A few weeks back I ran a photography contest; it was a pretty simple contest – I wanted to tell someone’s story through photographs. I was truly overwhelmed by the response I received; 87 amazing people submitted their stories. A team of amazing ladies read through all the entries in hopes to find which story they would like to see be told through photos.
It was a difficult task… an incredibly difficult task – but the girls did it! One entry stood out. And this is what it was:
“My Nominee is my husband, we have had a hard year and we are only half way through it! My husband has been on a road a lot for work – all this traveling means that he misses out on a lot of family time with our Prince, Connor. Brandon, my husband, is my rock, my life line, my sole mate. Back in April I had to have surgery and found out that I had pre cancer cells on my uterus. As a result of this, I had to have another surgery – this one left me incapable of having any more kids! I wanted to give my husband another gift of life from God but since I’ve had the surgery, that will never, ever happen again! I would love to win this as I would want nothing more then to have a wonderful family photos done as a small thank you my husband but just being him and loving me for who I am and also being the world greatest father in my eyes!”
So why did this entry stick out from the 86 others? Remi, one of the fabulous ladies who helped choose the winner sums it up pretty well. Remi said “Most of the contest entrants wanted to celebrate something positive; a graduation, a new baby, a new job or a new figure & appearance. Celebrating positive things is great, but the Beare family’s entry is based on learning to find the positive after expericing sorrow; after expericing a loss. Audrey was able to look past the fact that her family will remain a family of only 3 and instead of grieving about no longer being able to have any more children, she found the power to want to celebrate her perfect family – exactly as they are. That’s why we chose the Beare family.”
After meeting the Beare family; chatting with them and spending a super fun evening with them I couldn’t possibly agree more with them being the winners of the contest. They are a genuinely spectacular and amazing family; their love for one another is so touching. I was so glad that I was able to help the Beare family celebrate their perfect family of three amazing people.