I don't know where to start about Maria, so perhaps it's best to start when we first met. I had a stand at a parenting expo and a beautiful pregnant girl came up asking about unique pregnancy photos. That first shoot was so gorgeous, Maria opened her heart, welcomed me into her life and gave me some of the most beautiful family photos I've ever taken.

I photographed Maria and her family many times over the years, but this shoot was the most important. Maria had months to live and knew that she wanted to leave her daughters with one last set of photos that showed how much she loved them. We talked a lot that day about ilfe and hopes for the future and I don't think there has ever been a time where what I do seemed more important. Freezing time for her beautiful girls was such a privilege.