For Lisa

Sometimes a session really makes me feel like I am huge part of the whole, big picture and not just the one taking the image. Sometimes it seems the session and the images are a part of process that means more than just getting out and working with my camera.

And this session was one of those.

My beautiful friend Lisa was diagnosed with cancer. Lisa and her husband have two beautiful children and in addition to worrying about her daughter starting Kindergarten and caring for her son she has to worry about chemo and seeing specialists. All her Mom Responsibilities on top of Work Responsibilities on top of Wife Responsibilities….and now defeating cancer is at the top of that list too.

One of the things I have learned about cancer is that it does not discriminate. It doesn’t care what income bracket you are in, how many Facebook friends you have, whether or not you are married with children, it really doesn’t care. But I have also learned that people who are fighting cancer are some of the most courageous and humble people in the world.

They don’t let it win. Hands down. They are fighting every minute of every day. Even when we don’t see it or realize it. They don’t want to be treated differently, although a little compassion goes a long, long way when they have been going through chemo. I am amazed at how, even during all of this, she is the first person to ask a friend “How was your day?”.

As a photographer I have learned the value of my work and the value of my place in this world. Being able to give Lisa and her family these memories to keep forever is something I am incredibly proud to be able to do. The world is full of possibilities and dreams and hopes and each and every single day we need to be grateful for all the things we have. Thank you for the honor of photographing your family and for being someone I am proud to call a friend. I hope that we are doing these sessions for many, many, many years to come!

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