Monday, March 28, 2011

Teaser - Coming Up

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's time to celebrate...

A couple of months ago Elena contacted me asking if I would want to photograph a VERY special moment in their life as a family. A celebration and a way of capturing their thankfulness for an answered prayer. Of course, I wouldn't want it any other way, seeing that they are a Nataly Lemus family :P But I was even more excited when she told me what exactly the photos were for. Elena and her husband, Memo, had to go through a very difficult time when they found out their child, who we'll call M, had leukemia. At the time, he was only three. I can't even imagine what kind of pain a parent goes through when facing something so life changing, heartbreaking and terrifying. Elena and Memo are two very strong people that I admire immensely not only as individuals but more-so as a unit. They fought alongside their child, hand in hand. They were strong, even when being tested with such a nightmare of a situation that can break anybody, even the strongest. For that and much more, I truly feel blessed to know such amazingly strong, kind and loving people. A couple who inspire me and remind me that love can overcome anything.

As some of you may know, cancer took my mom away. What you don't know is that I lost my first real best friend to cancer. Leukemia, to be exact. That's why this story hits home. I met her in junior high, right after my mom had passed away. She was the first person outside of my family that I openly talked to about my mom's passing. She was the first friend who always told me things how they were. She always laughed at my silliness and I laughed at her "in your face" sense of humor. She was the first friend who I ever talked to on the phone for hours on end. She was the first friend I ever argued with. She was the first friend who showed me what forgiveness was. She was also the first friend I lost. She, sadly, lost her battle with cancer back in 2005.

So as you can see, I resent cancer for taking two beautiful people away. That's why whenever I hear someone has won their battle with cancer it gives me extreme happiness. It's my way of saying "take that, cancer!" It reminds me that God is good and he hears our prayers. Thanks to our Lord, M can now officially say he has won his battle. M is cancer free! And what a strong young man he is! He came out unscathed from such a delicate battle. So a big thank you is owed to our Lord and a big congrats to M who is a real hero for going through it all starting at the age of 3 and being so strong. He is a true inspiration and a role model at such a young age! 7 years after having his last chemo treatment he is now officially cancer free :) So be sure to leave a congrats to M because it's well deserved.

Elena wanted some family photos that portray their happiness for such a momentous time and celebration. They even made signs to show how they feel.

I had to throw in a shot of what I do best, journalistic shots :)

Now off to spend some time at their house :)

The boots below actually belonged to Memo and were passed on to his youngest son. How cute is that?!

I LOVE the photos below because, to me, it shows the innocence of a they can have a great time with the smallest of things. Love. it.

Then we headed for some impromptu photos of Elena baking some goodies for her boys. I told her I've been wanting to do a Mr. & Mrs. session at home just doing every day things and she was game to give me a little of material. So if anyone out there wants to do this, call me ;)

What a beautiful family, don't you think?

If they look familiar to you, THIS may be why.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

15 Years since I last saw my Mami

“The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her”

It's been 15 years since I last saw my mom. Fifteen years. Such small words for something that has such a huge meaning in my life. It's crazy to think that it's been that long, because the pain hurts just as much, if not more, as the day she left. As the years go by I have more time to think about how much I need her in my life, how many important moments in our lives she's missed, how many more she will miss, how big the hole in my heart is.

I can only fantasize what life with her here would be like. It's not enough, but it's all I have. You know how they same time heals all? Not true, in my case. I think time teaches you how to deal with the loss of a parent, but it does not heal you.

This whole month is hard for me because it's not only the month she passed and we buried her, but it's also the month of her birthday. On this day, I think of her with the most sorrow in my heart because March 9, 1996 is the day we buried her. It's the last day I got to see her beautiful face. When I was a kid, right after her passing, I would get on my knees and pray long and hard to God, asking that he would rewind time and completely skip March 6th (the date she passed)...maybe like that she would still be here. The innocence of a child.

Maybe this blog entry is a little too sad? Maybe it's extremely sad? What I know is that it comes from the heart. That it's documenting how I feel at this precise moment.

If you, the person on the other side of the computer, knows the feeling of losing someone who is everything to you, I send you a big ol' cyber hug. You are not alone. Many of us go through the pain of losing someone dear to out heart, which we will never heal from. The beautiful thing about life is that nothing can change the fact that this person was choses for us, came into our life, made beautiful memories with us, and will always live in our hearts. I wouldn't change my memories and life with my mami for anything in the world. Even the pain of losing her is not strong enough to make me wish for another life for me. The years I was blessed with my mother were amazing enough for me not to wish for anything else.
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Whittier Engagement Session

Lyndsey & Gabriel
Whittier, California

Lyndsey and Gabriel chose to do their engagement session in Whittier, near the spot where they met. Apparently Lyndsey was a little nervous about the engagement session, but, if you ask me, you can't tell in any of the images! I hope it had something to do with us :)

Take a look at our stroll down Whittier :)

Doesn't Lyndsey look like she belongs on a Pantene ad?! I loved her hair!

We passed by a candy shop and had to stop!

Isn't Lyndsey stunning?

And Gabriel doesn't stay behind :)

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