everyday family BOWLING ALLEY session | northfield, minnesota

I feel especially tender towards this family, having met them under heartbreaking circumstances in March 2009.  At the time, I was a photographer for Now I Law Me Down to Sleep and had gotten connected with Shawn and Sarah to photograph their daughter, Cassandra – who died shortly before birth.

We have maintained a connection over the last several years.  I even had the opportunity to photograph their youngest son at the hospital after he was born.

I have seen them in high places and low and a few things have remained constant – their love for each other, the love for their children, a lighthearted spirit in both (it is so very easy to feel relaxed and comfortable in their presence), and a clear appreciation for the life they have together.

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Needless to say, photographing them is a pure joy.  Their youngest is a mover and a shaker – you might remember him from Me Ra Koh’s photography workshop last year: 

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Or from his aunt’s wedding in December:

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Simply adorable.  His big brother is also a heartbreaker.  Watching the two of them together was priceless!

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A few more of my favorites from the parking lot:

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And several more from inside the bowling alley, which was the highlight of this Everyday Session:

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You can click HERE to learn more about their story and see how they were inspired to bless others.  Sarah creates beautiful, personalized memory wreaths you can order for your own loved ones and you will also find information on their website regarding pregnancy/infant loss in addition to general grief resources.  Such a lovely tribute to their daughter.

Thank you again, Shawn and Sarah!  As always, a true pleasure spending time with your family.

Stephanie - April 13, 2013 - 2:41 am

No words more true than yours could describe them. The love for each other and their children. Wonderful people.

Bill Shell - April 13, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Amazing photos Tina! Makes our whole family proud to have you part of our extended family. Thanks for being such a great friend to Sarah, Shawn and our boys. Your caring and tender spirit as we mourned Cassandra will always be part of our memory, the photos you took will keep her a part of our family for years to come… God bless you.

Tina - April 14, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Thank you both for commenting! I’ll be adding these sweet words to my journal as a reminder to carry on. If I had surrendered to my fears/doubts instead of where God was leading me, I would have never even crossed paths Shawn and Sarah. I don’t ever want to forget the importance of that decision.

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