The Ford Family, celebrating LIFE (in Montana)!

this family has a beautiful story.  the mama here is my friend, jayme, and we met when she attended my workshop in asheville, NC last year about this same time.  she had just found out that she was expecting baby number two, and we all giggled and talked about that wee babe, even searching an antique store the last day of the workshop for the perfect item for her to photograph, as part of a pregnancy photo series she would do, that would represent the size of her babe at each week of growth inside her belly.  well, time passed, and she soon learned that her baby, who would be named hudson, had a congenital heart defect and would need to have open heart surgery within his first few days of life, followed by more surgeries as he grew.  we all watched and prayed from a distance as jayme gave birth to her sweet boy, and at fourteen days new, he underwent his first of three surgeries.  jayme wrote, “many people never get to meet their heroes, but i gave birth to mine.”  she is as inspirational as they come.  many people would crumble in such a time, but her and her husband, lucas, they made a choice to live.  to live beautifully, without bitterness or fear.  to turn their faces towards the sun and breathe in the good with their little family, no matter how few or many moments they had with this tiny little miracle in their arms.  hudson healed and they were able to take him home, after a long stretch of hospital stays.  and in the brief time between that first surgery and his second (which he already had and did so wonderfully!), the ford family traveled down from canada to meet me in whitefish, montana for a photo session to celebrate life!  to breathe in the mountain air.  to enjoy being outdoors as a family after being in a hospital for months on end.  to just throw up their hands, release the pain, embrace the bliss and truly just capture this time of being grateful for every single second of life.  i am so honored to have been picked to document a chapter of their incredible story.  the time our families spent together there in montana was very short, but a snippet that i will treasure for the rest of my life.  it is so obvious to anyone around them how they take nothing for granted.  they have peace.  their love for one another is true and strong and contagious.  and that wee babe, sweet hudson, though he is little, his eyes are deep and soulful, and you can feel he has a story all his own to tell one day.  i will be waiting patiently to hear it.2 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42  if you are interested in learning more about little hudson and the ford’s story, i highly encourage you to watch this beautiful video made by photographer, vanessa brown, who documented the first few weeks of hudson’s little life up in canada.  it is heartbreaking and spectacular.

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35 Responses to The Ford Family, celebrating LIFE (in Montana)!

  1. Lauren says:

    These photos look like magic! They are gorgeous!

  2. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang says:

    I did a happy dance to see you show up in my news feed again! This is just lovely. Thank you for sharing your beauty and words with us!

  3. jodi thensapsister says:

    Simply gorgeous shots!

  4. Kayla Coleman says:

    Breathtaking- I cannot wait to meet you in December!

  5. shawna says:

    You are magic, woman. What you see…I’m always in awe. Those breastfeeding pictures are amazing. What a story. Every time I hear this story, I breathe a little easier, as it reminds me that babies like this need his talents to live. Somehow it makes his absence easier to bear. xoxo.

  6. Madeleine says:

    You’re my idol. Seriously!

  7. Alissa Saylor says:

    Oh Joy!! These are perfect!!

  8. peta hood says:

    stunning family, beautifully captured

  9. Tamara Lalanne says:

    I agree your photos are magical. A beautiful family

  10. Rachel says:

    Oh my…stunning, this session and family looks so magical. Beautifully captured!!!

  11. Erin Dunagan says:

    Magical + Truly life celebrating! Love.

  12. Sarah says:

    Beautiful words and photos of such an inspiring family.

  13. Lauren says:

    Gorgeous in every way!

  14. merideth a says:

    so unbelievably beautiful!! every single shot. the light!! and their story is beautiful too!

  15. Lucy says:

    What sweet, sweet photos and family. You are unbelievably talented.
    Lucy xo | We Resolve Blog

  16. Michelle Metcalf says:

    Oh Joy. I knew from the moment I met Jayme that she was awesome. Over her journey with Hudson, I have seen such grace and pure love and strength from her that is so inspiring. You captured all of this and more in the most beautiful way. I really cannot wait to see you both again!

  17. Tiffany says:

    This is so so so stunning! Just captured so beautifully.. Joy you are the best of the best!

  18. Rosie says:

    Some days I am not sure how you are capable of creating such magic. This is a new fav of mine! Just completely wow’d and tearful looking at these images!

  19. kimberly oyler says:

    you create magic. and it’s amazing.

  20. brooke says:

    well, this is a new favorite for me. beautiful in every way! the scenery (makes me want to visit Montana!), the story, the natural feel to it all. well done, you! and keep on keeping on, baby Hudson!

  21. brooke says:

    also, i love the beautiful breast-feeding shots. you did them perfectly!

  22. Charity says:

    Oh my! Such beautiful photos as usual. I always admire your ability to capture people being themselves.

  23. Crystal says:

    I have walked those same halls, with my little one. Thank you for sharing the full story.

  24. Maman taupe says:

    Just wow! Any chance you pass one day by Switzerland? I love your work so much, would love you to photograph my family.

  25. Emilee says:

    Wow, Joy. Beautiful. Seriously, just beautiful. I looked through this blog 3 times in a row, amazed at the effortlessness and raw emotion. What a beautiful and inspiring family. Bless them

  26. Kat says:

    Gorgeous photos!! and I LOVE your new blog header!!! IT’S PERFECT!!!!! Oh Joy… how I wish I could meet you!!!

  27. Susanne Ashby says:

    Absolutely breathtaking (as always!!).

  28. Lou O'Brien says:

    Perfect family album. These photographs show great bonding and love in the family. Wonderful pictures!

  29. Berit says:

    Absolutely stunning family photos!

  30. Jamie says:

    We are so very lucky to have you! I can’t imagine living anywhere but the beautiful Pacific Northwest! You all will be so happy here I just know it! Selfishly I absolutely hope to get the chance to meet you as I am merely an hour or so from Bellingham! :-)
    Safe travels Prouty family and welcome home!

  31. Jamie says:

    Dang phone totally commenting on the wrong post! :-) but you know what I mean! Beautiful family, gorgeous photos!

  32. Care says:

    These are breath taking… Incrdedible lighting and just so real.

  33. Reem Faruqi says:

    Heartwarming, real, gorgeous! Loved the mommy ones of her nursing happily. Love your work!!!:)

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