David Cook can sing, but that’s not the only reason I respect and admire him. There are lots of great singers out there, but few that have a heart the size of a watermelon.
David does and he shares it willingly with Lindsey Rose Belcher, daughter of FOX-13 reporter Charley Belcher. I wrote about the bond between them in a previous post (http://timboylesphotography.blogspot.com/2008/09/do-whatcha-gotta-do.html).
When I did that previous shoot with Lindsey Rose and Charley, I told them that I would love to shoot Lindsey Rose and David together the next time he came to Tampa Bay. I thought that the bond between the two should be documented and that Lindsey Rose and David should both always have something tangible of each other to refer to when times got tough for them.
Lindsey Rose, perhaps, the next time she undergoes chemotherapy. David Cook, perhaps, the next time he’s on the road for extended periods of time or maybe when he’s looking for inspiration for his next love song.
When David’s tour brought him to St Petersburg on November 27, I got invited to join Charley and Lindsey Rose when they met (and interviewed David for FOX-13) backstage in the hours before his concert.
Of course, Lindsey Rose is the biggest star in the room. She may not realize it, but everyone else that was there did. This photograph above puts the focus where it really belongs.
This is the look I got when i asked David to put a kiss on Lindsey Rose’s cheek.
This is the kiss that followed.
There’s something incredibly admirable about a man of his status and fame who takes the time and effort to make ONE little girl feel special. He’s my favorite celebrity subject for that reason.
Charley says this is their family Christmas card this year:
I know that my respect for David Cook is unbelievably high. I can only imagine how Charley Belcher feels about David and the time, energy and attention he pays to Lindsey Rose. I can tell you that I think I caught a small part of that emotion on film when Charley went in for the man-hug with a waiting David.
And, although it’s not very professional to ask your subjects to pose with you, I couldn’t help it during this shoot. I mean, I was in the presence of a true idol to many.
My new favorite self-portrait with a star.
Lindsey Rose and I had a big laugh when we looked at the LCD of this shot.
I told her it was a perfect frame: Lots of her. Just a little of me.
Thank you for reading. Support David Cook. Pray for Lindsey Rose Belcher. Donate to organizations that fight childhood leukemia.