as 2016 is drawing to a close, i’m doing a lot of looking back and remembering at all that this beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful year held. we adopted twins, i tucked my real camera away for a while and shot life exclusively with my phone, and we eventually spent a warm, breezy day placing our baby’s body beneath the ground. i’ve said it countless times before, but i really do have the best clients in the world. they’ve been gracious, understanding, considerate, and generous with their care and concern for our family. thank you, friends, for how you’ve loved our family through this season. and thank you for giving me the honor of shooting these precious days for you. 

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this post wouldn’t be complete without an extra special thank you to one of my couples (ashleigh and josé), david (of david boyd photography), anita (of AK brides), and angela (of main street productions). our daughter, ava, passed away less than 48 hours before ashleigh’s and josé’s wedding; anita and angela flew into recruiting/management/planning mode which freed me to spend that time grieving with the rest of our family and planning ava’s funeral, david stepped in and shot beautifully and ensured that my couple felt cared for, anita ensured a smooth transition by traveling down to their venue to provide her extraordinary services, and ashleigh and josé…goodness, i could go on all day. they responded with more gracious compassion than i could have ever hoped for, even going so far as to plan for and shoot an extra special photograph to surprise me with when i began going through david’s images. so while i never got to shoot a single one of their wedding photos, i’ll always consider them part of the allison lewis photography family. thank you all for your outpouring of love and devotion to me during that time. there simply aren’t words to tell you just how humbled and grateful i was and continue to be.

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3 Responses to 2016

  1. Evelyn Johnson says:

    I came across your story on Facebook and was so,so touched by it. As I sat here watching the video with tears streaming down my face, I thought how blessed sweet Ava was to have a family who loved her whole heartedly during her time here on earth. Jesus knew that you were the perfect family for her and I am sure that in her special way, she was a blessing to you and your family. While I know that it is such a difficult thing to go through, I hope that knowing she is healed walking with Jesus and that one day you will see her again, can bring a smile to your heart. Thank you for loving her with a love like Jesus.
    In the video you are reading a book to your children….would you tell me the name of that book? What a beautiful book!
    Thank you,
    Evelyn Johnson

    • allison says:

      hey evelyn – thank you for your sweet message. i was reading “let me hold you longer” by karen kingsbury. :-)

  2. Lea Peters says:

    Thank you for sharing this very painful and beautiful journey. My heart is full! Blessings from Malawi, Lea

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