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2020 PROJECT 52: 2/52

Y’all! I. Am. So. Excited. For. This Post! I saw a Facebook post quite a few months ago, I cannot even remember the photographer’s name. Or if I saw it on a personal page, business page or in a group. 🤦🏻‍♀️ But, this post was a self-portrait next to a box that was labeled ‘Handel...

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    To all my Current, Past, and Future Clients: Thank You from the Bottom of my Heart

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    • Elizabeth StemberOh my , I am sobbing.  I will never be able to find the words to express what a huge gift this shoot was to our family.  One of Pats gifts to us was his sense of humor.  He laughed at everything which I sometimes found annoying but learned to enjoy as the years went by. Our kids all have his sense of humor and when we are all together I get to watch him come alive through their laughter.  Every picture you took Candace shows the twinkle in his eyes and that is what has sustained me since losing my beloved soul mate. 
      He truly lives on with us through these photos.  When he was in his last three days and in ICU  we had a sweet nurse who stayed with us through all her shifts. I had taken one of our group shots to hang in the hospital so he would be alive to all who cared for him.  Rachel, our nurse, looked at the photo and said, “hmm, he looks familiar”.  She went home that night and came back the next day to tell us that Pat had been her instructor. It was then that I became convinced that this photo shoot was not just any gift, it was a gift from God for  our family and for you Candace. It was a beautiful gift that has lived on and given us the strength to go on without him. 
      He had been a professor and taught Psychology for over 40 years.  Most of his students loved him and he enjoyed them to the end.  The fact that one of his beloved students cared for him and us in his final days did not go unnoticed.  It was another gift from God and it all happened from your beautiful gift to our family.  Candace you will be in our hearts forever. We will never forget you and that fun day we spent together.  Thank you so much for your kind and loving words. I never truly understood why our family had such an impact on you and now I do.  
      Our family has never been the “perfect cookie cutter family”. And we didn’t want a photo shoot that made us look perfect if that makes sense. We’ve had tremendous loss along with many life challenges but it was our love  and Pats humor that helped us not only survive but thrive. We are now in our second holiday season without him but we still feel his love with us. The true gift that day Candace was that you really “Got Us”, you captured us so beautifully and let us be ourselves.  This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. 
      All my love and gratitude, ElizabethReplyCancel

      • CandaceI might need to reconsider my blog topics! I knew I’d cry, but these are some ugly tears happening tonight. I do not even think I fully understand how much you all have impacted me but it was profound for sure. Cookie-cutter families are kinda boring, and I know they rarely exist anyway. It is always my goal to ‘get’ every family I meet. Because each one of you are very special and deserves to be captured uniquely. You four were no different. It was not hard to capture Pat’s smile or humor, you made it really easy for me. I loved every minute of it. <3ReplyCancel