I am going to open up here on a personal side, which I don’t do often, but here it goes! Back in December of this past year my sister suddenly died. No cause of death, she just passed away in her sleep. It was a devastating tragedy that happened and has changed us forever. The thing is, Kelsey was the type of person that would do anything for anyone. She had such a beautiful personality and always tried to see the good in people. She had a love for Jesus and that love was shown to anyone she ever met. I miss her so much but know one day I will see her again. If you have never been through a tragedy then you won’t really be able to relate to the emotions that come from one, but if you have, then you will know what I am talking about! I was at a loss, didn’t know what to do from day to day. Most of you know I don’t take sessions on in December because that is my time with my family and so I look back now knowing this was all God’s timing. I have a best friend who lost her husband six months before we met, and she said to me the day Kelsey died, “You may not see them now but later down the road you will see God’s blessings preparing you and your family for this all along.” Those words have stuck to me like glue and she was 100% right, so many things had happened preparing us for this that we had no idea!
While at Kelsey’s memorial service my brother in law gave me a hug and thanked me for capturing so many memories of his beautiful family. No one knew this, but at that time, I was actually going to put my camera up on a shelf and walk away from photography. Again, when you go through such heartache you have to do what is best for you and your people and in my mind that was me walking away from photography. I felt the need to be there more for my loved ones. What I didn’t know is again how God was working through others to say “this is a gift I gave you and you must continue.”
I told Nick that night that I wasn’t going to walk away. I needed to give others those same memories that I had given Jeremy of Kelsey. He completely agreed and together we decided that I had to find a balance of sessions per month so I didn’t bury myself in being a wife, a mom, a teacher, and a photographer!
When going through a tragedy you realize that life can change so quick, really with one breath. The world doesn’t revolve around you. You are a speck on this planet, but the people you impact could change the world! My sister’s heart always lead her to Haiti. She wanted to help the people there. She wanted to work side by side with the kids, snuggling them, singing to them, playing soccer, whatever it may be, she was called to be there. In her passing our family is working hard on trying to keep Kelsey’s work and her passion alive and we have created a non- profit organization to do just that, help people! Make sure to go check out our page out wwkd.org and feel free to get involved!
So how did the studio come about in all of this tragedy? Well if you don’t know my husband, you are honestly missing out on another amazing person! He decided in March 2018 that now was the time for my studio. No more “one day”. One day was today! So he did just that. He built me a studio. It’s a place for memories to be made. A place to record “moments”. Our lesson from this past year has been to live life to it’s fullest every day and appreciate what you have! Nick is an amazing husband and God knew I needed a strong man like him in my life! I love him so much and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. I hope that he knows how much he means to the girls and I, and we know how hard he works for us. Thank you honey, I love you so much!
Below are a few shots of the beautiful studio Nick built, hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will!