Glass Half Full CD - (In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

Two blogs in a row about CDs--I'm starting to feel like I have a music blog going here. But I can't help but blog about this awesome new CD, Glass Half Full: A Music Photographer's Visions of Hope. It's a collection of  songs of hope and comfort sung by 23 extraordinary women musicians. I found out about it last weekend at the Pine Lake Lakefest when one of the musicians who sings on the CD, Diedre McCalla, performed for the Lakefest crowd. The CD was created by Irene Young, a music photographer, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  As a fellow survivor and photographer, I salute you Irene for responding to your diagnosis in such a brave and compassionate manor!

Two dollars from the sale of each CD is donated in equal parts to the national organization the Breast Cancer Fund and SHARE, a New York based organization helping women with breast or ovarian cancer. Listen to a few sound clips if you have a minute or two. Your spirits will be lifted.

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.