As a photographer I have the opportunity to be with people during some of the most difficult as well as exhilarating times of their lives. When I first met the Mayo family, times were tough. Their 12 year old son, Zack, was battling terminal cancer and I asked if I could come and photograph their family one afternoon. I had followed their journey online through friends and prayed for Zack and his family daily. It was a pleasure getting to meet Zack, his little brother Nick, Mom and Dad in person and an honor for me to be able to photograph their family. When Zack passed away a few short months later my heart was broken for them.
Fast forward from 2010 to 2015… this time around, the Mayo family called me with much joy and enthusiasm. They welcomed little Samuel into their world in December, quite a bit earlier than expected. He spent a couple of months in NICU growing stronger until he was finally home, ready for his big photo shoot! By example Zack taught Nick how to be an amazing big brother. You can already tell by how attentive and happy Nick is that he’s got the big brother thing down! I am so happy for this family and their new addition. Their life even in the most difficult times, has been a true example of the joy we have through Christ. It’s such a blessing to see a little more sunshine added to their life!