Our world lost another beautiful lady, wife and mother last week to breast cancer. Bernadette Russella who I photographed last August fought a long battle with the terrible disease. Bernadette and her sister in-law found me via the web last summer and drove 5 hours to my home studio in Connecticut to have her portraits taken. She was fighting for her life and wanted her young girls to remember their mom as a “fighter.” They choose me because they thought I would be the photographer that would share Bernadette’s story. How perceptive and right they were to find me! The shoot was the most intense I have ever had to date and her images totally tell her story. She will be my “star” this fall at my New York City art show because she has given me the courage to take a stand and share her story. May God bless her soul and peace to everyone’s lives that she touched. Spread the word…. we have to find a cure for this terrible disease.