I am constantly aware of the honor that I hold in my career. Being there to photograph special moments in time, that will live on forever as a legacy. Weddings, the birth of a new family, the death of a loved one, triumph over sickness, all are precious. When I heard that there was a young mother in my neighborhood who had been diagnosed with cancer, I dug a little more to learn about the family. Soon I learned there were 3 beautiful, young daughters. Something kept telling me to touch base with the family. I was cleaning out the restaurant one afternoon, and came across a stack of Beautycounter business cards- the name on them: Sarah Olson Rogers. She was the mother I had heard about- surely it was the universe telling me to reach out. After a few messages, Sarah accepted my offer to come and photograph her family. Thought she felt the need to thank or repay me somehow, I explained that this was just one things I felt called to do. I have never once regretted the time spent giving this kind of gift to a family. My hope was that they would have these images to reflect on when Sarah was healed and had beaten the cancer. A few weeks back, I returned again, to take more photos of Sarah, her husband Mehrtash, and their three girls, this time snuggled in her bedside at hospice. I managed to get a few smiles and giggles out of the bunch, even though it was unfortunately nearing the end. Sarah was such a beautiful and calm woman, and graceful even in her pain. I wish I had known them longer, but I am grateful that from one mother to another, her girls and husband will have these images forever. Rest well, Sarah.