I hope you had a special time this winter with family and friends. I am not only blessed with wonderful friends, clients, and business, but a delightful family. I spent a week on Kauai helping celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of David and Janet Kimball Crook...my brother and his amazing wife. For a week I was included in great activities and surrounded by the best, including many Burtons: Dottie, John, Cheryl, Donovan, Jonathan, Keisha, and Emily. Also Ed and Michelle Dias, Brian and Jeff Collins, Devon Dias; and Brandon, Jenna, Rhett, and Amelia Simek. We went all over the island, and had such a good time. Most of us had cameras, and we all got good shots, but by far the leader is my brother. He has a special gift. Actually more than one. I saw my first Rainbow Eucalyptus and it almost blew me away. It was at the McBryde Garden, which is near the Spouting Horn in Po-ipu, Koloa. I suspect the tours are even more spectacular in the spring when everything is in bloom. However, there was much to see: some amazing hibiscus, the brilliant red annotto pods on huge trees, many varieties of palms, shell ginger, various splendid orchids, awapuhi, hau trees, ti plants, kukui trees, and plumeria. There are too many types to remember, but it was breathtaking. And catching photos of a few birds was a bonus. Visiting the old Koloa Sugar Mill was a bonus for me, and I got many pictures which I will show on my blog at judyvorfeld.com. Later. First, I need to delete, organize, and edit pictures, then get back to work doing what I love...helping people present themselves as authentically as possible, and helping nonprofits in any way possible. Again, have a wonderful 2013!
Archives for 2012
I've been volunteering with the Yellow Boat project for over a year, and the growth has been nothing short of amazing. Good, solid growth taking place because of good solid people at the helm. Here's the story as told by Facebook.com. There are a number of leaders who volunteer selflessly to make the Yellow Boat Foundation (and many other foundations and NGOs) a reality. Read more about Jay Jaboneta - Anton Mari H Lim - Ofelia Samar Sy. They are my heroes.
Guest post by Ms. Harvey V. Chua, Makati, Manila, Philippines (Note from Judy. I am an amateur photographer and a Facebook fan of Harvey's husband, professional photographer John K. Chua. These wonderful people are involved many charities, including Visually Impaired Photographers. It's difficult to pinpoint one organization or community because they are all over the place spreading love and laughter. When I read the following, I knew I wanted to have it as a guest post, because I know the truth of Harvey's conclusion. This post is for everyone who has tried to help someone and in the end, wondered if their actions and words made any kind of an impression.) Meeting a former Adphoto photographer: while Kathy, John G and I were walking towards Mother Care at the Fort, we chanced upon a former Adphoto employee whom I had not seen since he left, about five years ago. I could not believe how he reacted to seeing me. He hugged me for a long time, and if I had not wriggled my way out of his tight embrace, he would not have let go, and when he did, he was in tears. I was deeply touched. Then he showed me pictures on his iPhone of his four-month old son. All I could say was, "Imagine that - you're now a father! To think that you were a kid when we took you in!" He was a student at La Salle, taking up computer science when he came to do OJT, and after the program, he refused to go back to school, and pleaded with us to hire him as an assistant. We did. When he was with us, he devoured all that John shared about photography. John never withholds when he teaches an apprentice, so this young man learned a lot. But the lessons that I tried to impart - on the business side, on marketing, on developing presentation and negotiation skills were lost on him - like many photographers, he was not interested. He stayed with us a few years, maturing as a photographer. He is now on his own, and I can imagine that whenever he faced business challenges, he probably heard my voice in his head. I suppose those lessons remained dormant while he was with us, like data that is inputted into a computer but simply ignored, but now that he is not only a photographer but also a business person, he discovers that it was there -has always been there - for him to retrieve. No lesson is really ever lost - when the right time comes, it will be used - this is what I love about teaching, and that was the affirmation that I received last night. 🙂
Meet my friend and hero, Donnie Kanter Winokur. Donnie and her husband adopted Iyal as a tiny tot, and as he grew, discovered he has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Join her via video as she discusses what this beautiful young man and his family have had to deal with, and how a highly trained FASD service dog added a delightful dynamic to their lives.