Veterans Day 2015

© Anne S. Hall of Syrenia Imagery  Published on www.behance.net/syreniaimagery

© Anne S. Hall of Syrenia Imagery             http://www.behance.net/syreniaimagery

As a US Coast Guard Veteran who was forced out of service due to MANY issues that were deliberately overlooked and ignored for the sake of saving a buck, along with many of my brothers and sisters who were treated the same way over a 4 year span within all branches of service, I took this photograph on Veterans Day. No one will ever know the trauma that all of us have endured in our own ways. Some will never heal. We’re given companions to try and take our minds off the sorrow. They help, but I can’t help but think that they suffer with us to an extent.
I have been lucky enough to overcome my greatest of burdens. I am still working on recovering from them. It’s been more than half of a decade. Piece by piece and year by year I find a new accomplishment and a new goal to appreciate. I’ve been told “no”; I’ve been knocked down; I’ve lost many friends who didn’t want to understand; I’ve helped others like me; I’ve admitted the truth; I’ve healed myself spiritually because of that realization of truth, and now the physical shell that has maintained this tattered soul is very slowly finding its form for what it was. Hopefully, one day, this body will come close, if not exceed what it once was in it’s prime.
Giving in to asking for help and letting go of shame or pride is the first step I took to finding a better way. I’ve learned to ask for help when I really need it in the hardest way possible!
To all the others who sometimes feel that they’re invisible being wanders this world alone with their special companions at their side to drown out the things that make us weak and weary. So many of us know one another’s pain even though no two are the same. For all that you’ve given and continue to give: Thank you!

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Process and Discovery

Wedding and pre-wedding photographs of Dotty Hall and Ralph Stevens wedding on November 11, 2015 in Carmel, CA.  Photographs taken by Anne S. Hall of Syrenia Imagery solely for the purpose of use by the wedding couple and Syrenia Imagery.  All images are copyright protected and not for use by any other party(s).

                                      © Anne S. Hall of Syrenia Imagery

I was working on editing photos for a family wedding and ran across an image I deliberately took with artistic views in mind. These young adults have a lot of life ahead of them.  I’m not going to share any opinions as spectators will always create their own. I’m letting the image tell the story.

As one of my favorite photographers said,

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” –Ansel Adams

and

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” – Paul Caponigro

Sharing my talents

As I’ve been working this short time as a freelance writer I have already worked for a newspaper, a small reputable publishing company, and a strong developing SEO Company.  Now that I’m happily working to help Paradigm SEO serve their clients, I’m currently having the priviledge of helping promote Stick With It.

Stick With It is a local San Diego company that has quickly grown to serve clients nationally.  Originally designed with the traveling makeup artist in mind, the Stick With It Palette was made to serve the needs of it’s creator, Monetta Plassmeyer.  She constantly had trouble finding makeup palettes that were easy to clean, use, and keep the makeup she wanted to use.  Eliminating the restrictions set forth by most similar products out there, the product used for her Stick With It Palette (the Clingfinity Surface) makes all the difference!

As Monetta was marketing her product, crafters managed to get a hold of her palette and instantly fell in love.  Now, it’s not only being marketed for makeup artists, but also serving for various uses within the creative industry as well.  Crafters and hobbyists alike are fully enjoying all the possibilities that come with using the Stick With It palette for supplies and as a working surface!

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For more information about the Stick With It Palette, visit StickWithItPalette.com.  You can find the on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +

Stan Lee’s Comikaze helps to support unite4:good

Panelists greeting fans after talking about how their ventures in the tv and film industry has influenced their lives and how they work to help make a positive difference in society. United4:Good booth for Stan Lee's Comikaze 2015.

Panelists greeting fans after talking about how their ventures in the tv and film industry has influenced their lives and how they work to help make a positive difference in society. United4:Good booth for Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015.

The former unite4:good has now become DoMore4:Good. This nationwide nonprofit organization works to “help make the world a better place” and motivate people to do what they can to help make a positive difference in society. Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015 has come together with the organization, along with Wilmer Valderrama (Minority Report TV Series) and Blair Underwood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to speak with Trevor Goring (Artist and Illustrator) and Dr. Robin Rosenberg (Psychologist and writer of “What is a Superhero?” and “Our Superheroes, Ourselves,” etc.) about how we relate to the superhero persona and how performers who portray those superheroes even help to motivate others to do good in the world.

“At their best, superhero origin stories inspire us and provide models of coping with adversity. Find meaning in loss and trauma, discovering our strengths and using them for good purpose,” said Dr. Robin Rosenberg, ‘The Psychology Behind Superhero Origin Stories’ article in Smithsonian Magazine (2013).  Consider all of your personal aspects and how to use them as a power for good.  Exercise those talents that are above average skills that you possess in order to find the Super within yourself.  The smallest of actions can change the world.  Often times, when we are doing something so extraordinary, we don’t even realize that we are actually doing something so grandiose as the effort is being carried out.

Sure, the heros we grew up with are so admirable because they posses powers that expand our imaginations and break realistic limitations, but the mind proves to allow us the ability to surpass these limitations in life in order to exceed all expectations and go beyond limitations of the present and potentially leave a legacy of good for everyone to benefit from.  Our mind is an amazing mechanism.  Regardless of the limitations placed upon us, our weakness are proven to serve as strengths when we pay enough attention to who we are and adapt those characteristics to allowing us to function at your highest potential.

DoMore4:Good inspires people to come together to inspire people to keep dreaming and aspiring for greatness in order to make the world a better place.  Exercise empathy, remove segregation, and realize that we are united and a part of each other.

“Exercising unity leads to understanding,” said Wilmer.  We forget how inspiring we are to society in general.  As performers, we are role models, especially to those that don’t have them in their lives.  As a message for people when looking for inspiration, “don’t wait for permission, and don’t wait around for someone else or something to happen.  If you really want to do something.  Get out and do it.”

“I think the overall theme to this is to find what you can within yourself to find those heroic powers or dynamics within yourself to give back, pay it forward and help other people,” said Blair Underwood.  Being of service to others is the main goal.

For more information about DoMore4:Good, visit https://www.facebook.com/domore4good/ or visit united4good.org or u4g.com as they transition to into their new image.