This past Sunday, I was invite into the home and hearts of the Paquette family – a family that could have easily been my own. Extended family sessions are not typically something that I take on but I felt this pull and need to say yes. Every family is faced with tough news at some point, and for the Paquette family, that time is now. With the patriarch, Ray, having surgery in the very near future, they are holding these moments a little closer to their hearts.
I arrived to a house of crazy cousins, (much like how my cousins and I were when we gathered during the holidays) butter tarts, inside jokes and even a few break dancers. It had only been 10 minutes and my cheeks were killing me from the perms-smile that donned my face. Being an avid antique quilt
hoarder collector , you could imagine my face when their mom brought out a quilt that was made by Ray’s Mamere (grandmother)….to say it was stunning wouldn’t be doing this quilt justice…. the fabrics were tattered with love and parts barely clung together but it was the most beautiful quilt i’d ever seen. We toured their 17 acre property and I heard stories from their 35 years on their land…I can say that I don’t think that I have ever felt a bond like this with a family so quickly…It was immediate and felt every little bit of their love. Even after our session, we sat in the kitchen, eating chips and laughing harder than I have in a long time. It was as if I had had a special spot at their family table for years.
My heart is full and spending the afternoon with this family makes me ever so anxious to get to BC to see my family for the holidays.
This is their story of love, laughter, traditions and togetherness….enjoy