This past month of February has been incredibly busy. I had the chance to photograph so many different moments, events and emotions!
This Photo Shooting I’m going to write about has been the hardest and most beautiful at the same time.
My friend’s Mum Elizabeth passed away.
Few months ago I had a little Photo Shooting Session with them when she came over to Melbourne to visit her daughter Liz. It was almost by accident, as the weather wasn’t really helping us for an outdoor photo shooting, but we didn’t give up and we still had a few laughs and some quick snaps indoor. I’m really happy we had the chance to capture and share those beautiful memories.
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Elizabeth left very specific instructions about her funeral. She didn’t want to be cremated and she definitely didn’t want a sad and teary function. She wanted a tree growing on top of her. She wanted couple of happy songs and she really wanted everyone with a glass of Champagne in their hands raised up in her memory. She wanted a big board where people could write their best tales about her. And few photos, just to remember how much she loved a good glass of Wine, some fine food and desserts.
And that’s exactly what happened. Her daughter Liz did the most amazing job in that.
I was asked to photograph and record every moment of that day. One last memory to keep before the last goodbye.
It was amazing. Hard and extremely sad, but amazing. The strength and the life that everyone showed (especially Liz) were just incredible. Everything happened in such a beautiful way, starting with the little function just outside the Church, under a beautiful Gumtree with the sun hiding shyly behind big clouds.
At the local Pub, just afterwards, everyone had a nice glass of Champagne, people were writing and sharing their funniest memories of Elizabeth.
Even though I only met her briefly, I can’t but know that that’s exactly everything she really wanted.
At the end of the day, everyone was given a little native plant to take home. One last little present from Elizabeth, so that everyone could have a memory of her growing in their garden.
People came from all over the state and the Country. Even if that meant to fly in and out on the same day.
Can you imagine anything more meaningful than this? I’m still struggling in holding back my tears as I write. I’m not sure if it’s more sadness for a beautiful soul that left or happiness for the warmth and the love everyone put into that day. 🙂 It’s amazing how much love you can find even in the darkest moments.
Here are few photos.
For everyone present at the Ceremony, you can also download all the photos from here.
Every best Elizabeth! <3