Catchlight

Additional Project Details and Purpose

​​​Catchlight: Perspective Through an Optimistic Lens 

(and true story about a heart transplant)

Author and award-winning photographer, Genevieve Ruth, is a West Coast native and currently resides in the Great Northwest.  She has held several certifications in the medical and dental fields, has a background in communications, and has spent the majority of her professional career in executive administration.  She is terrible at basketball, good in the creative arts, and mediocre at dancing with her two daughters, Mikaela and Sienna Iyse (pictured above).   When their daddy joins in, it’s a ridiculous sight.

After her husband, Nate (also above), spent three months in a hospital ICU with heart complications and ultimately required a transplant, they were both inspired with purpose, and have since been advocating the critical importance of organ donation registration.   

This is how the “Catchlight” series emerged.  By uniting with other artists, patients, and advocates alike, Nate and Genevieve use this platform to share their story and messages of hope, inspiration and encouragement.

Close to their hearts, a portion of proceeds from the sale of all Catchlight-related media supports nonprofit organ donation agencies and helps fund a research program that Nate’s transplant surgeon uses for drug development and testing, specifically for the universal benefit of all transplant patients. 


Learn more here:Catchlight Mission

About the Author

Battle Scars is a collection of portraits and personal stories of the patients who lived to tell about them.  Featuring photography by Genevieve Ruth, this collection showcases patients who have endured organ transplantation, limb-loss, mastectomies, burns, major surgeries, accidents, and more.  It is an opportunity to see up close, the beauty in how our bodies physically regenerate and thicken our skin, encouraging us to emotionally do the same.

Philanthropy
A portion of proceeds from the sale of all Catchlight-series books benefit non-profit organ-donation-advocacy programs and transplant-related research.  This is the author’s family’s way of paying-forward the gift of life they had been given through organ donation.  It is also intended to provide inspiration and encouragement for patients and caretakers who might also be enduring their own challenging journeys.

Submissions
At this time, the author is reaching out to scarred survivors in the greater Puget Sound area who are interested in having their story and photograph highlighted in this collection.  Please send an email of interest and basic photo of your scar(s) to genevieve@catchlight.co.  If you are outside of the area but would like to be considered for inclusion, please submit your story and professional /artistic photograph of your scar, as well as your photographer's contact information.

Compensation
This is an all-volunteer collection.  No monetary compensation will be given but contributors will receive a complimentary studio session with award-winning photographer, Genevieve Ruth, originals of any portraits used, and an author-signed copy of the published book. 

Permissions and Copyrights
All published works are sole property of the author/publisher.  Participants will sign release forms prior to committing to any photography sessions and interviews.

Format and Content
The completed hardcover book will be 8.5 x 11, contain full-color imagery, and the inspiring stories of over 100 patients.  Content will not include full-nudity but may not be suitable for children due to graphic nature of some injuries.  Anticipated release date is September, 2017.

  • Author: Genevieve Ruth – www.catchlight.co/books.html 
  • Publisher: Catchlight, LLC (Seattle, WA)
  • Distribution: Local book stores and medical-facility gift shops, non-profit events, and all major online book retailers


Process for Interested Participants
Once an inquiry/submission has been reviewed by the author, a phone call or in-person meeting will be scheduled to learn more about the scar story.  It will also be an opportunity to determine the best photograph to create.  A photography session will then be scheduled (participants will receive original copies of image(s) used).  After the photo(s) and copy (story) have been drafted, they will be presented to the participant for final approval and release.  The material will then be sent for inclusion into the publication.  Once the book has been published, all participants will be invited to a launch party, where they can collect their signed copy (or have one mailed, if unable to attend). 

Storyteller Questionnaire (to be completed by participants)

  • Your first name (or preferred pseudonym for privacy purposes):
  • Scar location or type:
  • When and how did it happen?
  • Describe the person you were before your scar story:
  • What are the greatest challenges you have had to overcome?
  • Do you have any fears relating to- or as a result of your scar(s)?
  • What elates you?  What makes you feel powerful?
  • Have you had any enlightening or “Ah ha!” moments as a result?
  • Describe the person you have become since:
  • Do you have any words, inspiring quotes, or other positive details to share about your experience?
  • Do you have a vision for how you would like to see yourself and your battle scar displayed, to best inspire others?


If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this project, please complete the contact form above or email genevieve@catchlight.co. 

​CATCHLIGHT: Battle Scars

Storyteller Submissions

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

If you are a clever, efficient, fun, or otherwise entertaining individual with an idea you would like to have highlighted in this collection, please send an email of interest to genevieve@catchlight.co for consideration.  

As with all Catchlight-related material, a portion of proceeds from the sale of this book benefits non-profit organ-donation-advocacy programs and transplant-related research. 

Almost Done!  is an assortment of tips, tricks, remedies, wisdom, arts, crafts, How-tos, recipes, and a ton of other random miscellanea that busy parents and caretakers can benefit from.  A tangible Pinterest board of life-hacks, this handy little booklet  is certain to be a time/life/sanity-saver!

Working title - "CATCHLIGHT: Almost Done! 

How to Create a Sane-at-Home Lifestyle"


This beautiful collection of 'heart art' primarily features photography by Genevieve Ruth, 'works of heart' by her husband (who is a heart-transplant recipient), and submissions by contributing artists and photographers who have also been touched by matters of the heart, physically and emotionally.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!


If you are an artist or photographer interested in having your piece highlighted in this collection, please send an email of interest and small version of image(s) to genevieve@catchlight.co for consideration.  Preference will be given to patients and/or those who provide a short back story about the significance of their submissions.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of all Catchlight-series books benefit non-profit organ-donation-advocacy programs and transplant-related research. 

Working title - "CATCHLIGHT: Heart Collection"

A coffee-table book of heart-shaped imagery hidden in everything, everywhere around us


Featuring photography by Genevieve Ruth, this collection showcases patients who have endured organ transplantation, limb-loss, mastectomies, burns, major surgeries, accidents, and more.  It is an opportunity to see up close, the beauty in how our bodies physically regenerate and thicken our skin, encouraging us to emotionally do the same. 

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!(see below)


At this time, if you are a scarred survivor in the greater Puget Sound area, and interested in having your own story and photograph highlighted in this collection, please send an email of interest and picture of your scar(s) to genevieve@catchlight.co.  All contributors will receive a complimentary studio session and original copy of the portrait used in the book.

If you are outside of the area but would like to be considered for inclusion, please submit your story and professional or artistic photograph of your scar, as well as your photographer's contact information.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of all Catchlight-series books benefit non-profit organ-donation-advocacy programs and transplant-related research. 

An excerpt from Catchlight: Perspective Through an Optimistic Lens,chapter, "Not All Scars are Ugly":

     Some of the darkest hours of my life have made the most impact in shaping the person I am today. They have affected how I make decisions, my levels of trust, how I respond to people and situations, and so much more. They have left permanent scars.
      And I’m glad they did.
    Without the scars – a reminder of pain and suffering – I might too easily forget the things that caused them in the first place and risk hurting myself again. However, I prefer to look beyond them. For as many as I have spattered across my flesh, in my heart, and throughout the massive expanse of my memory, I have far more surface area that has remained unscathed.  This is where I focus my attention."

PROJECTS IN THE WORKS

Working title - "CATCHLIGHT: Battle Scars"

Battle Scars is a collection of portraits and personal stories of the patients who lived to tell about them 

​​​​FULL DESCRIPTION
 “The boy I’d had a crush on since high school, now my husband and father of our baby girl, is fighting for his life after an aggressive staph infection has ravaged his heart and placed him at the top of the transplant list. We’re facing financial crisis, massive lay-offs, soaring medical bills, and worse... impending toddlerhood. Life can be so uncool. Good thing I’m armed.”

ABOUT CATCHLIGHT
Finding humor, hope, and strength to endure just about anything may not seem as difficult after reading Catchlight, a memoir that has already inspired thousands. Open the pages to step inside the unique mind of an eternal optimist, and experience how one thinks, processes, and responds to stress. 

Genevieve Ruth’s conversational prose feels welcoming, like an old friend, and is infused with just enough self-deprecation to keep things light as she shares intimate details about her past, the very real, very scary present, and how she is able to remain positive and keep her sanity, while fighting to stay strong for those who are unable to. 

Catchlight offers comfort, guidance, a few laughs, a perspective-shift to a more positive outlook, unobstructed insight into the organ transplantation process, and a story that others can draw strength from when confronted by their own unimaginable circumstances. 

ABOUT THE COVER ART
It is one of several heart-works created by the subject of this book, years before knowing he would need a transplant. It features an older male and female, connected by a purple heart with a gold center. It is a beautiful and symbolic image to honor and illustrate the story of both donor and recipient.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author and award-winning photographer, Genevieve Ruth, hails from the Great Northwest. She has held several certifications in the medical and dental fields, has a background in communications, and has spent the majority of her professional career in executive administration. 

After her husband, Nate, spent three months in a hospital ICU with heart complications (and ultimately required a transplant), she was inspired with purpose, and has since been advocating the critical importance of organ donation registration. 

This is how the “Catchlight” series emerged. By uniting with other artists, patients, and advocates alike, Genevieve uses this platform to share the stories and messages of hope, inspiration, and encouragement. 

​​by Genevieve Ruth

List Price: $16.95  //  6" x 9" : 230 pages, paperback // ISBN-13: 978-0-9886936-0-9

Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational  --  Mild adult content (mild profanity, descriptive hospital situations)  


Catchlight Press, 2012

Catchlight offers comfort, guidance, a few laughs, a perspective-shift to a more positive outlook, unobstructed insight into the organ transplantation process, and a story that others can draw strength from when confronted by their own unimaginable circumstances (cancer, loss, terminal illness, disaster, the unknown). 

​​"Catchlight: Perspective Through an Optimistic Lens (and true story about a heart transplant)" by Genevieve Ruth

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