When I started doing vacation photography, I really didn’t know what to expect when it came to my clients.  I would be meeting people from all over the country and couldn’t help but wonder if our personalities would click.  So far, it has been the best experience I’ve had as a photographer!  We get to know each other quickly and have so much fun in the process.  I feel a unique and special connection to each one of the families whose vacations I have crashed.

I do have to say a few extra words about this family in particular though.  I do believe this marked the first time I’ve ever cried at Disneyland (or with a client for that matter!)  Within minutes of meeting them, I was tearing up.  This mother’s courage brought me to my knees, in a way that only another mother can understand.  You see, they lost their beautiful baby girl to cancer just a year before this.  She was doing well, home from the hospital and suddenly took a turn for the worse, passing away in their home unexpectedly.

As I listened to their story, I could only look at her and hug her and cry and say I was sorry.  The pain was palpable.  Yet, the strength shined through like laser beams, in their eyes and smiles.  The love they have for each other and the closeness I felt being with them was overwhelming.  Reminding me to not take life for granted.  To be grateful for what we have while we have it.

I know this family came into my life for a reason.  Even though we don’t keep in touch on a regular basis, I think about them often.  I watch their blog closely as they expand their family through adoption.  And I look forward to the day they return from Hawaii for another Disneyland trip, and I get to see them again.  In the most sincere way, I thank you for letting me be a part of your day.

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