I belong to a local group for creatives, most of us seem to be photographers. Each month we discuss different topics regarding our businesses . On several occasions the topic of blogging came up. How often to blog, how little to blog, what to blog about. We all seemed to have an answer that worked for us. My answer was this, "when I blog, I usually have a touching story that is attached to a session I've done. I typically I don't blog regularly , although baby photos and family photos have great content, I seem to always wait of the story." This brings me to a session I photographed this weekend. Anna first contacted a few weeks ago regarding a session for her two girls and possibly family photos as well, and as she put it, depending how soon you could get us in. There isn't usually an urgency with family photos in the summer. I actually didn't even question it at the time, I simply found a time as soon as I could to be able to photograph the whole family. As I often do after a client inquires about photos , I like to look them up on Facebook, I did this with Anna. I saw that we had a mutual friend, turned out they were neighbors. I asked this friend about Anna, her response was "It's a great family". Let's be clear, I didn't doubt it. Many times knowing things about people ahead of time helps start conversations during the session. Anna and I had a few exchanges and we were able to find a date that worked. As it tuned out the date happened to be yesterday...the hottest day of the year! The Tuesday before the session Anna had posted something on Facebook that startled me. She had decided to share publicly that she was just diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Her words.."I have stage 2 breast cancer. I will lose my my thick beautiful hair, my eyelashes, and my eyebrows in less than one month. The idea of chemo scares the shit out of me. I am, however, just so grateful for the chance to fight this and continue to be a mother to the most precious little girls I have the honor of calling mine,"
When you understand the purpose of a photo you're going to be taking, the responsibility becomes so much greater. God has worked through me in so many situations with my business, and this family was just another calling to create memories for a family that desperately needed some hope right now. I titled this post "Strength and Dignity", 8 years ago I found myself in a similar situation . God gave me this Bible verse, Proverbs 31:25, to carry me through a forest of darkness. "She is clothed in strength and dignity , and she laughs without fear of the future." Anna going public with her cancer shows strength, her willingness to fight it shows she has dignity. Her girls are a testimony of her kindness. I will be keeping in touch with Anna through this process, not for blog posts, but to be a prayer warrior on her side. God calls us to be there for those who are suffering. To be the strength for those who are feeling weak. I only met her her yesterday, but I feel a connection to this woman, this mother, this wife. I know her road will not be easy , not for her or her family. Prayers heal, prayers give strength, and this family needs both! I am so blessed and honored that I was able to capture these moments for Anna and her family! If there's one thing that God has taught me, is that out of the darkest and most trying times come the greatest joys. I met a woman yesterday that one day I will call a survivor! Please join me in praying for Anna and her family!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!