The theme at i heart faces this week is family.
I love family.
I was so blessed this Autumn to photograph a large number of families
for their Christmas cards.
I have picture after picture of pretty families
in fields, on benches and under bridges.
I was looking at the choices tonight and trying to pick the best one.
the Mom with the most perfectly styled hair.
The Dad with a real smile and not a grimace... ; )
and the kids with eyes smiling straight into the camera.
I have a lot of perfect choices.
Just as I was getting ready to make my selection,
I remembered this family.
This family that I photographed for the Chestnut Hill Local.
This family that is struggling with the aging of the parents.
This family that has nurses helping day in and day out.
This family that is getting ready to say goodbye to their mother and their father after many years of happiness.
This family has a story.
A story of love and loss.
A story of overcoming obstacles.
A story of survival.
I love their story.
I love the moms I photograph with perfect hair.
I love the children that smile straight into the camera.
I even love the Dads that grimace....
but this I love because it is real.
Because it is nitty gritty.
Because it is life.
Life is beautiful when you have perfect hair and perfect smiles
and even when you need a nurse to comb your hair and you are struggling to remember the name of your spouse.
Life is always beautiful.
Wishing you a week filled with beauty and love.
May you treasure the ordinary moments.