There's no such thing as goodbye

June 22, 2013  •  3 Comments
  • "You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right."

    ~ Maya Angelou

     

    When Maddie Diaz asked me to photograph her family, I knew it was going to be a special session.  I had so much fun photographing her three children last year so I knew it would be even better the second time around!  During our initial planning I asked her if she had a location for the shoot or theme in mind. She said it was all up to me so I saw this as an opportunity to use my creative mind.   I welcomed the challenge of using my imagination and I easily came up with a "vision" of what I wanted the end result to look and feel like, so together Maddie and I worked towards achieving this:

     

    I was so excited to work with the Diazes and couldn't wait to see what we can create together!  I have to mention, though, that it was quite an emotional session.  While going through the images on my computer I couldn't help but feel a sense of heaviness in my heart knowing the reason why they wanted these photos done.  Maddie shares with us the story behind this photo shoot: 

     

    "My father was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lung Cancer on April 6, 2012 and then diagnosed again on January 12, 2013 with Stage 4.  Our family thought that having him here with us while getting treatment would be best for him but my dad was getting really depressed about not being 'home', which was not helping him with his illness.  He loves to be with us but Puerto Rico is his home, where he feels most comfortable and most of all, happy.  On May of this year he made the decision to leave Boston and go back to Puerto Rico to continue with his treatment there. As hard as it was for all of us, we agreed because all we really want is to see him happy. That's when the idea and the urgency of taking these beautiful pictures that you took came about. We wanted to take these pictures so that we can have these beautiful memories of him and share them with our children, especially the younger ones who may not remember him if he were to pass away before they grew older. We want the kids to remember their 'welo' as they call him or 'papa' always and how much he loves each and every one of us and how much we love him.  Sadly, not all of us could be present for this photo session but that doesn't make it any less special." ~ Maddie Diaz

     

    As a photographer, this photo shoot gives my job so much more meaning beyond what words can say.  I left this experience with a reminder to live today as if it's your last, leaving no stone unturned and that ultimately we will reunite with our loved ones again.  

     

     

    Here's a special slideshow I put together for the Diaz family:  

     

     
     

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Olga(non-registered)
I personally know the Diaz family so these pictures are very beautiful and touching to me.
Natalie Miranda(non-registered)
I was in tears, very emotional. Beautiful pictures!!..great Memories for the family. God Bless my family-Love you All!
Maddie Diaz(non-registered)
I'm teary-eyed again...all I can say is thank you! You are the best!
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