Every morning I get up and start writing a post with a topic normally tied to something that's happened during the week. It's usually about the marketing and business side of photography. Like every blogger, I'm looking for readership, because I'm hoping that what I'm writing about is always relevant and takes you in the right direction, helping you build your business.
Well, this morning's post has nothing to do with helping you with your business or readership, but maybe it will inspire you the way somebody in this industry has inspired me.
Last night I got an IM from my good buddy Brian Malloy in Boston. He shared some sad news about a mutual friend who passed away yesterday morning, Claudia Kronenberg Douty.
When he told me, I just sat and looked at this image, posted by Mark Crosby, for the longest time - it brought back a lot of wonderful memories about Claudia, her love for photography, WPPI and life. I had lost touch with her for many years and didn't find out until recently about her fight with cancer.
I first met Claudia when she spoke at WPPI. I'm guessing it was some time around 2001. She couldn't have been more in love with the craft, with teaching and her passion to help photographers raise the bar on the quality of their images.
That passion was her signature and in trying to find a way to express how I'm going to miss somebody I've hardly been in touch with, I found the video below on her Facebook page. It was posted just four months ago and it's so typical of the Claudia I first met years ago.
You'll have to watch it right to the end, to truly appreciate the fragmented quotes from the video, but if Claudia could talk to each of us right now, I can't help but believe this is what she'd say...
"It's not just another day, it's the one day that's given to you today...it's a gift, the only gift that's given to you right now...Respond as if this is the first day in your life and the last day...open your heart to all these blessings."
There's an expression I've heard and used many times, "God needed another angel!" While it seems so trite to say it this way, it's so appropriate, because God just got one of his best!