I am so sad and in disbelief my dear friend and talented artist, Wade Livingston, was taken from us unexpectedly. I debated on whether or not I wanted to write this blog, but I feel like everyone grieves in their own way and this was my way to honor him. After all, 95% of all these images you see on my Healthinista blog were shot by Wade. Whether, I was shooting fitness, family, or something fun, he was my friend and go to photographer for all kinds of projects for 16 years. Remembering the good times with him helps heal the soul.
I first met Wade in the spring of 2001. I was scouted for modeling to shoot a catalog. I was a super shy, nervous wreck and didn’t know what to expect. I remember walking into his beautiful white studio and him greeting me with a smile showing where to put my things and introducing me to the make up artist. After I was all made up and dressed, it was time to shoot. I didn’t know what I was doing or how to pose, Wade had a kind and gentle demeanor to make you feel comfortable and show you how to pose. Next thing you know, I was following Wade’s directions and all the images he shot of me blew me away. Not only could Wade make you feel comfortable, he would capture you in a way you never thought possible.
Over the years, we became friends and I shot with him pretty consistently. His work never ceased to amaze me. Every time I came to the studio, he would show me some of his latest breath taking work. He told me he liked to work with lighting and he was “old school”, that way he could do minimal post-production. He liked to get it right the first time so he wouldn’t spend hours editing. I have always admired his work and was inspired by him. I fell in love with the art of photography over the years, mainly inspired by him. He told me he was glad he started on film, because you can’t mess up on film. You can always add when it comes to digital, photo shop is your friend these days, but not on film. I started learning photography last year and was asking him questions about settings. I would do a photoshoot and then ask him what I could do to improve. He would always, write me back and help me. Wade was such a humble gentle soul.
Not only did I love his work, it was behind the scenes that in between takes we would joke around. Just thinking about some of our moments, brings a smile to my face. When I shot with Wade, it was an all day event. Just driving to the shoot made me excited. I would come with bags of healthy food to make sure everyone on the set had their energy levels up. We would put on some music and laugh it up. We would catch up with each other on what was the latest. He would tell me that the Healthy Housewives inspired him to eat healthier and I would tell him that his photography work inspired me. He would tell me what he grew in his garden and different healthy meals he made. He told me he started cycling and fell in love with it. After we shot, I loved how we could see our images right then and there and pick them out on the spot. I always left his studio feeling beautiful!
I got really close to Wade when I shot my Healthy Housewives project. I wanted to keep my brand consistent so he shot all my work during this time. I shot with him once to twice a month for 4 years straight. He helped me create my dream and vision with his art. I had poured my heart and soul in the Healthy Housewives and he helped me create it with his talented eye. He was there through it all. When I reinvented my brand to the Healthinista, he was super supportive to help me create more of a high fashion look so it was a little different from my Healthy Housewives. He always had great input.
I was going to shoot with Wade this month for another blog entry. I was planning my next shoot. I logged onto FB last Tuesday night, I saw a post that made my heart drop. I knew something was wrong. I immediately text him to ask if everything was ok. I didn’t hear back. Wednesday morning I text two of my favorite MUA and asked if everything was ok with Wade. They both text back that they did not know anything was wrong. It was like I was holding my breath. That whole Wednesday, I was worried. I thought about him all day. Thursday morning, his sister-in-law wrote a post on FB to let everyone know that he had been in an accident with a vehicle while he was cycling and was in ICU. I was heartbroken. I was praying that it was not bad and he would bounce back in no time. We all prayed and sent positive thoughts but God called him to heaven yesterday.
A part of me doesn’t believe he is gone and that I won’t get to call or text him again and then another part of me knows he is in a beautiful place. Wade was a kind, generous, loving human being to everyone. He made everyone feel special that crossed his path. He touched my heart and I love him dearly for showing me the world through his eyes. He will be missed dearly by everyone he touched. We will see you again one day…just Wade for it!
A friend of Wade’s set up a Go Fund Me account to pay for medical and funeral cost incurred by his family. If you would like to donate and help out, any amount will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Also, here is a beautiful article that was written about Wade and his photography style.
Thank you for reading how Wade impacted my life. He will always hold a special place in my heart. He was family to me. I could post thousands of photos he took of me, but you get the gist…he captured so many moments of my life and was a big part of my life. You might see a picture of me for my ads and blogs, I see Wade’s style and talent.
Here is a beautiful news piece of my dear friend Wade:
Rest in paradise,