Sunday, December 31, 2006

Serina Louise


Blogger micki said...

Eight years ago from today I called a local photographer asking if he would be willing to come out to my house to take some portraits of my youngest daughter who was dying. We wanted photos of her and of the family before she left us. I had completely forgotten that it was New Year’s Eve, but the photographer offered to come out that evening and take the photos. Even though I knew our time was quickly running out, I told him that I could wait until the next day; but he said it was no problem to come out that night. He arrived and took a good deal of photos and they all turned out beautifully. Twelve hours later, my daughter died in my arms just as the sun was rising on New Year’s morning. I miss her terribly every day, but especially this year – especially today; and there is a hole in my heart that will never be filled. To the photographer, I am so thankful that he came out that night so that we would always have the photos of her than we do; and although I didn’t take this photo, it is, of course, one of my favorites. We must remember that what we are doing is more than merely “taking pictures.” We are capturing moments in time that, however fleeting, however brief they may be, are special moments that can be looked back upon and cherished forever. Don’t keep those favorite photos filed away in boxes or in photo albums up on the closet shelf, or on a hard drive or a memory stick somewhere. Pull them out, print them off, and display them where your eye can see them regularly and take you back to times of life you don’t want forget and wish you could relive.

May 2007 hold in store for all of you many good memories and joyous moments that have yet to be realized, and may you capture every one of them and be able to enjoy them again and again.

11:36 AM  
Blogger WJWilson said...

Happy New Year to you to. She is a beautiful girl and thank you for sharing that story.

12:00 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

:_(....i just think its great that you did so much to preserve her memory...i also think that what you've said about us as photographers capturing special moments of time is completely true...

anyway, here's to you having a 2007 that brings you nothing but a smile

12:31 PM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

felice anno 2007
happy new year

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing the story. Hope the new year is full of many blessings.

1:10 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Beautifully written Micki...a brave post but now the world is a better place because we all know of Serina Louise and her short but obviously valuable life. Thank you for sharing this with us and have a peaceful New Year and I hope a productive 2007 with your photography. Phil

1:31 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

A tremendously powerful story. Thanks for sharing.

I hope 2007 is a great year ahead for you.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

What a special picture indeed. It is so true in what you say. I hope 2007 is a wonderful year for you and your family.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

What a powerful story. She is a beautiful little girl, and has a beautiful name to match!

All the best to you and your family in the new year, and I wish you nothing but the best in 2007!

You are easily my favorite reader on my site!

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Wow what an amazing story Micki, I'm sorry for your loss but it serves as a great reminder to us all. Best of luck to you in 2007, keep the great images coming.

2:50 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Your daughter was a beutiful looking child and it's unfair that innocence and beauty is taken at such a young age.

We have an unspoken obligation to document life each and everyday not only for others but more specifically to share with our own, the nature of who we are and what it is that we do.
Although what is seemingly lost expression to someone else, it is a revelation to others.
They learn more about us as a photographer and a person to whom they can relate.

Have a safe and happy new year Micki.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Oh my. what a sobering post. A reminder to live life like it is our last day. Do believe I'll call Will just to see how he is doing.

God bless you Micki, and have a Happy New Year.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

micki, thanks for sharing with us such priceless photo. hope your world be full of joy and hapiness in 2007... the world that we all know it, full of great joy and great pain. may god bless you and protect your little being :)

5:02 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

lovely cute shot:-))
have a haapy new year...wish all the best to u and yr family:-)))

5:40 PM  
Anonymous paul said...

Oh, my friend, what a beautiful child and beautiful thoughts. My heart, caring, and love go out to you. Also, I will take your words to heart about capturing those special moments and putting them on display.

I wish you a very happy new year.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous darr said...

Peace be with you and God Bless, Darr

6:54 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

Micki, we have one child, that is what God blessed us with, all are precious, all are beautiful, and you bring that out in spades for us to enjoy. Thank you so much for that and for kicking up so much artistic turbluence in practising this craft.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Micki, thanks for sharing that sad, yet hopeful, story. My thoughts will be with you and your family as you remember Serina Louise.

I hope you have a wonderful 2007.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Serina Louise is a beautiful name for a beautiful child. I can see why you love this image so. Your story never fails to touch my heart and my love goes out to you and your family.

May 2007 bring you lots and lots of photographic adventures and more love and joy shared so abundently within your family and with us all 'out here'.

10:31 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Thank you Micki for sharing your very personal and touching story with us. Your admonition to not hide our pictures and memories is well taken. I would add to date and write who and what on them. In later years the memory can get a bit fuzzy or others may not know who they are without information.
God bless you and your family in the new year and fill you with peace.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Sorry to learn about the loss, she was a beautiful kid.
Wishes for a very happy and prosperous 2007.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Roberto said...

Happy new year!!

7:02 AM  
Blogger Roberto said...

I read what you wrote just after I left my whishes. I'm very sorry for that, Micki.
I hope you will have a great 2007.
A look through lens

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Micki, Thank you for sharing that story and photo with us. Happy new to you and your family!

8:39 AM  
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8:54 AM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

What a cutie Micki!

9:12 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Words escape me and my heart goes out...

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Oh heart is heavy for such a loss you have suffered. What a lovely tribute to her memory. I can only imagine how difficult it is to lose a child. You're a beautiful person, an inspiring, talented woman of great strength and character. God Bless you and thank-you for sharing your world, your whit, and your wisdom with us. Happy New Year to you and your family.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Powerful story, Micki. Thanks for sharing with us.

12:02 PM  

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