Here are some of my faves from the Out Of The Darkness Community Walk in Fairfax, October 1, 2022. It was a great turnout despite the weather. A little drizzle didn’t dampen any spirits.

I have been shooting AFSP events since 2014 and have always enjoyed covering them. This walk caps off the season for me and it has always been a pleasure.

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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.

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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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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