Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sorrow seems to manifest itself in many ways and the last two days I have had a headache that is very distracting. This work is powerful and touching but pulls at your heart when you lose a treasured friend.

We received the devastating news the day before Easter that the parents of our beautiful friend Rose had awakened to find that her life had ended. Rose was the second child I had photographed with the rare seizure disorder called Dravet's syndrome. Our intern, Brenna had spearheaded the shoot and arranged a second shoot once Rose's younger sister was born. In reading back through her history I came upon lovely letters that Rose's mom had written in thanks to the foundation. I am so thankful that we did both shoots and that I had the pleasure of being with this stunning little girl. The photo today is of Rose's hands reaching out to Brenna. I send much love and caring to her very special family.

I spent this morning at Seattle Children's with a new family. This couple has a week old baby boy and he is one handsome little fellow. My own heart is heavy as I think of the work that his tiny pump is struggling to do. It was an honor to work with such caring and gentle parents. I hope they know that we here at Soul have them in our hearts.

More calls have been coming in daily and I am hoping that the amazing group of photographers that have been so willing to do this work know that I so appreciate each and every shoot that they are providing. Special thanks to Heather, Teddi, Kurt and Jodi for the shoos completed in the past week. I see on the calendar that Deena has agreed to a shoot this Friday, which will be her second for Soul.

In love and peace and in memory of dear Rose, Lynette