I met Vanessa and James two years ago when they were expecting their baby boy Mason. I was hestitant at first because they were from Brooklyn and I never really took on any work from New York but as soon as I met them I was so happy I did! The shoot took place at Coney Island because it was a childhood favorite for James. We got so many great images from the moment we fed the meters to eating at Nathan's and just strolling the boardwalk! We truly had a blast!
A couple of weeks later I had the priveledged of meeting and photographing baby Mason! He was just about the cutest and most perfect little boy who pretty much just melted your heart at first glance. He was born around the holidays so we dressed him up for fall and Christmas, along with some very timeless and special family portraits. Mason is the center of their world and there is no doubt about that!
A year later, I was unable to photograph Mason's first birthday due to certain restraints but we planned on doing family portraits for the next couple months after. I kept up with them on facebook as I do with some of my clients and really enjoyed all the pictures Vanessa would share of baby Mason as he grew! Sadly, in January of this year, James left this Earth and left two of his most precious loved ones behind. I was devastated to hear the news because, well if you knew James, he was full of life and love and his family was now missing their rock, his daddy and her best friend! We prayed to God and asked that He would wrap his arms around Vanessa and Mason as we offered any support we could give.
Vanessa, is a strong brave woman and an even more incredible mom. Her journey is just beginning and I know that with God as her strength she will continue to be just that! I reached out to her a couple months ago and excitedly she accepted my offer and recently we took a morning off and strolled the boardwalk of Coney Island recapping some fun moments we shared with James just a little while ago. We shared laughter, we shared tears but most of all we shared Hope! Mason is a vibrant, joyful and adventurous little boy who loves the beach and is just about the friendliest little person ever, he reminded me much of his dad when I first met him!
As you enjoy these pictures, please say a prayer for Vanessa and Mason, as they need it but also be encouraged to know that there is a hope and better days ahead for this family. Vanessa thank you for allowing me to capture these images for you, but more importantly for allowing me to spend some time with you and capture the beauty of your family. No words can describe it but these images can share it. Forever in my heart
"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint". Isaiah 30:41