This session is near and dear to my heart! For multiple reasons that I’ll get into later. I wanted to start off with explaining something that I’m sure a lot of photographers get asked, but don’t really know how to explain. Sometimes I refrain from saying “this was one of my favorite sessions”.. because I don’t want anyone to feel left out, or that their session wasn’t as equal. There’s so much behind the scene stuff that a lot of people don’t realize. It’s not just the perfect outfits, location, or lighting.. it’s the actual session. The action, the why, and getting to capture people’s REAL, and RAW moments. It’s being able to tell a tiny snippet of someone’s story, that they will get to look back on and relive forever. There are some sessions I connect more to because of my life experiences. I naturally feel more emotionally invested because I know the amount of love, and connection that session holds. It’s not that I preform any differently, or treat that client any differently. So when you see a photographer, or anyone for that matter say.. “That was one of my favorites…” Don’t take it to heart. It could be over something that you have no clue about, or the connection that it holds. In this case, this was one of my favorite sessions because I could relate to these sweet kids so much. They lost their Daddy three months back, and Cherie reached out to me to see if I could capture some family images for her. Of course I said YES! I lost my mom at a young age, and I WISH so damn badly I had more family portraits. If you read “My Why” blog post, you’d know that this is one of the many reasons I became a Photographer, and Storyteller.
Losing a parent at a young age has been the biggest struggle in my life. One of the biggest things that has helped me is celebrating them as if they are still here. So, I’m so glad that Cherie and her sweet family let balloons go for his birthday, my heart completely melted.
Each, and everyone of these kiddos shined in their own way, and I’m so happy I got to experience seeing them all in their own little elements. They will have something in common forever.. They will treasure each other so much more because of the loss they’ve experienced. Losing a parent brings a closeness with your siblings that I can't explain..
Greif in non-linear, but when you have someone to share it with it makes things a bit easier. There’s no doubt in my mind that these four will make it through. The love they share is something fierce, I mean.. just look at it!
My heart is so, so full knowing that these images will be cherished forever. Friends, if you, or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness, please ask for help. There is zero shame. I’m always here if you need an ear. Also, again.. I want to thank Cherie and her beautiful family for letting me capture these.