January's Rock The Shot photo challenge was simply to choose your favorite photo of 2012. This would be mine. It's not the fanciest photo- but is the most meaningful thing I got to shoot all year.
Description from the original post on FaceBook (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=478464785508213&set=pb.124467724241256.-2207520000.1357580976&type=3&theater):
"Cpl. Jake Hill, 21, USMC.
We had the absolute pleasure of hanging out with Jake the last couple of days. (I, of course, suckered him into some portraits.) He was in my husbands squad, on his first deployment, where he suffered injuries to his leg from an IED. He has since been awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. He even ran the Marine Corps Marathon! Missing a leg didn't seem to phase him.
In a crazy turn of events a few months ago he was brutally assaulted at a gas station, where the assailant attacked him with a car club. It cracked his skull, and caused paralysis on his right side.
And yet... here he is. Here is Jake Hill, the most effervescent, resilient human being you will ever meet. He's goofy, charismatic, and an amazing example of triumph. ♥ (We are so lucky to know you Jake, and thank you for posing for me!)