March 20, 2009

Stuff we Love: Change

I am a face of change. A PHace of change. I am part of a worldwide mission for hope. Hope. I know that nobody can prevent me from choosing to be exceptional. From choosing to make a difference. And at the end of the day the only question there remaining then becomes….the only question will be: What kind of difference did I make?

What kind of difference did *I* make?

Are YOU a PHace of Change?

Last month at WPPI, 30 of the biggest names (but so much more importantly the biggest HEARTS) in the photography industry gathered to film the Portrait House video in Las Vegas, Nevada. And it’s because of people like them that I am so proud and honored to be a part of this industry. They stood huddled in the hallway outside of our room, waiting patiently for their turn. They laughed together and cried together. And TOGETHER… they made a difference.

When the last person had gone and the last line had been recorded, I looked at them and I burst into tears. For four hours I had held it in. The disbelief that this was even possible. That a year’s worth of planning and hoping and praying that we could put this together, was all taking shape before our very eyes. And these guys did that for us.

It was one of the best moments of my life so far.

And it turns out that four hours is pretty much my maximum for holding something like that in. So I looked at them- especially the AMAZING Ron & Tasra who I LOVE, who had given so much of their time and themselves to film this for us…to make this dream a reality- I looked at them, and I cried.

Big fat, swollen tears.

Big fat, swollen tears that were sent free basing off the edge of my cheeks to land on their waiting shoulders below… staining their PH shirts an even deeper shade of blue.

Because they are the PHaces of change. The PHaces of Hope. And it is because of the faces you see below…and because of YOUR faces…

that there is no limit to what we can do. Together.

Photo credit to the awesome Ms. Carla Ten Eyck…or C10 as her peeps know her!

And in honor of all this change that’s brewing on the horizon….this song was definitely calling out to me as the perfect anthem:

“Change” by Taylor Swift

We love you guys!

  1. appleM00N

    very touching! PHo sho!

  2. Christopher

    How wonderful

  3. GrayPhotography - Jody

    aw, looks like it was so much fun. Love it when photogs gather together for the good of something besides benefiting their own self.

  4. Candice

    awesome. just awesome.

  5. regina

    i am so honored to have participated in your video shoot! thanks so much for all that you do!!! love you bunches, your b ph ph regina

  6. Val McCormick

    You two have no idea what an honor it was to take part in something so meaningful! Nothing was going to stop me, lol. ;-) I am so excited to witness The Portrait House evolve.
    -Val xoxoxo

  7. Chris Young

    Congratulations!!!! So glad everything came together and allow you to make even a bigger and better impact. That’s wonderful!

  8. Cathy Crawley

    That is simply fantastic! Congratulations to you guys :)

  9. Melissa


  10. carla Ten Eyck

    what a great day that was!! I felt so fulfilled and am so honored to have been a part of it with you guys.. big thanks to Ron and Tasra too, can’t wait to see what they come back with!


  11. Katie Jo

    Can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon!

  12. Jasmine*

    LOVE YOU GUYS!!! You, us, everything is PHantastic. Really.

  13. Kristen Joy

    Love what you are doing! Keep up the good fight! Miss you guys.

  14. J&M


  15. Jen

    This is awesome!

  16. jeramy

    good stuff.

  17. Deyla Huss

    You are so awesome! I love this and think you guys ar fabulous! Please let me know if I can help in any way with the Portrait House. Cheers to you both!

  18. anita

    what a great project! if you guys get involved with anything on this side of the world, please let me know!

  19. RE

    I can’t wait to see the video!

  20. Emily

    Am I really that short? Thank you for including me on such a special adventure!

  21. David Burke

    You guys are the best! So happy to be a part of this. Miss you and talk to you soon!!

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