|Published:||Jul 02, 2012 10:40 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 03, 2012 10:37 PM EDT|
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - For many families, hiring a professional photographer is a luxury reserved for weddings or graduations. But one local photographer focuses on something that may be far more important. A life's final moments.
"I hope what [the photo] captures is not only the person that was in it, but that they remember how the sun shined and they how they smelled and everything else. To keep that with a family. It's priceless," said local photographer, Brooke Price.
"When someone is gone, when you want to remember them or see them, you look at a picture for that," she said.
Price is a volunteer photographer with the F.I.L.M. Project.
"It actually stands for 'Family Images for Lasting Memories.' We gift families impacted by terminal illness, often times it is cancer, with last moments together," she said.
Cancer patient, Tara Parla, scheduled a photo shoot with Price.
"I took a look at it and I thought, 'What an amazing opportunity for my family. I was thinking about the journey that I'm going through now and how it's be amazing at the end of it to look back and see this difficult time. And if we're not that lucky, then these memories would be left for my family. I knew they would love that," she said.
Parla has been fighting an aggressive cancer for almost two and a half years. She just began her second round of Chemo Therapy in January.
"It can be painful and I know I personally did cry through some of it. But when you look back and you realize, people that beat this disease, they can look back and really see how strong they were getting through it," Parla said.
The F.I.L.M Project was launched in a small town in Indiana and has since grown to an international organization with hundreds of photographers applying for applications every month.
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