The trees were showing off their Fall brilliance while the chill in the air reminded us that these days would be short lived…so we made the most out of each one.
When the Ranweilers first arrived we could tell the boys were feeling pretty shy, but they sure warmed up quickly and gave us the sweetest of smiles and giggles! What fun it was to watch them all interact together, tickling, laughing, jumping, tossing, hugging, and loving one another. We gave the boys a break from being in front of the camera, but L was my big helper in getting the best smiles out of Dad and Mom while we took their photos. The best part is that when little kids do try to help and be silly…they ARE actually pretty silly! I love hearing their giggles as they crack themselves up while trying to get Dad and Mom to laugh. What a joy!
When Jackie first contacted me about family photos she made one small request and, in the same breath, said it wasn’t a big deal if it wasn’t possible.
But I could feel the weight behind the words and knew this was more meaningful than she was trying to let on. I told her I would happily do my best to fulfill that request.
Our deepest desire is to really know people, to hear their stories and go beyond the “now” to discover everything that has brought them here. Understanding who someone is means taking the time to get to know who they have been. There is beauty in how your past has brought you to this moment and when others are willing to share, our hearts soar with gratitude and honor that they trust us with these precious things, these life-building moments.
As you scroll through these images you’ll find the special request right at the end, a remembrance of a life that, while short, was more impactful than many of us might understand. I was told that Gabriel would have been 5 in September of this year.
Thank you for putting your trust in us, for opening up your heart and life to give us just the smallest glimpse of the road you’ve all walked and for letting us be a part of honoring Gabriel’s life. We loved photographing your whole family.
Happy Birthday, Gabriel.
October 24, 2017
“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.”
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