In Loving Memory

06 | 02 | 2009


Those of you who know me well know that I buried my father last week, after he battled leukemia for almost three years.  Now begins the harder project—reassembling my memories of him.  All our photographs are suddenly worth more.  This photograph of my parents on their wedding day hung in their bedroom when I was a child.  I have always, always loved it.

So, here’s to you, Dad.  I’m not sure how I’m going to get through photographing the father-daughter dance for the rest of my life … and I miss you so much.

photo credit: William Searcy


15 Notes on “In Loving Memory

  1. angela

    Your mother’s wedding dress is absolutely wonderful! This is a lovely photograph. How wonderful that you have so many photographs and precious memories of him. Good luck and warm wishes during this time in your life.

  2. Meghan

    i miss you too dad, thank you gia for putting this up. Photos are such a great way to remember!

  3. Sarina

    What an absolutely beautiful photograph! Your parents are beautiful!This photograph is probably one of the reasons why you grew up to be a wedding photographer. May you cherish the memories and feel your Father’s arms wrap around you in comfort whenever you photograph a father-daughter dance.Best Wishes to you at this time.

  4. Bertie @ {casando ideias}

    I am really sorry to hear about your loss, Gia. May you find strength from your memories and from the precious moments you shared together.

    What a beautiful image to celebrate your dad! *hugs*

  5. Marianne


    I totally understand what you’re going through. I lost my mother suddenly just over a month ago, and while I was SOOO looking forward to planning my wedding with her, apparently God had other plans.

    Cherish your memories, hold them dear. Especially the photos, since they are a part of who you are. And remember that God gives us strength when we have none of our own. You’ll make it through those father/daughter dances. And eventually they’ll make you smile again. 🙂

  6. Leann Moore

    So sorry to hear about your dad. It’s awesome that you have such an amazing photo of your parents to help remember him by. Your work is wonderful, by the way. I am sure your dad is very proud.

  7. Peggy Bolstetter

    Not only do I remember the photo ~ I remember the moment! Know that your Dad will always be in your heart and never farther away than your next memory.
    Auntie Peg

  8. Gia Post author

    Auntie Peg,
    It’s so great you remember the moment! That makes me happy. Thanks for the nice note.

  9. Eddye

    Gia ~ I’m so sorry for your loss. I ran a Hematology Lab for 30 years before joining Abby at SMP. I know the ups and downs of leukemia. And I know that with each and every father-daughter dance, your dad’s light will shine brighter in your life. ~E

  10. Michele Wistner

    Gia; I remember the photo, I remember the day. 12 years old on a road trip to Denver! What a fond memory of my childhood. The father-daughter dance was always a tough one for me, and I always had to leave the room. With time, it got a little easier. Something tells me he’ll be there with you when you have to shoot that photo, and you’ll get through it.

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