Before it’s too late.
We are reminded of this precept in so many places. Register for the class before it’s too late. Put down a deposit before it’s too late. Travel the world before it’s too late. Cook that chicken before it’s too late. Say I love you. Before it’s too late. I’m typically of the mind that it’s NEVER too late, but sometimes the universe has other plans.
Recently, my next-door neighbor passed away after a brief, unexpected illness. In the two years prior to her death, her family had been trying to arrange a photo shoot with me so that I could document four generations of their family, the oldest of which was my neighbor. There was always something that prevented the entire group from getting together; a work meeting, a fussy baby, a lacrosse tournament. The pictures were never taken. And then, without warning the opportunity was gone, and it was too late.
Certainly not all missed opportunities for photography are so heartbreaking. Sometimes people don’t want to schedule something until their kid gets his braces off. Or until the baby is sitting up. Or until they lose that last 10 pounds. And then, a few years later, I hear these same folks lament that they can’t believe how quickly the kids are growing and why oh why didn’t they get photos done BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE?
Capture your family, your love, your life. As you are right now.
Laurie and Dave contacted me recently; even though we had done a family shoot back in the fall, Laurie wanted to know if I would be willing to photograph her two girls with the family dog, Orlagh. Orlagh is a super-beautiful golden retriever who, in past years, was thought of as a little too energetic to be in our shoots. Recently, however, Orlagh was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer which is difficult to treat. In the midst of all of the vet appointments and chemotherapy, Laurie and Dave knew that they really wanted to capture the relationship that Charlie and Annabel have with their sweet pet. So, we made room in our schedules and went out into the fields and just played. And when I sent Laurie her gallery, her response just said everything:
“One word…AH-MAZING! I am beyond thrilled with how these photos turned out. As I scrolled through the gallery the first time, I had tears in my eyes yet a smile on my face because you captured “it.” From Orlagh’s spirit (and golden smile), to Charlie’s love for Orlagh, to Annabel’s devious little grins, each photo speaks volumes to who these girls are and what they mean to us and to each other. I will treasure each of these images.“
I’m so glad I was able to do this for my cherished clients. Enjoy the love!