Monday, January 2, 2012

Pushing Pause

Over two years ago, when I found out I was pregnant, I was over the moon ecstatic.  We have tons and I do mean tons of pictures of the girls so far but only a few family portraits. 

Today I saw a post on facebook about a letter that was left on the doorstep of a photographer.  It was a heart wrenching letter from a lady that cancelled her session with the photographer because she just couldn't see spending that much money on prints.  Instead she spent the money on other material items.  Days went by and she got some unsettling new from her doctors that she had cancer and that she didn't have much time to live.  She will be leaving behind a husband and two kids. 

That letter hit real close to home...

Right before thanksgiving we got some news about my grandmother. She has been diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma and luekemia. She is doing great with treatments and has 6 more to go. Me, being the photographer I am, brought my camera with on Christmas morning. It was then I noticed my grandmothers hair thinning and how much weight she has lost. She has gotten weaker and the twinkle in her eyes are dim. It was at that moment that I knew we needed a family picture. I am so glad we got them all together because it's the only family picture I have with all my family including my two year old twins.  Even though it's not the best picture in the world, it's one that I will forever cherish.  Pushing that little shutter button on my camera is so much more than that, it's pressing pause in our busy lives to remember what we have.