I'll be honest ... I don't really know how to write this one.  It's been in my drafts folder for several weeks as Sarah and I played phone tag, and it just didn't feel quite right to post yet... so here goes the original:Sarah and Ryan have been together for several years.  They've known each other since high school, and when I asked them how they met, Sarah joked about following him around until he gave in and started paying attention to her :)  Now they've fallen in love, they have an adorable puppy... and Ryan has cancer.  Everywhere.

As soon as Sarah contacted me about doing a session, I just knew it was something that was absolutely essential for me to do.  Ryan was in a lot of pain that day, but the images we got are sweet and real and wonderful anyway.  Meeting both of these awesome people has made my life brighter.  Sarah & Ryan : thank you, thank you, thank you.

As I mentioned above, I wrote this post a few weeks ago and have just been sitting on it until I got the okay from Sarah.  She stopped by the studio yesterday morning to let me know, over tears and coffee, that Ryan recently passed away.  We did the session at just the right time - within a few days of our shoot, he was in too much pain to leave the house.  Sarah, my dear - my heart goes out to you.  I know words are totally useless at a time like this, but I love you already and I can't wait to get to know you better.

If you'd like to make a donation to Sarah & Ryan's photography registry, please contact me directly.

If you'd like to join with me in making a donation to the American Cancer Society in Ryan's name, just let me know.