Being a photographer, especially a portrait photographer is all about preserving memories. Be that in a print, a framed piece, an album or some other product. As your business develops and you get to see clients multiple times over multiple years (this is something Kim calls our repeat offenders) you get to watch clients: Babies, become kids and young adults. Mum’s and Dad’s become grandparents. Relationships end and other relationships start. New life is created. All in all it can be pretty impactful on you as you watch and document the different phases in life through photographs.

Then, as often as life can be amazing, it can be sad. For anyone that has lost someone, especially unexpected, sad has to be the biggest understatement ever. Heart breaking loss is so difficult to deal with. At times it feels that it is not possible to deal with. Yet we do.

Sometimes from loss comes creativity. A way to remember someone so special to you. These photographs by Melanie Pace of her sister and brother in-law, Ben on their wedding day; followed by her brother in-law and his young daughter, after her sister and mother to Olivia had passed fit that perfectly. Such creativity and a great way to show love and preserve memories as we photographers do best.

Ben said after the photographs – Many people have asked me how I felt while doing that photo session. What I want them to know is that this isn’t a story about grief and loss and hurt. Yes, I’ve gone through those emotions and still do but that’s not what I want people to see in these photos. This is a story about love.