A Photography Theme Blog Circle

Last time I posted, I was on my way to Ecuador and excited to kick off the summer – little did I know what awaited me.  Ecuador was wonderful! It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more.  The night before we left, I was packing my bags and FaceTime-ing with my sister back home. She told me that she didn’t want to stress me out while I was away on vacation, but dad isn’t doing too good and he’s back at the hospital.  It wasn’t his or our first time through this drill. The hospital had become our second home by this point.  But little did I know that he would never come home again. It would be his last hospital visit.  He passed away two weeks later on August 3, 2014 at 5:00am and we were all there by his side: my mom, my sister, my brother and me. Even when I knew the prognosis wasn’t promising, there was no way to prepare myself for the terrible sense of loss that comes with losing a loved one, especially a parent.  He was one of my favorite people in this world: intelligent, wise, genuine, humble. He had so many amazing qualities and touched all those around him. The world lost one of the good ones that day.  I’m slowly trying to get back to a normal routine and continue living life to the fullest because I know he would’ve wanted that for me. For all of us. But life just isn’t the same without him. I miss him. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him and wish he were still here to hug, kiss and tell him I love you at least one more time.  I’m not sure what happens after this life and before this experience, I never really gave it much thought. We all have our theories, but honestly, none of us really know what happens next. But my deepest wish is that wherever he is, there’s no more pain, no more suffering, no more hospital beds.

 To continue the circle, please be sure to stop by Sharon Covert’s blog for her take on this month’s theme.

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September 12, 2014 - 7:25 am

Life with Kaishon - He was a great man. He loved you so much, Maddy. He lives on every day in your sisters and your brother. I believe in Heaven. I know with all my heart that your dear Jorge is surrounded by all the people he loved who had gone on before him. He is with Jesus and he will never hurt or feel sadness again.

This picture is beautiful.

I love you.

September 14, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Katherine Vargas - I’m so sorry for your lost Maddy…my deepest condolence to you and your family.

September 16, 2014 - 8:39 am

Sharon Covert - Oh Maddy I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. The image you created is just beautiful.

52 Faces Project • Israel

Israel was a little shy about posing for his portrait, but at the urging of his wife (who was also photographed for the 52 Faces Project!), he finally agreed! I had the pleasure of photographing their maternity photos a week ago and I can’t wait to share those soon! To read more about the 52 Faces Project, check out this post. If you’d like to volunteer to be one of the faces for this project, email me at

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June 13, 2014 - 8:10 am

Nataly - Awww I love it!! Thanks for taking the photo. And the photos from the maternity photo shoot are AMAZING!!!!

June 13, 2014 - 9:38 am

Maddy {Mad Hearts Photography} - It’s always nerve wracking when I hit that send button, but I’m so happy you liked them! I had a lot of favorites and I had a hard time narrowing them down, so that’s why there’s a few more in there than 35!