Posts Tagged ‘touching’

Woman Pays Tribute to Her Departed Fiancé with a Powerful Underwater Photo Shoot

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The crushing blow came just 52 days before her wedding: Janine, a blushing bride-to-be, unexpectedly lost her fiancé. The grief was unimaginable, but she didn’t let it conquer her. Instead, after taking some time to grieve, she got in touch with Matt Adcock at Del Sol Photography and asked him to help her move on and rediscover the beauty of the world around her.

What followed was an incredibly powerful ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot full of symbolism: a cleansing shoot that has helped Janine to make her peace with the past and embrace the possibility of a bright future. Read more…

Photographer Creates a Fantasy World for Her One-Handed Daughter to Show Her Anything is Possible

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Photographer and mother Holly Spring‘s photography has always been about her daughter. Born with only one hand and suffering from something known as Hirschprung’s disease, little Violet almost died from surgical complications before Holly ever got a chance to take a single picture of her.

Shortly after that, her husband bought her a DSLR, and she has been taking pictures of Violet ever since. Read more…

Photographer Juxtaposes Old Photos of Her Late Mother with Related Objects in Moving Tribute

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When photographer Jennifer Loeber lost her mother suddenly this past February, Loeber found herself clinging to even the most mundane and seemingly innocuous of the possessions her mother had left behind. But, as is so often the case, these objects became a stumbling block, a barrier to moving on, rather than the source of comfort she had hoped they would be.

And so, in her poignant, powerful series Left Behind, she symbolically ‘let go’ of the hold these items had on her grief by sharing photos of them on Instagram alongside related archival photographs of her mother.
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‘Humans of New York’ Sends Back Powerful Portraits and Heartbreaking Stories from the Middle East

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It’s getting to the point where you’d be hard pressed to find anybody who doesn’t already know about Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton’s project turned photobook turned international phenomenon. But that became even harder this week when Stanton took the project on the road with the UN and delivered some of his most powerful portraits from the streets of, not New York City, but Iraq. Read more…

Father Documents His Premature Daughter’s Fight for Survival from Birth to Age One

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Thanks to an infection, little baby Edie started her life 16 weeks earlier than she was supposed to, and in pretty bad shape. When she arrived, she weighed only 570g and a consultant told the family that she had between a 5 and 10 percent chance of survival.

And so, not knowing how much time he would have with his daughter, father David started taking pictures. Little did he know, he was documenting a fight that Edie would win, and a miraculous transformation in the process. Read more…

Photographer Surprises Sick Fan for His Birthday, Shows Up in a Box on His Doorstep

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Photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently took some time out of his incredibly busy schedule to warm our hearts and give a talented, chronically ill fan of his the birthday surprise of his life. Read more…

Video: An Adorable Photowalk Proposal that Will Melt Your Heart

When wedding photographers Maria Velasquez and her boyfriend Ulices Del Toro started planning their second Laguna photowalk, she had no idea that he had something much bigger in mind than just walking around and snapping pictures. Read more…

How I Used ‘Grandpa’s Photos’ to Honor My Grandfather’s Memory and Retrace His Steps

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It’s a sad day when your Grandfather needs to go into a ‘nursing home.’ For years my Grandpa, Stephen Clarke, had always been the strongest, smartest, most capable guy in the room. Now, he had been reduced to needing 24-hour care in a place that smells like a hospital.

In an effort to help him, my family and I cleaned out his now empty house. As I was sorting through things and cleaning I found a box of old 35mm slides. Little did I know just how much these slides would change the next half-decade of my life, eventually leading me to create my latest project, Grandpa’s Photos. Read more…

This Couple’s Shared Passion for Photography Extended Beyond the Grave

Get the tissues ready, because this one is aiming right for the feels. Tucked away within a documentary on the history of Japanese cameras, this touching story of Yoko and Minoru Tanaka took us completely unawares.

We thought we were watching a mildly interesting and informative documentary… as it turns out, it was much more than that. Read more…

How One Photographer is Helping to Save Babies from a Brutal Tribal Tradition

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Chances are good you’ve never heard the term Mingi, but if you were born to one of the tribes in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, this age-old tribal tradition might have been your death sentence. These days, however, that is far less likely, and it’s due almost entirely to the work of Kara tribesman Lale Labuko and his friend and photographer John Rowe. Read more…