This beautiful family got some ugly news the other day: that mommy has breast cancer. Not exactly what you are expecting to hear when you visit the doctor’s office. It’s a diagnosis that quickly turns life upside down. Yet in the midst of such shocking news, one of the very first things this brave mom asked for was to have special portraits made of her and their whole family together. To remember this time when things are as they are now—life before chemo, before the many tests, before all the doctor visits. Simply put, just life before.

So, hours later I received a phone call from one of her best friends asking me if I could quickly pull together a photo session. I said of course and the planning began. I wanted everything to be perfect for this family so I spent extra time driving around to find the absolute best location, selected the prime time of day for soft lighting, and brought some extra props like flowers to make everything just right. This family was so gracious with gorgeous spirits, and I am still just so honored that they trusted me to capture this slice in time for them.

This mama and her whole clan are strong believers in Jesus and would welcome any prayers as she combats this cancer. If you’d like to take a look at her blog and pray through this journey with her, she welcomes you to visit her daily journal at


Beautiful Family, Ugly News

  1. Jen says:

    Eeeeeeeek! Carolyn I am freaking out! I love them!!!!!!!Thank you for sharing your time and *talent* with us. A-mazing!

  2. Cara says:

    Carolyn you ROCK! These photos are gorgeous. It brought such tears to my eyes to see this lovely family and all they are up against. I am so glad you were able to do this for them! I am so hopeful they will face this obstacle with all the love, hope and happiness they show if these photos.

  3. tracy says:

    Your images just sparkle – and so does this family! Prayers for them all…

  4. Wiff says:

    What a gorgeous family. I know they are thrilled to have these fabulous pics. Prayers all around, way to go!

  5. Julie says:

    Beautiful images! I know these will be enjoyed and treasured. Prayers for the journey ahead for this lovely family.

  6. Erin says:

    I love these pictures. And I love how calm and strong this mom is in all these photos. You captured such a strength in her. I enjoyed reading her blog and I’m praying for her continued strength and full recovery!

  7. Ann says:

    Carolyn, these are an absolutely gorgeous collection of images and what a beautiful family they are! Love Mom & Big Sister’s strawberry hair!! 🙂
    I will be keeping this family in my prayers! God will be with them every step of the way!

  8. Julie says:

    Jen is our niece and thank you for the lovely photos you took…Love them all!! I watched the video and slideshow…amazing.