Hi there my name is Laurie O’Neil. I grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and lived there for 20 years before moving to the beautiful state of Maine.
I currently live in Hallowell and I shoot the majority of my images in and around Maine and New England.
I have always had a love of photography and started shooting about 25 years ago. While it started out as a hobby it has now turned into a passion that I couldn’t imagine living with out.
I like to take photos of what happens to catch my eye at the moment. It’s the small things that we all happen to miss when we are moving too fast. Photography is my way to make life simple and remind myself to relish in the unexpected and sometimes what we perceive to be the mundane. I feel there is beauty everywhere; you only need to stop moving and look closer.
In March of 2010 I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer. Since it was a stubborn one, (normally these kind aren’t) and after two separate rounds of chemotherapy I had a Stem Cell Transplant on February 29, 2012. I have written pretty openly and honestly about the experience here on my blog. Both the good and bad. Having cancer has most definitely altered my life as you can imagine. I struggle every day to feel better and to live the life I need to live while living in the constraints of a transplant and the remaning effects of four bouts of chemo. From my transplant I have Chronic graft vs. Host Disease which I will have for the rest of my life. I receive treatments pretty often and will indefintely. It’s very hard at times but I’ve learned what is really important and what is not. Every day I’m constantly working at being positive sometimes while other times it comes pretty naturally. I struggle with depression and anxiety and have kept this to myself but have realized recently I need to be more open as I was when I was first diagnosed..
You only have one life, don’t squander it, do what is in your heart and always remember to treat people how you would want to be treated. Respect and love go a long way..
Thanks for reading my words, have a look around and please let me know what you think..
All my photos are protected under copyright. If you would like to use one of my images please feel free to contact me and I’m sure I would be more then happy to oblige.