Families, dealing with cancer

Family photography


I wanted to write this blog mainly to speak about the wonderful family I met last weekend as well as giving people an insight into what motivates my photography. Jaxson is the son of my cousin’s cousin. Before their shoot I heard that the dad had not been well. He had been diagnosed with cancer. When you are not directly exposed to these life altering situations, you forget that people of all ages can suffer from such awful circumstances and how fortunate your life can be. 

As soon as I walked in the house I felt the warmth of a loving family and was immediately at ease. Jaxson’s dad bears a striking resemblance to my own cousin and his older brother was the spitting image of my cousin’s son as well as being the same age as my little boy.


During the shoot Jaxon’s mum had told me how ill his dad had been, how it’s effected his life at both work and home. I also found out that Jaxson was taken back into hospital after a week of being born due to breathing difficulties. 

I looked down at this gorgeous little boy asleep without a care in the world. I then looked up at his mum with such admiration. What an amazingly strong woman she is, she may not feel it at times, when sleep deprived, or rushing off to another hospital appointment but she exudes resilience and determination. Where do I begin with Jaxson’s dad, he looked at his little baby and his son with such pride, he was so happy you would never have known this grey cloud was hanging over him.


This family have decided that this is not the end of their story. A house full of love and hope for the future has no room for self pity or doom and gloom. They are just grateful and excited for the beautiful gift they have been given and are looking forward to sharing many years together creating new memories. I feel extremely privileged to have been given a small glimpse into their lives and look forward to taking photos of this beautiful family for years to come.