Smile Because It Happened {Maine Lifestyle Photographer}

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss, as quoted by my stepdad Paul, at his speech at graduation this weekend. Paul is retiring after 35 years of working as a coach, an English teacher, a guidance counselor, and Director of Guidance at our local high school. But that doesn’t really begin to sum up all that he has done for the school and mostly for the thousands of students whose lives he’s touched. Most (including Paul) were in tears by the end of his speech.

Paul’s mom, my Memere, took Paul’s “VIP” chair in front of the fence for a better view. I was able to weasel may way up to the fence to see for myself. It was a packed scene. Even without photographing the crowd, I hope that I captured the energy and cheers that hundreds of listeners had for Paul. I was so proud, I wanted to jump up and yell “Hey! That’s my dad!” to all of the people in the crowd. Instead I hunkered down with my camera : )

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  • June 10, 2009 - 3:23 pm

    Jeanne Callahan - Nicole, you more than captured “the moment” – my heart was overflowing with love and pride for both my baby brother and mother – thank you for photographing the memory…….

  • June 10, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Vivian mondor - Nicole – AWESOME !!!!! You are doing such a great job with your photography .
    Thank you for sharing these pictures with me . Your thoughtfulness is greatly
    appreciated. You are the only grand daughter I have , always remember that.

    Love Memere

  • June 12, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    Nancy and Ben - Nicole…Thank you ever so much for sharing these wonderful pictures with us. Since we were unable to attend graduation, these snapshots will provide us with the sense of pride and love shared by our family and friends at Paul’s last commencement.
    Keep up the good work…

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