Every now and then you meet people who spark up something in you. Something you forgot about, something you haven’t seen in a long time, but in this case it was a spark of something I haven’t felt in a long time.
Coral emailed me a few months back & set up a family photo session with me. Through passing details and in conversation, I discovered that she lived in the home my father grew up in. What are the odds? She shared with me that his initials “KD” were marked in several spaces throughout the basement. If you’re new to browsing my blog, or are unaware, my father passed away 11 years ago from cancer. So hearing any detail’s about my father; even something as simple as this just brings me such joy.
Coral, Rob, & Luna met me early in the morning at a field close to our homes. We caught the sunrise as both Coral & I share a special love for sunrise & sunset light. W spent a fun two hours together capturing who they are as a family, and Luna’s special relationship with both her mom & dad. Coral shared with me that these photos were for Luna. Something for her to look back on in the years to come to remember the love & relationship that she has with her parents. Coral shared with me that she lost her mother to cancer last year, so she deeply understands how important it is to have photo’s of you with your loved ones.
The evening after I took these photos I called my sister. I told her about how wonderful the session was. We got into the conversation of family photos, and how important the ones that we have with our father are. We also discussed how we had never discovered a photo of the “four of us” – dad, mom, myself & her. After digging, and in speaking with my grandparents, we’ve discovered that there are none.
So to me, I took more from this session than any other i’ve ever done. This session was a reminder to me of just how important family photos are. This is a reminder to all of you as well. When you have passed on, your children & family will be looking for photos of you. Not only photos of you, but photos of you with them. Photos of the special love & joy that you shared together. This is a reminder to all those mommies & daddies hiding behind the camera. Your children want memories of you with them. Stop hiding behind that camera. Come out and get infront of that camera, because photos of you all together are the ones that count the most.