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Low tide in pictures. High tide in spirit :)

A few days ago, I posted on my personal Facebook about this last 16 months of crazy medical issues Lindsay has been having (coming right on the heels of my own difficult battles with Crohn’s) and coming out about her diagnosis, why she hid it, and how we’ve both finally come to accept it. The goal was to let so many friends and family, who knew there were issues but had no clue of the severity, about her life so that they could help pull her out of her personal prison. Thousands of Facebook shares and dollars I never implied we wanted later… I just can’t believe the outpouring of love we’ve received.

We have extremely low lows a lot of the time. Most of the time for 2014, in fact. However, the bits of beauty that we do get to experience as a family burst and shine like fireworks. It’s the kind of warmth that you feel from the top of your head to the tip of your toenails. It’s more real than any other feeling we feel. As low as the lows get, these highs are almost too high to process, if that makes sense. It’s as if we get a shot of gratitude, love, and reflection all in one family gathering. Sometimes it’s only a 20 minute window amidst 5 days of being apart. Other times, we cry tears of joy after getting a full day with each other.

These last 10 days have been particularly tough. Lindsay’s parents, who’ve rescued us time and time again by doing things like flying out and staying with us for a month or, in this case, getting fed up with insurance repeatedly turning down a promising procedure (that her neurologist insists she have) to the point of calling our doctor’s office behind our back, setting up the appointment, and arranging payment. We simply get a text from them saying “you have an appointment at the end of the month!

That’s just how they are :)

Lindsay’s neurologist is the physician who got Botox injections approved through the FDA for Chronic Migraine. He’s the leading expert and has administered it medically more than any other physician. We got lucky with our referral to him. At the end of June, he gave Lindsay 31 injections of botox in her neck, skull, temples… all over. At the end of July, Lindsay saw incredible progress. She had migraines every second of each day but I believe just 9 attack days in July. And ttack days that weren’t so intense that I had to keep Clive away from her, to boot (it’s not good for a 3 year old to see his mother writing in pain; unable to respond properly to his concern). She even took Clive for one entire day — all by herself — and they swooned over each other every second.

It was magical.

On August 9th, however, the botox wore off and she’s been in a painful attack ever since. It’s like being forced into running a marathon in your off season; we’re very out of shape, at the moment. Our next appointment for botox is the end of September. It feels too far for us to make it — but I know we will. And in the midst of all the badness, we will find the goodness and focus on it like a laser beam during the moments where Lindsay can focus :)

These last 10 days have certainly been unkind; but it’s been so much easier to squeeze good out of the bad given the level of support we’ve received. My first job, providing for my family and protecting them from all the harm that I am able, has been made much easier because of what so many of you have done. So thank you to all of you who’ve helped my wife feel less alone. That has helped me immensely. If you’d like to encourage her more regularly, here’s her instagram. Often times, that’s her link to the real world and other people. And these last few days with so much support have been incredible for her :)

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This was a great day. We took Clive to see seals and the tide pools at La Jolla for the first time. Lindsay had enough ability to focus that she was able to shoot for the first time in a good while. So much gratitude for the time we spent together this day :)

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Kristen - While I don't know y'all, your story has definitely touched me (as I'm sure it has many others). I so very much hope that there will, someday, hopefully sooner, be something that can help your sweet wife and in the meantime that y'all are able to experience nothing but an endless outpouring of love from those you have around you. I know your hearts must all be unimaginably weary, but you've got spaces in a lot of people's. Sending so many good vibes y'all's way!August 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

chriselda - admittedly, i have silently followed your blog for MANY years. your trips to cambodia and thailand have always inspired me to be a better person. a better observer. i had no idea of all the trials you all are facing. you do it with such grace and beauty and even in those dark moments, you share your light to the rest of us. thank you for being so selfless. when lindsay got her first tattoo, i fell in love with it. so much so... that i have the same exact one. so... little pieces of the earle family are always with me. and now that i know your newest detours in life, you will remain in my thoughts, prayers, and warmest of wishes. thank you for always sharing of yourself with others. you really have NO idea of the legacy you are living. infinite blessings. cAugust 25, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Louis and Laura

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I met Laura several years ago when I first shot for Not For Sale (my favorite anti-slavery org).

Who knew that her eventually-to-be husband, Louis, would move me to doubt my entire existence with one insane table trick?

Second to last pic for evidence.

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Once again, I can’t thank Josh Newton enough for coming with me. I’ve had him along for shoots in Thailand, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Bali, Angola, different spots around the States… Josh, you’re the best friend (and photographer) a guy like me could ask for ;)

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Bobby

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rubyyeo - finished stalking, so so (thumbsup)!!!May 12, 2014 - 10:45 am

as10 - Sweet! You blogged!May 12, 2014 - 10:46 am

Becky Gardner - beautiful!!!!!May 12, 2014 - 10:49 am

Lotta Rinqvist - I missed your photography and this made me happy. I sense you in these beautiful pics. Lovely!May 12, 2014 - 10:49 am

Bobby Earle - Lotta!!! I want to fly to Sweden just to hug you!May 12, 2014 - 10:50 am

Bobby Earle - @as10 @rubyyeo (blushing) :)May 12, 2014 - 10:52 am

Ryan Horban - Looks great!May 12, 2014 - 10:53 am

Jason Fleming - Amazing....you should do this for a living....just beautiful! :DMay 12, 2014 - 10:53 am

hardlyboring - awesome set! great to have you back as well!May 12, 2014 - 10:55 am

Bobby Earle - @hardlyboring, thanks so much :DMay 12, 2014 - 10:56 am

Gus Dizon - So good, I miss seeing Bobby Earle shoots!May 12, 2014 - 10:57 am

Bobby Earle - @Jason haha ;) Awe... thanks @Gus!!!May 12, 2014 - 10:59 am

Cathy Newton - These are just wonderful!!! Very nice Bobby Earle!!!May 12, 2014 - 11:00 am

katyiewaver - I love this!!May 12, 2014 - 11:01 am

orangeturtle - So great!!!!May 12, 2014 - 11:02 am

Cbe513 - you got a style my friend. very consistent. Kinda felt like I was watching a movie as I scrolled through. Best wishes to your family and keep shooting!May 12, 2014 - 11:07 am

widjayaman - Fantastic set. Coverage is excellent. Framing and cropping is very refined and consistent, love the processing and overall mood of the set, and the emotions and expressions are great throughout. Welcome back!May 12, 2014 - 1:35 pm

kingadriano - Really like this set. Great compositions, love the processing. Good luck- sounds like its been a tough couple of years.May 12, 2014 - 1:35 pm

johnrg - The hands off, laid back feel of these is excellent. The emotion and story of the day jumps right out. Nicely done, and hoping you're able to get the health issues behind you.May 12, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Sam - I wish you and your wife all the best. It is both humbling and inspirational to read about people like you who refuse to give up and continue to move forward. It allows one to reflect on their own problems and to appreciate what they do have. SamMay 12, 2014 - 1:37 pm

jbsg02 - Love these, what's your post processing like? Some of these had a good film-like quality to themMay 12, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Montana Dennis - So good, dude!May 12, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Leah Geaga Sernas - Awesome work.May 12, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Sue Sexton - another Bobby Earle bride :DMay 12, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Joel Allegretto - This is good... real goodMay 12, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Heiko Arnold - It was a long time waiting to see new pics... and these are so beautiful. missed it and now you nail it!!!May 12, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Jessica Henry - Love it!!!May 12, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Leif Brandt - So great to see you shooting weddings again! Great work Bobby!May 12, 2014 - 2:52 pm

JR Magat - sorry to hear about the health issues in your family, but it's great that you can get back to wedding work - I really enjoyed looking through this set! I recognized your URL link because I admired your work which I found randomly through a google search (I think when I was looking for "tilt shift wedding samples"), and it's nice to see that you post here on FM! Hopefully we'll be able to see more of your work throughout the yearMay 13, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Kevin - It's great to see you back in action Bobby! Great works as usual!!!May 13, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Louis Blythe - Killer images as always mate!July 14, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Cassidy!!!

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Our dear friends, Daniel and Cindy, had a baby and they let us take peechers!!! The three of them together is too much. You should look at them…

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Daniel and Cinidy, if we could give you one piece of advice; love each other above all else. Don’t fall into the silly smokescreen that disposable vs cloth diapers, nursing vs formula, cry it out vs. sleeping together… that any of these things actually matter (they matter, but you know what I mean ;). You have one big goal ahead of you — love each other. Two parents who like and love each other openly tend to raise excellent children.

The wonderful thing about this piece of unsolicited advice is that you two have this area covered. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been so excited for the day you become parents. So when other mom’s on babycenter are bragging about their sleep schedules or how their kid eats better food, just remember that if you and Daniel are loving each other daily, everything else will fall into place. Baby Cassidy is one lucky, little girl. We love you three!

Bobby

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Denver Headshot Photographer - The black and white shots look great! Fantastic work.March 20, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Astami and Chan: part deux

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I met these two Indonesian New Yorkers after shooting their destination wedding in Bali a couple years ago. Then I shot this gnarly DR wedding in NYC last year for her friends’ (now my friends!) Julia and Ariel… and it’s their one year anni today!!!

Anyways, Ami is the “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right” to Chan’s “B, A, start.

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Ami and Chan, Clive wants you to come back. So… come back ;)

Bobby

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19Emily79 - The tall portraits of both of them. She looks stunning and the one of him looking down... FUCKING AMAZING!!!September 16, 2013 - 10:10 pm

divamum - sskkkkkyyyyyy..................!! Love, er, no numbers - the wide-shot of them walking with the big sky in the bg. Fanatastic!September 17, 2013 - 5:20 am

Joel J Photog - All in All, Rad job dude!September 17, 2013 - 6:21 am

RJ - I want to shoot weddings in Bali :(:(:( Great set of images!September 17, 2013 - 8:41 am

mjoshi - I like #16 from the setSeptember 17, 2013 - 10:20 am

The Heroism of Fostering: Sunshine

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IMG_0931Richelle Dante

I’ve heard it said that people foster because they have a bigger heart than a brain.

I met Richelle in Thailand/Cambodia for RPTE 2009. Shortly after, we met up with a bunch of photogs for RPTE 2010: China. Not that I’m her father or anything (heck, I’m younger, I think ;), but she’s grown into someone we’re incredibly proud to know.

Apart from greetings between friends, Richelle’s first statement to us was “yeah, there’s a reason it takes two people to create a baby…” That’s right; Richelle is a single foster mom… and a full time photographer. Hero.

So Richelle gave me a nice challenge. Foster children must remain unidentified on the internet — so no photos with Sunshine’s face. Sick of not having any photos to share of the two of them, Richelle asked if I could try and get some anonymous images. Showing the beauty and selflessness of fostering while maintaining anonymity is a little tricky — but I’ve been in love with fostering and adoption since I was a child. I knew I’d enjoy the experience :)

I grew up staying at my “Tia’s” house — and while “Tia” means “Aunt” in Spanish, my Tia was a robust and vivacious black woman on the poor side of town with tons of foster kids, the sweetest smile around, and a heart of pure gold. I hold foster parents right up there with military families that sacrifice years away at a time.

Richelle, I hope these images help you see what a wonderful thing it is that you’re doing ;)

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To everyone out there who chooses to lovingly take on foster children, God bless you.

 

Bobby

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Sara Lucero - Richelle!! I love seeing this. I love seeing light being shed on foster care... And dang, that's some beautiful light :)August 27, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Arnar Pétursson - Hey Bobby I stumbled upon your post about you getting better after being sick with Colitis and how you overcame it by using CBD. First of all I'm really happy for you that you found a "cure" for this terrible condition. Secondly I'm really curious about this since I myself have Crohn's disease and for the last 1 and a half year I've been trying to find ways to "cure" it using natural ways. I've been reading a lot about CBD and I really want to give it a try. I've been reading about ways to get it like buying marijuana high in CBD and low in THC and either vaporizing it or making tinctures with it. Unfortunately I live in a country where all marijuana is illegal and getting a prescription for it from a doctor would be near impossible, since all the pot grown here is street/underground with of course no government control. I wanted to ask you how you got the CBD into your system? Vaporize marijuana high in CBD, take drops, make tinctures or just basically smoke it? I'm also curious to know if you're still using it and how your Colitis is these days? Really hope you see this comment since I think I can learn a lot from what you've done regarding your condition. Best regards, Arnar from IcelandAugust 27, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Dani K. - These are beautiful. Given the subject, they are extra beautiful. I'm a photographer, in the process to adopt from the foster care system and I love seeing awareness raised for things like this!August 27, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Rica Goettsche - Goodness you make me wish I lived in Cali to get in on your awesomeness :DAugust 27, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Leah Geaga Sernas - This was beautifully done!August 27, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Bobby Earle - Thanks, Leah!August 27, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Tammara Terry - <3 Super well done <3August 27, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Kathy McGuire - Wish we would've done this while we were fostering.August 27, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Ryan Horban - nice work buddy!August 27, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Cindy Lowe - :)August 27, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Jennifer Marie Howell - Beautiful!August 27, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Josh Newton - Love this. Richelle you're so rad!August 27, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Michelle Arms - There's definitely something VERY special about a person who will give their life for a child that they may only know for such a short time. I am so impressed by you Richelle. And Bobby, you have captured this so beautifully in your photos and in the words you wrote.August 27, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Jen Palumbo - It surely helps me see all YOU have given to that baby and what Sunshine has given in return. Just beautiful...truly... August 28, 2013 - 10:41 am

Chantel Fox - He did such a great job!!August 28, 2013 - 10:42 am

Laura Bemboom - Oh, I love this! I'm so glad you gave him this challenge! Great images and what a BIG heart you have! <3 Sunshine is very lucky to have you!August 28, 2013 - 10:43 am

Julie Nievas-Barajas - Beautiful!August 28, 2013 - 10:43 am

Maegan Chester - Love thisAugust 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

Nikki Carlson - Beautiful!August 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

Amanda Woods - I absolutely love this! So precious!August 28, 2013 - 10:45 am

Janet Porch Dante - Your words and photos brought tears to my eyes. I'm so proud and love them both.August 28, 2013 - 10:45 am

Belinda Love - Awesome! Love this!!!August 28, 2013 - 10:46 am

Deanna Dalzell Chan - Thank you Richelle Dante for sharing her with us and allowing us to fall in love with her AND you thru your photos and stories. What an amazing person you are...August 28, 2013 - 10:46 am

Stephanie Gutierrez - love this.. thank you for sharing RichelleAugust 28, 2013 - 10:47 am

McKenna Pendergrass - These are so gorgeous Richelle!!!August 28, 2013 - 10:47 am

Richelle Dante - Bobby Earle, LOVE them! :DAugust 28, 2013 - 10:48 am

Ashley Tingley - So beautiful Richelle!! Love this <3August 28, 2013 - 10:49 am

Luis Godinez - Richelle, you are an amazing person.August 28, 2013 - 10:49 am

Bobby Earle - @Richelle: Yay!!! So glad you like them!August 28, 2013 - 10:50 am

@desirea_stottrodgers - Beautiful post.August 28, 2013 - 10:51 am

shababe - As a foster parent myself, I appreciate this post. I love my kidstagram and now that our son has moved on, it's like he never existed online. :/ great photos!!August 28, 2013 - 10:52 am

lot116 - Love it! My favorite client family has had multiple fosters..... two which are now legally theirs :D It's been awesome photographing them over the years, from fosters to their sons. Such an awesome thing ?August 28, 2013 - 10:53 am

richelledante - #howtohideafosterbaby :)August 28, 2013 - 10:54 am

richelledante - Love that last hash tag. #itstrueAugust 28, 2013 - 10:54 am

lot116 - @richelledante - Haha....and I'm sure it's killing Bobby not to be able to post her adorable face. The shoots I've done with fosters were always some of my fave, and trying to post pics not showing their faces was tricky....and I was always dying to show off their adorable faces ?August 28, 2013 - 10:55 am

richelledante - @lot116 I'm sure! I want to post her face all the time but its a fun challenge to see how many creative shots I can get of her without showing her face.August 28, 2013 - 10:55 am

Heath - lovely pics, and great story.October 16, 2013 - 8:41 pm