I’m really struggling with how to start off this post, so I’m going to jump right into it.
This is my beautiful friend Chelsea and her daughter Molly. Chelsea is one of the most kind hearted and loving people I’ve ever met and would literally give the shirt off of her back to anyone who needs it. And my heart is hurting for her.
I’ve been photographing Chelsea & Molly for several years now. Last year, she wanted to include her parents and her brother Chris in their session. Chelsea’s brother, Chris, had recently gotten out of jail. He had struggled with addiction for years, but at the time, was clean and doing very well and the family was full of hope for his future. We met at Harlinsdale Farms and it was a gorgeous evening full of laughter and love, and of course photographs.
On Saturday, I photographed this session for Chelsea & Molly. They are one of my favorite families to photograph always, as the love and connection between these two is truly something special to capture.
On Sunday, Chelsea’s brother Chris lost his long battle with addiction.
Chelsea and her parents received the heartbreaking phone call that he had been found unresponsive at home and it was later confirmed that he died of an accidental overdose.
They loved him so and his loss is is heartbreaking for their family.
I sat with Chelsea last night and listened to her talk about her brother & how much she loved him. It has been years of heartbreak for her family, but she wants to focus on all of the good memories she has of him. I didn’t really know Chris at all, but I do know that he looked at his sister and his niece with such admiration and love.
As they mourn the loss of his precious life, Chelsea and her family hope that Chris’s story may help someone else to seek the help they need to overcome addiction. And to seek help again, and again and again, until they beat it, if that’s what is necessary. When lost in addiction, a person might believe that their life doesn’t matter. But I promise you, it matters. Addiction impacts so many people and has reached epidemic proportions. Below are the beautiful faces of people who have been heartbroken by this disease.
Chelsea & her family are asking that anyone who would like to honor Chris’s memory do so by making a donation to the Dismas House of Nashville. The Dismas house believes that second chances saves lives, and their mission is to provide a safe haven for offenders transferring out of prison to aid them in beginning a new life.