I took a lot of walks when I was a kid.
Sometimes, the sky was gray and ominous, and I would consider whether or not to bring an umbrella with me on my walk. My father told me if I take the umbrella with me, it won’t rain, but if I leave the umbrella behind, it probably will rain on me.
Now, I know consciously that my actions have zero bearing on whether it rains in the next hour.
But I still think of umbrellas as “rain insurance”.
So what is an “Umbrella Session” then?
In the course of my 10 (almost 11!) years as a photographer, I have on occasion been hired to take pictures of people who had been given potentially life-threatening diagnoses, like cancer. So I take pictures with their family surrounding them. Pictures that capture the way they look before the disease and/or treatments change their appearance.
Pictures that commemorate the love they share with their family.
These sessions can get pretty emotional, and sometimes include a few tears, but they are so worthwhile.
It’s not a “saying goodbye” session. In fact, most of the subjects of my past umbrella sessions are still with us. (Thank God!)
It is a session that empowers people who have been given a scary diagnosis the opportunity to control the way they will be remembered. The way they were when they were at their best. Before they entered into that epic battle with a scary disease.
How do you want to be remembered?
Don’t wait too long to book a session.
Grab that umbrella and keep praying the rain doesn’t come.
I value the privacy of my clients, so I will not share pictures from these sessions here. But, if your family is in need of an umbrella session, please reach out – fill out the form below. I will (privately) share pictures from sessions I have done, if you are curious.
Gentle reminder from this photographer: not everyone has the opportunity to have an umbrella session. Some of the people I have photographed in regular family sessions are not with us anymore, sadly. Don’t put off that family session too long. None of us know when our time will be up – there might not be advance warning. Look through the photographs you have of your family – if one of those people died next week, would those pictures be enough? If not, let’s fix that! 😉