This past Sunday, my cousin, Ashley Thompson, married her high school sweetheart, Dominick Agnes. These are just a few of my favorite little moments from the day. (All photos by me)
Tonight, the Brickell Run Club held a run in honor of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Several runners in attendance had run that marathon before and others knew friends who were there. It was awe-inspiring and humbling to see how in the face of tragedy, people come together to reaffirm the good in the world.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15-24, and the second leading cause of death in college students ages 20-24. So often depression is treated with apathy and misunderstanding. Instead of people seeking out treatment as they would for a a broken bone or an infection, they ignore the symptoms, isolating themselves.
I have no interest in getting political on here, but the way our society treats depression needs to change. It is not a weakness. It is not the product of an angst-filled teen. We have to recognize depression is a legitimate illness, remove the stigma to fix the problem.
This photo illustration was produced for The Miami Hurricane for a story on how college kids cope with depression. To read the staff editorial, click here.
Sophomore Alexa Dowell lost her mother, Trish, to cancer last year the day before Relay for Life. Here, she poses with a photo from her childhood of her and Trish. Alexa will be participating in this year’s Relay for Life on Saturday with her sisters in Delta Gamma Sorority. The event will be held at the University of Miami from 9am until 11pm. (Photos by Cayla Nimmo)
Check out the story at: www.themiamihurricane.com
So many people ask me why I like photography. Why do I want to spend my life doing it? Friends and family always tell me how “lucky” I am to get front row access to concerts and get to photograph world leaders like President Obama or meet celebrities. While all of that can be exciting, it is not the thing that drives me. It is shoots like the one I did today, a surf camp for autistic kids.
Getting to witness Jake’s smile as he rode the wave out, and his giggle when he splashed into the water. Watching Bella work with the lifeguards to get up the confidence to finally stand on the board. Adam high-fiving the instructor when he finished his turn.
Those are the moments that I look for. Those moments when the person you are with is completely unguarded, living in the moment. I would take one of those moments over a snap shot of a high-profile visitor any day. While these photos are not as flashy as some of my other work, the story behind me means so much more.