sashaphotog One thing I learned from sitting in traffic is that nothing ever happens. Yup, exactly, hours of ‘nothing ever happens’. Thousands of people staring into their phones, waiting for the lights to change.
On this particular day, however, God prepared something very special for me, I met Reggie.
You know that awkward moment at the stoplight when a man or woman in need walks by your window asking for some pocket change and you start anxiously pretending to be looking at your phone? That’s how I met Reggie.
He approached my car with his tiny jar looking for change, I reached into my wallet to see if I had any, and all I could find was a $20 bill. “That’s too much for him”, I thought. At this time, as he was close enough to me so that I could see his face. I was stunned! I have never seen anything like that before. His face was disfigured from burn marks and his speech was affected.
I didn’t feel any fear or pity, I just remember having a very clear thought that this man needs the $20 bill in my wallet way more than I did. The man said ‘thank you’, and kept going.
We honk at other cars in traffic, we cuss at slow drivers, we are so angry and impatient all the time. And then, there’s Reggie. He carries the burden and pain of his prior mistakes, and yet there’s not a glimpse of negativity. Reggie isn’t blaming anyone, he isn’t out for revenge or justice. Reggie is, for me, a refreshing reminder to be grateful and aware of all the beautiful people and precious moments in our lives. He also reminded me that there is always more to someone than what appears on the surface. We’re too quick to judge, to place a label and dismiss, to hide our faces in our phones to avoid eye contact.
So, my friend, stop for a moment and listen. After all, you might be sitting in traffic right now, and someone with a story like Reggie’s could be walking past you. #reggie #documentary #inspiration #helpportrait #givingback
Watch short documentary - http://sashaleahovcenco.com/reggie/
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sashaphotog Study finds owning cool leather jacket more rewarding than raising children. via @theonion. #sarcasm #not Thanks for the photo @mikhailglabets 2w

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sashaphotog LA. 2w

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sashaphotog Syrian war refugee family in Lebanon. #warzone #war #lebanon #syrian 2w
  •   danniuc The kid on the right makes this whole picture so much better. 2w
  •   bambicapo Oh yeah ! 2w

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sashaphotog Bye Russia! Ill see you in a year.
Just got a notice that I can't enter the country for next 14 months. Got escorted by 2 men all they way to my seat. They really do care about people here. #motherrussia
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  •   imassskva Могу спросить, что случилось? Был нарушен визовый режим? 3w
  •   anna_yukhimets Не самая большая потеря 3w
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  •   pasha_belman_photography They figured out that you were the one eating all of the country's Nutella supply. They had to stop you @sashaphotog 3w
  •   zorzstudios You must have done something... :) 3w
  •   tatiana_cudelina @sashaphotog не знала что с молдавским гражданством могут возникнуть проблемы с въездом в Россию !!!ты пробыл там больше 3-х месяцев без регистрации ??? 3w
  •   micahdahlberg see you soon my friend 3w
  •   arinabphotog Ooo 2w

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sashaphotog Good morning cardio. #-19 #winteroutside #moldova 3w

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sashaphotog New Years with this little punk. #newyear #bigsister thanks @chumash_ for the photo. 4w

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sashaphotog Merry Christmas from LA. #merrychristmas #christmas #LA #Winter 1mon

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sashaphotog Night LA. #downtown #LA #vsco 1mon

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sashaphotog Shoot with @evelinabarry for her jewelry line @electricbyevelina is on the blog. sashaleahovcenco.com #photography #portrait 1mon

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sashaphotog One of my photos made it to @weatherchannel Top 100 photos of 2014. #Chukotka #russia #portrait #weatherchannel #top100 1mon

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sashaphotog #tbt my first trip to Haiti. #Haiti 2mon

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sashaphotog Ugly sweater game strong. #uglysweater thanks for the photo @gretchie0 2mon

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sashaphotog Life is too short to take a nap! #vsco #photography #philippines #typhoonyolanda #motivation 2mon

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sashaphotog Preview from a recent shoot with @evelinabarry for @electricbyevelina jewelry line. #ElectricByEvelina #photography 2mon

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sashaphotog Just got an update from my friends in Philippines. Super Typhoon Ruby reached the coast with the wind speed 150mph. #prayforphilippines 2mon

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sashaphotog This never gets old. #remedy 2mon

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