About a year ago, I wrote a blog about the annual Tucson Rodeo that comes to my city at the end of every February. In the article, I wrote about the amazing rodeo photographer, Louise Serpa. At the time when I had written the blog, she had recently passed away. Click HERE to read “A Boy Name Sue” and to learn a little more about the Tucson Rodeo and Louise Serpa.
Something really nice happened this past week. Louise Serpa’s daughter, Mia Laroque, was Google searching her mother and found my blog post. She contacted me to tell me how much she appreciated it. I was thrilled to hear from her, and it made me so happy that my words meant something . She explained that she sometimes Google searches her Mom when she’s missing her, and my blog was something new she had never read before. How awesome is that??!!?? Blogging is magic, and I am overjoyed that I was able to spread some of the magic on to someone else in a meaningful way.
As it ends up, Mia, like her mother, is also a photographer, and about 4 years ago, the Tucson Rodeo committee, voted to have Mia replace her mother as the official Tucson Rodeo photographer. Here’s what she wrote about it to me in our email exchange:
My mother got me shooting rodeos 30 years ago. I handled all the high school, college and junior rodeos in the early 80′s. I only did it for 5 years then went back to college in Seattle. I’ve always come home for Christmas and the rodeo every year until 4 years ago when Mom came down with cancer. Now I live here again. The rodeo committee voted me in to take my mother’s place as their official photographer. This will be my 4th year. Last year was the hardest ever. It was the first time to be at the rodeo without her but the committee is like family to me. The last couple of years we had a blast shooting side by side and later comparing pictures. And we actually had a couple of art openings together.
I love this story of Mia and her mother so much, and I am touched to hear that she followed in her mother’s footsteps. Louise Serpa must be looking down from heaven and so proud of her daughter to carry on the tradition. Wow! Mia Laroque is awesome!
Check out Mia Laroque’s work. Click HERE for her website, and if you head out to the rodeo this year, she’s the girl with camera in the ring dodging out of the way of the bucking broncos. She and her mother were and are some pretty brave and incredible souls to do that work, and they’ve got the fabulous photos to represent it all. Keep your eye open for her gallery exhibits, because I can assure you, her work is something you won’t want to miss.
As for my song of the day, I’m going with the magic of blogging and what it brings to you. ”Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf is perfect, because blogging is certainly a magical adventure. Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear the song, and may there be a little bit of magic in your day today, as well. Happy Saturday, y’all!