Monthly Archives: August 2013

Paying it forward with Grandpa…

It’s been a while since I shared a personal blog, but today definitely calls for one!

My day started out filled with unnecessary drama.  I found that a site was posting one of my photos as advertisement for their product without my knowledge.  As a small business owner, I feel that typically this community is all about supporting each other and giving credit where it’s due, but not this site.  Long story short, I ended up asking the person to take my photo down since they would not cooperate.

I then started my journey to Mansfield for a dentist appointment.  I travel all the way there, because I love my dental assistant so much.  She’s like family to me.  On the way there, a semi refused to let me merge onto the highway, so pretty much ran me off of the road.  The rest of my drive was uneventful and my dental visit went well, thank God!

After my dentist visits I usually meet my Grandpa for lunch.  We typically eat at Cracker Barrel, but he picked Mansfield Restaurant this time.  I noticed as we were eating, the table across from us was staring out of the window.  I didn’t say anything, but thought maybe there was a car accident or someone had fell.  Since the table didn’t react, only stared, I finished my lunch without saying anything.  We payed and headed out to the car to leave when we saw what the table had been staring at.  A man had fallen down on the passenger side of his car, which happened to be right beside my car.  There was a woman trying to help him up, but not succeeding.  My Grandpa immediately went over to try and help the man, but I stopped him quickly.  He has a bum knee himself and definitely shouldn’t be lifting anyone off of the ground.  Thankfully, I had my gait belt in the back of my car.  For you non-PT’s, a gait belt is what we use at work to transfer patients.  After placing my belt around the man, I then instructed my Grandpa how we were going to lift him without injuring ourselves.  I also told the man he was going to have to come up onto one of his knees to help us.  The transfer went smoothly, and we were able to walk the man to the drivers side and let him sit down.  The man stated he had just came from a Dr’s visit where he checked out fine.  Ummmm, time to switch Dr’s I think!  The man stated he was diabetic so maybe that was what caused him to fall.  My Grandpa stayed with him and I went back into the restaurant to get him orange juice.  We didn’t want him to attempt to drive, and an ambulance ride is so expensive, but we also didn’t want to just leave him there.  So, he told us where his son was working near by and Grandpa and I drove there to find him.  Of course, he wasn’t working, but his co-worker said he would call him and tell him his dad needed help.  Grandpa and I headed back to the restaurant parking lot to inform the man his son was being contacted.  As we were about to pull away, Grandpa and I looked at each other with uneasy feelings.  We thought, what if they forget to call his son and this poor man waits here forever?  What if he has a heart attack in his car in the parking lot?  What if he attempts to drive somewhere and gets in an accident?  So, we asked the man for his son’s address so we could personally go get him.  Thankfully, it was close by.  When we arrived at his son’s house he had already been notified by his co-worker and was just on his way out to go help his dad.  I hope the man got home ok and is doing fine.

Grandpa and I laughed on the way home that this would only happen to us!  He said maybe he and I should start a service together, since we worked so well as a team assisting the man.  I know Grandpa and I were at the right place at the right time today, and I feel thankful to have been able to help and to have this story now.  After starting my day out dealing with people who were not paying it forward, I feel very grounded and happy to say that Grandpa and I definitely did.

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Natalie {2}

I photographed this cutie for her first birthday and the photos came out absolutely amazing!  So, I was really looking forward to working with her again!  Now that she’s more mobile, she definitely made me work harder for the photos lol!  We decided to use the inside of the Franklin Park Conservatory for this session.  The butterfly exhibit was out, so a lot of those serious face photos you’ll see are her staring at them.  We spent most of our time in the butterfly room chasing Natalie, because she was chasing the butterflies!  I think she liked playing in the water fountain more though.  She really wanted to get into that water!

You’ll notice most of Natalie’s photos were taken while she was on the move.  This is the reason why I don’t photograph in a studio.  When I say I will follow your kiddo around and capture them in a natural way, this is exactly what I mean.  Sure, we tried to coax Natalie into some poses, but pretty much this is all her own personality showing through in each photo.

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