The story is more important then the picture…..
Over the last several years when I write either about photography or some form of self-help subject, someone always touches my heart with their story. This past weekend I had the honor of meeting Paige and taking her photos. But her story is one of those survival stories, one that she is still going through as well as her two children.
Looking at the picture below you wouldn’t know but, Paige had gone through two years of taking care of her husband who had been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gerig’s disease. He had passed away this past January, leaving behind Paige and their two boys. When I met her in person, I couldn’t believe what a strong woman she really is both emotionally and physically. I’ve learned from my own past that you have to live your passion and live for the “now”, or you can succumb to complete devastation. Paige was a woman that was not going to allow this to happen to her.
While shooing her photos, we had seen a man in a electric wheelchair. She had told me how hard it was to see that, because that is what she had to deal with for the last year of her husband’s life. I could see the hurt on her face as we walked to various locations to shoot.
Paige was once a Mrs Tennessee title holder…. now she is a mother, a fitness competitor, my new life long friend and most of all, she is a true example of a real woman, a survivor and someone I will look up to. You see, we all have a story to tell, something to learn, and people to love during this lifetime. Because in the end, the only thing that really matters… is how much love you really gave to the world. Everything else, its’ fluff .
Paige… thank you for allowing me to be a very small part of your world, which made a big impact on mine.
Keeping Life in-Focus,
Kevin Talley aka Tall Guy with the Camera.
Posted on October 14, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged ALS, female, Fitness, Health, Kevin Talley, louisville, Memphis, model, Oxygen magazine, photography, raw food, survivor, Tennessee, wedding. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.