My photography has allowed me to be a part of your lives. You’ve opened your family, your hearts, your stories, your children, your everything with me… to which I am forever grateful, and thankful for. It has allowed more happiness into my life than I ever knew possible. But, where there is the possibility of such overwhelming happiness, I had never realized before last night, that conversely, there was the potential for such immense sadness. And that is what today’s post is–more sadness than I knew possible, for a girl I had met but once.
For me, I don’t just MEET someone… I make it a point, to KNOW them. To really know them–that’s how I do what I do. That’s how I make sure I’m capturing the essence of YOU, the essence of your children, and the essence of your love for those close to you. I open my heart completely. And love. And feel. And, now… hurt… a lot. Phoebe is gone, and so is a little piece of me. She touched my heart in a very short time. We connected; we shared, and I knew quite a bit about her, her life, her goals. We talked about college. She asked me about my life, and my path, and how I got to where I am; I shared my experiences. We actually had the same requirement in a college – one that is located on the water. I had visited Pepperdine earlier this year, and I told her that’s where I would go now, if I were able to do a do-over. She said it was on her list, which made me so excited for her, and about all those possibilities for her future.
I thought about her often after that. And will continue to think of her. The world is missing a special girl. May she know how special she was; that she touched my heart, and I’m sure countless others as well. Please enjoy these pictures, and pray for her family during this incredibly difficult time.
Phoebe and her mom, Carolyn. Words can’t even…
My all time fave. Just her.
you will be greatly missed. know that. kat xo