Is this personal work or client work?
What about this session was most memorable?
This session! Ahhhh! Well, we live in a small town. Everyone either knows you or knows of you. I have known for several years who this woman was.. this insanely strong superhero of a Mother and Wife. I approached her a few months after they officially learned of her Husband’s diagnosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease or commonly referred to as ALS. I only knew a cliff note version of their reality, and on Mother’s Day.. I finally reached out to her- and asked her if she would allow me to capture their new way of life. Their beautiful mess. Their happiness. Their struggles. Their love.
And that’s exactly what I set out to do.
The morning I showed up on their doorstep, I was nervous. This was a day that I finally meet the most inspirational family I now call my friends. I am a lifestyle photographer, but I felt this morning in particular took it to a higher level. What can I do to do this justice? Their world has absolutely been rocked and to such an extreme that I was literally letting tears fall slowly behind that camera as I shot. Witnessing such devotion, beauty and happiness left me speechless. A day in the life with ALS. I left my heart on their doorstep that day.
Were there any hurdles?
This was a sweet family. We did all of the session inside their larger kitchen that had plenty of natural light where they spent a lot of their time. His large motorized wheelchair could squeeze ever so perfectly and snuggly through every entry to where he was still able to move among their home. I don’t think they will ever finish adjusting to the changes in their daily life, however, having faith and believing has been a huge staple. Perhaps it was the way his wife handled everything with such grace, but I felt like hurdles were nonexistent.
Your best photographer/session advice?
Pay attention. Keep shooting when they think you’re not. Don’t be afraid to show up on someones doorstep and document their life to show the world their beauty. It’s made me a better person.
What gear was used to achieve these?
Nikon D810, Sigma 35mm ART, Nikorr 50mm 1.4
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Christy Morgan is a self-taught natural light photographer from the KY/OH/WV tri-state area. After years of working at a CT tech, she decided to chase her dream and capture the happiness of others through her lens. She is the wife to her devoted husband, Tim and a gorgeous baby girl, Aspen. Traveling with her family & showing her baby girl the world is at the top of her bucket list. Photography isn’t just a job for her, it’s her passion. She hopes to be able to continue to grow and evolve as a photographer and capture the memories of her community for years to come.