Last Thursday, I was inducted into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame. It was a lovely ceremony and I’m truly honored to receive this induction. I was told that when my name was nominated I was voted in unanimously. Thank you to the Academy!
Below is the speech I wrote when receiving this honor and here I am at a table display of some of my work. I’m a Hall of Famer!
“I’m honored to be inducted tonight into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame.
My roots in photography began when I was a teenager growing up in Manchester. My uncle, Malcolm Barlow, was the editor of the area news for the Manchester Herald and he would ask me to photograph local events and landmarks with the newspapers equipment. There was no money involved, just the thrill of seeing my name under each photo I shot, “photograph by Lynn Alemany”.
After that experience, I wanted more training, so I looked into a photography course at Manchester Community College. It was the summer of my senior year at Manchester High School and that college course changed my life. Developing my first print in the darkroom and watching the image appear in the developer, it was like magic and I was hooked! My love for this art form grew stronger.
As I was looking to further my education after high school, Harry Maidment, a family friend and my guidance counselor, guided me to look into a photography career. I didn’t have money like the other kids and Harry found scholarships and private loans through the Manchester Scholarship Foundation that helped me make my dreams come true. I’m forever grateful.
I attended, Rhode Island School of Photography and my life as a professional photographer was just beginning.
I’ve been in business over 30 years, most of it here in Manchester, first as a wedding photographer, then as a portrait photographer. Today, I focus, not only on my client work but finding ways with my art to give to organizations that I have a personal connection with and there are many!
MARC., Inc. – In honor of my sister, Jane who has been involved there for over 30 years.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center -Where the money I raise goes to finding a cure for childhood cancer in honor of my daughter, Kate, who was seven when she was diagnosed with Leukemia and is now a 22 year cancer survivor.
Protectors of Animals – in honor of all animals because I’m a crazy dog person:)
Autism Services and Resources of CT – Just last year, my granddaughter Gianna, was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum and now I raise money for this organization in honor of her.
In closing, I plan to continue to learn and inspire others with my art.
Thank you again for this great honor!”Lynn Alemany Damon
Thank you to all the mothers who let me into their lives to capture the love between them and their special needs children. It was an honor to be with you all. I would like to share all the final portraits in this post so everyone can enjoy them. The event was very emotional and all who came were inspired by Mothers Who Inspire.
The press from the newspapers and the Channel 3, coverage was incredible. I worked so hard getting the recognition for this event and it payed off. I look forward to meeting and photographing new Mothers Who Inspire for the 2015 exhibit.
Here are a few quotes from two of the mothers in this years event.
“It was truly an incredible event today. Thank you for your vision, your focus, for sharing your talents with us and for celebrating all of our individual journeys. You thought of everything – from the beautiful frames, table flowers, to live music and corsages for us moms. I am so honored to have been a part of today’s event. Thank you for this incredible opportunity.” Amy
“Thank you for such a beautiful event yesterday.Your hard work showed. It was a fabulous day and so nice to see the faces and learn the stories of other moms in similar life situations. It’s you who is a true inspiration to us all. You are amazing, your dedication to your family, your passion for your talented work and mostly sharing a friendship with so many women who really needed some sunshine in their lives. Thank you for your generosity and kindness.” Rebecca
my mother and sister Jane
My daughter Kate and my grand daughter, Gianna.
Amy and Matthew
Rebecca and Isabella
Barb and Patrick
Kelly and Ben
Wendi and Coii
Donna and Nicole
Judith and Clara
Ann Marie and Heidi
Mary and Hannah
Heather, Jake and Tyler
Kim and Zach
Sarah and Taylor
Jenn and Nick
Pat, Kathy and Meghan
Kim and Andrew
I raised close to $1,000 for Autism Resources Services Connecticut on Saturday. You still have time to donate. Thank you again for your support!!
I’ve known Sarah and her husband Rob since they were children themselves. Rob played soccer with my son and I remember all the boys had a crush on Sarah. Today their lives have changed, due to the fact they got married and had a beautiful child together. Then when Taylor was seven weeks old she was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, also referred to as TSC or TS. It is a rare genetic disorder that causes benign tumors to form in various organs, primarily the brain, eyes, heart, skin, and kidneys. People with TSC often develop epilepsy, autism, and learning and behavioral problems. There is no cure for TSC though medical advances and research have progressed a great deal over the past several years. They pray for a miracle for their baby Taylor. As I was photographing them together my heart ached for the thought of this sweet child with tumors growing in her little body. Sarah has such an upbeat, loving attitude about her baby and her new life ahead. I pray for comfort and a cure in her lifetime…please do the same.
“I fell in love with Taylor before she was even born. She took my breath away the moment I met her. The saying is so true that you do not understand a mother’s love until you are a mom. Taylor is a true gift and an angel who has changed my life for the better!”
“We have nicknamed Taylor, “Taylor the Trooper”, as she fights against TSC day in and day out with grace and without fear. She has been poked and prodded over and over again during many hospital stays, through several EEGs, and many other tests, along with early intervention services, but her strength is admirable. For someone so little, she is so so strong! I am a proud mom during her therapy sessions as I watch her bravery and resilience shine through. When I feel sad and weak, I find courage in Taylor’s eyes and she reminds me to never give up on myself, on her, or on believing that the best is yet to come. I know that as a family we are going to be faced with much uncertainty as we go forward, but Taylor is our miracle baby, and my life has been much greater since she has been in it! Without a doubt, Taylor is going to teach me more than I will ever be able to teach her. She has already taught me so much about life. No matter what the future holds, I am going to continue to love her with my whole heart.” Sarah Bedini
Sarah is one of seventeen Mothers Who Inspire. She will be there at the event on Saturday, May 10th from 2:00 till 4:00pm. Try and stop by to give her your best.
Thank you Sarah and Taylor!
Meeting Kelly and Ben was such a pleasure and photographing the two was so much fun. Kelly is a friend of my daughter, Kate and Ben just had his Birthday party and my grand daughter Gianna went as a guest. It warms my heart to know Gianna has a friend like Ben. He is such a sweet, loving child. You can see the love in his eyes when he looks at his mother. Kelly is so kind and adores her son Ben. Watching them together brought tears to my eyes. I think I’ve cried at each Mothers Who Inspire session!
“Today all my inspiration comes from my seven year old son Ben who has been diagnosed with autism. In the past seven years we have gone through so much together and have grown in so many ways. I have learned more than I ever thought being a mother and so much I have learned has come from Ben. He has totally changed my outlook on life. I have learned so much about having faith, hope, patience, and love in life.”
“The way Ben makes me proud each day is so overwhelming and fills my heart with more happiness than I ever thought possible. But my heart still aches at the same time with all the obstacles faced and hard times yet to come. I truly believe that real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting the biggest battles.” Kelly Babineau