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15 years.

It has been 15 years today you left us.

It feels simultaneously like yesterday and a million years ago, however that is possible.

15 years since I was juggling the joy of a new-found pregnancy with grief of watching you fade away.

15 years since I watched you take your last breath, leaping into a place I can only imagine.

15 years since the sky dropped huge fluffy flakes of snow straight down in a deafening silence that I still remember.

15 years since I watched my Father carry you out and over the threshold he had once carried you in.

There is so much I didn’t know then, and so much I wish you now knew. LIke the path my life has taken, the adventure it has proven to be, but mostly our children.

You will never be more real than the people they read about in books. You will only be stories to them. They will never know you were the best hugger. They will never know how you appreciated jokes, and the more off-color the better, though you would pretend to be offended or shocked… we all knew better. They will never know how you can be small but so mighty at the same time.

They will never know that you were the best cheerleader anyone could ever have.

You will never know that my own path through motherhood has created so much I wish I could share with you. How I appreciate you in so many different ways than I could have possibly back then. I have so many questions, like how did you not ever just get in the car and keep driving… never to stop. There were 5 of us for God’s sake!!! I have only 3 and am barely maintaining sanity.

There are so many conversations that will never happen, and for that I still grieve….

I have friends with Moms up there with you… I hope you have all found each other, because we have found each other down here. We talk, we share, we cry…

You were the best, Mom. I hope you know that.

I hope you knew that.

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Sammy & Tate

Sammy and Tate had planned a quaint, private outdoor ceremony in September. Even for North Dakota, that shouldn’t have been an issue. I mean really, snow usually holds off until at least October 1st…. :)

It was a really chilly rainy morning, but that didn’t stop the guys from a little target practice, and shortly before the ceremony, the skies decided to dry up and the outdoor ceremony went on!

The smiles on these two people’s face just make my heart happy. They are so wonderfully in love. The setting was beautiful and their family support and love was palpable. With so much rain that day, these two are beyond blessed!

Sammy & Tate

Sammy and Tate had planned a quaint, private outdoor ceremony in September. Even for North Dakota, that shouldn’t have been an issue. I mean really, snow usually holds off until at least October 1st…. :)

It was a really chilly rainy morning, but that didn’t stop the guys from a little target practice, and shortly before the ceremony, the skies decided to dry up and the outdoor ceremony went on!

The smiles on these two people’s face just make my heart happy. They are so wonderfully in love. The setting was beautiful and their family support and love was palpable. With so much rain that day, these two are beyond blessed!

A year later...

Many times I will hear from prospective clients, “I want to lose 10 pounds first,

or

I hate the way I look in photos, so I don’t really want to take them.”

But you NEED TO.

People! There are no promises.

There are no guarantees.

We all think we have tomorrow or there will be a next time.

But there isn’t always a next time.



I can not describe the emotion I felt today photographing this family.

Who knew last year, that this years photos would look so much different.

Don’t wait.

 Swenson Family, 2017

Swenson Family, 2017

 Swenson Family, 2018

Swenson Family, 2018

THANK YOU Swenson family for entrusting me to tell your story.

XOXOXO

Diane

Flatts the Way Love Goes...

This wedding was such a blast to photograph! We had already had a couple of engagement sessions, so they were old pros at posing by the time the wedding came around. Hilary and Erik just glowed! Their love is the real deal and I am so blessed to have been asked to photograph their beginning as a couple!