February 15, 2011

The Light of the Sunrise.

I've been stuck.  I wasn't sure if I was going to blog these images.  As I debated about sharing my experience, I got backed up.  I'm not the most organized person.  At best, with a ton of effort I can work a system.  Once I get a kink in my flow, it takes me a bit to get going again.  Wanting to share my experience with the Ruiz family and feeling inadequate to do so was enough to block my posting for weeks.
I've known Alex and Ricardo for years.  I remember eating lunch with Alex in middle school, and going to the Boyz to Men concert with Ricardo and friends......when Boyz to Men were HUGE.  Not that I knew them the best... but I knew them well enough to be humbled by the people that I've seen them become today, stronger and braver than I ever hope I have to be.  They have a beautiful family that was blessed to know an Angel.... their son Joaquin.   I listened as Ricardo accounted the stories of their lives together and I recalled shooting their family pictures two years ago.   I was so impressed at the calm way both Ricardo and Alex faced the many small and big challenges that made their family special.   I'm so glad I was able to capture one day of their love and their connections.   One day that will last until they can see Joaquin's beautiful face again.   Their words, live and tears changed my heart forever. 
The spirits of those 
who leave this life
are the light of the sunrise
.....and shine down on all of us 
who wait to see them again. 

3 comments:

Daisy said...

Very beautiful. Although this time must be very painful, these images emit so much love, unity, and hope. Beautiful work. I'm glad you were able to work out the kink because I always love to see what you have to post.

Puanani Tagoa'i said...

This brought me to TEARS! You are all the more amazing for documenting this day for them!! xoxo

Lydia said...

Beautiful