“My sister in law is having the first of two brain surgeries on Monday. Needless to say, she won’t be up and at ‘em for pictures.”
This session almost didn’t happen so many times. Angela booked this family session for her husband’s side of the family in January for a March session date. Then, she found out her best friend’s baby shower was scheduled for the same day. We tried so hard to reschedule but it just didn’t seem like it was in the cards. I wouldn’t give up on them though and we found a date in November that everyone involved in this large family group could make work.
A few weeks before the session I contacted Angela to check in and talk locations and I found out that her sister-in-law was about to undergo the first of two brain surgeries! Needless to say, photos were not going to happen for the Brian family this time around. It’s times like this that make us really think about life and our priorities. Isn’t it always the reminder that something isn’t permanent that makes it so dear to us? When someone we know goes through a life threatening illness or experience, it’s a wakeup call for us to appreciate the day we have in front of us. It wakes us up to the here and now and the reality that nothing lasts forever. It also gives me great purpose for what I do for people. Our memories fade over time but when we have photos to look back on, it brings us back to that time with much greater clarity than a fading memory. They are also a great reminder that nothing lasts forever. The sweet face of your one-year-old will change as he grows and when you see that photo again a few months later it wakes you to this realization that “it’s going by so quickly.” What’s the saying? “The days are long but the years a short.” Don’t forget to kiss the faces of those you love today and every day!
Graciously, Angela’s family stepped in and we were able to complete the session. The session included Angela and her husband (Jeremy), her mom and dad (Ed & Rhonda), Angela’s sister (Marissa) and brother (Nashon). There were no little kids running around this day. The youngest participant was 16 and the pictures encapsulated the love parents and siblings have over years of being together as a family unit. Sisters stuck their tongues out at each other. Big girls hugged their daddy. Sisters looked up to their brother. It was a gorgeous day in Landisville and I got to see the park I take my own kids to regularly in a different light. It was gorgeous and I’m sure to be back for more sessions there in the future!
Angela, thank you so much for your ability to see the bigger picture while scheduling….and re-scheduling and being such a sweet soul to be around. Your family is kind and fun and reminded me so much of my family growing up. It was heartwarming to meet you all and to capture your love for each other in this season of your lives. I hope you enjoy this sample of photos from your lovely family session. And, because I know how hard it is to wait, there are a few surprises in your inbox to share with your family RIGHT NOW, so go check!!!! XO – Megan