sean + leah

Forgive this post for being so long.

Sean was a part of my life in a chapter that, for various reasons, was more or less closed. But even though that era of my life had passed, through the wonders of social media- we have always been able to stay caught up with each other (you know, in that pseudo-creepy, Facebook stalkery way).

One day, Sean began posting an unusual amount of pictures of what him and his girlfriend were up to that day. Out to lunch, on a boat, at a hotel. And I thought to myself, “Oh Sean is totally going to propose.” Low and behold, I was correct! (I was eager to tell Sean this story after we did this engagement session, and his response was, “Yeah….I’m not a good Facebooker, huh?”, which I love.)

I was elated for Sean. Even though, aside from Facebook activity- we more or less were not in touch, my heart was so warmed to know that he had finally found the person whom he wanted to share the rest of his life with.

But with our online world being able to spread joyous news, it is also inevitably present to spread not so joyous news.

Only a few months ago, Sean posted that he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was undergoing surgery.

My heart dropped to the pit of my stomach.

I truly was in shock. As the idea of someone so young, and naively- someone I know, to be diagnosed with cancer was terrifying and indescribably painful for me to wrap my head around. But yet again, though we were “not in touch”, just as I had wished him well on his engagement, I wrote him my sentiments and love during this difficult time in his life.

And then I thought about him often. Hoping for the best.

A very long story short, after needing a second surgery and radiation pills- Sean is healthy, and cancer free.

And more importantly, WEEKS away from marrying the most amazing girl.

It was an absolute pleasure (also wet and sandy and full of giggles) to shoot their engagement pictures, but I am excited to say that I will be shooting their wedding as well.

Sean, I am beyond elated to have reconnected you,  and am honored to photograph this next journey that you and Leah will take together.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu