Brenda, Jef, Josh...all chronicled Nic's journey in such a beautiful way...taking the most critical of times and showing them in heartbreaking, yet hopeful video and photographs. As her journey progressed, they were there, capturing the moments that encouraged us, letting us know that all would be OK.
New friends have come along the way, including Talamieka and Charles. They were drawn to Nicole, fascinated by her story, then captured by her positive personality. And expressing themselves in a way they know best, through their art, they have provided us with many memorable images. They were responsible for the beautiful poster promoting "An Evening of HOPE."
Photography is a creative outlet for both the subject and the photographer when Nicole and Talamieka take off for a day of adventure, which they did on Saturday. I've just seen a preview of what they did, and it's pretty awesome.
But Nicole's not the only model that Talamieka is drawn to. And luckily, we have a real supermodel in our midst. She knows how to work a camera, giving the lens looks that are compelling, natural and will absolutely melt your heart!
It's Roxie! And she loves a camera! And Talamieka captures her essence beautifully!
For some reason, this shot reminds me of something out of a 1960's Hollywood magazine...
And at the end of the day, it all goes back to looking out the window on the off-chance she may see a squirrel...
Maybe Talamieka's calm spirit would have a positive effect on my friend Jonni's dog, Cole. Cole is absolutely terrified of cameras. Pull one out and he'll run for cover under the bed and will stay there for hours. I saw it for myself when we went to the lake house a few weeks ago. Even cellphone cameras are off limits. Maybe if Cole saw how well Talamieka portrayed Roxie, he'd flash those baby blue eyes for her!
It's wonderful to capture the moments of our lives with a camera. And it's a blessing to have such talented friends who are willing to give us these wonderful gifts. The photos help us remember where we've been so we can appreciate how far we've come, and they help us better appreciate the people (and pets) who are in our lives.
I'm going to close today with a thought that I grabbed off Ella Pogue's facebook profile page. I read it and thought that these are words we should all live by. Thanks Ella (and happy birthday!)...
Live with intention.
Walk to the EDGE.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Continue to learn.
Apprecitate your friends.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
Blessings to all who read this!