Imagine This:

I have a little thought experiment that I’m hoping you’ll try with me right now. First, take a moment to think about all of the people you love from whom you’ve had to be separated over this past year. Hold that feeling in your heart, close your eyes and imagine what it will be like to see them again. What will it feel like to hug them again? How will your soul fill with joy as you are able to sit close beside them again? What will it mean to welcome them into your home again?

When I try this experiment, I feel my chest fill with hope and love, tears gather in my eyes and I can find those little extra bits of strength hiding deep in my heart that will help me keep patience as I wait for the moment when all of this will become possible again.

These feelings are what inspired me to start the Reunite Project and I hope you’ll join me in it as we come together again.

The Joy of Being Together

We all miss our people (a lot)

This past week we marked one year of life in a COVID world. I would be hard pressed to name any aspect of my life that has remain unchanged throughout this past year.

This past year transformed these once casual social interactions with family and friends into complicated analyses of risk-mitigation and creative brainstorming exercises for how to feel close without actually getting too close. Whether the people you love most live around the block or half-way across the world, your interactions with them have been different this past year. 

COVID Togetherness: A FaceTime Valentine’s Tea Party

And now it feels like we’re on the cusp of things really starting to change. Because even though the pandemic is far from over, we are beginning to see light at the end of this dark tunnel. It feels safe to dream a little bit about what it will be like to reunite with the people we miss so much. We can imagine what it will feel like to hug one another with abandon once again.

July 2019: The last time my daughters saw my sister

Reuniting: Let’s Come Together, Again

I feel sure that even as we hold the losses of this year in our hearts, we will come together again with an enormous sense of gratitude, joy and love.

Can you imagine how beautiful it would be to be able to fully and authentically document your own family reunion? Can you think of how amazing it would be to have a beautiful book that you could look through again and again that would tell the story of how you and your family reunited after so many months of separation?

I want to help you tell that story. I want to photograph those first hugs, your joyful laughter, your tearful smiles as you and your loved ones reunite. I want to hear about what your child missed most about her grandmother over the past year. I want to know what your brother missed most about you. And I want to put all of these essential memories together for you so that you will never forget what it felt like to come together again.

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