“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing—light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.”—Jodi Piccoult
While in the Chicago area for P&S’s wedding last weekend, I was lucky enough to squeeze in an engagement shoot for this adorable couple. They’re getting married in Charleston next year and wanted some photos to display and show a taste of the city they call home. I was honored to do it and it was so much fun to shoot in a new city for a change. Here’s a few of my favorites.
jayro: My absolutely adorable niece and her husband-to-be!!
“Choose Life over the other stuff. Get out of your head. Live. Dress up. Eat. Touch people. Help out. Give up. Love people. Give your best away. There’s more. What’s the problem? Relax. You’re going to die. Throw a party. Eat off my plate. Sing to me. Meet me in the bedroom. Get a massage. Give one. Let your amazement out into the room. Pry open the box you hide your joy in. Be a poem.”—my friend, John Patrick Shanley (via emphasisadded)
On My Nightstand: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Fascinating nonfiction story of the unusual cancer cells that continue to thrive 60 years after the death of Henrietta Lacks, a woman who was never informed that she “donated” her cells. The author skillfully combines the scientific, medical and ethical impact of this event with the personal impact on her extended family. A page turner. The author’s website lists upcoming public speaking engagements around the country and she is scheduled in San Diego on November 2.
Seriously. Never saw the movie. Read the book this week and found it to be short, dark and a compelling read. I couldn’t put it down. Wow. Honestly—I have to say it didn’t appeal to me in the past because of the title (what happened to not judging a book by its cover? Aw, man!).