Family portraits are so important. You look back on them and not only see what everyone looked like, but you remember the feelings. When this family looks back on these family photos, I want them to remember hanging out at the beach, laughing, dancing, throwing around a deflated football they found. I want them to remember being happy.
I had given away a free family portrait session a few months ago, I had already done a random.org generator and had my numbers. After I announced the winner I got an email from Gina. She explained to me her husband, John, has been battling AML Leukemia since 2009. He had a bone marrow transplant in June of 2011 and was doing good, but he had relapsed. When she contacted me, he had just finished chemo, and would be going in for another transplant within the month. I knew we had to do the portraits. We setup the date and time, it was one of the most inspiring shoots. I can’t say that when I left I didn’t have tears in my eyes.
John, is clearly an amazing father. He was so into the photoshoot, and just so grateful, I didn’t want to stop taking photos. The connection between the kids and their parents, was so beautiful. John and Gina were so in love, you didn’t have to hear them say it to know it, he held her, he kissed her, he looked at her, and you could see the adoration.
I could lie and say that I am not sitting here typing this with tears in my eyes. I checked in with Gina just the other day and she said he had come home from the hospital 2 weeks ago and is doing okay. Please keep this amazing family in your thoughts and prayers. In her email Gina said to me “We don’t have any real family pictures and this would be an amazing thing bc I believe that pictures are the most valuable possession some one can have ” I truly believe this, I think that you should always get in the photo, even if you think your hair is a mess, your makeup isn’t applied, you feel frumpy, just do it. When your kids look back at the photos, they aren’t going to say “Wow, mom’s makeup looks terrible” or “Look at how bald dad was” They are going to remember the time you guys went to the beach, and laughed, and hugged, and smiled, and maybe the photographer did a silly dance to make the kids laugh, they are going to remember the moments, and really that’s all that matters.