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Be Positive: An Extraordinary Girl

Nicole is an extraordinary young woman indeed. This high school junior has a serious, life-threatening disease. She’s doing well now, but was very, very sick in the fall.

Nicole wears this pendant on her necklace: B+, Be Positive. From what I have leaned about Nicole and what I observed when I was photographing her in the studio, this is not just a nice idea for her – it’s a way of life. She is one confident, courageous and determined young lady. I’m sure her attitude has made all the difference in carrying her through these last few months. Nicole got her pendant from an extraordinary organization, The B+ Foundation, Inc. Check out their great work in supporting kids with cancer.

When she got her diagnosis in September, she cried in the doctor’s office, but has not cried once since.

Nicole is always smiling. This, of course, makes the photographer’s job easy. She was a joy to shoot with and has a wonderful easy and relaxed way about her.

I did catch one expression that was not an open smile. The family did not choose this image as one of their favorites, because it is so unlike Nicole NOT to be smiling. But I liked the picture because it shows her self-assurance and strength. Her blue eyes and gold nail polish are pretty awesome too!

You can read more about Nicole’s story on the Blythedale Children’s Hospital website, Nicole’s Miraculous Recovery. Be sure to see Nicole’s video at the bottom of the article.

 

The evening after our shoot, I got a note from Nicole’s mom, which read in part:

” It was the best medicine to spend 2 hours at Nicole’s photo shoot.  I could tell Nicole felt really at ease with you. The pictures are so beautiful. Thank you so much for taking time to create a beautiful keepsake for her.  I have lots of photos from this time — of Nic goofing around, of her getting chemo, with groups of friends — but none that truly capture her inner glow and spirit, which you have so artfully done.  She came home and was bursting to tell her friends about her adventure.  Moments like these are precious to me. I know we will always treasure Nicole’s photos.”

This is why I’m a portrait photographer. It’s a true blessing for me to take pictures of – and to get to know – inspiring people like Nicole. She and her family are in my prayers – this day and always.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

What I’m Grateful For

by Blake Robinson

November 20th, 2012    1 Comment     Add Comment
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This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for many things. One of the things I’m most grateful for is the opportunity to spend time with and photograph terrific young people, like my friends Ricky and Ryan.

For the last several years, I’ve taken pictures of these boys each fall for the family Christmas card and also for prints that can be given to family members as gifts by Mom and Dad. It’s been fun to watch these kids grow up year by year.

These guys are very well behaved and are ace students. The scene above would never happen, especially as both of their parents work at their school and keep pretty close tabs on them!

This is a more likely situation for Ricky and Ryan. How great to have your older brother explain the intricacies of Algebra to you!

Thanks, Guys, (and Mom too!) for a fun day. Here’s wishing these boys, their family, and all my faithful blog readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. We all have much to be grateful for.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

No Marathon? I’ll Run My Own!

My friend, Lisa, trained long and hard for the New York City Marathon. When it was cancelled, she simply created her own course through several Connecticut towns. She put on her Marathon T shirt and bib number and ran, by herself, on Sunday, for 26 miles, 385 yards. Here she is, cruising through my neighborhood in Darien.

I’ve read a fair amount  about photographing marathon runners. Most photographers and runners agree it’s hard to get a flattering picture – the runner is sweaty, tired, disheveled, stressed and maybe awkward looking. Well, behold Lisa, above, more than half way through her run. As you can see, she was cool, calm and collected – and looked fabulous!

Lisa had fans all along her route cheering her on, including these two women.

Incidentally, my neighborhood, right after Hurricane Sandy came through, was littered with downed power lines, uprooted trees and all manner of other storm debris. For some reason, none of this appeared in these images – thankfully. We’ve seen enough of Sandy.

Brava, Lisa. You did great!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.