We were in Las Vegas attending the Wedding and Professional Photographers International (WPPI) Conference when the call came. My father, who has been battling cancer, was deteriorating rapidly. He had bravely fought and beat cancer three times, but this fourth onslaught of lymphoma was getting the best of him.
Our decision to fly home early awarded us with one final day to have a conversation with him as he stubbornly was able to set up in a chair for the last time. He died two days later peacefully in bed as we stood by his side.
As I was thinking of pictures of my dad I realized that the last professional pictures that I have of him was from my wedding. I am so blessed to have those images of him. I often tell clients that as wedding photographers we are documenting more than just the day. This really drove it home for me, even though I have always known it to be true from the other side of the camera.
Watching cancer take both of my parents before I my 28th birthday has helped reaffirm my decision to pursue a career as a photographer. I want to live my life pursuing my dreams, not driving a desk to make someone else's dreams come true. More than that, I am honored to not only preserve this special day in your life, but the special people in your life as well.
Here are a few pictures taken by Kevin Monahan Photography.