For 1 year, since April 3rd 2011 the passing of my father, I have been trying to figure out how I can bring a positive light to the terrible experience of cancer. Cancer had been apart of my family for over 4 years, constantly ravaging my fathers body, mind and spirit. It came to affect my mom, making her drive daily to the hospital; my sister, left with not just one parent but often times neither; and then myself, living in another city constantly wondering how I could support at a distance. Thankfully I was able to spend the last year of my fathers life with him, helping him to hockey games, mediating the tension at home and trying to help my mom and sister as much as possible.
In that last year of my fathers life there were way more lows then highs. The one constant that I came to realize was that no matter how hard or insane the situations would be, was that family comes first.
Being a photographer came 2nd or 3rd or even 80th on the list. As a result, the images that I have of our family from that time are few and far between. The last image of my father is below. He was battling the effects of chemo on his body and for the life of him could not stay warm enough, so would curl up with a blanket and lay himself over a heat vent.
Family comes first.
I have come to realize how I can personally shine light on cancer. I would love to give back to any family currently affected by cancer by photographing them. I want to honour the love in your family that is stronger than ever as you all battle. As you all cry. As you all love. Love that can never be broken. Creating images that can honour that love.
The session of your family is at no cost. No pressure to travel anywhere. I will come to you and photograph your family to honour the love that you all share. I am looking to capture this love on Black and White film. You will receive all images of from the session in digital format and you will be free to print and share as many as you like. All images will be loaded to a proofing website to showcase for other family members. I would also love to share the beauty of love within your family on my blog. Everything is within your confidentiality and your comfort level.
There are some big thank you’s in order for this project to be where it is at today.
Thank you Brock. Thank you for be willing to tackle this video for me. I can’t thank you enough for the chats, support and of course this final video.
Thank you Lori. Without you shooting me that email back in September I am not sure where this project would be. From our first meeting I came to see how wonderful of a person you are and how lucky the Tom Baker is to have someone like you supporting patients.
David Brunning. Your willingness to talk means a lot. To be able to have someone lend a ear to as I progressed through this project was super beneficial. I’ll say it again however you were able to help Brock I thank you for as well.
Thanks Mom. I know I throw tons of ideas at ya and can be pretty crazy with them. Thank you for helping out on this one. Love ya lots.
If you would be willing to talk more about this project or be apart of it, please reach me at: