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08/01/2007 06:28:05 PM · #51
But Billy, what an honour for you to be a vital part of all this :)
08/01/2007 08:10:04 PM · #52
you are so right sheila, and that is why i told them to 'stop asking how much you should pay me'...

i told them that they were free to pay as little, or as much, as they like - there are times when i can NOT find it in my heart to tell people that i have to have money in order to do something for them, and this has been one of those times.

besides, i keep thinking 'how would i have felt when my mom dealt with cancer a couple years ago'. yes, very much my honor to attend their wedding....
08/02/2007 03:40:10 PM · #53
hey brad - just wanted to let you know that I probably will be needing to learn more about producing slideshows... but that this one kinda needs to remain static (remember, the bride stays pretty sedate on painkillers these days). just wanted to say that the offer is really appreciated - and that i AM going to shoot the son getting married tonight too.

i'm leaving straight from work & rushing back to the other town. thanks to brad and leroy, the slideshow of the mother's wedding will be played during the reception of her youngest son's reception. Mom will get to watch her 'baby' getting married before she passes...
08/04/2007 07:04:10 PM · #54
All turned out well, I hope? :)
08/04/2007 07:43:07 PM · #55
Yes, we want to know that it's all ok! We need to know now. Big HUG to you for doing this and to everyone that helped. It shows what a great bunch of human being we have in our little DPC family. Now I need to go cry...
08/04/2007 07:51:23 PM · #56
perfect timing sheila!

i JUST got off the phone with our 'contact' - the last few days were exhausting for the groom's mother (the cancer patient), so Glenda & I were not able to see her reaction.

today, their entire family sat down and viewed the slideshow together and they LOVED it!!! (apparently, the son's first question was 'how much does billy want to make one for us?')

08/04/2007 08:49:39 PM · #57
Was there ANY doubt she'd love it? :) I'm so proud of everyone who had a hand in this; Glenda, Billy, and all the DPC'ers who helped out.
08/04/2007 09:28:50 PM · #58
Originally posted by rossbilly:

hey brad - just wanted to let you know that I probably will be needing to learn more about producing slideshows... but that this one kinda needs to remain static (remember, the bride stays pretty sedate on painkillers these days). just wanted to say that the offer is really appreciated - and that i AM going to shoot the son getting married tonight too.


Thanks for the update.
If you're half the human being I know you to be, you have a glow inside you right now that is filling your life with the kind of warmth that no money could ever buy. It's a great feeling when we can make a monumental difference in other people's lives, especially those that need it the most.

Drop me a line when you need help.
08/07/2007 01:39:05 PM · #59
Well, I got the call a little while ago... Miss Vicky passed away last night, only a couple hours after I finished uploading the images of her son's wedding. (Vicky is the sweet woman in the yellow dress, sitting on the porch.)

I don't know what to feel, or what to do (yet I'm stuck in a training class via computer @ work, and cannot leave). The family just asked me to provide photos from Vicky & James' wedding, for her memorial service, and that they need them by close of business today... but I don't have the files with me (how could I be so ignorant!). I've asked them to contact the person @ the funeral home that does the slideshow / DVD, and have that person call me for arrangements - guess all I can do is rush home, grab the digital files off the laptop, print the 8x10 photos, and rush to the funeral home tonight.

Anyway, sorry to ramble - I'm totally drained, yet grateful that this family has allowed me such a personal glimpse into their lives. I'm thankful that they appreciate the work I've done (and I could care less about any money for this job). I have a newfound appreciation for what it means to be a 'professional photographer' - the faith that a family places in us, and the joy that we can bring them with only a touch of humanity, and the click of our shutter...

I'm grateful to all my friends here @ DPC, who were jumped right in to help - thank you everyone. Just let me know if there is anything I can do to repay YOUR kindness.
08/07/2007 01:49:49 PM · #60
Billy, that's so sad. You must have become quite close to the family in this short time.
Terribly stressful for you, both emotionally and physically. But you can only do what you can do, and I KNOW the family will be forever grateful for everything.
Hang in there :)

eta; just finished looking at the album... Billy, they're stunning and I have tears, knowing the story behind them.

Message edited by author 2007-08-07 13:58:24.
08/07/2007 01:55:47 PM · #61
I'm so sorry to hear that. At least you were able to make difference in so many lives, and as the surviving members of the families involved look at the images in decades to come, your kind deeds will brings smiles and tears to their faces, a payment far beyond anything you could ever put in your pocket.
Originally posted by rossbilly:

Just let me know if there is anything I can do to repay YOUR kindness.

You already did, see above.

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