Thelma Diane Kidwell (1946-2019)

Thelma has been battling Multiple Myeloma for the last eight years . At the time I interviewed her back in March of 2017, there were signs of hope that she was winning. I kept in touch with her after that. Every once in a while I would call her just to see how she was doing. I truly enjoyed our conversations and valued her advice on life and dealing with adversities.

On 11/30/19 I got a sad message that Thelma passed away the day before. The message was from her daughter, Tammy. She said that Thelma spoke of me during her rally hours. She asked for permission to use some of the photos I took of her mother on the blog post: FAMILY, FAITH AND THE WILL TO FIGHT – A MULTIPLE MYELOMA STORY .

Thelma shall continue to be an inspiration and I feel very fortunate to have known her. My condolences go out to her family. May she rest in peace.

2019 Hike For Hope – Sterling, VA

6/29/19, Claude Moore Park, Sterling, VA – We were blessed with great weather at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Hike For Hope. Congratulations to Hike For Hope chair, Sarah Kurtz for a great turnout and successful event. As always, I thank AFSP NCAC for their continued trust in letting me cover their events.

Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day:

You can download digital files for FREE once all images are posted on either AFSP NCAC’s or the event’s very own Facebook page. In the meantime, you can preview the rest of the images at the 2019 Hike For Hope gallery, where you can purchase quality prints. 15% of net print sales through the PointShoot Photography website will be donated on behalf of the event to AFSP at the end of the year.


Mario Gozum is a portrait and event photographer and owner of PointShoot Photography, based in Severna Park, MD, serving businesses, organizations and residents in the following counties and cities:

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY│Centreville, Chester, Stevensville, Grasonville
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY│Annapolis, Arnold, Crofton, Davidsonville, Fort Meade, Galesville, Glen Burnie, Harwood, Lake Shore, Lothian, Mayo, Millersville, Pasadena, Riva, Severn, Severna Park, South Gate, South River
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY│Bowie, Kettering, Lake Arbor, Mitchellville, Upper Marlboro
CALVERT COUNTY│Chesapeake Beach, Dunkirk, Owings
TALBOT COUNTY│Easton
CAROLINE COUNTY│Odenton, Ridgely

2019 Johns Hopkins Out Of The Darkness Campus Walk

Last Saturday, 4/13/19, I kicked off my 6th year of serving the Maryland and National Capital Area Chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) at the Johns Hopkins Out Of The Darkness Campus Walk in Baltimore, MD.

Here are some of my favorite shots of the day.


Mario Gozum is a portrait and event photographer and owner of PointShoot Photography, based in Severna Park, MD, serving businesses and residents in the following counties and cities:

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY│Centreville, Chester, Stevensville, Grasonville, Queenstown
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY│Annapolis, Arnold, Crofton, Davidsonville, Fort Meade, Galesville, Glen Burnie, Harwood, Lake Shore, Lothian, Mayo, Millersville, Odenton, Pasadena, Riva, Severn, Severna Park, South Gate, South River
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY│Bowie, Kettering, Lake Arbor, Mitchellville,Upper Marlboro
CALVERT COUNTY│Chesapeake Beach, Dunkirk, Owings
TALBOT COUNTY│Easton
CAROLINE COUNTY│Odenton, Ridgely

ALMOST THERE! – THE WISEMANS

About two weeks ago I did a session for this young couple who were expecting the birth of their baby girl. In our prior discussions it was clear they didn’t want anything frou frou. Just something simple and sort-of-candid. To get some sense of direction, I told them our running theme would be… “The Romance Never Ends”. These two had plenty of romance between them, I had a blast capturing their moments together.

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FAMILY, FAITH AND THE WILL TO FIGHT – A MULTIPLE MYELOMA STORY

The thing I love most about photographing people is having the opportunity to get to know my clients. Some of their stories serve as links to creating friendships and some, I believe, are meant to inspire.

Back in October of 2015, I received a call from Thelma Kidwell. She wanted to grant her daughter’s wish to have a family portrait session. So I came up with a package that was going to be presented on her birthday the following year. In our planning meetings, we would occasionally exchange personal stories. In Thelma’s case, it was her battle against Multiple Myeloma. A type of cancer that, while treatable, still has no cure. About 11,000 people in the U.S. die from it each year. Continue reading

CORPORATE HEADSHOT SESSION, 04/09/15│ANNE

 

I had the privilege of serving Anne’s photography needs for a Corporate Headshot to be used for her new business. During our initial phone consultation she mentioned that her office was located at her home so I suggested we do an environmental shot using her work area as the background. We also talked briefly about wardrobe and I suggested that she prepare a few.

I believe in giving clients all the support, visual aids, tips and advice prior to a shoot. It builds confidence and makes the session run a lot smoother. So a few days before the session, I sent Anne a PDF file containing a few corporate-type posing suggestions that she can practice.  Continue reading