A while back I posted a blog post for you to nominate a beautiful person in your life. We received several heart felt and touching nominations. What a pleasure to read them. The panel reviewed them and this one touched the hearts of those who read it. Today was the day we finally met for pictures. I had the honor to photograph this beautiful woman that was nominated by her beautiful daughter Jolynn. This is her story.......
I would like to nominate my mom Shelley Olson. She just turned 63 this month and never believes me when I tell her how beautiful she is.
My mom was born with club foot and was told she would never walk. 16 operations and an enormous amount of determination later, she did walk. That determination has kept her going all these years. She did everything she ever put her mind to. She never gave up.
At 39 she had a major stroke and became disabled. Even then she still continued to do whatever she could to help others.
She volunteered at the VETS club, she ran friends to appts, cared for an elderly couple until they passed. During this time she fell and broke her back and her leg started to give out that had all the operations.
She now has a leg brace from her foot to her hip.She suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis and her hands are deformed from this.
Most people would give up, and while she has an occasional bad day and fixates on the deformities and brace, she still loves to dress nice when going out and wear her nice jewelry.
She still helps others as much as possible, running errands for them, taking them to appts, giving them food, whatever she can.
If you see that my mom is your beautiful person to photograph then I hope she could see what I see every day.