One of the most amazing parts about my life as a photographer is the people I meet – in all phases of their lives. I write today in memory of a very special woman. I met Mary Brooks Sewell at a school fashion show several years ago at Berkeley Lake Elementary. She was someone who did not meet a stranger. Her love of her students and raising money for their school shone in her smile as she talked about the event we photographed.
A year later we met again – this time while she was helping her daughter Sarah look for a wedding photographer. Mary Brooks was a true beautiful southern woman and her daughter was going to have the best. Each time we met she was so happy as she immersed in all of the details. Most moms of brides can be a bit harried but Mary Brooks met each moment with joy.
I heard from her daughter that she lost her battle with breast cancer this past week. I write in tribute to this woman who I never saw cross or out of sorts – who loved life so much. I write to encourage people to be involved in helping others to live better. I write in support of all the women who have survived breast cancer including my mom and a favorite aunt … to those who are battling with cancer right now … and for those we have lost. They were someone’s mom… they were someone’s daughter. Look into how you can get involved! The Susan G Komen “Race for the Cure.” is a great place to start!