Life, Love & Photography :: Living your YES

May 21, 2019
Judith Rae by Jota Freitas

Image above is of me in Bahia 2003 taken by Jota Freitas (mentor and dear friend).


Have you ever felt like you were actually living your dreams? Living in the present moment of joy 🌈? Your smile can’t help but consume your whole being 😃. Walking around like a human glow stick, shinning so bright 🌟. Then you pause for a moment and acknowledge that you’re actually living the reality of a dream that you had once hoped for. 🦄


Yes! This has happened to me many times 🥰. One of which I was surrounded by many of the most iconic photographers as I was accepted to an internship program at the world’s most prestigious photo agency, Magnum Photos.


In 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour started the most important artists’ cooperative ever created: The Magnum Photos agency. In school I studied their work, 🤓 read their words and delved deep into the art and craft of photography.


Interning at Magnum Photos I had the absolute privilege to meet, speak with and help some of my idols. I delivered prints to Bruce Davidson (himself!) and got to connect with him personally as he sent me off with a signed postcard from his Brooklyn Gangs project (til this day I have it on my desk)!!! Picking up a package with the Phillippe Halsman family connecting with Phillipe’s daughter and leaving with a signed pamphlet of his work! Chatting it up with Paul Fusco, Chien-Chi Chang and Alec Sloth simply filled me with so much joy and inspiration words cannot recount the excitement I felt. 🤩


Pulling an iconic print from the archives titled “Muslim women praying in India, 1948” taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson. I remember holding that print in my hands breathing in its magic✨.


Then when I thought it couldn’t get any better than this, I was invited to help out at the 60th anniversary celebrations they were having and most of the Magnum photographers attended! There I was able to meet Steve McCurry and  Josef Koudelka –  hearing about the assignment he had just come back from photographing. I was simply beside myself and memorized by their energy and passion for the craft. What excited me was that I too shared in this passion for photography and the love and joy of capturing the human experience. I was living a dream I had said yes to. I believed and it came true!!! 📷 💞


I do believe in the importance of remembering our successes. Remembering times when we believed so deeply and then had the opportunity to live out our dreams 💫. I see this often in my life, in my relationships with loved ones, in my photographs and in my business. Deep gratitude for these incredible real life dream experiences. 🙌🏽


Cheers to living our YES’!!! 🥳


“We are never more than a belief away from our greatest love, deepest healing, and most profound miracles.”

❤️ Gregg Braden


Our hope for this blog post is that it continues to inspire you to dream, to grow and to create in fabulously authentic ways. May we all deepen our sense of creativity, cultivate change, fulfillment and joy in our lives and take time to acknowledge all that we have to be thankful for!

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Judith Rae


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