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August 22, 2009


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Martha Tessmer, Founder of Mother-of-an-Angel Friendship Network

With your words you captured the intent of our friendship network and with your pictures you captured the essence of our friendships. It is through your own compassion that you were able to look past the smiles of that day and see the hearts within the mothers you met. Both the gathering together and whom we gather with, has made a difference in the daily journey each of us tredge through as we struggle with the grief of losing our son or daughter. Whereas many don't understand our need to intertwine these grief stricken lives, you seen, felt and captured what others look past. I feel it is a tribute to your ability to look at the "bigger picture" rather than what is right in front of your view. With your pictures as our reference, we too will be looking back with a "big picture" outlook on how these friendships helped in the common journey that was laid before each of us. You have blessed all of our lives and families lives by capturing this moment in time. And for now, a moment of happiness is a gift indeed. Thank you for your gift of insight through film.

Kimberley Libecki, Zachary Reynolds Armistead's mother (9/23/93 - 12/2/08 and eternity)

Your gift is much bigger than the photographs you've produced through your art. Your gift of understanding, compassion and acceptance is what I will treasure the most of this adventure. The purity of what you've captured and documented in your photos is what makes me cry...tears not of sadness nor tears of happiness. I don't know how to better describe the emotions that I feel than you did. You didn't just take our pictures, you allowed yourself to be a part of our journey and somehow you understand. Thank you, Bryan. Your friendship is a lifelong treasure.

Daniel Steinhauer

You never stop amazing me Bro! I love you and all that you do for others (including myself). As you once said to me in 1986, "take care and take risks!"

Danny Steinhauer

Michelle Sloan

I read your message about your dad and the mom's angels a few weeks ago and have thought about it often. I wanted to respond back with something meaningful and worthy, but didn't know what to say. I could feel the pain in your words about your dad and wished I could have helped some how. I'm sure your support and photos about the children and their families meant more to them than you could know. After reading it, my keyboard looked like it sprang a leak! I couldn't imagine what they go through in their daily lives. We're supposed to go first. I could whirl myself into hysterical tears with just the thought of being in their place. My heart goes out to them. When I delivered my first son, someone told me that having children is like having your heart forever walking around outside your body. How true.


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