This is one shoot I’ve been meaning to do for a long time…and for one reason or another, it didn’t happen. Until today.
My mom has been the single most influential person in my life. That may seem obvious, but I know not everyone could – or would – say that about their parent. Her life has not been without its challenges, most especially these past few years during which she has struggled with her health. Yet her deep faith and her love for her family have been unwavering. She has taught me everything I know about unconditional love by modelling it for me, particularly over the last 30-odd years since she became a follower of Christ.
Recently, our family found out that we don’t have a whole lot of time left with this gem. And I’m trying very hard to stay present with and celebrate her while I’m able. I try not to think too much about what tomorrow may bring, at least when it comes to her, but I know that her future is firmly held in the Hands that hold the world.
Today, she graciously allowed me to capture these images – even though I’m pretty sure she didn’t really feel much like being photographed – and I’m grateful for the privilege. One more testament to the way she has so often put others ahead of herself.
If I’ve learned anything over the years as a photographer, it’s that you can’t have too many memories of the ones you love. And you never know when you might wish you’d have taken the time to do that family photo shoot, or even just a quick snapshot with your grandma. You just never know.
(My Auntie Terri, mom’s sister, and I jumped in for a few, as well. Thanks for putting up with us, Mom!)
P.S. Three cheers for white backdrops, perfect natural light, and warm-enough weather for this little lady to be outside!