i received an email from a friend of mine. her mama had just a couple weeks prior been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. she wanted some special pictures of her family with “grammy” as soon as possible.

in a 12 day period we had rain forecast for all but 3 days. one was the day she emailed me. one was a day i already had an out of town commitment and one was “iffy” for rain on the following sunday.

as they made preparations to round up the troops i prayed day after day for good weather. i’m all about a lovely backlit sunset image. as the day grew closer to our appointment time the skies seemed to get more cloudy.

i drove over to our place & asked the lord for just one hour. we really needed to get these shots in that day.

i also prayed that i would be sensitive to the family’s needs and especially “grammy”.

grammy was feeling poorly that day and wasn’t going to be able to handle a long session with multiple moves and locations. we got started pronto. we allowed time for each family member to sit and just “be” with her. as you can see from some of these images the precious smiles and words of love were spoken. you could truly feel the love amongst them that day.

we were near the end of our session & i knew we still had a couple of images the daughters were hoping to capture. i asked grammy if she was still feeling ok & if she’d allow us to move her for “just one more shot”.

as i was setting up the family i began to feel the mist & knew we only had a couple minutes. we were able to capture the last few images before the bottom dropped out in the sky. exactly one hour after we began.

miss peggy, you will be in my thoughts and prayers while you go through your treatment. it was an absolute honor to spend a little time with you & your family.

February 21, 2013 - 8:09 am

Kelly - So beautiful, Paige. Every picture just seems to capture pure love, what a treasure!

February 21, 2013 - 8:53 am

Amy Avery - Paige these photos are so beautiful. I have tears streaming from my face at the moments of love and life you captured in these images. Cancer does stink! Two of our friends under 38 years of age died of cancer both on Monday of this week. I will keep this family and this beatiful lady in my prayers. Her spirit shines brightly in the twinkle in her eyes and the love that she shares with her family and friends is amzingly radient!

February 21, 2013 - 9:18 am

Deborah - Paige, I absolutely love everything about these pictures. What a special memory the entire family will have the rest of their lives. The last few shots you got in were so special. You have such a wonderful eye.

February 21, 2013 - 9:25 am

Suzanne - What a testament to
a full and beautiful LIFE.
You captured it perfectly.

These images will be
as cherished as the lovely

Praying for all who this
awful disease touches.

Love to you,
Suzanne xo

February 21, 2013 - 9:46 am

Courtney - Paige- it could not have been more perfect! Thank you for these images and memories! We will have them forever! Thanks for loving on our mom! She is such a fighter! God will get us through this day by day!!! #cancerstinks!

February 21, 2013 - 10:15 am

Andrea - Wonderful pictures. My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in Aug of 2011 at age 70. It threw all 5 of us kids plus grandkids into a panic. If you look up life expectancy for that type of cancer you know why. But here we are in February of 2013 and my mom is still with us. While her cancer isn’t in remission it is stable and she looks and feels better then she has in years. We believe prayer and very good doctors have helped her so much. I’m saying a prayer this family will have their loved one for a long while too.

February 21, 2013 - 10:23 am

Patti - 1 hour full of hugs from heaven…as the last picture was taken the rain began to fall. Only 1set of footprints was seen that day because God was holding us in His GREAT big arms ! Thank you Paige for allowing Him to work through you.

February 21, 2013 - 10:32 am

Ellie - gosh paige, what an amazing shoot. you captured this family and their love for each other. I can’t think of anything better you could do with your gift. and isn’t God so good to give you that hour!? oh how He loves us.

xo ellie

February 21, 2013 - 10:33 am

simone - Paige….these are absolutely beautiful, they made me cry. I honestly think that first shot of Grammy is some of your best work, it’s the most wonderful image. You can feel the love that this family has in all the photos. And I love the shots of the hands, gorgeous.

Great work my friend, Simone X

February 21, 2013 - 10:36 am

Bonnie Solid - Goodness gracious.

These moments are locked in my mind’s eye, & I don’t even know these beautiful people. Thank you for sharin’ the story.

February 21, 2013 - 10:48 am

laurie overholtzer - Oh my heart….What a lovely lady. Those photos will be treasures for generations to come. Well done, Paige.

February 21, 2013 - 11:10 am

Kelly Badger - Simply beautiful. Artfully done. Thank you for sharing these.

February 21, 2013 - 11:35 am

Alice - What beautiful blue eyes! You did a terrific job!

February 21, 2013 - 11:54 am

D'Nese - These pictures captured my heart at the deepest level. What a wonderful, wonderful and beautiful photo session. “Grammy” is one beautiful woman. I literally feel the love in each picture you took. Wow! So very powerful.

Prayers for everyone in the family.

February 21, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Jil - Paige,

I had seen your posts of these photos on FB and IG and had hoped you would post the story behind them. What a beautiful lady with a family that obviously loves her so much – you captured the emotions and love so beautifully! I love the styling!

February 21, 2013 - 2:19 pm

chrissi - paige, tears again. joyful tears. you have given used your gift to give this family something so lovely. these shots are priceless. thank you for sharing. i wish i had the chance to capture such moments with my mom.

February 21, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Catherine - Paige, What amazing work and such a blessing for this precious family to have captured their love as you did. Thank you for sharing these priceless moments. I have tears in my eyes as I write this to you. ~Catherine

February 21, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Jeannine - Oh, Paige, I’m in absolute puddles. How beautiful, and what a wonderful way to use your God-given talents.

And how sassy does Grammy look in her leopard!

Thank you for sharing.

February 21, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Lindsay - Beautiful pictures! They truly captured their hearts!

February 21, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Michelle - Beautiful family! I am sitting at my desk in my work office with tears streaming down my face! My father was diagnosed in November of 2010 with stage 4 lung cancer. It too shocked our family. But to look at him today you would never know that he is still fighting this battle. He is a trooper, never gives up and keeps his faith. I will be adding this family to my prayers that they are as fortunate as us.

February 21, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Sarah Baker - What a wonderful idea! I have not seen this done but it’s excellent and you did an awesome job!

February 21, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Jen@thecottagenest - Your pictures absolutely tore me up today Paige. What a beautiful family. I know they will treasure these images forever.

February 21, 2013 - 4:29 pm

peach - what a treasure and i’m sure an honor to be a part of

February 21, 2013 - 5:02 pm

susie - Oh Paige, These photos are just beautiful. I especially adore the last two…you really captured the smile on her face and the twinkle in her eyes. Such a treasure for her family.

February 21, 2013 - 6:34 pm

robinanne - Phenomenal life giving moments captured in time for eternity! What a gift…bravo!

February 21, 2013 - 6:44 pm

LLH Designs - Cried. You seriously need to offer kleenex with some of your posts, my friend! I love that God used your gift to capture this kind of treasure for that family. xoxo.

February 21, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Janet Lawson - How beautiful.
You truly captured the spirit of “Grammy” and you can feel the love looking at the pictures.
Such a beautiful family..

February 21, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Tammie - Paige,
Wow, These are just amazing, each and every one of them. The love that you have captured and the beauty is just AMAZING. I lost my Dad to brain cancer and we took photo’s but (I am sad to say) they did not capture what you were able to capture, the Love was there and felt by all of us, but wasn’t captured like you did. These show just what a real photographer/amazing person you are. You can also feel/see the love in this family. My heart goes out to this family and all others suffering with this STINKY thing called Cancer.I wonder how you were able to capture all of these and hold it together, just following the post I was a mess.

February 22, 2013 - 12:58 am

Destiny - This post is one of my two favorites, (The other was the football players kneeling in prayer. Insert lump in throat.) and it absolutely slayed me. Everything, from your skill and ability, to the family’s obvious love and adoration for “Grammy” and God’s sweet answer to prayer in the form of perfect picture taking weather/lighting came together for one brief hour allowing you the extreme privilege of capturing magic. Pure magic!

I cried so hard, I exhausted myself…

February 22, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Heather Crawford - Those are beautiful! I had wanted to do something similar for a friend’s mother in law, but I thought of it too late :(

February 22, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Susan - Paige,
I am a long time reader. First time commenter. I have long admired your photographs. These are the most beautiful ever! What a gift you have given this family. You are doing GOD’S WORK!


February 22, 2013 - 6:03 pm

sandi - Paige these are absolutely beautiful! As I scrolled thru the pictures and red the captions tears were falling down my face. How special for this family to have you capture such beautiful memories of their family.

February 22, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Kerri - Beautiful and touching Paige. I don’t know anyone who has not personally experienced a loss because of cancer. These images are something that the family will treasure forever. Something I else I noticed, Grammy’s bracelet is the same one I bought for myself and my mom last summer. Do you know what it is called? God’s Heart! XOXO

February 23, 2013 - 8:38 am

tara - okay….i haven’t been on my computer in 4 days.
i haven’t had my first cup of coffee yet…it’s brewing.
THESE pictures are my first to see, and I’m a heaping mess over here.

I’m so grateful this family is capturing these shots….so, so grateful.
grateful for your gift of being able to do it so sweetly.

my mom is down to 90 pounds….suffering majorly from C.O.P.D….she’s such a trooper and never complains. She’s grown oh so closer to the Lord in these last years….totally trusting him with her life. I’m so honored to call her mama.

I would give ANYTHING for pictures with her. She doesn’t like her picture taken…how in the world can I convince her to let you capture our family? Pictures mean everything to me..

okay…crying before coffee is too much.

February 23, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Cathy Brooks - Paige, How beautiful to share that day and provide such wonderful memories for all of them. I’m balling like a baby here!It is so beautifula nd touching…..


February 24, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Kimberly Dial - Oh Paige, these images made me cry. So beautiful. What a testimony to her life. I’ll be praying for Peggy and her family. Thank you (& them) for sharing :)

February 24, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - This is the most beautiful session ever. I love all the cheery red and happy faces… what a memory they will all treasure someday.

February 25, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Susan W - Paige

You Nailed It! You have given the families some wonderful, beautiful, heart warming photos that will last forever and be talked about for so many years to come. What a beautiful memory for Miss Peggy to have in her heart! Such joy!
God has blessed you to feel for all your clients and new friends you touch through your kindness of your heart for wanting to give back the way you do!


February 28, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Alecia - She is STUNNING!! What a special time. I wanted to do this so badly with my Nana before she passed away…we knew she was getting older & probably didn’t have much time left with her…we just didn’t know how little that time was. Such a sweet sweet gift!

March 3, 2013 - 11:57 am

jodi - Oh, Paige, what a lovely session! You captured precious memories for them, they will treasure these photos forever!

I love the one of the girl’s hands with the bracelets!


March 13, 2013 - 10:53 am

Art Costello - Having lost my wife to ovarian cancer 6 yrs ago I can appreciate your work and effort, I can only dream my memories of the battle. My wife did not want to be photographed in her waining years of life. You caught those moments beautifully !