sweet calm, the Reau family || Michigan Family Photography

When I look at these photos, I keep thinking this beautiful July evening in Michigan was a sweet calm before one treacherous storm. The smiles and laughter shared capturing Rick and Jen’s first family photos in 15 years was especially fun for me, as these lovelies are my family… aunt, uncle, cousins whom I love, but due to about 500 miles between our homes, am not able to spend time with nearly as often as I’d like. Just days following our time together, this family, daughter, son, grandchildren, was hit with the sudden and unexpected deaths of two matriarchs, two grandmothers, all within a span of three days. Still, amidst great heartbreak there are smiles to be shared. They may be smiles behind tears for now, but heart and strength remain at their core. And while it’s hard to watch anyone walk through the hurt that accompanies grief, especially when it hits close to home, these images are a gentle reminder… live even the smallest of chapters joyfully, soak up the in-betweens, and relish every sweet calm that drifts our way.

All my love to you Rick, Jen, Courtney, Camden & Cassidy…

August 10, 2010 - 4:54 pm

Jenni Reau Sarah Richmond, We love you more than you will ever know.Thankyou for this beautiful gift it made us cry and i am learning it is ok to cry. Love, Aunt Jenni

August 14, 2010 - 5:24 pm

robyn i can’t believe how much the girls look like emma… wow!

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