On a recent trip to New York City, having some free time in the afternoons, I decided to arrange for a portrait session or two. Not knowing anyone needing portraits in NYC, I took to social media to see if anyone could be recommended to me. And that's how I came to know Paige, her stepson Noah, and her daughter Pier Colette.
Paige came to me wanting to create something very special. She wanted to create a series of photos with her and Noah to surprise her husband as a gift. But this wasn't going to be just any mother-son session. In addition, Paige wanted to honor the memory of her daughter Pier Colette.
I am honored to have gotten to be a part of something so meaningful and special for this grieving family. It's one of those moments that reminds me the importance of photography. Images like these goes beyond the Christmas card or the living room mantle. For Paige and Noah, it was an opportunity to reflect, to take some special time together just the two of them, to honor their daughter and sister, and to capture those shared moments forever.
Noah is a rambunctious, smart little boy. Like most kids his age, he was apprehensive at first of my camera. He reflexively hid his smiles, opting for sillier, less vulnerable facial expressions. So we made a deal. For every silly face he gave me, he had to give me one giant smile. Noah seemed to think this was a fair trade and we had the best time exploring the harbor piers together.
As I write this and revisit these images, I'm remembering the photos that Paige showed me of Pier Colette's short days on this earth. I still remember feeling her presence during our session, tucked among those quiet moments and rambunctious giggles shared between Paige and Noah. Those photos tell the story and capture the days she shared with her family. My hope is that the photos that Paige, Noah and I captured on this sunny day in New York will continue her story and help Noah remember his baby sister for the rest of his life.