In a meeting prior to her wedding, last October, I asked Kiara if there were any unique shots that she wanted. Her immediate reply was to stand up and show me the tattoo on her right side. The image below shows the tattoo which represents the chemical formula that is helping her in her fight against cancer. First diagnosed in 2010, Kiara, presently, has stage iv breast cancer that, at times, has traveled to her brain and other parts of her body. However, she’s determined to move forward with her life. A PhD student at Boston College, she’s in her final year of the program….or “Grade 24”, as she puts it. Also, she loves horse-back riding and rock climbing. Using her blog (Google ‘Words From Ward Four’) to update family and friends on her condition, experiences and thoughts related to her illness, she writes very openly and eloquently. While photographing the wedding day, I was truly inspired by her effervescent personality and zest for life. It was a pleasure to be a part of her and her husband Kai’s special day. I wish them many more celebrations.
In the late 70’s, several women from Boston were looking for an alternative to the traditional way of bringing in the new year. They conceived the idea of having a family-friendly celebration of the arts around the city. This is how Boston’s First Night tradition started and, today, it is one of the city’s premier events and imitated by hundreds of other cities across the country. It’s a full day of indoor and outdoor concerts, ice sculptures, a grand parade and fireworks, both at midnight and an evening display for children. I spent much of the day and evening around Boston Common and Copley Square taking in the sights, enjoying the people….and trying to keep warm. Happy 2015!!