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Nadia – She’s not a “survivor”…she’s a person.

I attended an event for National Overdose Awareness Day. I shot an image that moved me deeply. I reached out so I could share the photo. Andi had lost her son to the scourge of opioids. She was there with her daughter Donna and Donna’s wife Nadia. As it often does for me…we became friends….

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  • LyndonApril 15, 2018 - 5:27 pm

    She has charisma, character, guts and an openness that is both refreshing and honest.
    Besides that she is naturally photogenic and has a lovely smile.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaApril 16, 2018 - 11:09 am

    PTSD, so hard to live with. I’m so glad you have found love Nadia, someone who sees you, the beautiful creative woman. Join me in “Dancing in the dark”!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiApril 16, 2018 - 12:15 pm

    I love the meaningful photos with the Peace shirt and Believe art. The photo with her own embrace with the faded image on the left is powerful.  We each have our own unique journey…  It is interesting to learn about each of us born equal and how our paths diverge.ReplyCancel

  • LindaApril 16, 2018 - 3:43 pm

    My heart and mind are awakened and touched by Nadia ‘s story. I appreciate her  statement that she is not a victim but a human being. Inspiring. Bravo to Nadia and to you Lisa for bringing this story. I wish the best for Nadia in her pursuit of her artistry. Also Lisa I am thrilled by your writing and what you choose to bring. ReplyCancel

  • DenaApril 17, 2018 - 12:59 am

    Shining a light on beautiful souls is what you do best Lisa!ReplyCancel

Cameron – He’s the luckiest man he knows.

If you have never been to a Special Olympics event…you might want to go…and bring the kids. You’d be hard pressed not to feel moved by the joy and enthusiasm. On occasion I photograph dances and proms for adult day care facilities. I met Cameron at several of these events. He’s a memorable guy. He…

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  • Cousins Jack and LoraMarch 18, 2018 - 7:21 pm

    Another masterpiece Lisa.  It was great seeing you.  Lora and I truly enjoyed catching up with you and appreciating what a wonderful and insightful cousin I have.ReplyCancel

  • EllenMarch 18, 2018 - 7:38 pm

    Beautiful photos, beautiful story, by beautiful Lisa ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiMarch 18, 2018 - 8:08 pm

    Great story Lisa.  Sounds like Cameron knows he has found how to unlock his key to success; happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne LehmanMarch 19, 2018 - 1:54 am

    Another heartwarming story!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn VictorMarch 19, 2018 - 4:21 pm

    A sweet and touching story..  thanks for telling it.ReplyCancel

  • Gina BuntzMarch 19, 2018 - 5:13 pm

    this is extraordinary – thank you for sharing – what a wise and beautiful soul this young man has. xo GinaReplyCancel

  • Jill KratishMarch 20, 2018 - 10:23 am

    What a beautiful outlook this young man has! Thank you for sharing his inspiring words.ReplyCancel

  • Linda ClancyMarch 20, 2018 - 2:49 pm

    Lisa, not only do you master the art of capturing a person in your photography but I’ve found that same exquisite talent here in your words. What a joy to be able to channel the spirit of this fine young man in such a simple, elegant way. Thank you for making my day brighter by introducing me to Cameron. I’m going to practice living from a page in his book.  Proud to be considered a friend, Linda ClancyReplyCancel

  • MokshaMarch 20, 2018 - 2:58 pm

    I feel moved. Way to go, girlfriend!ReplyCancel

  • TheaMarch 21, 2018 - 11:22 am

    Lisa – the story inspires me, of course. What inspires me more is that you’re doing your blog! You’re really doing it! Love you….TheaReplyCancel

  • Lisa sergioMarch 21, 2018 - 5:51 pm

    Beautiful, inspiring storyReplyCancel

Francois Szony – Forever The Dancer

Two years ago I was at Goldcoast Ballroom doing a portrait series of senior citizens. On an average Wednesday afternoon there are about 150 people who spend the afternoon dancing cha cha, rhumba, mambo or fox trot. The average age is probably 70. The oldest person I shot was 102.The scene is quite remarkable. I…

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  • Nadia WeissFebruary 18, 2018 - 6:23 pm

    Watching him and his partner dance when he lift her and gracefully put her down it’s like watching two people dance on cloud and pretending to have ground or gravity beneath them.
    Absolutely brilliant!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenFebruary 18, 2018 - 7:02 pm

      Thanks Nadia. He really is amazing…he’ll love reading that! ReplyCancel

  • TheaFebruary 18, 2018 - 7:45 pm

    Lisa – your generosity of spirit in your writing is sublime. I look forward to each one ❤️ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenFebruary 18, 2018 - 7:56 pm

      I wish you could see the goofy look on my face…I’m so appreciative of your support.ReplyCancel

  • JackFebruary 18, 2018 - 10:20 pm

    Another outstanding piece Lisa.ReplyCancel

  • BARBARA MENDELSOHNFebruary 18, 2018 - 10:56 pm

    Lisa, this is wonderful…thanks for sharing…hugs BarbaraReplyCancel

  • DenaFebruary 18, 2018 - 11:54 pm

    Thanks Lisa!  As if hung from wires or suspended by the sea, they float!  Just beautiful!  I’m not surprised you won Szony’s trust with your ability and personality.  I love meeting your subjects in your short stories.  Keep ’em comin’ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenFebruary 19, 2018 - 11:04 am

      Yes…he really makes it look effortless…it’s not! Thanks. :-)))ReplyCancel

  • wendiFebruary 19, 2018 - 1:04 pm

    Wow, do I feel Francois through these images. Just fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Susan StorchFebruary 19, 2018 - 3:23 pm

    Oh my Lisa, This work is breathtaking!  Can hardly wait for the next installment.  Thank youReplyCancel

  • Eva VazquezFebruary 19, 2018 - 4:01 pm

    And you’re a writer too! Lovely piece and great work you’re doing. The love shines through. ReplyCancel

  • Rita AgneseFebruary 20, 2018 - 9:24 am

    This as absolutely GLORIOUS & MAGNIFICENT. What a fitting tribute!!!  Thank you for this beautiful homage. Fabulous work Lisa.  Thank you for honoring my beloved partner, mentor and friend the great artist Francois Szony.ReplyCancel

  • DianeFebruary 21, 2018 - 1:28 pm

    What a talented, beautiful person.  He is amazing and the photos are just beautiful.   There is so much talent in the world.  Maybe sitting right next to us.   ReplyCancel

  • Erica PerezMarch 2, 2018 - 6:47 pm

    What talent… I really enjoyed this one. Keep’em Coming!!! ❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • Karen L.March 11, 2018 - 2:01 am

    Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your people in portraits and your thoughts in writing! Wonderful, inspired work!  Should be a gallery showing and book. XOXOReplyCancel

  • lisa sergioMarch 13, 2018 - 3:45 am

    artist capturing and honoring the artist….this is beautifulReplyCancel

Joanne Tronconi – Laughter, hugs, kisses and a whole lot of love

Matthew was applying makeup on his mom Joanne Tronconi, that’s all it took for me to be intrigued. What moved me the most about Joanne and Matthew was the level of comfort and love between them. Matthew, as “Clawdeena,” is a rockstar in his own right. Check him out. He has a huge presence on…

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  • Jennifer ArleoJanuary 28, 2018 - 7:18 pm

    Thank you for showing your uniqueness.  You are loved.ReplyCancel

    • JoanneJanuary 28, 2018 - 7:50 pm

      Great story Lisa. ReplyCancel

  • Ellen ShermanJanuary 28, 2018 - 7:53 pm

    Amazing story and amazing family. How terrific that Joanne has this support and people to showcase her and her story!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn HJanuary 28, 2018 - 10:27 pm

    You can’t hide love, it’s always in the eyes and they are the window into your soul, just looking at those images, especially those with the children, speaks volumes.ReplyCancel

  • WendiJanuary 29, 2018 - 10:46 am

    What a powerful story. This could be anyone of us. When we connect with others from the inside out we not only discover who they are we begin to discover who we truly are. Thank you, Lisa for sharing. XOReplyCancel

  • DianeFebruary 21, 2018 - 1:26 pm

    Love is the answer.  I know that for sure.  I love this story and all it stands for.  I love the love in the family.  We are all human beings. ReplyCancel

Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan – Facebook has been good to me

Fatuma – Facebook has been good to me.   I read a post that appeared on my Facebook feed regarding the first Immigration ban in the US. There was something about the honesty and compassion in that post that moved me to write a comment. This person expressed fear without anger and spoke of gratitude…

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  • sleinaJanuary 17, 2018 - 3:47 pm

    A beautiful story.Thank you Lisa for introduicng  Fatuma  to us… ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJanuary 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

      Thanks Selina, feeling weepy. I appreciate your support. And yes, she’s amazing.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyJanuary 17, 2018 - 4:48 pm

    It’s easy to sit back in life and avoid confronting that which needs to be addressed for the betterment of humanity.  It’s easier still to embrace the platitudes that you’re fed culturally, kudos to you Fatuma and Lisa (and anyone else doing the same) for choosing to take the path of courage, for deciding to use your time, talents and energy making the world a better place.  Thank you for not ignoring what should not be ignored!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJanuary 17, 2018 - 7:06 pm

      Tiff, Thanks. We can touch lives on every level, sometimes just starts with a smile. Some things a whole lot harder.ReplyCancel

  • Janet V WardJanuary 17, 2018 - 4:49 pm

    Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiJanuary 18, 2018 - 6:25 pm

    Lisa, I loved reading about this courageous women. Thank you for sharing Fatuma’s story and photos.  We are indeed all part of the same human family and each human being is equal.  If only everyone would think this way peace would prevail. ReplyCancel