That I am an affiliated photographer for Now I Lay Me Down to
Sleep. I am very passionate about this organization and their mission.
On November 26, 2003, my younger brother & I were at the hospital saying our last goodbyes to our Grandfather when we received a call that his son was about to make his way into this world, but that something was terribly wrong. They were at a different hospital 20 minutes away. We drove as quickly as we could and cried the whole way....I remember praying over & over in my heart that he would make it...I pleaded with God....but He had a greater purpose for Gabreal and took him home.
I remember so vividly seeing my brother in such incredible pain...it was unbearable to see him cry and I remember hugging him and never wanting to let go. My immediate instinct to comfort he & Mom was to turn to my camera. I knew it would be hard to do, but wanted them to be able to *see* him whenever they wanted. I think I caught most of my family off guard with my suggestion, but when it came time for our final goodbyes, we were all so very thankful for them. I knew at that moment, that if I could take photos of my nephew, through my tears, through their pain, that I could comfort other families and connect with them in a way like no other...and capture their beautiful children for them to *see* whenever they needed it.
I thank the Lord for all of the opportunities he has presented and for the many blessings in my life.