I'm here to be with your family and reflect back to you, in stunning photographs, just how much love you have for each other. You'll see the glistening eyes and the adoring smiles that come with a heart overflowing.
While I haven't sat right where you are sitting, I do have enough experience with grief to understand that my role is to first be with you as a compassionate human and then as the storyteller you hired. The photographs are important; kindness and tenderness are more important.
I come to you with my own experience with heavy circumstances. My work in documenting the love that drives grief began when my son was diagnosed as "incompatible with life" while in utero. He was born in 2013, and although he's not had an easy or normal childhood experience he continues to thrive. Through his surgeries, hospitalizations, procedures, and appointments with specialists I've learned to see and cherish the very best things about who he is and our lives together.
That's the view I want to share with you. The love that brings you together is what matters. Everything comes from that.
What I Believe
I believe in celebrating relationships, knowing there is always something to celebrate even on the hardest days. I believe in holding hands. I believe silently sitting next to someone is often the best show of support. I believe in expressing emotions, whether that means crying, screaming, or jumping up and down. I believe in embracing life. I believe in laughing until my face hurts and I have to run to the restroom. I believe that life is most beautiful when it isn't airbrushed. I believe that wrinkles and age spots are earned and speak volumes in wisdom and experience. I believe in the beauty and bonding of vulnerability. I believe in a solid 10-second hug for every hello and goodbye with family and close friends. I believe that grief lasts as long as love. I believe the best smiles are full body experiences. I believe in kindness, compassion, and empathy. I believe a family's history, including handwritten letters, pictures, and stories, is the most valuable thing a family has other than this moment and their love for each other. I believe we are all living and dying right this minute. End of life and hospice care aren't about dying - they are about living as fully and comfortably as possible. I believe handmade gifts are priceless without price tags. I believe people are meant to break during difficult times. I believe they grow into new strength when they are able. I believe in telling the story of my family through the photographs I see in my home, and that includes days that are good, bad, and ugly. I want to do that for you.
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