This past fall season, Geoff and I carved out some time together to ask ourselves some big picture, deep questions related to the existence of our business. Beyond taking pretty pictures, what was our purpose? How does that purpose play out practically? After a lengthy conversation, we decided to construct a mission statement…words that would come to define the very heart of our business. This simple activity has provided so much meaning and direction as we move forward as photographers and business owners.
The Schultzes exist to create art that matters and to genuinely care for people.
This past Tuesday afternoon, living out our mission statement was taken to another level. I was so very blessed, honored and privileged to photograph the first few hours of the life of the most precious baby girl – Avonlea. I think it’s safe to say that my photography has never mattered more than it did on that day.
Avonlea is a very special baby. Around 6.5 months of pregnancy, Avonlea’s parents – Melissa and Brian Powell of Project Life Photography – were hit with the news. Avonlea was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 13. Trisomy 13 has been described as “not compatible with life”, so you can imagine the devastation Melissa and Brian have been facing for these past months.
Sweet Avonlea, however, is very much alive. Thank you, God, for this baby. We can rest knowing that her life – no matter how long or how short it may be – will be used in incredible ways and will touch many people. I know that for me, I will forever be changed in knowing her.
Music: You Are Mine ft. Holley Maher
Artist: Spencer Combs
Licensed by: The Music Bed