Tuesday, July 05, 2011

We are moving forward in our mission so beautifully and again today I have 2 more new faces to share, Cashius and Taylor. Cashius opens this post and he was photographed by Leo. As you can see he is breathtaking and the work by Leo records him beautifully.

Taylor was photographed by Dawn and she is obviously a beauty with style and flair. Dawn seemed to capture that spirit with ease. I couldn't be more proud of the talent that has come to work with the Soul families. Both Taylor and Cashius will soon be on featured in our gallery where you can read about each released child and adult.

We do not every expect our families to sign releases but we are so grateful when they do. We are experiencing the same slow economy as the rest of the country so it is great when we can share the photos to show that your donations to Soul are being used frugally and wisely. Please let us know if there is a business that you think might want to help back our work financially or if you know of any grants for which we might apply. Diane is working hard to make this years Artist Sale the best ever and I am working hard to create things that I think will sell easily but we can't cover the expenses from this one fundraiser. We hope that more donations trickle in from the newsletter but with all the requests we need to be sure we keep pace with funding. I have to say that even with wise words from my friend Mark Hamby, I did not understand all that it takes to fund and operate a nonprofit, but its certainly a journey that I could not even attempt with out hundreds of friends and supporters.

I had the privilege of viewing Sacha's most recent shoot. It was an end of life situation and I have to say she did an outstanding job. The little boy and his loving family are achingly sweet. They show love and sadness and joy all together in the most touching set of photos. My heart goes out to them and I am so thankful that they requested this second shoot.

Its only a few weeks till Camp Agape. Megan, Hannah, Kurt, Bryce and I will all be going to work with the families. We are so thankful to Nanette and Ranjiv for making this possible again this year. Their financial support means so much to us and to the families at the camp.

Well the sun is out, I need to ride that bike before today's shoots. I start with one of my former brides and her 3 great sons and then I get to photograph our own Sarah with husband Steve and the fetching twins. I am so excited to see all of them and to observe Ruby's crawling. Tanner will no doubt have some smiley faces to win me over even if he doesn't show the quick motor skills of his wiry sister.

I am honored to attend mini-retreat poetry meditations from time to time that are put together by the gifted poet, Elizabeth Austen. I have shoots on the days of the July retreats but thought I would share a poem she sent:

The Gift

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
Of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
To allow my living to open me,
To make me less afraid,
More accessible
To loosen my heart
Until it becomes a wing,
A torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
To live
So that which came to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
And that which came to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit.

—Dawna Markova

Hoping to open myself in ways that allow growth and let my heart take wing. In love and peace, Lynette