Photo of fingers holding a necklace engraved with the words Forever in my heart Dad against a burgundy shirt
Life After Cancer,  Photography

Photography Shoots & Learning Life Lessons

Photography Shoot

Photography shoots are great fun and can be a challenge.  While I knew the mom from when my daughter was in high school, I had never had the pleasure of spending any time with her two sons and daughter.  I hope they had as much fun as I did!  Cartwheels, topping bottles, wrestling matches, tree climbing, walking in the creek, and “‘dogpiling’ the sibling” were just a few of the things that were accomplished in a very short period of time.

As we were nearing the end of the shoot, the daughter asked if I had seen her necklace, which I had not.  She tenderly clasped the heart necklace and

Photo of girl wearing glasses, long brown hair, holding a necklace engraved with the words Forever in my Heart Dadshowed me the words engraved; ‘Forever in My Heart Dad’.  I immediately told her to keep holding her necklace and we captured the below photo.  I hope it will mean as much to her as it does to me to have had the privilege of taking it.  (Her dad had battled ALS for many years, and in 2016 he unfortunately lost his battle.) 

Precious Lesson Learned

I know I have a few years on her (okay, maybe more like 40+ years) and may be a bit more sentimental, but I’m pretty confident she has learned a lesson not many of us learn until older in life; treasure the past, keep an open mind to the mystery of your future, and don’t ever forget to participate in life!

Ever since I was diagnosed with cancer, learning to keep an open mind regarding my future hasn’t been easy.  It’s hard to embrace the mystery when that mystery may include sickness.  The benefit of that though is embracing life and participating in anything I can, that I’ve always wanted to.  Photography classes, dog obedience classes just to  name a couple.

What do you want to participate in that you haven’t before?  What’s been holding you back?  How can I help you embrace the mystery of your future and participating in it?  Let me know!

Until next time, capture life kreatively!


At 50 years old I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I am currently NED (no evidence of disease), and trying to spend every day reviewing the world through the new lens I wear as a breast cancer survivor.


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