Below is David Apuzzo's moving blog post about making portraits for the first time in more than 8 months while at Inspire 2016.
"From February 8th-12th in 2016 I attended Inspire Photo Retreats in Newport, Rhode Island. I have attended this event for the past 4 years now and I have to say, this year was the most inspiring and fulfilling in all my time there.
It's been a very rough year for me emotionally, in business, and for other personal reasons. In fact, I almost didn't attend this year because of everything going on in my life. My wife, Becky, convinced me it was something I needed. I needed to get out of my funk and be with my photography community to help me bounce back from such a challenging time in my life.
So about 2 weeks before Inspire, I purchased my ticket and I was ready. Well, I thought I was ready. The truth is nothing could prepare myself for what I was in store for me upon arriving.
What mostly everyone knows, is the story about my wife's illness last year and how much of an emotional roller coaster it was while balancing work and everything in my personal life. Not to mention having my wedding just a week before she went into the hospital.
What some people don't know is I haven't had a portrait session with..."