It has been a crazy summer at J Michael Photography Co., but we are excited to announce that James and Justin will be attending Austin Pride in Texas! So to commemorate their trip and the festivities, we offer you one more highlight of an amazing member of the LGBTQ+ community.
What we are trying to achieve is to highlight their accomplishments as another person of society. Recently, I spoke with someone about the LGBTQ+ highlights and the ignorance in response was jaw dropping. This anonymous person just assumed that this highlight would be an exploitation of their private romantic life....pfft. As IF! Wake up. It's 2018.
With that being said, meet Kellie Spence. I have been fortunate enough to know this gal since I was 8 years old, and I'm lucky to call her my best friend. Without being bias, she is nothing short of total bad ass. She is a paramedic firefighter and as if that's not bad ass enough...she has her captain's license to cruise the coast while on duty. Woah! As intimidating as she sounds, she's totally down to earth and has the sweetest caring soul I know.
I had the pleasure to interview her!
When you look at these portraits what do you see?
Let's talk about your career. You have such an amazing job. Can you explain to our readers what it is you do?
We have a variety of rolls in the community. Our motto is protecting paradise. We begin our days by checking our apparatuses off daily. Making sure all the equipment we need to perform our job is there and working correctly. We have to stay ready 24 hours a day to do what ever call that may come in. It ranges from medical calls, fire related calls, to something as simple as helping some one that needs help physically doing every day things. Our job can be strenuous and mentally draining at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
How has your career shaped the way you see life?
My career is very rewarding. It has opened my eyes to how quick life can be taken away from you. You should never take a day for granted. Always remember that when you think things are as bad as they can get, remember that it will get better. Maybe not right away but it will get better no matter the situation. Pick yourself up and push through those hard times. What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.
Is there something that you now know that you wish you could relay to your younger self about coming out?
If I knew then what I know now I would tell people that it doesn’t matter what people think about your life style. If they don’t agree with it then those kind of people don’t need to be a part of your life. Be proud of who you are and what you stand for. Live your life for you, you bring your own happiness and life is too short to live life unhappy. Don’t let other people's views and opinions affect your happiness.
What profound words! Life is too short to live life unhappy. Throughout your journey who has been the most supportive in your life?
My dad, Jamie - my girlfriend, and you.
Aweeee, shucks. Thanks Kel!
Although I am not a member of the LGTBQ+ community, I have seen the ups and downs, but at the end of the day we are all human. Kellie is a strong individual that has fought hard to obtain her career regardless of obstacles, and I will always admire her for that. She's an amazing role model for little girls, including my own daughter.
Thanks for reading!
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