A little more info about Essential Moments:
When I was younger I read a book by Henri Cartier Bresson that changed how I looked at the world. I started to look beyond what I saw to see moments in time, and personality and essence in a person's face. Bresson was “determined to preserve life in the act of living.” And so this became my calling in life. I began photographing people at age 16, aspiring to capture essence. In college I studied photography and social justice issues, hoping to be able to use my Bresson trained “Mind's Eye” to make an impact and do some good in the world but it wasn't until this past summer, 10 years after my love of photography began, that I really figured out how.
Eight years ago I photographed my first wedding professionally and this past summer I photographed 25 weddings. It was a very successful year and a terribly difficult one as well, my mother passed away after fighting stage IV lung cancer for 5 years.
While I may not be able to cure cancer myself it just is not the case that there isn't anything I can do. I can use my gifts to “preserve life” for people with terminal cancer and for their families.
“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again.” - Henri Cartier Bresson
The American Cancer Society is trying to create a world where we celebrate more birthdays by eliminating more cancer, a lofty and worthwhile goal. The reality for a lot of people with Stage IV cancer is that this birthday may be their last. So I propose that photographers give these people a gift, a gift not only for them but also for their families who live with the diagnosis.
We can capture forever, the joy of a birthday party in candids, and the love of a family in a portrait. We can see the vanishing instant and keep it from vanishing forever. We have this opportunity and we should take it.
There is a need here and I know there are many people with skills needed and the desire to fulfill it.