In 2016, I was incredibly blessed to cross paths with a spunky, handsome little man named Kiel (who I would come to fondly call K-Man). Unfortunately, Kiel at the young age of 7, had been battling cancer for about a year.
At the time, I had never met Kiel or his family but my heart went out to them as I continued to see update posts that flooded my Facebook feed. I felt a nudge by God to reach out to this family and offer to do a family photo session for them. Little did I know that Kiel's mom, Nicky, couldn't get enough photos of her kiddos. We chatted on the phone and on Messenger multiple times over several months trying to coordinate a date for the session. It was an enormous undertaking for them since they spent every waking moment focusing on Kiel's treatment AND most importantly, making memories.
In September of 2016, we were finally able to connect for what turned out to be one of the most amazing, if not THE most amazing, photo sessions that I've ever done. Kiel, his identical twin brother, baby sister and parents traveled about an hour to my studio for a superhero themed session (Ironman vs Captain America) as well as an outdoor session.
Kiel's favorite superhero was Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr. - RDJ). The fact that he was on his way in a few short weeks to meet the real-life Ironman, in person, made me a tad bit nervous since I hadn't ever done a session like this before. My goal was to give Kiel and his family several prints from the superhero session to take with them for their in-person weekend with RDJ. I knew that it would mean the world to Kiel to "show" RDJ his special photo session honoring him and if Kiel was lucky, RDJ would personalize a photo especially for Kiel which he did. That guy has a heart of gold and he gave Kiel and his family one of the most amazing and memorable weekends ever!