"Photography is not a contest. It's about being a witness to your times." -Rich Remsburg
I read that quote about a month ago from an NPR article about recovered color photographs from the 1930's (check it out, it's worth your time, I promise. Just click this link.) That quote has really lingered with me. In the era of instant gratification, it's hard not to get caught up in the competition.
The Greears invited me to their home to simply document. Not pose, not light, not photoshop, but rather, to witness. There were no outfits coordinated, no pinterest inspiration boards created, just a family hanging out after dinner. We had been trying to get together to do this photoshoot for 2 months, and scheduling seemed impossible. I finally made it over last Tuesday. I honestly thought about cancelling because I was so tired that day. I feel so incredibly guilty for even thinking that now. Veronica is taking care of her mother, Nancy, in addition to two little kids (Ben & Amelia). She found out this Summer that Nancy has stage 4 ovarian cancer. She's not receiving any treatment for the cancer. As of today, Nancy has been given 7 to 10 days, according to her doctors.
I really don't know what else to say, other than I cried while working on these photos, and I hugged my family when I got home today.