Hi my name is Terilee Dawn and I am the photographer for the book ‘REAL’. Shelley Malcolm wrote all the stories, and might I say did an amazing job. Since this blog is new I thought I would start the first post I wrote as a introduction to who I am. In a sense I don’t really feel like writing a whole lot about myself since this project is in no way about me but all the amazing people that are in it. I feel honored that I got to be a part of something so amazing. To be able to celebrate what the world would call an ordinary life and shine some light on the fact that all these people truly are unique and extraordinary in their own way. As I reflect more and more on this project I realize that God’s hands have been in it in so many ways. He orchestrated the whole thing so all the glory must go to him. He uses the ordinary to show his greatness and I think Shelley did an amazing job reflecting that through the stories that she wrote.

The photos of the book come from my heart. I read a quote this morning that speaks volumes to my reasons behind embarking on this adventure.

“Our greatest fear as individuals should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter”  Tim Kizziar

I don’t want to succeed at things that don’t matter. And I believe the success of this project is for something that matters. I hope as people become more aware of the book that has been created that their hearts will be stirred and they will be encourage to see the people around them. I hope my photos along with the stories draw people in to see that they too have something amazing to offer. That their lives are important.

So in the end I leave you with a  bit of my heart not so much the randoms of who I am. Over time I am sure I will blog about everything and anything. But my hope is that people will be inspired by this project that Shelley and I have spent the last two and a half years working on.

“Richard understands the misunderstood. He offers hope to the fearful, desperate and suicidal. He know that strength and potential can recover from the most tangled knot. “


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