I meet one of the strongest women I have had the pleasure of being introduced to in my many years as a photographer. Karen is a beautiful free spirited woman who loves life and has red-headed tenacity. Karen married her long time sweetheart and together, they are parents of twin girls who are full of spunk, laughter, and pure beauty. The four of us took a stroll through the woods on an incredible autumn day and celebrated their family together in nature.
Karen loves music and appreciates a day outside enjoying the fresh air. She has an eye for art and good craftsmanship. She is a loyal friend and an incredible listener. She carries herself with a lovely warm energy that is caring and very maternal. Karen is a courageous survivor and fighter. She conquered breast cancer with strength and grace. Now, she is taking-cancer-down with a confident fight. I was introduced to Karen from her friend, Shawn. Shawn is another one of those incredible women that has came into my life to show me what courage and strength are all about.
I am paying it forward. I am giving back to women who have been through the fight. Women who reevaluate life as a spouse, mother, sister, and friend. If you have been dealt the card of cancer in your life, I want to celebrate your courage, your love, your family, your support system. I know what it’s like to have to put your health first, even though your heart may say differently. I was introduced to these two women because of an organization, that sadly no longer exists called the Magic Hour, which created a community of photographers who donate portrait sessions to patients and families affected by cancer.
If you would like to introduce me to an amazing cancer-fighter-veteran in your life, please contact me.
I raise a glass this New Year’s Eve to Karen and her family, Shawn and her family, and my dear friend Tom and Abby’s family. To Hope, Courage, Challenge, Strength, and Love.