In Life Tips, Photography

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”.

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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?


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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!  😉



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