A story like no other | Dallas Family Photographer

I have to admit that when I first met Ryan and Jennifer I almost wanted to give up, pack my camera and go back home. You see Ryan’s story is a story that I play in my head day in and day out. As you know I am a breast cancer survivor and even though it’s been 4 years now since I fought this beast the worry never leaves my head that one day it can come back. So the story that I play in my head day in and day out is what will happen to Isadora if cancer came back, who will raise her, who will help her with her wedding and all other thoughts that I try to block most of the time but they are still very present in my mind.

Ryan’s mom passed away a few years ago fighting cancer so seeing him and knowing his story brought tears to my eyes knowing that this could be the way my story would end too. But I am sure glad I did not give in to my emotions and we preceded with our session and even thought at times it was emotional for me.. this session just gave me the reassurance that despite whatever path I might have to walk in this life there are wonderful, caring, loving women like Jennifer (Ryan’s new mommy) that will take care of my daughter, love her like their own daughter that way she will be able to grow a strong and loving person.

Jennifer your love for Ryan shows through these pictures and I can’t tell you how glad that you came into my life. Thank you so much for your wonderful words of compassion and love when I needed them and women like you inspire me and make me no worry so much about the “what if”.. Hope you enjoy these pictures.. Big hugs to you and your wonderful family!!!!

Mandy - July 24, 2011 - 8:58 pm

Thank You for sharing this amazing story! Your a beautiful photographer and a beautiful person as well:)

Christine Donovan - July 24, 2011 - 9:05 pm

I just melted and wiped the tears!

Jennifer Brooks - July 24, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Lidia, thank you so much! This is just beautiful!

Jennifer Shelton - July 24, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing. Though we dont know what each day holds for us, we know that our Lord will provide even if we cant =)

Amy C - July 24, 2011 - 9:47 pm

He’s beautiful, she’s beautiful, my heart hurts.

Jennifer C - July 24, 2011 - 10:20 pm

Amazing!!! What wonderful photos and touching story! God is good!

Katie Destry - July 24, 2011 - 10:23 pm

absolutely beautiful, both the story and the photos. well done lidia. :)

Kelly - July 24, 2011 - 11:24 pm

What a wonderful shoot! You did fantastic!

Brenda - July 24, 2011 - 11:28 pm

Such an amazing story! God is GRAND!

Tanya - July 24, 2011 - 11:59 pm

So, so beautiful! the story, the images & your incredible strength & courage! The world needs more people like you Lidia! xo

Angela - July 25, 2011 - 2:03 am

Talk about a tearjerker! I am happy you are a survivor and that a lovely woman has came in to take care of that handsome, blue-eyed boy. God bless you and your family!

Tracy Allyn Croysdale - July 25, 2011 - 9:38 am

These are so beautiful, Lidia! Love the story as well. You are just amazing! And I have been eyeing bunting flags on etsy and haven’t been able to decide which ones I want!

Echo Dannelle - July 25, 2011 - 12:44 pm

What a beautiful little boy, and his story (and yours) had me tearing up. But he’s blessed to have two wonderful women to call mom. And you, my dear, are a SURVIVOR. Don’t dwell on the “what ifs”, they only take away from the present. You’re blessed, don’t let negativity or fear overshadow that. :)

Echo Dannelle - July 25, 2011 - 12:50 pm

What a beautiful little boy and hist story (and yours) had me tearing up. But he’s blessed to have two wonderful women to call mom. And you, my dear, are a SURVIVOR. Even though, I’m sure it’s difficult, dwell on the the “what if’s”. They only take away from the present. You’re blessed. Don’t let negativity or fear overshadow that. :)

KAREN - July 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Wow!!! This story is totally amazing. Thank you so much for sharing and aiming to touch those who follow your work. :)

Dana - July 26, 2011 - 3:55 am

God bless Ryan and his new mommy! A heartbreaking story with a happy ending…
And God bless you too!
Lovely boy! These eyes will break many girls’ hearts someday soon :) )

pam owen - August 3, 2011 - 9:00 pm

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ashton - August 4, 2011 - 10:16 am

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Michal Rowse - August 6, 2011 - 8:35 am

Beautiful shot! #2

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Nikki - August 21, 2011 - 3:59 pm

What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing. I have two small kids and I could only pray that the Lord would bless my husband and children with a great woman to love them as much as I do, if something happened to me. You are courageous and strong. Thanks for being you and sharing that with allo of us!

Jessica Helton - November 11, 2011 - 5:37 pm

I just saw this and read this blog entry! Beautiful images, but the words you shared before are strong, sobering, but yet full of hope. Then to see how this new mommy was caring for this little guy makes me so happy that there are still amazing women in the world. Thank you for your honesty in this post.

Rebecca Lynn - April 3, 2012 - 12:48 am

I lost my best friend to breast cancer 1 year ago today and came across this blog post in your archives. (God works funny that way). She left behind 3 beautful children who are like my own to me. Every single day I am reminded of the “what if’s” and the pain but this post gave me hope for the first time that as life moves forward new people to love and be loved by do come into our lives. And although they never replace those lost, they can bring happiness back into our lives! I absolutely <3 your work! Heart & Soul

Nicole - February 6, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Jennifer is such an amazing woman. I’m so glad that I’ve had the chance to speak with her and build a friendship. Your work is such a beautiful representation of her love for Ryan and his joyous self!


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