I was recently approached with a sensitive matter I wish to write about today. I won’t say any names or show any photos to protect the identities of those involved. A customer approached me in the hope I could enhance a close relations wedding photo from many many years ago. Tragically their relation has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and been given a few short weeks to live.
The photo was a little worn, had some marks on it from age, but the plan was to enhance the photo to restore it to the best possible state and print it out again larger and clearer for their relative to have it by their bedside during their last weeks on this Earth.
I am normally very aware of the importance of what I am doing when I shoot wedding photography, family photography and similar, but when a heartbreaking situation like this arises, it really hits home the importance that just 1 photograph can have and how much of a massive difference it can make to those involved.
Thankfully I was able to restore the photo to a good a state as possible and the new prints of the image are with the family now, I hope it brings them some comfort and happy memories as they enjoy (as best they can) their last few weeks together.
Life is so short and precious, enjoy every moment you have and make the most of what you can, when you can.