Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ruby & Family {Family Portraits :: Woodbury, MN}

This post has been a long time coming. I've started it multiple times, but I just haven't been able to decide how or what I want to write.

Mom & Dad

Last school year, I shared an office with Ruby, who became a good friend. She retired at the end of the year, and we've talked a couple of times since then - mostly through Words with Friends. :) When I got a message from Ruby through the game, I didn't think much of it. She was wondering if I could do a last minute photoshoot with her family, because they were all in town. After a phone conversation, we scheduled for New Year's Day, even though it was going to be COLD! Ruby told me there was a reason she wanted to get portraits done on such short notice and that she was sure I would find out when I got there.

The Girls

Pulling up to Ruby's house, I'll admit I was a little nervous. Most reasons to get pictures done on short notice aren't happy, but I was really hoping Ruby's reason was. As soon as I walked in, I met Ruby's granddaughter - letting me know I could take my coat off & asking if I wanted to see their cat. I had a great time getting to meet Ruby's son, daughter & son-in-law - and her granddaughter of course!

Family

As I was getting lights set up, Ruby filled me in on why we were doing portraits so quickly. Obviously, part of the reason was because everyone could be there. But there was more to it than that. In November, Ruby had been diagnosed with lung cancer. My stomach drops just typing it. I know how strong Ruby is, and now I've met her family & I know how supportive they are as well.  I'm so happy I was able to get some portraits of everyone together - and hopefully the whole family will be able to make it back in the spring, so we can do some outdoor pictures without freezing!

Kiss

Portraits are valuable. Portraits are memories. They help you remember every day - not just the important ones. The pictures you take, of every day, are so important!  Professional portraits are special too & I love being able to give people that experience.  Don't wait until there's a reason (happy or not-so-happy) to do portraits - just get them scheduled!  And get your camera out at home.  People change every day & you don't want to forget a single moment.

Outside 1

(my favorite)
Outside 2

I'm so happy to be able to say that Ruby has had some good news since our session. I hope to keep hearing good things - and I'll see all of you in the spring! ;)

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