Yesterday the world lost another wonderful creative soul. Kate Spade made the world a more beautiful place with her vision and talent, and while the loss is certainly felt in many circles- fashion, design, entrepreneurship- it is also a loss in the art and photography industries. Photographing her pieces was essentially making art with existing art; her work spoke for itself, we simply conveyed the message to our audience.
I was always thrilled, THRILLED, when a client showed up wearing a beautifully fitted Kate Spade dress to an engagement session. And, I think every wedding photographer will agree, when a bride pulls out Kate Spade shoes or jewelry for the wedding detail shots, we know a lovely, well-styled and perfectly appointed wedding is in store.
While Kate and I didn't know each other, I think it's easy to feel a kinship to another person, even one you haven't met, based on shared commonalities. She was creative, an entrepreneur, and loved color, whimsy, and all things girly. I also think it's possible to feel a kinship with someone who has traits you'd like to see in yourself, the things you aspire to be- self-made, a success, a style-icon, popular and loved by many. But now, many people are seeing yet another aspect of her life that ties into our own- a battle with mental illness.
In 2012, 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode. That's 6.9% of the population. And, as Kate's untimely death clearly shows, depression doesn't discriminate- it affects people in all different walks of life regardless of income, career, or success.
I strongly believe that mental health providers and suicide-prevention organizations are modern day heroes. I also believe that every person deserves to live a life where they don't face a daily battle with their thoughts, but instead live a life where they feel like they are enough... because they are.
For the remainder of 2018, 10% of each session or wedding booked with Jessica Peterson Photography will go directly to Whitney's Walk, an amazing Peoria-area organization that is making a difference in the fight against suicide.
Love each other, and take care of yourself. <3 - Jessica