I will admit…I’ve fallen quite behind on my blogging! It’s never been my forte (I’d rather focus on creating images!). With quite a few dozen sessions in the queue to blog, I’ve been keeping my family sessions on here to a minimum since I want to continue to grow more so with my boudoir and couples sessions. But this one I HAD to post. Not only are they one of the most beautiful families I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with (both inside and out!), they have a story that needs to be shared.
You see the beautiful redhead in the images below has stage 4 melanoma cancer. You would never, ever guess it if you had been there that day with me. She was radiating with such positivity and happiness…you wouldn’t have been the wiser to the fact that an inevitable dark fate was something that was very foreseeable for her. All you saw was how much she loved and cherished her children and the desire that ignited in her eyes when she looked at her high school sweetheart hubby. I learned that she was a passionate dance teacher and that some of her children had also joined in on this passion with her. The grace and elegance you can also spot a mile away with posing in photos were definitely evident with their images. This family session was to celebrate the first time she’d been able to get the whole extended family together since her diagnosis and she wanted to make sure to capture that.
But fast forward to this winter where I learned that the lovely Michelle Kaley had passed back in September when the tumors in her brain were no longer something that medicine and prayers could suspend. I’ve shared before on my personal Facebook page a link to her blog about her journey with cancer and it’s very visible how much these images from this session meant to her and her family. THIS is the reason I love what I do. And THIS is the reason that you need to photograph yourself with your loved ones. Don’t wait until you lose some weight. Or until summer. Or for whatever the excuse is. You never know when it will be the last opportunity to capture your legacy in photos so that they can live on for your family.
Below are some of my favorite images from Michelle’s family session. And if you feel so inclined, I’m also including a link to a charity that I know Michelle would truly appreciate you contributing to in her honor.