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For you to remember.

Being the planner she is, Ricci set up this shoot months ago.
Although, she couldn’t be here physically, she’s definitely present within each one of them .
Going through these photographs, I can see her.
Her smile, her heart, her spirit and most of all, her determination. It’s immensely visible through their eyes.
The love Ricci poured into everyone’s lives is what keeps them going and believing.
She’s going to wake up, soon. We know it. We can all feel it.
And when she does, let these moments help her remember what a beautiful family she created.

To Mike and Ricci’s family, you are all doing an amazing job. You are such a beautiful, strong and united family. I know you are making Ricci proud.
If you’d like to contribute more than prayers, go to or visit the family’s Facebook page “Support the Houcks”.

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  • aliciaAugust 31, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    wow. there are no words for my feelings about this session. i’ve been following ricci’s story via your posts and my heart has ached for her family. these photos fill me with hope and warmth. what a beautiful gift.

  • EmAugust 31, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    beautiful. saying a prayer for this sweet family. xoxo.

  • Heidi R.August 31, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Wow. Their story moved me to tears. I’m so glad you are there for them to capture these moments for Ricci to enjoy when she wakes up. So amazing.

  • gladys jemAugust 31, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    you’re amazing. im pretty much in tears. what a beautiful family! thinking of ricci. can’t wait for her to see these!

  • JordanaAugust 31, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    so absolutely beautiful. Ricci will absolutely adore these images!

  • DesireeAugust 31, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    I couldn’t help but get teary eyed when I saw these beautiful images. The way you captured this beautiful family was nothing short of special and timeless. They are blessed to have such an amazing photographer such as yourself to capture the images that Ricci and her family will cherish for the rest of their lives. Absolutely beautiful work.

  • ChristinaAugust 31, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    This is absolutely incredible….my constant prayers are with her and her beautiful family……their whole world has been turned upside down but you seemed to capture their strength with such ease. God bless them. A reminder to all that life is so precious….hold your family and the people in your life that you care about tightly! Squeeze the heck out of them every single day!

  • AriAugust 31, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    I LOVE how organic these phtographs are. It’s really difficult to find the beauty in such a tragic story, but you’ve done it. Your creativity has revealed the very soul of this woman through her family… it is moving and somehow inspiring. This lump in my throat lingered long enough that a tear made it’s way down my face. A tear of belief… a tear of hope. My best to Ricci and her soulmates.

  • Ashley PerezAugust 31, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    Love, love, love. I think this is my favorite session I’ve ever seen on your blog. You captured them so beautifully. What an amazing gift for this family!

  • Kelly LaneSeptember 1, 2011 - 10:09 am

    WOW! What a beautiful family! I am so sorry for what they are going through and I will definitely be praying!

  • Erin LynnSeptember 1, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    So beautiful!!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to this beautiful and brave family!

  • FalconSeptember 5, 2011 - 3:10 am

    These photos have such a sentimental feel to them. My heart goes out to them, thank you for sharing Ala 🙂

  • EvieSeptember 8, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    These are breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time.

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