Posts with tag: "Webster, NY photographer"
Thursday, June 18, 2020
By Hayes Photography
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Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, gazing at the Northern Lights in Iceland, bathing elephants in Thailand, hiking volcanoes in Guatemala, volunteering in Tanzania…these are things that could not have possibly existed in my wildest dreams as a child or adolescent, but are now among my most treasured memories.

Coming from a broken home and living in a small upstate New York town had its challenges.  My world was very small; almost no one ever left my hometown. I was determined to get out and never look back so I set myself on the path to college and the great unknown. In college, curiosity about the world started to get the best of me and I wondered what it would be like to see, touch, and experience certain things that only lived in the movies. At SUNY Brockport, I was lucky enough to have pioneered the Student Teaching in Australia Study Abroad Program. I spent four months on the other side of the world, experiencing another culture and seeing sights I had only read about in books and magazines. I was having the time of my life but still wasn’t prepared for the awe and exhilaration I felt when I saw kangaroos in the wild for the first time. That was a truly transformative experience for me and became the watershed moment when my dreams and fantasies became my life-long passion to travel.

Every place I journey to enriches my life, teaches me something about myself, and reminds me of the importance of stepping out of my busy routine to appreciate the world’s beauty and simplicity. To date, I have visited 35 countries spanning six continents. I would love to see the entire world, but I understand that life may not allow me to do so. I try my best to prioritize trips based on physical demands (i.e. hiking the Himalayas to Everest base camp will only get harder as I get older) and personal interests (i.e. I have to get to all seven continents). But, even with those priorities, I can become overwhelmed by all the travel possibilities! I remain determined in my desire to explore all that this world has to offer, and continue to ask myself the exhilarating question, where am I going next?

Elizabeth Livorsi

Math Teacher

Spry Middle School

I truly admire Liz as she has made world travel a priority in her life. I got so excited for her as we talked about where she's been, her upcoming trip and the dreams of future ones. I have no doubt that, regardless of our limits on travel right now, she will continue to fulfill her dream and make it a reality as she has already done so many times. 

Thanks for visiting my blog, for your wonderful comments to my participants and to me about their stories and about this project. Part two may be done, but I'm by no means done creating and I look forward to sharing the next round of stories with you in the future. Make sure to leave Liz a comment or two!

Friday, July 27, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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Karen and I have known one another for many years because our children had gone to the same schools.  She began working in the school district well before I did, but when I substitute taught, I would see her from time to time.  Our daughters played basketball together so we got to know each other a bit better.  Finally, I went full-time in the district.  Unfortunately, I wouldn't see her much because I was at Thomas HS and she was at Schroeder HS.  Karen responded to my invitation to participate in the We All Have a Story photography project (find out more) with much interest and curiosity.  We sat down to talk in my studio and the more she talked the more I learned that for her, family is everything.  She talked about her life growing up, her mother and father, her grandparents, career paths taken, sacrifices that were made, but at the center of all the talk was family. When she told me about the family meal that took place every Sunday, I knew that was the image I wanted.  Over the course of weeks, the idea evolved to the final piece highlighting the legacy of her grandparents, Edgar and Candaisy Brown.  It was so nice to meet so many of the members that make up this terrific, busy, loving dynamic, large family!

In her words:

We are the legacy of Minister Edgar and Candaisy Brown, known to us as Mother and Dad. There were eleven of us raised in a home where we were taught to honor God and family. Through all the ups, downs and crazy turnarounds, we always end with unconditional love. Whether it be sorrow, joy, disappointment, tragedy, misunderstanding,uncontrollable laughter or any shocking decisions made, it is always our duty to speak the truth in love while encouraging each other. Every Sunday after church, we have dinner together. The majority of us are scattered across this country, but we still keep in contact by letters, phone and skype.


31 grands, 46 great grands , 36 great-great grands


Karen Crawford

Teaching Assistant

Webster Schroeder High School


Please make sure to check out all the other stories in previous posts as well as the featured story on WHEC-TV 10 Here

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