Kwaku Alston photographs Nora McInerny Purmort for Experience Life’s inspiring November cover story

Kwaku Alston photographed the inspiring writer Nora McInerny Purmort for the cover of Experience Life‘s November issue. Below, an excerpt from the magazine’s feature on her:

“It’s a love story for the ages — set in the digital era.

Boy meets girl. A few years later, despite not recognizing boy, girl accepts boy’s Facebook friend request. Girl falls hard for boy. Boy is diagnosed with brain cancer. Boy and girl get married. Girl begins sharing their story on the Internet. Boy and girl have a child. Later, girl has a miscarriage. A week later, girl’s father dies. Six weeks later, boy dies.

This is the abbreviated version of the tragic, touching, and triumphant tale at the heart of Nora McInerny Purmort’s memoir, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too), and blog, My Husband’s Tumor.”

Read more here. And scroll down to watch a behind-the-scenes video and interview with Purmort.



Nora McInerny Purmort. Photo by Kwaku Alston for Experience Life, November 2016 issue.


Photo by Kwaku Alston for Experience Life.


Photo by Kwaku Alston for Experience Life.


Kwaku directing Purmort for the cover image.


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