I'm actually writing this blog post before I edit their photos which is something I've never done, but I just had to put into words how much I love this family. I met Kym as the mother of an autistic young man who attended the school I worked for many years ago. She was always such a strong advocate for her son, like a loving guide who always worked ahead of the curve to clear the path for her boy. Through the years we've kept in touch through Facebook and I shot one of her daughter's senior photos. Then this past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Kym and her sweet, fun family again to shoot some family photos that someone had gifted them for the holidays.
They showed up in pretty black blouses and the guys in pressed gray dress shirts. We snapped a few photos then Kym mentioned "we also brought band shirts..." Well go get those on! Instantly their demeanor changed and they were right at home within themselves. It really is a testament to being who you are in photo sessions, the band shirt photos are our favorites :)
Kym's family has gone through a lot. Coming out on top with a brilliant son who's won scholarships despite his autism, a tough-as-nails daughter who's maintained a great outlook despite a motorcycle accident that's been a catalyst for health problems, and adopting the smiling little fellow who needed their love. But despite all the trials and tribulations Kym has never, in all the years I've known her, been a victim. She has never stopped smiling, joking, and laughing that infectious laugh. She takes what life gives her and says "what's next?" and anyone who has the pleasure of knowing her and her family, are blessed beyond words. To know the Pahonas is to love them.
I feel so fortunate to have spent even a day with Kym and her tribe, and hope I get to be a part of all of their lives for many years to come.