When Kathe introduced her mother to me at a recent Smooch! shoot, I remember looking into Elsie’s beautiful timeworn face and seeing her eyes sparkle with calm interest. “I am SO glad to meet you!” I said impulsively. And I really was. Elsie’s been around for a long time. Kathe tells me she will reach 100 years of age this coming December. Her body may be failing but I could see there was a fully-engaged human behind those glasses. To date, I have photographed nearly 2,000 people for The Smooch! Project. Elsie is now the oldest participant on record, making her the most experienced Smoocher in the bunch. Way to go, Elsie! You patiently waited a long time in line that day so I could photograph you and your family. An insignificant amount when compared to the rest of your long life. But I thank you for sticking it out and I am very pleased to have a photo of you in The Smooch! Project Archive, safely tucked away in the category All in the Family: Kids luv Moms, entitled Kathe luvs Elsie. I look forward to wishing you a happy birthday come December. You rock!
Don’t look now (no, really DO look now) but several more pics have been added to the online Smooch! Project Archive. If you would like to see them, simply click here to go to the spot within the archive where the newest images begin. As you can see from the stats to the left, more than half of the archive has yet to be prepared and uploaded. But I am making headway. Expect to see a dramatic increase in the number of archive pics uploaded in May. Stay tuned.
This weekend, The Smooch! Project has been invited to offer a shoot during wedding reception. What a great idea and what a perfect setting! I am already imagining the incredible images that will be captured during such a happy event. As usual, following the shoot, participants will view their personal pics online at a private website location. In addition, the bride & the groom will also be given access to the photos taken of their guests so they may create a print album filled with beautiful memories of that day. If you have an event that you would like to bring The Smooch! Project to, just send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to discuss the details with you.
Lots and lots of people have helped the project grow. How does one thank all of these wonderful people? By featuring a new Smooch! Project Hero every month in a special section of the website. But there is a happy problem: The list of upcoming Heroes is long and continuing to grow! When I drew up the list of Heroes and calculated the amount of time it would take to feature all of them, I realized it would take years to accomplish the task. The happy solution? Introduce new Smooch! Heroes more often. I began this task with Smooch! Project Hero and sewing expert Marge Lane a few weeks ago. Just tonight, I added Hero Patrice Koelsch, a steadfast friend of The Smooch! Project during a time of darkness. Click here to visit the Smooch! Heroes section and find out more about these wonderful women, the latest additions to this rapidly growing section in The Smooch! Project website.
I’m drawn to the Smooch! Project because of Bonnie’s passion for it. Her desire to share the heart-warming feeling you get when smooched is absolutely something to promote. Why not pay it forward? It only gets better!