Bre Hatfield (Dancer)

"It is as though I had somehow found a way to sever the cords holding me to this earth and for a moment, if only for a fraction of a second, I can fly." -- Unknown

"It is as though I had somehow found a way to sever the cords holding me to this earth and for a moment, if only for a fraction of a second, I can fly." -- Unknown

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the concept of failure.  I know, sounds pretty negative right?  I could look at my life and say that I have failed one or twice; as a husband, a father, as an attorney and as a photographer.  We often look at our shortcomings, mistakes or set-backs as failures.  We are often too harsh on ourselves, myself included.  What if Thomas Edison had viewed his first attempt at creating a light bulb as a failure?  What about the other numerous failed attempts?  What if he had just given up and said it can't be done?  The answer is simple, someone else would have invented the light bulb!  What about limitations, do we all have limitations?  Can we all be Thomas Edison?  That is a much more difficult question to answer.  It is my belief that we can all be like Thomas Edison, when it comes to our individual talents.  The man himself said, "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.  Accordingly, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework." We are going to get frustrated with people and circumstances and mistakes.  But if you have a dream or talent, you should pursue it, cultivate it and make it happen!

Meet Bre Hatfield!  She is 15-years-old and is a wonderfully gifted dancer.  This image of Bre dancing is one of my favorites, (admittedly, I tend to like them all!)  Bre is a huge inspiration to me!  She is beautiful, she is strong, but most of all, failure is not an option for her.  She was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of bone cancer, called osteosarcoma, that nearly took her leg.  When faced with the decision to amputate or attempt an experimental procedure to try and save her leg, she opted for the latter.  After 10 hours of surgery, doctors had removed a 7 1/2 inch cancerous tumor from her tibia, as well as removing her knee joint and part of her femur. They also took her calf muscles and wrapped them around her leg, with the hope that her patellar tendon would attach to the newly insterted metal prosthetic.  Miraculously, after all that, the experiment worked, and Bre's leg was saved!  (This is not to take anything away from those that choose amputation or had no choice.  Your struggles are just different, but the principal of fighting through adversity is the same.)  Despite the surgery's success, Bre was still told it would take 2 long years to regain the ability to walk. Bre determinedly faced the pain and frustration head on, and she defied everyone's expectations, finding a way to walk in a just under one year!  I am sure she ran into a few bumps in the road along the way, maybe a few walls even!  But these obstacles did not stop her from accomplishing that goal.  Bre was also told she would never run or dance again.  Somehow I get the sense that she will prove them wrong once again!

You can follow her progress on Facebook and Instagram at:

www.facebook.com/believeinbre

Instagram:  @believeinbre

A lot of people are intrigued by how I create my images.  This one is a great example of taking multiple images to create a final image, or a composite.  In total I used about 10 images to create the final photograph.  Check out some of the images I used to create the above image! 

  It was such a privilege to work with Bre! She is a true inspiration.  I have no doubt that Bre will dance again, because failure is not an option for her.  Right now she is walking beautifully, and it's simply amazing!  I can't wait for the day when she can once again fly!

 

It was such a privilege to work with Bre! She is a true inspiration.  I have no doubt that Bre will dance again, because failure is not an option for her.  Right now she is walking beautifully, and it's simply amazing!  I can't wait for the day when she can once again fly!

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