I wanted to start with a little backstory. Coming up to 6 years ago on June 5th, 2011 I lost my Mom to brain cancer, she was my best friend, I could talk to her about anything and everything, we spoke every day on the phone, when she passed away, a piece of me went with her.
6 years ago, I also created the fundraising mini sessions, where I donate 100% of the proceeds to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. At the same time, I also created the R.M.K Session, which turned into the Renate Kebbert Memorial Session last year. I never really talked about it because I literally didn’t have time in my schedule. So much happened to our family last year that made me realize even more how precious life is and how important spending time with family is. This year I decided to do Mini Fundraisers again but for Children and in my Fine Art Style, and I am loving them but this will be my last year doing them. I feel like I need to do something more, make a difference in some way.
Since about November of 2016 I have felt like I lost myself, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my work, I knew creating my art was on the top of that list and in April of this year it hit me hard that Fine Art Sessions are what I am meant to be doing, after I finished a session with a girl named Meri, I sat at my computer and cried, not because I was upset but because I knew in my heart it is what I am meant to do and I needed to start to listen to that, so that is what I am doing, Fine Art Sessions!!
Now back to the RMK sessions, yesterday I was watching something, it was emotional and my heart broke and again it hit me, I have some more time on my hands…..Finally, I have time to do something I have been trying to do for 6 years, something that I knew I needed to do, and I feel like I am the person to do it, I just know it in my heart! So the RMK Sessions are back, but I needed a better name, so I came up with this:
Now you are probably are wondering what it means or what does it have to do with my Mom. Well on the 29th of April, 2011 my Mom had a biopsy done on her tumour, actually two, that actually made it swell a great deal, so bad that my Mom became unresponsive, but like the strong woman she was, she woke up, but had lost the ability to speak at all, or to move the right side of her body. To not be able to hear her voice or hear what she wanted to say to me before she passed away was heartbreaking, but we taught her to sign “I love you” with her left hand, so that is how we ended our visits, we would sign “I love you” to each other, so that is what then hand means. And the little frog, well anyone that knew my Mom knows how much she LOVED frogs so I had to add that to it, plus I have the same little frog as a memorial tattoo for her on my shoulder!
I Love You Sessions is exactly what it sounds like, it is about pure love. These aren't so much sessions as documenting moments, the wonderful, the bad and the ugly. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t take photos at the hospital or even before my Mom went into the hospital, I don’t want others to have those same regrets.
This is for families who have loved ones fighting cancer and any other diseases, I want to document every moment I can for them because I know how special and important photographs are.
I will have to do some fundraising to help with my fees when it comes to travel etc, I hope to help fundraise for the families as well for any expenses they will incur in the future and for fuel and meals, I am working on coming up with some ideas for those.
I would love for you to share this to get the word out there, I will also be approaching hospitals and nursing homes as well in the near future.
I feel like my Mom would absolutely love this and that she is right here beside me as I write this to all of you!!
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this very long blog.
For more information on these session please go to I Love you Sessions
To make a donation to help me reach as many families as I can, with my travel expenses and to go towards fundraisers for them I have an account set up. You can either EMT me or send by Paypal.
Paypal - firstname.lastname@example.org