The Baker Family
Sometimes in my career I'm faced with opportunities.
Opportunities that are bigger than me. Opportunities that go far beyond taking family photos. Opportunities to give myself and my talents freely to help people. Opportunities that make me feel like I have truly made a difference in peoples' lives. This was one of those opportunities.
This is the Baker family. Justin, Jennifer, Annabelle and Jamison. They have the weight of the world on their shoulders as they fight against cancer. Justin, who is a surgeon, was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in July. Jennifer reached out to me at the beginning of August, telling me about their situation and that they hadn't had any family photos taken since they became a family of four. Their son Jamison is 7 months old. My heart fell to bits as I read her email and I could just feel the worth of this session to her through her words.
Our session date got postponed twice. Once due to weather and another time because Justin was feeling very sick after his initial chemo treatments. The night finally came for their session and my heart was so heavy in my chest. I was so nervous. I knew it would be an emotional night and I wanted to do their story justice. I wanted to capture them in a way that would be a raw testament to their love.
I think in life we're all guilty of assuming we have all the time in the world. All the time in the world to live and to love. And the truth is that we don't. Life is unexpected and it throws big, ugly curve balls at us constantly. But regardless of those hardships that are beyond our control, life IS beautiful. How lucky are we to experience this beautiful world and the love for others that rocks us to our core? As a photographer, I get to give the gift of memories. It's the closest thing to the gift of time I can think of.
"Invest yourself in a true love...for when life begins to fade it is certain to remain!"
As you may be able to imagine, I was an absolute mess on the drive home after this session. And then an even bigger mess culling and editing their images. No one knows exactly what the future has in store for them, but they're continuing to fight. You can read more about their story here from US Magazine. And if you're able and feel inclined to help lighten the financial load for this family, you can make donations here.
Justin, Jennifer, sweet Annabelle and Jamison, you are on my mind constantly and you have so many people praying and rooting for you. Thank you a million times over for allowing me to be part of your journey. I'm so honored.