The Joy of Running

One of my favorite things about my work is having the opportunity to get to know my clients.  It’s important because the client-photographer relationship is one built on trust.  My clients place in my hands a large degree of trust in that when they step before my camera I know  just how to make them comfortable and relaxed, not self-conscious or embarrassed, in order to capture  the essence of their unique personality and beauty in each image.  That’s a huge responsibility!  Consequently, I do my best to live up to it in every photo session.

And, as I said, in the process I really get to know my client.  Joy Robinette, a young woman now attending  University of Stirling in Scotland, is a case in point.  Joy came to my attention the other day when I read an article about and by her in the local paper, the Bellingham Herald.

While this image was actually made in Bellingham, I always thought it had a feel of the British Isles, which as it turned out, was perfect for Joy.
While this image was actually made in Bellingham, I always thought it had a feel of the British Isles, which as it turned out, was perfect for Joy.

I photographed Joy for her senior portrait.  She was a striking young woman, poised and confident, with a vibrant personality and a smile to match.  Her beautiful burnt red locks of long hair tumbled down her back in a carefree manner giving her a spirited look.  Yet, upon meeting her and, especially, as I worked with her, I came to understand that she was deeply caring person, full of compassion and hope.

Sure, we talked about her accomplishments on the soccer field, which were many. But as she spoke about her plans for the future, about her desire to study abroad, I could tell that there was far more to this young senior than what met the eye.  So it should have been no surprise to read in Herald that Joy, along with her university soccer team, was undertaking a marathon run in Barcelona in March to help raise money and awareness for the  Association for International Cancer Research.

The day was gray and chilly but the water was a perfect setting for Joy with her plaid flannel shirt and red, wavy hair.
The day was gray and chilly but the water was a perfect setting for Joy with her plaid flannel shirt and red, wavy hair.

She’s established a website where you can contribute to her effort.  All the money raised is being done in memory of her own grandmother who died of cancer.

As Joy puts it: “…maybe together we can give some family in the future the best gift they could ever ask for — the gift of life.”  I am honored to know Joy.  I hope you’ll take a minute to help out by going to her personal link for the upcoming marathon at:  http://www.justgiving.com/user/37665232.  She needs only a few hundred pounds more to reach her goal of  £1,000.

You can read more about Joy here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/01/20/2843026/bellingham-student-hopes-to-run.html#wgt=rcntnews#storylink=cpy.

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