I have known Sarah and Chris Cross for quite some time because we all went to school together and as we have grown, married and had children we have become closer, so when I got the news about Chris’ diagnosis I was stunned. The C word … cancer… cancer is for old people, people who are un healthy, people whom I don’t know…. and all that is so un true, cancer can affect anyone, and that is terrifying. To say I was taken aback when Sarah called me, is an understatement, and I can not even begin to process how his young family was feeling. I am so so happy to say that Chris kicked cancers butt and is here stronger now! As soon as I heard the news the first thing I could think was, he can do this! He has to do this! and when he comes out the other side I am going to be there to give him a photo to show just how strong he is and how courageous they really are.
To me photos are more that just a few images to send to the family to say here “this is what my face looks like and this is how big the kids are now,” photos tell a story, a story of a life well lived and a life enjoyed. When that little girl or boy shows up with a big shiner or scraped up nose, I love it, I would much rather continue on with a photo shoot without re-scheduling or photoshoping and really capture that moment, because there is a true to life moment to go along with that boo-boo. I know if you look close at my little man you will see that he has a good chunk taken out of his front tooth, because days after it coming in he took a nose dive into my concrete Buddha, but that chip is so true to his rambunctious, always busy, self.
Photos are life, and life is real, and life needs to be appreciated. These images are more that just photos of a family in a field, these images are the story of a strong man, who fought for his life and has won, a woman who will appreciate the silly things he does so much more now knowing that they were almost a memory, and a daughter who will grow up with her daddy protecting and holding her hand, and will be so thankful when she gets older that this cancer is nothing but a story she is told about. These images are sacred and real and I am so honored to be able to capture these moments because I may not know every ones story but I know everyone has one and every once in a while everyone needs to be reminded how special and loved they are, and take a moment to capture the day for what it is, real and beautiful.