GAH. This is why we do what we do.
This sweet family has been my client since before the little boy was born.
I photographed their birth just a few short weeks after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor after having several grand mal seizures. She underwent neurosurgery during pregnancy. Powered through labor and delivery and was amazing. I took her sweet baby boy, Caed's newborn pictures. She went through chemo and radiation over the past year. I did their son's one year milestone session. Now a farewell family session as they prepare to move to the PNW. (I'm going to have to figure out how to get up there once a year to photograph them in that GORGEOUS scenery)
I am going to miss them like crazy. They are super cool people.
They have a story to be told. They will look back on this time in their life with joy, despite the storms. Their love for each other is tangible. Caed will know of his mother's fierce fight and the overwhelming love his mommy and daddy have for him. He will see clearly the meaning of his own name, coming through major prenatal trauma like a champ.. "God's Warrior" fits him well.
I am going to encourage all of you to get in front of the lens. Be a part of your story. Help your children remember the preciousness of their childhood, even when things aren't "picture perfect." Withhold judgement and critique of how you look, because 100 years from now, nobody will care. But your grandkids will know what you looked like and know that you loved their parents and each other.