A while back I was contacted by a fellow photografriend (it’s a word, trust me ;)) who told me about Quinn and her amazing family. She asked me if I would like to photograph an in-home session for the family around the holidays to help document Quinn’s story, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of an amazing group of photographers who were donating their time and talents to a family who were facing unspeakable odds.
I have to confess, I’m never good in situations like this, I’m such an emotional person, I was afraid I was going to lose my composure at the session and I wanted to be strong for this family. I wanted to give them the only thing I know I could do: pictures for them to remember forever. Even now, I feel like it’s not enough, because they deserve so much more.
The day of the session, an amazing thing happened. Life. Simple, daily activities that we tend to take for granted, but to the Linzer family, it’s about making a choice to live life to the fullest, every day, and to be grateful for the time they have. I was welcomed into a family who were allowing me into their home, to share their story. I witnessed love, silliness, strength and courage with them. I witnessed what it means to be a family, a team. The Linzer family taught me a great deal about life. A family that I wanted to do so much for, ended up helping me in the end, as a reminder to take each day as a gift, to be grateful for all that I have, and to help others by sharing our stories. I want to thank the Linzer family, Eileen, Brett, Colin, Reid and of course, Quinn, for showing me the way, and for being inspirations to us all through your story.