And so very impressed with the spirit and humanity of the people that have dedicated their lives to helping others in this way.

We did take one small break to drink some water, regroup, discuss the shots we still needed. We couldn't get into how deeply moved we were just yet...tears get in the way when photos are your job.

As B and I sat on the grass I turned and instinctively shot this photo and forgot all about it. We cried in the car on the way home. Discussed the beauty of our experience. Wondered out loud why the general public was not more like this loving and trusting community where we had just spent the day.

Over the next few days I combed through the nearly 1200 images that I captured. I had to dry my eyes more than once over my luck at having had this experience. When this image came up I was floored. Look at the center of this dandelion.

Do you see it?

I told you Love is Everywhere.
It is just that in some places there is
more than you could ever imagine.

8 Comments:

Blogger d.girl said...

Amazing! Great post and pic!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous B said...

I was there.
- and I second everything you said.
AND I say - how lucky I am to have found an image catcher with as much "heart" for my projects as I have.

always
B

7:47 PM  
Blogger Mama DB said...

What a great thing you did!

And the shot, it is beautiful.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Nessie Noodle said...

chills...

1:02 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

AMAZING image and beautiful words to follow! I know just what you are talking about, that kind of amazing community that is formed through struggles, through what we might view as "limitations." I remember wandering through impoverished streets in India thinking of how jealous I was that I would never truly understand their kind of happiness. It's such an important lesson to learn. It's such an important reminder of prospective, gratitude, love. Love IS everywhere!! Thanks for this reminder xox

5:31 PM  
Blogger HarleyHardcore said...

You seem like a very wise person. I do agree with what you said about love being everywhere & etc. That story was beautiful, as it that photo.

It really takes my breath away having the heart in the center. It's moving!

5:42 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

amen, sister. love is everywhere. such an amazing story, such a magnificent image. thanks for sharing it with us.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jewels said...

Very very very nice picture & story! Yay you!

2:21 PM  

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