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.