I had the awesome pleasure of getting to photograph one of the coolest families ever. What made them cool? Their ability to obtain joy during unbelievable hard times.
I entered the Coffey home having never met any of them before. Angel, the mom, hired me to capture some photos of the family with her husband John. John is a native of Queens NY, and is a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant with the 7th Special Forces Group. Angel told me that John was disabled. I did not realize, as did the family, that he had little time left on this earth. The photo session was on Saturday and John entered the hospital that next Monday, never to return to their home. On Monday May 9th John passed away after a long and courageous battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
As hard as this must have been on the family you would not have known it during the session! They were an absolute joy to be around. They would laugh and cut up. The kids would wrestle and show great affection for each other. The more I hung out with the kids I realized that they are JUST like me and my siblings with their affection and rough housing. The house was a joy filled house and you could tell there was never a dull moment. They shared a unique love for each other that I just adored.
The family loves to watch TV together. They all hung out in the living room with Dad. The kids would pile up on the couch and often times had their arms around each other or they would sit next to dad in his wheelchair. It was enough to just be with each other. One of my favorite moments was when we all had Farina to eat. I had no clue what Farina was until I visited to the Coffey home. I didn’t realize that my life was missing something 😉 Angel made this family treat for everyone and we all hung out in the living room eating it till the plates were licked clean.
My time with the Coffey family touched me so much. They truly are fighters. I am blessed to have met them and to have gotten to know them.
My heart and prayers go out to my new friends as they go through this difficult time. I feel honored to have captured these moments for Angel and her kids to cherish forever. What a blessing to know that I was given this gift of photography to be able to share it with others.