{sometimes you just need a good cry…}

This was how I felt today.  Okay, not this bad but close.  Here’s the short story:   I came home from seeing ‘Limitless’ (which I super enjoyed) with some girlfriends.  I was tired and the bed looked so comfy I didn’t think I’d be able to find the energy to wash my face, get into my comfy’s,  and make it to bed.  I just wanted my pillow.  But before I could do anything Jeff and I went in to check on the kiddos when we heard a squish, squish in the carpet and our feet felt wet.  It was 10pm, I was tired and this was waking me right up.  Jeff and I grabbed as many towels as we could and covered the floors with them.  It was still soaking!  We unloaded Tyler’s bookshelf and moved it to the other side of the room.  Then it was time to wake up the kids.  Brielle was sleeping in Tyler’s room (she loves to be close to him at night) so we carried each of them to our beds and snuggled them in.  It was time for the loud carpet cleaner to come out and suck up as much water as I could.  2 hours later and two buckets full of water later, I was done.   Wide awake but done.  This morning the carpets were still soaked so I had to call in the Professionals.  So right now our house is in disarray.  But we’re getting all the water-damage fixed.  The flood man told me the ‘Water Damage Gods were watching over me last night’ – he was amazed how much I was able to extract last night.  Yay for that late night second winds lol.   Anyway, it’s amazing how water can damage things – and fast.  Anyway, I’m spent but happy it wasn’t worse.   Happy and thankful for so much.

Photo:  This picture was taken just after Brielle hurt herself from falling, her emotions were so raw and my camera was right there – I just had to take a picture.  I feel her pain when I look at it.

by Kara

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HanDecember 5, 2013 - 3:33 pm

I typed the keyword “cry photography” and seconds later my eyes were caught my this girl’s photo. Astoundingly beautiful! You really caught this amazing and touching moment that now catches me! Somehow after i came across a couple of crying photos today, I sort of fell in love with them. It’s another beauty that is different from the those sweet sunshine smiles. The face with tears seem to catch you deeper in the heart.

Btw, could you please let me know the first track of the background music of this blog? It is as beautiful as this photo of yours. Would appreciate it so much if you could even send the MP3 to me.

Thank you!

Ishca GrahamOctober 15, 2012 - 7:59 am

Dear Kara May,
I am writing to you to ask for very special permission to use this beautiful beautiful image of your daughter.In light of what I would to use it I will completely understand if you chose to say no. I will tell you why and ask you to please consider if you can. I was a victim of child sexual crimes. In fact I have quite a horrific story to tell and I won’t bore you with the details,but suffice to say by the time I was your daughters age I had been abused by four different people. All of them known to my family. I am a survivor and I consider myself one of the lucky ones.I have a background in child welfare. I hope to be a voice for those that don’t have one.
In recent times, it has come to my attention the leniency of sentencing CHILD sex crimes in Australia. With the recent release in WA of the sex offenders registry after a little digging I was astounded at the leniency of sentences. Time and time again, serious crimes were being sentenced at three years and under. It seems our legal fraternity does not consider this a serious crime. I would like to draw some attention to this both politically and socially, as I believe it is time to engage in social dialogue as a nation and provide some protection for our children.
I have been lobbying federal politicians and have decided to start a non profit community page on Facebook to try and draw some extra attention to this largely ignored issue. Whilst searching for a beautiful image, one that would invoke a strong emotional response from the audience I came across this wonderful image. I cannot see anything else now, it is so moving, the lighting, the single tear the colour of her eyes, beautifully shot image :)
I cannot pay for the image and I seek to gain no financial or otherwise gain. I just want a lovely image that is strong enough to make people stop and reflect upon the cause I aim to promote and that is adequate sentencing for sexual crimes against children.
I would love to hear back from you and I will respect your opinion regardless, but I hope as a mother and woman that you might hear my plea and allow me to use this image even if it is for a short period of time.
Kind regards
Ishca Anna Graham


singapore photography studioMarch 29, 2011 - 2:28 am

Great work! Love how u capture the emotions.

Philly Baby PhotogMarch 27, 2011 - 8:15 pm

Noooo! This picture kills me!

I hope everything is okay!

Cheryl JohnsonMarch 27, 2011 - 4:23 pm

what a moving picture of pain & beauty intertwined – the leak sounds bad but like you said could have been far far worse, hope it’s all sorted now x

JaideanMarch 26, 2011 - 6:16 pm

gorgeous image! sorry about the water damage..hope it is all fixed now!

JessicaMarch 26, 2011 - 3:40 pm

Tears well up in my eyes just looking at this amazing photograph. Stunning Kara! So sorry about your water damage but I’m glad it wasn’t worse for you.

Yvonne NiemannMarch 26, 2011 - 3:08 pm

OK, I just LOVE this image. Poor gal, but the rawness of this is just so moving. Hope your water damage is all better now. What a night.

TanyaMarch 25, 2011 - 7:30 am

This image is just beautiful Kara, very moving! Sorry to hear about the water incident, glad it wasn’t worse!!!

Amanda KeeysMarch 25, 2011 - 6:50 am

Yikes the water sounds like a nightmare, especially when you just want to relax and sleep. Glad it wasn’t worse :)
Love the image… those big fat tears and her lips – wow. Painful, but worth remembering (especially when it’s translated into such a beautiful wrenching photograph).

NatashaMarch 25, 2011 - 12:53 am

The tears are flowing down my cheek as I write. In fact, I can’t see very well I have so many tears! Your picture truly speaks a million words. It has so much emotion, so many feelings, so many thoughts. It moved me right away – to wonder why she was crying, what pain she was feeling, what boo boo made her cry. My heart immediately went to her. You are so very talented Kara. This is an award winning photo and your daughter is so beautiful!

I am so sorry you had such a horrible clean up. And these things always come when we are so tired. Well done to rally! Good luck with all the water damage. It will be dry and back to normal before you know it. Thanks for sharing – I needed a little cry – it has been a tough week! XOXO

VictoriaMarch 24, 2011 - 11:24 pm

Amazing photo!!! Wow!!! Sorry about your leak :(

KirstinMarch 24, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Love this image!

angela louiseMarch 24, 2011 - 7:44 pm

Such an incredible image Kara. There is such beauty in her pain. She is soooo beautiful xx Glad to hear that the water damage is under control. Hope you can get some rest :-)

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