When you meet someone for the first time, you instantly can tell if you’re going to just absolutely love a person. Four words came to mind when I first met Alyson…beautiful, funny, charming and positive. When I met up with her for the second time, I just had to add one more description…sassy. And these five words are what made me fall instantly in love with her! We met up for a photo shoot, to work on a marketing project for stem cell research. The minute the camera was pointed in her direction, I just knew this project was going to be absolutely fabulous.
Alyson is originally from Atlanta, Georgia (the cutest, slightest Southern accent!) and found her way to Orange County, California a few years ago. Before graduating college, in 2000, she was involved in a near-fatal car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury and paralyzed from the waist down. After graduating from college, Alyson taught music in private and public school and then joined the Free Wheelchair Mission in 2007. Free Wheelchair Mission is a non-profit organization that distributes wheelchairs to 71 countries around the world to the poorest people with disabilities.
But wait…Alyson’s story gets even better. Alyson recently made history as the first woman with a disability to surf in the U.S. Open of Surfing on July 26, 2009. She was also crowned “Ms. Wheelchair California” on April 4, 2009, and placed 2nd Runner Up at the “Ms Wheelchair America” pageant in August. To read more about Alyson, check out her website and her blog.
Alyson is such an amazing woman…a true spirit, she brings joy and laughter to all who cross her path and get to know her. Truly an inspiration, I had to blog about her. Alyson, thank you for being so awesome and thank you for being you.
Check out the awesomeness that is Alyson…
My favorite part of a portrait shoot is when I have a sassy subject and Alyson is all about the sassafrass!!