It was during my first year of business that I photographed Penny and this image is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken:
It was taken January 23, 2006. One couldn’t tell by the image, per se, but we were wrapping up Penny’s pregnancy session when I saw her face from this angle and just grabbed the shot. Often times, those grab-shots turn out to be the best images.
Less than a month later, Penny returned with her 9-day-old son and her mother who was in town visiting her new grandbaby. It was a very special session for me, one of the first newborns I’d been honored to photograph. Penny’s mother was telling us about when Penny was a baby and we all marveled about how we had no idea what our parents had done or given for us until we became parents ourselves. We had a lot of laughs that morning, joking that Penny’s baby boy might set some all-time records for Christine Gacharna Photography what with his aim and all — I still smile each time I shoot a naked newborn, thinking of that morning.
Penny and I have since moved to different states. A week ago, I got an email from a mutual friend who told me that Penny lost her mother over the holidays. My heart aches for her and her family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time. Her mother was beautiful.