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BCA News: Summer 2016

The Power of Photography

by Adam Cooper, RBP, FBCA

It was a storybook wedding for Raleigh and Tunicia Hall. They married in June 2014. The wedding was beautiful. Everything went perfectly. Then after the wedding, tragedy struck. First Raleigh's friend and mentor died in his arms. It was a tough blow for Raleigh. Then a pipe burst in their home and flooded their first floor and their recording studio. If that wasn't enough, nearly a month after their wedding Tunicia experienced the worst headache she ever had. They went to the closest hospital for immediate care, but had to be transferred to one of the main tertiary hospital of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Tuniia had suffered a brain hemorrhage. It caused her to lose her memory. She didn't even recall that her and Raleigh had married less than a month before.

It was a tough go the first couple of days in the ICU. After Raleigh's rough couple of weeks, he was determined Tunicia's illness would not get the best of him. He remembered that I was his wedding photographer and that I also work at the hospital were Tunicia was receiving treatment. Raleigh contacted me and I told him that I would help in any way that I could and do whatever would be best for them. I wasn't sure at that point what I could really do, except be there for them and let the staff know they were my friends. 

Little did I know that I had already done something to help. Raleigh decided to start taping up photos I had taken of their wedding and their engagement sessions. He continued taping up photos until he had completely covered all walls that were visible to Tunicia. The photos caused the staff and visitors to engage Raleigh and Tunicia in conversations about their special day. As she healed and her swelling went down in her head, the memories started coming back. The conversations with the staff and visitors about their special day and seeing all the photographs helped her regain her memory.

Now, it's a year since their wedding day and the brain hemorrhage Tunicia had. She's 99% back to herself. She has her memory back and she can always see her special photos and remember again.

As photographers we sometimes get caught up in the day-to-day grind of producing images and constantly putting out products. Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that what we do is very important and can serve purposes beyond expectations. Photography has the power to bring back emotions and memories. Photography serves a multitude of purposes in education, marketing, public relations, science and medical care. Sometimes, even wedding photos are used for medical purposes. Tunicia and Raleigh completely believe that. The Power of Photography helped mend their lives.

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