As a photographer, we rarely get in front of the camera ourselves. We tend to be our worst critics, even though we preach to our clients how important it is to get in the frame with our families. Well, cancer has changed all that. Now, I make sure I get in the frame with my kids, regardless of how tired I feel, or how fat i look, or how much I hate my bald head. I realise now, when it's almost too late, how important it is to document my time with my family, to ensure they have memories that continue long after i'm gone.
A few months ago, before I began the chemotherapy that robbed me of my hair and my energy and my ME-ness, a gorgeous photographer by the name of Jean Mills from @littlejeanniephotography
gave up her time and travelled from Sydney to Mudgee, to photograph my family and I. The last time we'd had professional photographs that included both Julian and I AND all four of our kids was, well, never. We'd had photos of just the kids, and photos of us with James and Charlyse (before the other 2 were born), but none of the six of us together. Or with my parents. It took a while for the images to be edited, as is the case with all photographers (myself included), but I finally received my gallery a couple of weeks ago. I love the photos. I will cherish those photos. And even though I received the gallery a few weeks ago, I've only just managed to download them tonight.
So here are a few of my favourite images, images that I will love and cherish forever more, and that my kids will still have long after I'm gone.
PS And thank you to @elisegowphotography
, for secretly orchestrating all of this. You are one of the kindest souls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. #fuckcancer #getintheframeNOW #makeeverydaycount #love #wemovedtomudgee #cancersucks #family #lifeisshort #loveyourlife #myloves #sharynthompsonphotography #myfamily