“When I was contacted by Tamara to schedule a portrait session, she mentioned that she was here all by herself in the United States.
Upon hearing her beautiful accent I learned she was from Lviv, Ukraine and that she was also a professional rhythmic gymnast and contemporary/modern dancer.
At that moment I knew exactly what type of portrait session this needed to be.
I was able to find the perfect soft flowing fabric in the colors of the Ukrainian flag for her to dance with.
Together, we created Tamara’s tribute to her homeland.
Having just discovered that my great grandfather immigrated from Kyiv in 1906, this project takes on a whole new meaning for me.
With my own Ukrainian roots, I feel a new sense of honor and empowerment to be descended from such strong, courageous, and resilient people.
слава Україні ~ Glory To Ukraine
In the hopes that these images will inspire a reaction towards the greater good, we’ve set up a GoFundMe to assist a 6-year-old girl named Vlada who fled the war in Ukraine to Italy with nothing but the clothes on her back.
Although we can’t help every refugee, we can start by helping one and begin a domino effect of kindness and compassion.
Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water. It will make ripples throughout the entire pond.”
A dream is sweeter than honey. – Ukrainian Proverb
Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse. – Ukrainian Proverb
If the devil is powerless, send him a woman. – Ukrainian Proverb
With patience, it is possible to dig a well with a teaspoon. – Ukrainian Proverb
The fear of death takes away from the simple joy of living. – Ukrainian Proverb
Every road has two directions. – Ukrainian Proverb
Fire starts with sparks. – Ukrainian Proverb
He that fears death may inhibit his entire life. – Ukrainian Proverb
Health is more important than wealth; good health is above wealth. – Ukrainian Proverb
It is easier to destroy than to build. – Ukrainian Proverb
Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you. – Ukrainian Proverb
Saying and doing are two things. – Ukrainian Proverb
It is love that makes the world go round. – Ukrainian Proverb
Still waters run deep. – Ukrainian Proverb
What can’t be cured must be endured. – Ukrainian Proverb
Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes; fools by their own. – Ukrainian Proverb
You don’t really see the world if you only look through your own window. – Ukrainian Proverb
Live one century – study one century. – Ukrainian Proverb
Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it. – Ukrainian Proverb
This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Marla Michele Must, MPP, Master Portrait Artist. Link to the GoFundMe here. You can follow Marla on Instagram, Facebook, and her website. Submit your story here, and be sure to subscribe to our best love stories here.
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