This is a very hard blog post to write. I photographed this family session just a few days after David was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His son Justin contacted me immediately after they received the diagnosis because they wanted portraits before David got too sick.
Although you could see the worry in the eyes of his family, David was so cheerful and at peace as you can tell by his remarkable smile and the twinkle still in his eyes. This is the kind of peace that one feels when they are a Christian and they know they are ready to meet their Savior.
As I was photographing this beautiful family, I thought back to when my own father passed away in 2014. Going through all the old photos of him, I realized there were very few of just him and I together. I had taken so many of him through the years, but had failed to get out from behind the camera and have my photo taken with him. Family photos are so important and memories are very powerful. We relive these memories through photographs! Don’t look back when a loved one is gone and say “I wish I had this photo of he/she”! Have family photos made, take snapshots! And don’t just file them away somewhere on a computer! Print them, put them in an album, display them on the wall! Our time here is short. Leave photographs to carry on a legacy!
David lost his battle with cancer this past weekend. His grandson who is only a year old, may not remember his grandfather. But he can look at these photos with his family when he is older and they can tell him what a kind, gentle, sweet soul David was.