the other day a bride from this summer got in touch with me to say that her mother in law had suddenly passed away a few days previously. it is in these moments that i know why i do what i do. i knew that i had taken some beautiful portraits of mom at the wedding a few months ago. i was able to get prints to them for the funeral service that week. the family was so grateful. i was grateful. to be able to give them something to hold onto. i could give them the happiness of that day and their mother to hold onto and pass on. go give someone you love a hug and be glad they are there. tomorrow they might not be.