Over the past several years, I’ve become pretty intimately acquainted with cancer. Both of my parents have battled it twice now, and my mom is in the thick of fighting pancreatic cancer. So while I know the nasty side of this disease, I also know all too well how it brings out the best in people. The people who bring dinner, send flowers, mail funny photos and cards, call, pray, CARE. It’s humbling and beautiful. And it makes me want to put some of that good back out into the world in at least some small way.
That is why the Magic Hour Foundation exists. Its purpose is to offer the gift of photography to those who have survived or are currently battling cancer, to make abundantly sure that they are honored and cherished and will be remembered forever. I joined about a year ago, and was so thrilled to have my first session matched last weekend. Even better, my mom was feeling well enough that she was able to come with me. She hasn’t assisted me on a shoot since the week of her diagnosis, when she was preparing for her surgery, so it was especially meaningful that she helped me with this special family.
Christal first began battling cancer in 2009, and her daughter Joy moved out of state with her for treatment. During that time, Joy met Peter, the man of her dreams, and they got married and had an adorable little boy named Elijah. Christal is doing wonderfully, and her enthusiastic laughter and love for life perfectly illustrate why she would name her daughter Joy. It was such a pleasure to get to know this group, and have Elijah tell us all about the passing trucks (you can probably tell from the images that he’s pretty into trucks at the moment). Christal is a proud grandma and you can tell that she is so, so loved.
If you or someone you love is fighting cancer and is interested in a Magic Hour session, here’s how to apply. All sessions are provided free of charge, and there’s a network of photographers all over the country. If you’d specifically like a session with me, well–that’s really awesome! If you’re local to the Memphis area, you can mention me by name in the application and we’ll work it out from there. It’s an honor to be able to pass on some of the kindness that has been shown to my family in such abundance.