This was one of those sessions that just utterly hit my heart strings and reminded me how blessed I am to have the job that I have, capturing beautiful, precious moments for families. I met Debbie several months ago via a networking group we belong to. I liked her and her mother in law instantly. There was a love between those two ladies that was undeniable. We chatted and got to know each other over the next several months and I could tell there was a depth to Debbie that went beyond her kindness and her generosity. That became even more clear when I went to photograph her family and more specifically her darling daughter Ashlee. I shared the morning with Debbie and her husband Andrew, Ashlee, and Andrew's parents. There was a lot of laughter and smiles and the fresh scent of flowers in the air. There was also something else about the morning that was intense and heavy but I couldn't put my finger on it. As we wrapped up the session Debbie thanked me profusely and shared with me how very much Ashlee was an angel in all of their lives. I left with a heavy heart, but also a sense of hope that I had captured Ashlee in all of her spirit and joy.
A week or so later I had the honor of sharing Ashlee's slideshow with Debbie, and we both laughed and cried together. I saw, once again, what an angel Ashlee is in Debbie and Andrew's life, and how much the images mean to them. Debbie, and her family, are more than just "clients" to me -they have become friends. It is one of the greatest joys of my job. But even more so with this special family.
I thank you for trusting me with your portraits, Kiss family, and with your memories. Thank you also for sharing the story of your journey with Leighton, and with Ashlee. He will not be forgotten, as he lives on in his sister's soul.
K Family - Highlands Ranch Family Portraits
June 25, 2011
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
crib tales photography - on location!
An angel without wings...