JOHN D. RUSSELL
Learn about my story and what life events lead me to pursuing my passion. My name is John D. Russell and I am a Manhattan Beach Photographer.
In 2005 my mother slipped into a
I thought that was it. I was devastated. After pleading to the transplant coordinator at UCLA, my mother was given a second chance. She had been on the liver transplant list for 5+ years and her number was finally called.
She awoke the next day after the 10+ hour surgery
My mom’s body was taking the new liver well and she seemed to be on a speedy road to recovery but something just wasn’t right. The doctors were combating a pesky lung infection that was seriously hampering her ability to breath on her own.
For 31 days I communicated on a
I visited her almost every day. The ICU doctor in charge of my mother’s care even highlighted the fact that I was there more than she was. Even still, I felt helpless and I guess being there gave me a sense of control.
Sadly, my mother lost her battle and passed away in ICU, 31 days
After I sent her off in style (click here to view) I had the unfortunate task of going through her belongings. To make things worse, I had to do this in two different states.
Needless to say, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. I donated virtually everything to charity and kept some personal items that belonged to my mom, along with some of my own childhood mementos.
Our family photos.
My mother was my only active parent and my only immediate family. I have no brothers and sisters and my grandparents passed away when I was in high school. I realized that the only tangible memories I had of my family were in those albums and images my mom had kept through the years. It was then that I realized the IMPORTANCE and the POWER of the photograph.
That is a major reason why I have committed my life to
After my mother’s death, I quit my job as a Commercial Underwriter and went back to college. I went to Mesa Community College in San Diego and transferred to CSU, San Marcos in North County San Diego. 3 long years later, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. It was one of the proudest and happiest days
While I was a
Nowadays, I specialize in commercial photography and lifestyle photography.
I’ve traveled all over the world and