Two months ago a beloved friend passed away in a freak car accident in Thailand.  He was on an 8 gig DJ tour when on the first night, his Taxi stalled in the middle of the freeway and he and his fiance were hit from behind.

When I heard the news about Solomon’s passing, I was in shock.  It was hard to come to terms that the strong, young, uber-talented, and athletic guy I knew could no longer be with us.  Over the next few weeks, I went through the stages of denial, depression, and am slowly working my way towards acceptance.  Through this process I have been reminded the power of photography and remembrance.  The images that people have shared since his passing and reliving a few of my own, I am constantly reminded of his brilliant smile and incredible spirit.

Solomon was one of the most beautiful souls I have had the privilege to know.  I’ve always described him as the 1 degree that separates me and so many of my friends.  He and his fiance, Nicole, were planning an intimate Hawaii wedding and they kindly asked myself and my friend Colin to photograph it.  I was so honored that they asked me to be a part of their wedding day and was looking forward to spending some quality time with them and my fiance in such idyllic surroundings.

While Solomon’s Fiance, Nicole, was recovering in a hospital in Thailand I had a dream about setting up this session.  The idea is to use my talents to give back to Solomon and Nicole in the hopes that she can use this money in her recovery process.  We all lost a friend, but she lost a life partner and the wounds are deep.  So in the hopes of creating more memories for those to remember our loved ones, Colin and I will be dedicating two days in San Francisco to photograph families, kids, dogs, and couples…essentially, we’re at your service with whatever photo needs you may have.  As long as you happen to be in SF.  We are scheduling 45 minute sessions and there is a suggested donation of $250-$300 for the shoot.  The session includes our time and expertise, artistic image enhancement, and 5 high resolution digital files that can be used for printing images up to 8×10.  If you have friends in San Francisco who may benefit from this shoot, please spreads the word.  Sessions will be set up at the Yerba Buena gardens.  Time slots will be given on a first come basis and the good slots will be booking up quickly.

3 Responses to “On Behalf of Solomon”

  1. Etsuko Kawski Says:

    Hi Hollye,
    My heart goes out to you. I also lost a very close family friend about a month ago. It was a real tragedy. She fell 300 ft. in Grand Canyon while backpacking with my husband who was trying to help her finishing her goal to walk the whole length of the Canyon and becoming the youngest to achieve the goal. Her husband was busy that weekend and asked my husband to accompany her. It was a freak accident just like your friend had. She was only 24 years old and newly wed. I was honored to be their wedding photographer last June in Grand Canyon, the place she loved. I’ve been going through the same stages as you have. It’s heart breaking to see her husband suffering so much from the loss. They were madly in love. At least they had tons of photos. She used to ask people to “Take a peecture” with Romanian accent on numerous hiking trips in Grand Canyon. Her husband is so thankful that he has lots of images of them together. Photography is so powerful. Capture the moment of love! Good luck with your sessions!

  2. james moro Says:

    So great to see you guys giving back via your photography. I’m sorry for your loss, and hope you guys get a TON of clients for this offer. It’s truly a great and rare opportunity :)

  3. Hollye Schumacher Photography » Blog Archive » San Francisco Engagement Sessions x 2 Says:

    [...] A few months ago, I flew to San Francisco to photograph a number of family and engagement sessions for the benefit of my dear friend who lost his life in a car accident.  Surviving the accident was his fiance who’s wedding I was scheduled to photograph this September in Hawaii.  You can see the story here. [...]

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