Infatuation is described as an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone. Love? Love on the other hand is limitless. Unfortunately we cannot control how or when either happen. In my heart, I believe you know love. You feel love. You believe in that person, you trust in every part of them, regardless of the degree to which you love them. You want the best for them. You hurt when they do. You laugh when they do. You become emotionally involved. Most of that emotion & feeling is missing within the fury and excitement of infatuation. Love is a beautifully heart breaking part of life. When you fall it’s an amazing feeling, when your heart is broken its a shitty moment. Remember that. Remember how you felt during your highest of highs. Never forget how you truly believed the world was ending the first time your heart broke.
This is Colton Darst. He is a year and a half old. On September 20 2012 he was born. At birth he was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis, a disease characterized on the outside by severe contractures of the joints in the arms and legs.
I had the pleasure of photographing this happy baby this evening at a Chive event to raise money for him at the Stacked Pickle in Fishers IN.
I saw no disease. I saw a happy baby who loved the comfort of his parents, a bit overwhelmed by all the people, a child who loves french fries and gold fish crackers, I saw people coming together to help donate to a child whom 1/2 of us had never met before tonight. I saw happiness. I saw loyalty to humanity. Nights like I witnessed tonight are the reason I LOVE to shoot.
I’d like to thank Colton’s parents for sharing. Sharing so we are aware. Sharing a beautiful child. Sharing your family. Thank you to Stacked Pickle of Fishers for hosting a great event. Thank you Chive, for opening awareness to life. For creating a website that has brought so many people together, helped so many people & continue to give laughter.
If you don’t Chive, please check it out. KCCO!!