Just a few weeks before celebrating her seventeen birthday, Helena and her family had their family portraits taken in Bali and I had the chance to do that for them. Although I was slightly nervous at first, because it was the first session I had without any babies or toddlers, I felt much, much better after meeting the family. Everyone in Helena’s family were so friendly and kind that every jittery feeling I had instantly disappeared and I was left with a deep sense of calm and confidence.
The few hours I spent with this wonderful family went by too quickly. Nevertheless, it was enough for me to get an impression that they are the perfect example of “the fruit never falls too far away from the tree.” I believe that every family has their own stories. During the short time I spent with them, in between their stories, I learned that the love of parents are their children’s greatest strength and unshakeable source of confidence.
Helena’s friendly dad, who, by the way, is a natural in front of the camera, and her warm-hearted mother love Helena and her brother, John, so deeply. Their love for their children is bigger than their four hearts combined. Her father told me that while his daughter wanted a humble celebration for her seventeenth birthday, he insisted that she’ll only be turning seventeen once in her life and that it is as much a celebration for him and his wife as it is for her. No amount of money he has can ever be bigger than the love he has for his only daughter. Helena’s a very lucky girl, I thought.