It was after 11 p.m., when I should’ve been sleeping, but instead I laid there, mindlessly scrolling Instagram as I was jolted into full focus on a stranger’s feed. I was so captivated and moved by her shares, that I got back up and wrote out about 20 questions for Brittni BEFORE even inviting her to be an IDP guest.
I’m so thankful she said yes.
He died in a tragic accident in May 2017 at 14 years old. Brittni is his mom and also a professional photographer.
Gage had an impact on many. Brittni’s Instagram feed is THAT story in a mix of photographs and words. She’s been sharing memories, testaments to his character through stories others have shared with her, her ups in downs in the days (first year) since his loss.
Seeing all of this, my curiosity kicked in.
I couldn’t help, but wonder how she’s feeling around the pictures + documentations she has of his life and memories with him from her unique perspective as a photographer just like you and I.
That’s what we do in our community (whether professional or personally) – we’re documenting life, showing people (ourselves) the love, the humor, the realness that exists in everyday life even when the goodness doesn’t feel so apparent and the tough stuff is hard to accept. We’re preserving memories, etc.
So, how well does all of this stand up after such a great loss?
Here’s my disclaimer: I listen to myself and what a goon I sound like, because I didn’t have the words. This episode is tough to listen through, but the nuggets of wisdom and perspective shake up is beautiful. If you have a hard time listening to stories of loss, this is your warning that this ep is a bit heavy in that aspect in case you need to pass or listen at a better time when you have time to regroup after.
Get the Mini Mag for this one, seriously.
In this episode:
Then, we get into all the photography and memory recording stuff:
Deep breath. Enjoy the story.
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