Dennis “Deno” Chartier has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. If you do not know Deno, he is a family man with a spectacular wife (Nell) and 2 fabulous boys (Fabian and Owen). He is also pretty fantastic himself. Fabian is in my son Gabrian’s class. Together we have spent hours and hours in bleachers and lawn chairs watching our boys sporting events.
A few weeks ago I ran into Deno at the gas station...
He looked great with a summer time tan (Yoopers are pasty folks) and he had gained some weight. I decided to stick my foot in my mouth and ask him what he is doing to look so good and how he was doing. The answer I got floored me. My first reaction was to hug him, I may have hugged too long and too tight. We finished out our conversation and for days this ate away at me. What could I do to help? Could I help, shit would they let me help? Deno and Nell are the people that would rather give help than receive it. My heart just hurt. It took me a while to figure out why this was effecting me this way, yes a friend was diagnosed with cancer of which is never a good thing, but I had this internal screaming telling me to do something.
Regret is a bitch and she will hang on and chew away at you indefinitely unless you shut her up and get off your ass, do something about it. I live with one of the biggest regrets of my life which may not seem like a big deal to most but for me to this day eats at me. April of 2005..., for 3 months my husband readys himself to go to Iraq. We planned to have a family picture, as one with Gabrian in it did not exist. No matter what we did it never happened, rescheduled several times and never materialized. Fast forward to October 9th 2005, a knock on the door and he was gone. I would never get a picture let alone see him alive again. This is what is causing this urge. Stage four is no joke, medical bills, travel, all of this is going to add up. If I can alleviate any of these things for them so they can be in the here and now I will.
Now this has to be in my fashion...
I am offering stylized shoots for $250.00 with 4 edited images on 5x7 thick prints. 20% of products sold will be donated to the Doing it for Deno Benefit.
Usually, I keep within the realm of fashion, glamour, boudoir, and intimate photography. For Deno we are grabbing the here and now, I will shoot what you want to bring to me (I really love horses). Book a shoot for a great cause. There are limited spaces. 906-241-3737