A local photographer is turning his and his family's pain into something powerful.
Louis Scott loves photography. It's the bread and butter for his family. In April of 2018, life changed dramatically. Louis remembers, “As a parent, I guess it’s a feeling that you never forget.”
Louis and Sylvia Scott learned their 11 month old daughter, Khloe, had leukemia. Louis recalls, “My wife, she’s in tears, and I’m in tears. We’re both in disbelief.”
Around that time, they were expecting their third child, only to hear doctors say that they could not find a heartbeat. Louis explains, “So here I am in the hospital with my now 12 month old daughter on the fourth floor and my wife in the same hospital on the third floor. And, so I’m just sitting there just asking, ‘Why me? Why are we going through this?’”
Death wasn’t done with them, yet. That night, Louis came home to find his dog murdered in his backyard.
“So at that moment my knees they got weak,” says Louis, “Bu, it was at that moment that I realized, you know, you can let this situation make you crumble like a poorly built bridge or you can rise up.  And, that's exactly what I did. I called my wife, and I told her that we're going to make it through this.”
Behind the lens, while he might have been suffering, he wasn’t giving up. He continued as dad, as photographer, and turned trial into triumph, pushing forward as motivational speaker and even author.
He started talking about how to survive pain. It led to keynote speeches at major companies like IBM and even more than 400,000 followers on Facebook who turn to him for motivation.
Scott believes, “If you reach one, you can reach a thousand and so on social media I use that platform for good. I want to show people that it is possible to make it in this world.”
Louis credits his faith and his daughter Khloe too with much of his family's strength.
“She showed us what being resilient [is], what it really meant, what it was all about because she went to her treatments, her chemo, each and every day with a smile on her face,” explains Louis
Khloe’s now in remission In the end, Louis says, “You can't go through life trying to avoid the adversities. You have to find the blessing that is in the struggle. You have to find the purpose that is in the pain.”