Not very many days before this past Christmas I learned of the suffering a family in our church was going through as they had recently found out that their dear mother/grandmother and wife had been diagnosed with cancer and that it had metastasized into several organs. The doctors did not give them a lot of hope, but they performed emergency surgery and began looking at all options to best care for her. She was able to go home on Christmas Eve and has begun various treatments.
I had first met this wonderful lady and her good husband only several months before and had visited with them several times, much to my enjoyment. Of course I went and visited her while she was still in the hospital and found her to be her usual positive, happy, charge-taking self, to which I was very relieved. A couple weeks later I was able to visit her at home, and again had a wonderful visit. I had thought over and over about what I could do to try and bless her life and let her know how much I appreciated the opportunity to get to know her and her husband. The only thing that came to mind was to get some photos of her. While visiting I finally worked up the courage to ask her if I could do that for her and her family and I was so happy that she was pleased to do that. I don't need to tell you that I felt that these were among the most important portraits I had ever taken.
I am so grateful to her, her husband, and her daughter and her husband who graciously let us use their lovely home, for letting me capture a few moments of their life.
I titled this post "Tragedy?" because even though it is a tragedy that she has cancer her attitude is such that she lifts people up and makes their day better for having spent some time with her. Had it not been for this "Tragedy?" I might never have had the opportunity to get some wonderful photos of them and one of them might have died from an accident or heart attack or some other cause and everybody would have said "Why didn't we get any good photos while they were healthy?".
Who do you know that needs good portraits taken? Well get off your seats and go take them.