Month: April, 2012
Remember this past November when I participated in the Clicks2Bless Campaign? This gave you all the opportunity to nominate a family going through difficulties to receive a free portrait session, including digital copyrights, and a 16×20 canvas. The winner was the France family from Fond du Lac!
You can see a part of Jessica’s story in the following video. http://www.andygallun.com/video/?w=Long_v.2_FLV.flv
Obviously, this was filmed before their youngest was born. To catch you up from the video to present, Jessica has an inoperable brain aneurysm. She travels back and forth to Mayo Clinic for monitoring. Yet, despite her situation, she is full of life and joy. She is a total crack up and constantly on the go… just like her children. I had to pull out all of the stops to try to keep the attention of the youngest 2 (picture animal noises and flailing around like a monkey). Turns out that they would rather run than sit still, shocking right?
I honestly had a blast getting to know them and capturing them. When I told Jessica that via email she responded “Honey, you need to get out more!” That may be true. However, whenever I have the privilege of capturing subjects as they really are and their love for one another, it IS a blast.
Jessica, I admire you… your faith, your outlook, your ability to cherish each moment. I pray that you will have millions of more moments to cherish. Hope you enjoy my interpretation of your family. God bless!
Just noticed that I haven’t blogged in over 3 weeks! I’ve been busy with a spring break trip to MN to visit family, plowing through the Hunger Games Trilogy, preparing for a new addition to our family which will arrive a week from today (no, it’s not a child), and answering lots of inquiries now that the busy season is approaching. For those of you following my Project 52… I don’t even know what the themes were for the past 3 weeks. Looks like another failed attempt at a photography project.
It had been just short of a year since we were in MN last. We had not seen Aaron’s sisters and families in that long. And, it was nearly 8 months since we had seen my brother. WAY TOO LONG… to not see your nieces and nephews! The cousins had a blast together. Lots of giggles. Lots of wrestling between the boys.
We were able to catch our nephew’s hockey game one night and just got one iPhone shot of them at DQ afterwards (bottom shot). Oh my goodness, DQ… there was an Anime Convention going on nearby. We were one of only a few that were not dressed up in costume. It was the ultimate in people watching! Then on Sunday we went to church with Aaron’s sister and had a lovely Mexican lunch together. The time was short but SO good!