So, it's the end of a very cool and emotional week. Photography has filled my soul this week. Three sessions stand out as the reason why my spirits are lifted.....
First, Megan… Beautiful Megan! 24 years old and about to deliver a baby boy. I photographed Megan's maternity portrait which was no ordinary session. Megan has Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheel chair. She has no use of most of her tiny body. She is one of the most joyful people I have ever met. She genuinely lights up a room…. and it's not just all those fancy lights on her wheel chair - it's her smile, her energy and spirit. She married an incredibly amazing man 2 years ago and was determined to have a full life despite her condition. She and Jake wanted a family together and this past Friday she delivered by C-section her son Bronxton.
Photographing Megan was a challenge since her body is like a rag doll -she has no muscle control and so posing her was difficult. She was an amazing model. She gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted photographically and her husband Jake is truly heaven sent. He cares for her in every single way imaginable. Witnessing their relationship was seeing what true love is all about in it's most raw form. He undressed and dressed her for the session. He moved her and helped me position her body. They laugh together and trust in a way I have never seen before. This session is a moment in time I will never forget or be the same after.
Then Dawnylle - another gift to those around her. She has battled anorexia for many years. This year she decided to enter and train for a figure competition. There was a lot of worry since the eating is so strict and body issues are common post competing. I know I have competed twice and always thought that if someone had any kind of eating disorder they should never compete. But Dawnylle beat the odds and came out the other side understanding how eating more calories actually builds a stronger body. She feared for so long eating would put weight on her body and she has finally figured out that eating is SO good for the body and is needed in order to build strong muscle. She came away from this experience stronger and healthier than she has been in years. I had the privilege of documenting the results of her journey.
To top off this week I photographed one of my favorite families in the rain. I gave Jackie the option of rescheduling and she said "no way - we already have hair appointments and I have no other time" We made it work. Plan B was the studio but I knew I wanted something outside. I ran about 5 miles today - I ran past a spot I have run past a million times but today I saw a new location. I texted Jackie we would be outside and to bring umbrellas. Jackie being who she is said "cool - let's do it" The results are some of my all time favorite images. I have been photographing this family for 6 years - through good times and not so good times. They are resilient, strong, funny, loving and adventurous! Jackie, Jeff, Lennon and Noel…. you are always a part of my heart. I know someday you will look back on years of family portraits and remember the great laughs we had each year.
All of these moments make me so happy that I am able to do what I love. I photograph people but somehow it's more than that…. It can be a celebration, or a healing process or even just a memory made…. It's always a blessing!