Just a couple of weeks ago we went to Boston and Maine for our annual trip. While in Boston I (Rose) scheduled some photo sessions at the historic and beautiful Boston Public Garden. Having grown up in the Boston area and gone to college just steps from the Garden, it is one of my favorite places. I was so excited to get the chance to take photos.
Two of the sessions were engagement photos for couples that we will photograph their weddings next year. Included in our wedding packages is an engagement session. Check out our wedding portfolio for some of the photos I took. One if the brides is the daughter of a very good friend of mine, Lacy.
Lacy was my first friend I made at our high school. I moved to the Boston area at the end of September my Freshman year and Lacy befriended me almost right away. So to say she is my oldest friend is not a dig on our age, but actually very accurate. Savanna, her oldest daughter is the bride and I could not be more thrilled to be photographing her wedding to the wonderful James.
While in the Garden we did some family photos for Lacy and her kids - Savanna, Jake, and Lola. It was such a good time with them. There was someone missing from the photos. Lacy's husband Dave, who was also a high school friend of mine, passed away several years ago. You can see him all of his kids' faces. And his presence is missed every time I am with my friend. I felt a little sadness after our session. I didn't say anything at time.
It was more than a week before I got home to edit the photos. When I was working on the photo above I realized something. Although Dave was missing, they were still a family. The There is an incredible family in that photo. A mom who has carried on in the face of unbelievable tragedy with such grace and determination that I am in complete awe. Children who are thriving, finding their way in their adulthood, finding partners and having careers. A little girl who smiles so big and is so full of personality.
I also realized how incredibly lucky I am to be the person who got to capture that photo. I get the honor of showing my friend, that life is still made up of beautiful moments with her family. We are still sad that Dave is not physically with us, but I think he really was standing with them.
When families change, either through divorce of death or separation, it is important to remember that you are still a family. I hope I get to show many more families how incredibly beautiful they are and can be.