This post is very dear to my heart. We know the Hock family from our church. They are some of the most cheerful and sweet people, and are the kind of family that make you feel good when you are around them. Last week, on the eve of their sweet little A.J.’s second birthday, they received the devastating news that he had a brain tumor, and he was rushed to Duke immediately for emergency surgery to take place the next day (on his birthday!) His surgery was successful, but he still has a long road ahead of him, including radiation on what remains of the tumor. Our family has been fiercely praying for them, and particularly for A.J. since we found out, and so I was thrilled when they agreed to let me photograph them before his radiation begins, and I was especially grateful that A.J. felt good enough to do it! I know that there is a God, and that He does answer our prayers. I know He is mindful of this sweet family, and that He will give them strength to get through his treatments until he is better.
We started their session on the greenway, and then went back to their backyard to capture them doing one of their favorite things…playing football! I was honored to photograph such an incredible little boy, and I hope these images make him and his family smile in the days to come. Please keep A.J. and his family in your prayers.