i wanted to take a minute & give a little love to all of those who use my photograph for their profile image…check them out & give them a little love…xoxo

sweet kathryn of SNIPPET & INK …i was lucky to photograph kathryn’s beautiful wedding last year, but i just love this clean portrait she chose for her twitter profile page….love this beautiful cover of REVERIE MAGAZINE also used as their twitter profile image….the lovely & wicked smart founder of LOVER.LY uses my photo as her personal twitter profile image KELLEE ….i am also proud to say i am the official LOVER.LY photographer….sweet photographer & mother CAROLINE TRAN….the uber talented & equally kind TWIGS & HONEY…and if you follow the amazing  mr. JOSE VILLA of instagram you’ll see his profile image was taken by me…& congratulations to the simply stunning new mother HILARY DUFF who used my PHOTO of her & her husband as her twitter profile image…& you must check out MINDY WEISS’s beautiful blog, i love her sweet profile image

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messina cover_posthonored to have co-authored THE SILVER LINING, a heartfelt & inspiring book with my beautiful & talented friend HOLLYE JACOBS – a couple of years ago i began photographing HOLLYE as she was navigating the challenges of her breast cancer diagnosis & subsequent treatment – i wanted to do something for her, but i felt helpless- i offered to photograph her as a gesture of friendship – i hoped that i could somehow capture her memories, honor her experiences, and show her how truly beautiful she was in the most unlikely circumstances – i wanted to somehow ease the intensity of the challenges she faced, from chemotherapy to her double mastectomy, to a cup of tea & a good cry, i was there camera in hand – i approached our shoots with the same tenderness i’d bring to a newborn shoot, and with the same enthusiasm i would at a wedding or editorial shoot – the only images i’d ever seen of a mastectomy were clinical (& to add insult to inury,  with bad light) – i wanted to capture the reality of what her body was going through with an artful eye, beautiful light, film and friendship – all the while HOLLYE wrote on her personal blog to keep friends and family apprised of her experiences along the way – her blog THE SILVER PEN went viral – HOLLYE’s story is also a regular feature on THE HUFFINGTON POST – i shared some of these personal images 2 years ago at my WPPI platform presentation (which left many people in tears) – HOLLYE & i were both surprised by the impact our personal project had on those we did not know  - in addition to HOLLYE’s personal story & our photographs, this book is full of practical & relevant information – HOLLYE is a nurse and an educator with extensive knowledge (she is a Pediatric and Adult Palliative Care Nurse and Social Worker with graduate degrees in Bioethics and Child Development) - THE SILVER LINING is our book, part memoir, part practical information with a melange of beautiful photographs and inspiration - what began as a personal project between friends we are now sharing with the world – THE SILVER LINING is for anyone who has been touched by BREAST CANCER -

THE SILVER LINING is available for pre-order now &
will be out in hardback & paper back in march 2014

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