The pastor said, "Keep taking pictures. They will be an important part of healing and comfort."
I wasn't going to take more than a couple distant shots as people were gathering for my nephew Todd's memorial service in May, 2017. I wanted to assure this fine pastor that I would definitely not take pictures during a sacred service. He responded with, "You definitely should....keep shooting, girl."
I wasn't going to share the pictures either but with the families encouragement, I share these images to continue the mission to de-stigmatize depression. Todd's life and death could be any of ours.
I'm glad I did this for our family. They are valuing the visuals of a day that was a blur with tired brains and heavy hearts. I'm also glad I did this as a photographer because seeing genuine emotion, the most raw kind, is the place I want to be.
It is a wonder how flowers can bring deep feelings when let go with love.
Todd, we honor your life with love and respect.