In honor of the cooling weather and it turning October I wanted to post the 2 mini family “flashback” photo sessions that we’ve taken in the past couple years. They are all autumn/fall inspired! Love capturing a snap shot of our family because there is always a story behind it & better yet with talented photographers to creatively capture it.
2013 Family session
This photo session was taken by my beautiful friend Tanya – All for Nio Photography. We met through the Maribel’s Kidney Story Facebook but we also had mutual friends. It was during a very tough time for both our families. I was going through many complications with my kidney transplant around the same time her husband did. Unfortunately, her husband Nio passed away and it hit close to home. We have had a soul connection since. Through this tragedy she turned her ashes into beauty by capturing photos and special moments.
Read her beautiful story here: Behind The Name
I specifically wanted these photos taken because I was going into kidney rejection and just heard news that the valley fever was in my lower spine. I knew I was about to have another round of Amphotericin B and knew it was going to cost some damage. This may have been my last photo with good weight and with my gift of life. After that round of treatment I lost my kidney transplant and went back to hemodialysis and my fight continued…
About that day… Because I was already getting cloudy minded I missed the detail of location. When Tanya mentioned her friend’s property with vineyards and I automatically thought Napa. Well it was past Petaluma about an hour away and we lost a lot of lighting. She miraculously was able to still get a few good shots. But man was that place beautiful. Wished we had more time there & to take pix of the beautiful property!
2014 Family Photo Session
This photo session was taken by Michael with Kelotian photraphy who was a guest editor on Visit Sacramento Instagram and I really liked his photography and story. So I started following him and seen he was taking free photos to expand his photography. He normally does night/scenic photography. This was a great opportunity to capture our family and get some photos for Christmas cards.
I also wanted to celebrate getting through another hard year and still standing kidney less fighting valley fever. I had another season of hair loss and cut it short and once it grew back in I ombred it. Hair has always been my way to express myself. I guess it was a way to say, “This is what you get hair loss!” I think the photos reflect our spirit and the fighters that we are. I used several of our shots for the website.
Michael suggested the U.C. Davis Arboretum which we have never went to. It was beautiful and loved that it was a little overcast. Among it all was the beautiful landscape that still showed the beauty among the covered sun. Sun did started to come out as we stated taking our own photos. It describes how regardless there is still lots of reasons to smile and celebrate the life we have. It made for some neat shots and loved the photos we took on our new phones at that time.