Moving on to Happiness

I love photography because I get to capture moments that last for years to come. Unfortunately, photos and prints sometimes remind people of the bruises and struggles that they would like to bury deep down. A while back I received this heartfelt request and was honored to help:

Dear Joe,

The only “professional” (Walmart photo place) pictures I have of my son, (name removed), are from his first year of life and they have my abusive ex-husband in them. I would love to have some pictures of us, showing that we’ve moved on and are just as strong alone together! He has a sensory disorder so it’s hard for me to get pictures of him, he doesn’t understand about not rushing mommy or standing still for a picture usually. I need someone who has the patience and the creativity to get beautiful shots of my sweet boy and me.

I didn’t know what to expect the day of the photo session, but these two were fun, outgoing and we had a great time photographing them. Before the session I read several articles and learned more than I ever wanted to know about domestic violence and abuse. This site lists some great warning signs, and do’s and dont’s:

This particular session was very rewarding and instead of photographing a stranger, we helped a new friend. Sara and I wish you both the best and know that we are always here if you need anything.