if you’re not in the loop yet, let me enlighten you in something that takes up much of my thought these past 5 months: my dad has cancer. and it is the bad kind. it could be worse, I suppose, but the day after my 28th birthday, we got the news – the terminal diagnosis telling us that the best case scenario medically means we may be separated in less than a year, and there has been much bad news since with just a sprinkle of good. The beautiful part of the story – my dad is a marvelous man who has lived and continues to live a life with a bold and beautiful story. His unwaivering trust in his creator and his passion for squeezing life out of each day have changed me and thousands more, forever. His life is like the roots of a tree that go miles into the soil and miles around its trunk and come up in myself – in my expressions and my voice and my character. It’s amazing to be a part of his story, really. In celebration of this, and this fleeting life in which we all find ourselves heading at a rapid pace towards eternity, he and my mother went to Myrtle Beach for a couple of weeks of chemotherapy-free beauty and relaxation, and they took me with them for about 5 of those days, something I will always be thankful for. I felt alive, at peace, and thankful as I spent time with the two people who have made me who I am. Here are the polaroids of my experience with them – the pool we played in, the walkway to the beach just outside the place we stayed, my parents holding each other early in the morning as they walked on the beach, the sunrise, and the carnival at the end of the beach…..and the love love we share.
Monthly Archives: September 2009
If you’ve been following our work or twitters for the past year then you must know of jess and dave (aka @jessilueck and @livingroompics). One year ago, we were blessed to be let into their world as they lived out their wedding day. Their wedding (view pictures here) was, still to this date, the most memorable one we’ve ever shot. Partly because it was unique and did away with all of the normal wedding “garb” that inevitably leads to stressed-out brides and grooms. But mostly, it was memorable because of them, who they are, the way they live their lives. Little did we know that only a year later, we would consider them some of our closest and dearest friends. Throughout the past year, jess and dave have been a constant presence, faithful reminders of what real friendship can look like. We have laughed till our stomachs cramped, cried together over loss and the pain life brings our way, shot weddings together (dave started his new videography business this year and it rules: see his work here.), and eaten lots of good food, mostly made with ingredients pulled out of their garden. It’s been refreshing to watch them live, and to add 2 more people to this beautiful story we are living called life. Thank you, Jess and Dave, for adding a bit more whimsy to the story. :)
With that preface, you can imagine how much fun it was to go out in the rain with our friends and photograph the two of them, exactly one year after we had photographed them on their wedding day….