We all have these moments in life that remind us that most of our problems are really pretty insignificant. People we meet who have suffered unthinkable tragedy, and yet continue to somehow shine so bright. This beautiful human being is one of those stars.
As we celebrate her baby girl on the way, she grieves the unexpected loss of her husband just eight months after their wedding.
Go ahead and let that sink in for a minute…
In the days leading up to our shoot, I couldn’t stop thinking about her story. I walked into the session with the heaviest heart, and was greeted by this beautiful glowing goddess, Shelby. She quickly swiveled around in the makeup chair with open arms and we dove right into an honest conversation about all the things.
It was important to both of us to not only honor her late husband, Ernie, but to document this glorious time for her daughter, regardless of what people think grief is supposed to look like. Shelby carries herself with more strength and grace than most of us on a normal day, and continues to be this beacon of light, finding the silver lining in every way she can. I tried to soak up every ounce of her being, as she is truly just something really special.