It has taken me too long to blog this particular session. I am about 7 months behind on blogging as it is, but this one in particular should have been done right away. Mostly because I want everyone to see how amazing this woman Vanessa is. I wrote about her a bit on my FB page and am going to copy most of what I said there. But I have to add that the images here are all in COLOR because that is what this woman is. She is full of life, vibrancy and color even though she has to be such a fighter, such a warrior right now and for the past few years. Looking at these images even now show nothing of the physical pain and suffering Vanessa was in at that very moment. If there is anything to be said about the human spirit and how it can overcome, Vanessa is a shining example. I added images of her laughing so hard with her wonderful sister that she is doubled over. I added images of them making goofy faces and doing goofy things. The last image was a request by them to get their footprints in the sand as they walked away together. If you are a photographer please think about joining the Magic Hour Foundation. I am so grateful for them for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to help if possible through my photographs. Here is what I said on FB:
Recently I was contacted by a new organization called The Magic Hour Foundation (http://www.magichourfoundation.org/) to see if I would donate a session to a local woman who is fighting cancer. The very day they contacted me I had been thinking how can I give back with my photography in a way that is meaningful. It was serendipitous when their note came in and last night I had my session with a very beautiful woman (both inside and out). named Vanessa. Her sister is visiting from California so we were able to get the both of them in the photos. The humor, love and plain positive attitude was so uplifting and lovely. Vanessa was obviously in pain and tired but she was adamant that we get a photo of her jumping on the beach. Really, it was the most amazing jump I ever saw. Not because it was olympic style but because within that jump I saw a true fighter that loves life and wants to continue to love life. I guess she would say she is a “warrior” and I would whole-heartedly agree.
The Magic Hour Foundation is still in the forming process and I am grateful that they found me! If you are a photographer and this is something you might like to be a part of, please contact them!