Joe and Jacky are good friends of mine. They are parents to Dolce (Daughter) and one on the way.
A few years back, they gave birth to their second child, their son Teagan, but it wasn’t without tragic complications.
Teagan was born with a condition in which he needed a piece of special oxygen equipment to transport him to a more capable hospital in Hawaii.
Unfortunately, the local hospital (in Guam) lacked the infrastructure and the specific equipment they needed to transport Teagan to Hawaii, so the chances survival, if they tried to transport him anyway, would be extremely low.
Instead, they decided to accept their circumstances and spend every second that their son had alive with him. Teagan passed in only a couple of days.
Since then, Joe and Jacky fundraised to purchase the equipment that crippled their transport so that nobody in the future would ever have that problem again.
Their family continued to have a positive outlook about their situation and honored their son regularly.
After a few years, they were able to get pregnant again and had another beautiful son, Capo (Pictured in Mommy’s belly).
Joe and Jacky are another reminders of the importance of keeping a positive mindset no matter how tragic or hopeless a circumstance you might be in.
They remind me to spend quality time with my son and to appreciate every single moment I have with him.
This image represents the strength that a family brings to each other in the hardest times.
Continue to love and appreciate what you have and you will be blessed countless times over.
About The Photographer
Ryan Bustamante is a professional portrait photographer in Tucson Arizona.
Ryan started using a camera for professional video production and found his way into offering portrait photography after helping his cousins create a Christmas gift of printed photos of the kids and grand-kids.
After seeing the emotion his images evoked in his auntie, he realized how powerful portrait photography is and is now focused on creating that same special moment for his clients.
Ryan also credits the lessons learned from his video production experience for showing him how to build a true customer-focused photo experience.