Carmen is a fighter. A 15 year survivor of Stage III Lymphoma, and faced this Spring with yet again a diagnosis that read cancer. Weeks away from her scheduled double mastectomy, she was forced to look only at what was most important in her life.
Her beautiful three year old daughter Sophia.
I will never forget the way that her email read, and the way that she told me that she really needed this to look forward to. Despite her ongoing chemotherapy treatments, Carmen has remained positive regarding her prognosis. It was such an honor to meet a woman of such strength and courage. Not giving up. Not complaining.
But fighting. Every day. Fighting for that day. And thousands of days.
Carmen was looking for a Mother Daughter Portrait session, and at the referral of a good friend we were able to connect. She told me that she didn’t want her daughter to look back and wonder where all the pictures were from Summer 2013. She didn’t want her to think that her mom was ashamed to be photographed that year, or treat their time together any differently. We discussed various ideas and locations for the shoot, and concluded that what was most important to Carmen above anything else was their relationship. She asked me to capture them authentically, and I smiled knowing that was my favorite approach.
Carmen and her daughter Sophia, with the help of her wonderful friend (Thank you Lynnie!) drove down from Boston this past Saturday. The ever talented Sarah of Giggar Makeup Artistry met them first, pampering Carmen for this experience. I am so blessed to work with such wonderful makeup artists in the area who I know really care about my clients as much as I do.
We met at the beach for sunset, and this three year old, little blonde haired girl bounced out of the car, wrapped her arms around my legs and insisted on holding my hand as we walked to the first location as if we had met a thousand times before. I think my heart exploded into ten million tiny pieces of gratefulness of which I will never forget.
Here a few favorites from their Mother Daughter Connection Portrait Session.
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