The Power of Photography in a Year of Loss

Sunday, August 21, 2011

All my friends know that my love for photography centers on nature/scenic photos. I kick, scream & fight whenever asked to photograph people. I especially detest the posed variety photos. If I photograph people are all, I go for those shots where the person doesn't know what I'm doing.

However, I am grateful to those who over the years have insisted that I take photos at events, that I need people in shots as this has been a year of loss for me. From the sudden death of a young attorney in my firm to the loss of an author today who had been kind to me at RWA conferences. For three of the five losses, I've had photographs to give to family and friends, and for the other two, I've been able to look at photos taken by others.

Because of these photos, I have images of these people captured during good and happy times, and I'll be able to remember them in those moments whenever I think of them.

So while I still may grumble when asked to photograph people at events, I'll remember I'm capturing friends and loved ones in happy moments that I'll be able to share. Carol

~Jorge Herrera, Robin Cohen, Denise Myers, Helen Kirigin, and Sandra Hyatt~

The End

Monday, August 15, 2011

At 4:24 p.m. on August 14, 2011 I emailed to my Carina Press editor the completed manuscript of Her Dark Protector. The book is hopefully the first in a series that I've been calling "The Justice Hunters" about a secret justice society.

The moment I punched 'send' I felt tremendous relief for I had once more met my deadline. However, I also experienced great trepidation. I've lived with this book and its characters since the beginning of the year. I care about them and their story so I fret whether I did them justice. The book is my baby and it's hard to step back and be dispassionate.

I know I wrote the best book that I could at the time and pushed myself to expand in areas of the craft. Now I have to sit and hope that all is well and everyone will love it.

:) Carol