A Last Light Session in Maine // Philadelphia Family Photographer

There is an unspoken space that comes when people are grieving, it’s like a line drawn in the sand that you would prefer others not cross, a method of protecting the shattered and aching heart.

Morgan in her graceful and calm presence captured our family at the most difficult time in our lives. When she broached the concept of a mid-coast photo session I have to be honest I was completely torn. Through lovely sessions I've documented so much of my families growth and as the baby changes so rapidly I wanted to capture this stage too. What I didn't realize at the time was that I also wanted to capture the heartache that we were experiencing. This is a chapter of our lives, a chapter we undoubtedly will wish never existed, but it does, and we must read it over and over again in order to begin the process of healing. These images that Morgan has so eloquently produced speak our truth. Our truth and the depth of our soul can be difficult and frightening to share with others, it is perhaps not our best selves, but our real selves. 

Three short months ago, we lost our greatest love, my husband, their father, Richard. Our world, our sense of innocence, is blanketed in shadows. Our vision of the future blurred by the tears that flow from our eyes when the painful reality strikes that he will not be in it. Morgan captured our loss and pain in shadowed and blurred frames. She respected our unspoken line in the sand, our caged and broken hearts, often settling her lens where we all choose to, in the innocence and joy of our three-year-old, Michael; our light on the gloomiest of days, we find in him the greatest blessing and hope. 

We feel honored to have met such a talented and kind photographer and human being. Morgan Ellis, thank you, for your talent is in truth, and the truth can hold beauty despite the pain.

- Danielle