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Photo-of-the-Day / 2012-03-30

March 30, 2012

Cheryl ~ Cheryl ~ Cheryl

Two years ago tonight my husband’s sister lost her battle with pneumonia, a complication from Hepatits C, which she valiantly fought for several years.  In memory of my loving sister-in-law and dear friend of more than 30 years, I have posted this photo of Cheryl, which just happens to be my all-time favorite of her. 

Cheryl was not the easiest person to photograph!  Some would say that is a bit of an understatement.  She was always, and I do mean always, turning away from the camera, hiding behind people, to escape being caught on film.  Over the years, it became a game of cat and mouse between us.  

Patience and determination allowed me to capture this photo of Cheryl while she enjoyed a family reunion in August of 2006.  The original image is a little more full-bodied, but I cropped it to give it a more portrait-like quality.  That and an “auto” adjustment to the white balance are the only post production techniques applied. 

A week from now, our family will celebrate what would have been Cheryl’s 57th birthday.  We will share our memories, have a few laughs and probably shed a few tears.  And while we are remembering Cheryl through our thoughts and words, I will be quietly thanking her for not turning away from the camera that August day, giving all of us this beautiful memory to treasure and preserve forever. 

  1. Nancy permalink

    I enjoy these personal messages you include in your website. A glimpse into the artist. Thank you for sharing this picture and your feelings as well. Happy Birthday to Cheryl as she watches over her family celebrate her 57th birthday. /ner

    • Thanks, Nancy. There is a story behind every photograph I’ve ever taken and I truly enjoy writing and sharing those stories. As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

  2. Laurie Anderson permalink

    What a beautiful photo and beautiful remembrance of your “sister”. Very touching and I’m sure the whole family appreciates your wonderful tribute and honoring her birthday in such a special way. Very nice!! You do fantastic work.

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