Tracy Broughton If you admire guts as well as beauty, this amazing
woman takes top honors.
I first met Tracy at a pageant in Mexico. She had been a model and then
was severely injured. She was almost completely paralyzed in all limbs
when I met her.
After a few days of shooting, I started to pay more and more attention to
this beautiful woman on the sidelines who was on the edges but not part of
the pageant. A little talk, some mutual trust and I talked her out of the
wheelchair and onto the ground for some shots. We both learned a lot about
her courage that day. The pictures were so - so, but the event is forever
in my mind.
We talked once on the phone in between and sort of forgot about each other.
The next time I saw Tracy was a year later at another pageant. She was on
the sidelines again at the outset. BUT, we managed to do this shoot in the
pool and the next thing I knew, Tracy was on the stage for the "review"
part of the pageant. She had worked so hard during the year at her therapy
that she had regained a lot of use of her left hand and was able to stand up
in front of the wheelchair for a moment. My eyes have never been dry when
I think of that wonderful moment in front of a large, cheering audience.
I don't know where she is now, but I hope Tracy sees this, likes it, and
gives me a call. If there is ever a woman I want in front of my camera again,
it's Tracy Broughton. What a woman!
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