Thursday, October 1, 2009

Free Portrait Winner

I've been typing and deleting, typing, deleting, typing, deleting. I decided to just type exactly as it comes from my heart.

Giving out this free session is difficult. Not because I don't want to give it out, but because the circumstances are heart-wrenching. I honestly wish they would get this photo session under different circumstances. A few weeks ago I received an e-mail that changed me in many ways. Not only did it make me appreciate my job, but it also made me appreciate life that much more. It has opened my eyes. When I first started reading the e-mail, I had to stop halfway. Only half knowing what happened, I went to the living room where Art was and I started crying. I told him, Micah, one of our grooms, passed away. Even as I type it, it seems unreal. How can that be? Someone in his mid-twenties, just married, full of life, with a bright future in front of him. How can that be? Micah's mom explained to me in the e-mail that she was writing to let me know how much the wedding photos meant to her and that the photos really captured Micah's spirit and love of life, family and his wife.

Last week I received an e-mail from one of Micah's brother's asking to enter the contest. I will not post the whole e-mail because I would like to keep it to myself, but I will post a part of the e-mail that I feel very strongly about. As some of you know, I lost my mom when I was 12 and the albums full of my mother's photos keep me from forgetting her beautiful face so I can relate with what Jeremiah wrote.

Jeremiah wrote:
Having experienced such a great loss we would be so humbled to win the contest and have a portrait of our family as now more than ever we realize that life is so short and in the end it's the memories both in our mind, in pictures and in video is all we have left after someone is gone.

To the Owen Family: It would be an honor to photograph you all again. My heart will hurt because we will be missing a very special person. A person that left a lasting impression on us. We've photographed many weddings and while many of our couples are also unforgettable, Micah is one of a kind. To us he will always be the groom who most cared about and for his bride.

To everyone else reading this, remember to cherish every moment you spend with your loved ones and hug all those you love.

The Owen Family

Micah...taking care of his bride, Heather.
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Meli said...

I could't fight the tears back while reading your post. I don't even know what to write right now, but I can say that my thoughts & Prayers are with Micah's wife, family, & friends. I could not agree with you more, we have to live each day as if it was our last, and capture and image, even of the simple things that made us smile each day.
Can't wait to see there session, i know it will be amazing =)

Hope said...

I didn't know Micah personally but I do remember your blog teaser about his recent wedding. I am completely saddened and teary eyed after reading your post. I'm so sorry the Owens' lost him this year and I can't even imagine what they must be going through. I know that even if he's not there in the pictures when you photograph the family, his spirit will be there. Thank you for offering the contest and for allowing the Owens to work wth you again even if it's because of such a sad circumstance.

Miss Mojito said...

Great choice at the winner! That really just made me cry... we always need to realize to cherish those fabulous things that we hold dear in our lives - especially family!

Anne K. in L.A. said...

After suffering a similar loss (my cousin), I am bawling reading this post. My heart goes out to the Owen Family. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this must be for them. I remember their wedding and engagement pics. It's so hard to believe that someone so young is gone. Please send them condolences.

I'm sure you will do a wonderful job as always and the Owen family will appreciate the portrait.

gwamma debi said...

Thank you for awarding Micah's family the portrait gift. When you photographed Jai and Chris' wedding over a year ago in June, I was amazed at the fullness of life each of your shots captured...they have such an eternal quality and I am so glad that in the depth of such deep pain and loss, your gift of "life" can bring comfort to one amazing family. Be Blesses! Mother of the Bride, Debi

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