A couple months ago, the Dream Foundation contacted me again to photograph another one of their dream recipients. Rhea lives in rural Indiana and had a dream of building a "She-Shed" with a beach theme for her to just enjoy and relax in. I had never heard the term She-Shed before, but Rhea told me to check it out on Pinterest to see a bunch of cool examples. At the time of these pictures, she wasn't quite done with the shed, but you can tell that she is pouring her soul into it, and that the finished product is going to be amazing! Besides the shed though, my favorite part of this session was just photographing Rhea and her obvious joy for life. Her smile is contagious, and I love that we got so many candid, interactive moments between her and her granddaughter Lily and best friend Evelyn.
Diane's dream was to remarry her husband in front of all their family and friends. The Dream Foundation, with the help of several local Champaign wedding vendors, made that happen last Sunday at the iHotel. Diane has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and only has a few more months here with her family. Dennis + Diane's vow renewal was full of tears and laughter, and everything was absolutely beautiful. WCIA Channel 3 came to interview Diane about the experience, where she mentioned that they first met 32 years ago, and eventually were married on the steps at the courthouse. So this vow renewal was quite different from the first time around! I struggle to find the right words to type, but I just want to say that I am so happy to have been asked to photograph this super special event. I won't soon forget it.