Monday, September 7, 2009

Family Portrait Session :: Celebrating Life

There are a lot of families on this blog that are special to me, and this one is no exception. This family is typical in every sense of being a loving, happy threesome~ and meeting them you would never know they have been challenged recently in a way that would undo most of us. A few months ago, Karrie (mom) was diagnosed with a form of cancer is currently not curable. This same cancer is no stranger to Karrie's family~ her father, who passed away a little over a year ago, also lived with it. Fortunately, we live in a time of amazing medical accomplishments and she is now in remission following treatment. Karrie's husband, Mike, is both her biggest supporter and comic relief~ they both have an amazing upbeat and optimistic spirit that shines through in everything they do. Though their faith has been tested, it has also been strengthened and they can't imagine going through this trial without boundless love and support of their family, friends and most of all, God.

So onto the portrait session~ I met Karrie & Mike and their adorable three year old daughter yesterday at a beautiful property owned by Jim Showers in Elizabethtown. While the setting was lovely, with many unique "nooks" and creative displays of texture, lines and art, I had to remind myself that, well, we were chasing a three year old! At this age, facial expression and close-up cuteness trumps the background, period. So we explored the gardens, fed some apples to the deer (well, one deer, the others apparently were too far away to hear the apples dropping) and just ran around having fun and listening to a little girl squeal with laughter. Here is a little recap of our evening celebrating joys of childhood~ enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful pictures! Wonderful memories. Great plan!


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