Why family photos are a legacy..

January 6, 2017

 

My husband and I ventured back to Indiana, from Texas, this past August {2016} after he was retired out of the army. Unexpectedly, I found myself back in my hometown of Greenfield, IN - I got busy reconnecting with friends and family, one of whom was my old high school bestie who I hadn't seen in years! At the beginning of September, just days later, her family learned that her dad, Dave, had a brain tumor.

 

 

Dave had been battling other health issues for a while when some new symptoms prompted a head CT. Shannon's family was devastated, understandably, but being the tight-knit family that they are, they gathered strength in their numbers and leaned on one another. Scheduling family photos had been stalled, while another family member struggled to make the time commitment - so I decided to make them a deal. Because I felt it was SO important for them to not waste any more time, I would take their family portraits for them THEN if they were able to get her there for photos in the future, I'd do them again, pro bono! No cost. No strings. Let's do it.  
 

 

 

 

They agreed & we quickly worked out a date to get their family photos taken before he started his treatment and had to prepare for brain surgery to remove the tumor.

 

 

Being that Dave was already weak and was having trouble with his balance, the session would be very tiring, even before he started treatment. The family was able to make it work just one day prior to his initial treatment. With it being such short notice, I was pleasantly surprised with all their coordinated outfits - perfectly coordinated and accessorized without being too matchy-matchy! {This makes photographers very happy} 

 

 

 

We were able to photograph all the littles (the small children) and individual family units before Dave came out to join us. His wife, Diane, helped steady him down the small slope into the grassy field. It was an unseasonably warm fall day, and the sun was setting behind a grouping of trees, a brimming creek and a gorgeous weeping willow. His cane sunk slightly into the grass, due to said brimming creek - after days of rain. It was like all the pieces fell perfectly together to allow the Edwards' family to create a family portrait to cherish. I was so honored to be a part of creating a legacy in photos for them.