The Perez Family

"He heals the brokenhearted, and bandages their wound" ~Psa 147:3

This is the strongest family I have ever been blessed to come in contact with. After experiencing tragedy in their family, they have found strength in their faith in God and each other. Little Gabriella passed away this past May when she was just a little over 1 years old, from a very sad incident in their home pool. She would have been 2 this August 26. It hurts me even to share this, as when I heard the story it truly broke my heart. But I met the most beautiful spirited woman...Ashley. Ashley informed me that she wanted everyone to know their story. Whether you find strength and hope in her families loss or just to make others aware of the dangers of swimming pools, Ashley wants you all to know. When she called me to tell me she wanted me to capture her family doing a butterfly release as a memorial on her daughters birthday, I will not lie, I didn't think I had the heart for it. But after hearing Ashley tell me with confidence, that if it wasn't for her faith she would be broken, I felt her strength through the phone; And while I thought I would have to be the one to stay strong, I found myself gleaning from her strength. There are no words to describe the beauty of this family. I only ask that as you look through these images you send prayers of comfort and peace to God for this family, as you are glimpsing into very intimate moments of their life. I hope through these images you can see a little of their heart, and feel encouraged and strengthened to share this story with others who might need it.