Sometimes, you get that message. The one that says, we would like you to photograph our family just being a family. Sooner then later. This happened to be one of those messages. I was contacted by past bride of 7 years this Spring. As tears filled my eyes while reading her message, my heart ached. A few weeks had passed before we could finally get everyone together. I can remember driving to their house, and thinking that I need to hold myself together and hold back all my emotions. I had to capture images of this beautiful family, just being themselves. These were going to be their memories to hold onto. Forever.
The time we spent together touched my soul. As I look at the images, I can remember exactly what they were doing and saying to each other. It is like I am still there, with this family.
This shot makes me smile every single time I look at it. I told sweet Callie to give Papa a kiss, and she ran over to her mother. Gary’s look sums it all up.
Not even 10 days after this wonderful day, Gary bravely lost his battle to cancer. No words can describe the sadness and heartache I felt when I got the news.
Gary, I know you are looking down on your loves, and still protecting them. Thank you for allowing me to photograph your time together.