I been meaning to blog about this session for a while, but it was really hard to find the right words.
Josh and Monica are dear friends of mine. I used to work with Josh back when I belonged to the corporate world. We became pretty good friends and saw each other’s lives transition from single individuals to married and eventually becoming parents. Monica and I became pregnant with our baby boys around the same time, we even had a baby shower together! My son, Nicolas, was born a week early, on Alex’s due date. Alex, Josh and Monica’s son was born a week later, on Nicolas’ due date. Our boys grew up together during their first year in this world, baby sign language classes, picnics and parties.. these boys were supposed to become best buddies. Alex was diagnosed with Cancer when he was 2, and he fought a great battle, but unfortunately he passed away peacefully in his parent’s arms a few months after his diagnosis. I still remember the night I found out he had gone to Heaven, the news crumbled my knees and I feel to the floor letting my emotions be. I still think of Alex often, I love him, and every year, on Nicolas birthday, I think of Alex and wish it was both of them blowing their birthday candles together.
When Monica contacted me about wanting to do a family session, she said “I am finally ready to do this, I couldn’t do it before because Alex won’t be there, but I am sure you will be able to incorporate him somehow”. It was an honor that she trusted me with something so special, and even though I was emotional about it, I worked hard to make their session a very special one. It was the first time I met Athena, and you know what’s funny? Mia, my daughter, and Athena are also very close in age! Athena stole my heart from the first moment I saw her, she has such a feisty personality! We had a petty smooth session, and it wasn’t until I started editing the photos that I noticed how present Alex was during the session. This is a moving video of the session, I hope you enjoy it!
Athi loves the camera, and the camera loves Athi.