Saturday, February 5, 2011

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

A dear friend of mine, Michelle, passed away last week. Always eating life with a big spoon, she never stopped spreading laughter and love during her many years battling breast cancer. Our families have been close for decades, so I felt blessed to get the opportunity to photograph Michelle and her beautiful family back in 2008.

This past weekend I attended Michelle's memorial celebration where hundreds of friends and loved ones gathered to honor Michelle's life. Michelle asked that we not wear black, so the room was filled with color and life. After the celebration, balloons were handed out to be released. Michelle's son Reid attached a note to his balloon and released his balloon with Michelle's mother LaWann.

Michelle made us smile, laugh, love, and reminded us to make the most of each day. We will never forget you Michelle.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for honoring Michelle. I love what you have done with this. We love you and so appreciate your extraordinary talent. Thank you for capturing these memories. She will never be forgotten. Love, LaWann

ml said...

Thank you Claire for making a blog dedicated to Michelle, her family and friends. As I look at these pictures, I feel drawn into these magical moments in time when memories become so life giving. Michelle is still right here, as close as our own įƒ¦hearts.