Back in the winter I had a little contest on my Facebook page asking my fans, friends and clients to nominate someone they felt would love to have a free session done by me. I have to say that I got a lot of response from this and because of that I WILL be doing this again.
Now I want to clear something up right here and now. I am not going to be doing this again for a publicity, it actually felt really good to be able to offer the gift of captured memories to someone deserving. To some this may not have been a big gift to win but to the person I chose as the winner…let me tell you it meant the world to them.
This nomination came from a very loyal client of mine and after reading her email I was literally in tears….like I needed to wash my face from the mascara running down it. She had nominated one of her mothers best friends, Jody.
Let me tell you a bit about Jody’s story. Besides being an absolutely sweet heart Jody is the mother of a beautiful little girl named Maeve, who just happens to be one day older than my son :) She is also the step mother to two other beautiful young girls. Now Maeve is a true blessing to Jody. Jody and her husband had been trying for a baby for years but with no luck, until the very happy day they discovered they were expecting. Shortly after Maeve’s arrival tragedy struck Jody’s whole family. Her husband Steve had been involved in a fatal car accident injuring his one daughter and taking his life. I cannot even imagine the pain, sadness and the feeling of being lost Jody and her family had to endure.
I know happiness is found upon Maeve’s face every time Jody looks into her big blue eyes but the reminder is always there that Maeve’s daddy is now looking at her from above. I know my gift of a free photo session can not bring Steve back but what I was hoping it would do is celebrate the beautiful little girl the two of them created together and allow Jody to smile at the memories made during the session.
Now I did split this session in two parts for Jody. The first was a mini birthday session for Miss Maeve and the second session happened a few weeks ago down at the beach in the form of a Mommy & Me as well as allowing Maeve’s sisters join in the fun. Here are a few of my favourite from this very special session to not only me but to Jody as well.
Jody thank you for allowing me to give you this gift. I can still remember me telling you over the phone that you won. You had mentioned that you were having a bad day and this news just made it that much better. Thank you for the shared tears of happiness and I am so happy that I was able to meet you and your wonderful family!!
Yours in blog & photog