The Story Behind the Photo
Award Winning Author - Kamal Al-Solaylee
It was already exciting to be sitting in the same section as Prince Harry at the Invictus games and meeting Ryan Shannon from team U.S.A., but who knew there was still more to come that evening. As I made my way back from the ladies room low and behold who did I see before me but Derek Hough. Not only is Derek a six-time champion of Dancing with the Stars but he is also currently a judge on World of Dance. It was only hours earlier that I saw him on The Social promoting the games as he was the ambassador for the U.S team. He spoke with such passion about the athletes and their dedication to their individual sport. It was that passion that inspired me to purchase a ticket for that evening's events.
At first, I couldn't believe it was him. He was laughing and chatting with a couple of people but as I got closer, they shook hands and the man and woman walked away. Then it was just him, standing there by himself, I knew I needed to say hello. He’s always come across as having a very charismatic personality. He definitely did not disappoint and was very friendly and charming.
Of course, I had to ask him if I could have a picture with him and without missing a beat, he took my phone, tapped the camera app, and took a selfie of the two of us. Obviously, he's done this a time or two before. After thanking him for the photo and telling how much I enjoyed his work I said goodbye, gave him a hug and made my way back to my seat. It seemed like the perfect way to wrap up my first Invictus games.
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My name is Faith Van Wart, I’m a Certified Photo Manager and a member of The Photo Managers (formerly APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizers). I help people organize and digitize their printed photos so they can tell the stories behind their photos.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet some interesting people and wanted to begin to share those photos and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy photos and the stories.
As the old saying goes every picture tells a story. If your photos could talk what stories would they tell?