Every once in a while I’m reminded what we really do as photographers. It’s not just snapping the camera to get a good picture. It’s watching the magic between loved ones unfold. It’s seeing that quiet moment and catching it at the exact second so it stands still in time forever. It’s helping families create memories and laughter doing something they enjoy together. It’s giving the gift of precious photos for loved ones to enjoy now and years to come. When I stand back and see what photographers truly achieve, it makes me proud to do something in life that brings such joy and simply makes people smile.

I was reminded all this the other day during my photo session with a very special family. Two years ago Jen, this sweet mama, was diagnosed with advanced cancer and one of the very first things she requested the day she heard the news was to have a photo session arranged for her, and quickly, before chemotherapy started. To see our session at that time, check out the archive here. Fast forward two years, Jen had completely beat stage IV cancer (yes she’s an amazing fighter) but this winter it returned again. This time we did not have the luxury of squeezing in a session before chemo started so rather than waiting until it’s over, we just went for it and did it now. No time like the present, right?! I love that we came up with the idea of fun hats and scarves and sweaters out in the snow! Of all winters here in Cincinnati, this is the most snow we’ve ever seen so it was perfect for our session. Jen and I planned out the session and then waited for the next snowfall. When it started snowing, we made quick arrangements and I’m so glad we did.

We had a great time playing in the snow. The kids romped in the snow, cuddled on a sled, threw snowballs, and even made a snowman at the very end. We finished the session with an indoor treat of hot chocolate and warm cookies. Now that’s what I call a fun session! Their girls played with my girls and we just had a very enjoyable afternoon. Love that kids can pick up and play together without ever even meeting. 🙂

Do today well. That’s the phrase coined by this mom when she titled her blog that records her life with cancer, the days with her family, the moments she cherishes and anything that interests her in her full life. This strong mom has a grasp on life that’s amazingly inspirational. She gives plenty of squeezes and cuddles to her girls, goes on romantic dates with her adoring husband, travels the world, loves Jesus, and still finds time to do everyday things like meeting for playdates, cooking dinner, attending church, and just being a good friend. If you’d like to get to know Jen too, and read her blog, you can find it at www.dotodaywell.com. She would also appreciate prayers for her and her family. Enjoy seeing our time together!


Do Today Well

  1. Patty Wheeler says:

    You are an amazing family…

  2. SandraA says:

    You captured this family in all their glory. Their love and happiness is evident in every picture.