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The Nunerys.

After multiple tries at getting some 3yr pics of Olivia, Uncle Ben had a brilliant idea. Probably the best idea he’s ever had since knowing

me. (Other than painting their bathroom a bold color against my sister’s wishes.) He asked me to take pictures of him and Olivia in

their empty house just like we did on the day he married Ali, 4.5yrs ago. That’s right, the time has come for Olivia to have a yard to play in,

a bigger house where her toys can have a dedicated place of their own and home in a good school district. On Friday Ben handed over

the keys and drove away from the house that holds so many unforgettable memories. The place where you can literally feel my sister’s

presence the second you step in the door. Heck, she poured herself into making that place their home and every inch of it was perfection,

who am I kidding?

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As you all know, Adam doesn’t shoot with me anymore, unless it’s a wedding day. But this time he asked if he could come with me. He

said he felt like he should do it for Ali. Him and Ali had a really special relationship and he hurts deeply like the rest of us. So he wanted

to be there to capture the love in their home and most importantly support me, as he knew it was going to be tough. Very tough. I also

forgot how much easier it is  shooting kids when he’s around to help me out!!nunerys003nunerys004

While Ben was clearing some miscellaneous junk out of the way, O found a prime spot on the heater. HA!nunerys034

Lately Ali has been IN.OUR.FACE. Like non stop. I usually get a handful of “messages/signs” weekly. But a couple weeks ago I asked her

to make herself more present for me. Welp, let’s just say she listened for once . I never share these things but with some super close friends

or my family, but I feel like she’s begging me to share with you guys. So I decided I will. Feathers have been a consistent token from her.

Fall out of nowhere onto me, all.the.time. Anywho. As you probably figured, I was having anxiety about cleaning out her stuff with my

family and then taking pictures in their empty house. When we went upstairs into Olivia’s room to shoot, I directed Olivia to stand by the

window. In my mind I imagined Ali rocking her as an infant in that very spot. She went there, then bent down and picked something up…

a white feather. Oh hey sis! Glad you could make an appearance in this sesh. That same day I got a couple other blatant signs, another of

which was a bigger white feather while outside picking a Christmas tree with my aunt Dale. (Another past time we did together.)

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She was fidgeting the whole time and you can’t really tell in still frames but you can in the shot on the right. Adam nailed it.nunerys009nunerys010

nunerys012Ben’s friend gifted him this ukulele, then taught him how to play the song him and Ali danced to on their wedding. Stevie Wonder’s “I

Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)” One night in the hospital Ben used his skills to serenade Ali. :*)

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One of our goals was to mimic a few wedding day shots. We didn’t realize till Adam went to recreate this shot that it was a cropped image

taken with a lens we don’t really use anymore, which means I didn’t bring it. Doh. I still love it even though it’s not identical. If you have

never seen the cute little lovebirds wedding photos, here they arebenO004benO005

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Olivia found Mommy’s curling iron in the hallway. Ali was obsessed with playing with and twirling hair. It kills me that she will

never get to run Olivia’s sweet silky locks through her fingers. The image on the right was Ali preparing on the wedding day.benO006

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“My Dada.”benO007

One of the things that hurts the most, is when I watch Olivia do things that Ali fantasized about before becoming a mom. She would talk

about taking her future daughters to ballet and watching them spin till they giggled and fell down. Which is pretty much what happened

here. It’s so hard to let go of the anger I constantly face because she’s missing these things. But I know she’s with her still watching and

likely whispering in O’s ear, “Olivia, don’t forget to spot! Oliviaaa! You’re going to fall! You’re spinning too fast! Oliiiviaaa!”

nunerys018nunerys019I love that Adam got this one and I took the below. We both caught the exact same split second moment.

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Benjamin, you look like a baby!!benO001nunerys024When I drove away from shooting it hit me HARD that it’s another chapter shut in Ali’s life. It was a very much a “that’s it” moment. It hurt

but just as Ben so gracefully said, we’re taking those memories with us. They aren’t locked in that house. There is also a bittersweet to this

as well since the house is on my aunt’s street. This means we will be able to drive past it often and smile as we reminisce. It’s like God knew

this day would come 5 yrs ago when they settled in that house and we would need the healing of being able to see it often. Crazy.

nunerys025nunerys026nunerys027“No Melwie! I’m NOT going to smile!”

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“Ok, fine. Can I have smarties now?” She’s so cute even when she’s being rotten!nunerys029

This angel sits in Olivia’s room and she calls her “Mommy.” They talk to her and play with her every day. :***)nunerys030

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We tried to do a shot of Olivia walking down to Ben just as Ali did for their very first look of each other on the wedding day, but it

turns out Olivia was too small next to the railing! So I decided to have them play instead. 🙂

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So incredibly happy Ben thought of this idea. He decided to write about personal experience with the session on the Rock Pink Blog.

What perfect memories for Olivia to have as an adult! Happy (belated) 3rd, Miss Olivia!

Heart, Aunt Smelli.

  • Elizabeth - Wow Mel and Adam you guys nailed it. Such a great session of Olivia and Ben. Definitely needed tissues. You captured so many wonderful memories for them to share.

  • jesszwo - What a precious idea Ben had. These will be something Olivia will always cherish. And the images, you guys, are just wonderful. Absolutely, PERFECT. xo

  • Betsy - This is the most beautiful and touching post in the history of the world. Seriously, I know I sound dramatic here, but it’s just beautiful.

  • JennyBZ - I don’t… I can’t. I don’t have any words. I don’t know how you did this. It’s perfect. They’re perfect. Olivia is soooo cute. Love that the feather was there. I’m a bawling mess over here and can’t wen imagine how you must’ve felt/feel. This is beautiful and the images are gorgeous. Definitely something everyone will treasure for years to come. xx

  • emily - <3 i love this post so much.

  • Tim Hinde - Beautiful, true love.

  • Sarah Caito - This is amazing- heart wrenching and beautiful. Mimicking the wedding day photos was such a neat idea.

  • Kelly Jeffcott - What an amazing idea and session! Love all of the pictures but split pics with Ali in them are my favorite because I know how much those will mean to Olivia when she gets older!! I don’t know how you guys all got through that but I am so grateful you did! Thank you for sharing and can’t believe how grown up she looks and how much she is looking like Ali 🙂

  • Phillipa - This is beautiful, just beautiful! Blessings to you all.

  • Natalie Curran - WOW!! as I read this at work, tears just streamed down my face. This was captured so well. It was beautiful!!

  • Elijah Nicolas - A beautiful session to add to a rather sad time. The pictures are outstanding and I’m glad that all these moments were captured with the father and daughter. I couldn’t help but shed a few tears as I didn’t know the back story previously to clicking on this link.

  • Bobbi - Whoa. Melanie. Adam. Ben. Gorgeous images. I have no words. I’m just sitting here in a pile of tears… with no words… wow. Melanie, what you do is such a gift. You captured the grace, the bittersweetness, the beauty, the sadness, the pride, the relationship as perfectly as I’ve seen. You my friend are an incredible artist. Sending all of my love your way. Love you all. Big time.

  • Holly Flynn - well done, friend. beautifully said. perfectly captured. hugs & prayers.

  • Mandy - What a beautiful gift for Olivia! You can see the lovely relationship between daddy and daughter. She can see his love in these pictures as she feels it each day. It’s clear she will hear how much her gorgeous mother loves her too. A heartbreaking story with many people who are honoring Ali’s life.

  • Laura & Ron Berry - Thank you for sharing these very special family moments with us. I know you and Olivia are excited about moving forward and seeing what God has in store for you, and yes, Ali. You and Olivia are what you are, because Ali is so much a part of you both. You and Olivia are a family in every sense of the word. Have a very Merry Christmas and many, many Happy New Years! All our love –

  • Miss Kathy - Melanie, these are so precious. It was good to see Olivia with a smile. I didn’t get to see that often during storytimes. The healing goes on…

  • Dave Nunery - Thanks Melanie and Adam for adding to the many wonderful memories we all have of Ali. I am proud of my son and beautiful granddaughter. They are special in many ways and we hold tight to the memory of Ali–looking forward to Heaven. And yes, I cried too–again. Love you guys. Dave

  • Gail - Oh man…oh man, oh man, oh MAN. This session. You guys, just, incredible. The shots with the door and all the twirling and just …. : ********* ) is right!

  • Paulette Dean - Beautiful expression of LOVE!!!! Hearts cannot help but be touched and inspired, prayers and thank you for sharing.

  • Laura - These are *so* beautiful!! The feather, the twirling, the snuggling – all of it is captured so perfectly!

  • Jenny Pabst - This photo session/blog popped up on my facebook wall via a friend of a friend of a friend… you know how that goes 🙂 These photos are simply gorgeous. My family and I also live in the Cincinnati area, Burlington, KY to be exact. After staring at your photos for well over an hour, I went to your blog and read about your sister. What an amazing sister you are. Your stories and photos hit close to home for me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer about 2 months ago. I have a 4-year-old son, a 3-year-old daughter & I am now 9 months pregnant. Reading your blog gives me faith that no matter what happens, the love will continue. Thank you for sharing. Your niece is beautiful and her Daddy seems to be amazing!

  • KortneeKate - When Ali died I went to her funeral and day in the back. I had never met her before but after reading about her I felt compelled to go. I was 7 months pregnant with eesajane and now, seeing these images with my little girl sleeping in the next room makes me ache. I am so sorry guys. But you all are doing the best possible thing you can do, honoring her memory and never forgetting… And most importantly, never letting it all make you bitter. It’s incredible! Love from us!

  • Renee mason-Hobbs - Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.and the beautiful pic. I’m from Campbellsville , And I
    Know Ben, Went to school with my daughter Brooke Money.
    The Nunerys are n my Prayers and thoughts.

  • dianna - speechless <3 <3 <3

  • Kim - Wow!! These are so lovely. I am sure they will treasure these pictures when she is older. 🙂

  • Elizabeth - Thank you. Just . . . thank you.

  • Megan - Beautiful, Perfect photos. I love going back to the wedding photos. I love the feather. I love them and I love little O. Beautiful work.

  • tara pollard pakosta - this breaks my heart, these pictures are AMAZING, especially the re-create ones, LOVE THEM. so precious. he seems like such a great daddy. I went back and read some of your sister’s story, it’s so very sad and I am so sorry for your loss. She was absolutely beautiful. This really touches my heart as my husband is fighting a terminal brain cancer (GBM Known as Glioblastoma Multiforme). Cancer is a horrible journey, I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.
    Again, thanks for sharing such a beautiful story and beautiful images.
    much love and healing to you all.
    love,
    tara pakosta

  • susan - What great memories she has, very nice, she sees her angel.

  • Leina - Iam totally speechless. Thank you for sharing your/her story. Everytime I see a pink tutu, I think of you and your family…and that little girl…without fail

  • Jennifer - What incredible photos and memories – I needed to read this when I was at home, yet I’m sitting here at work tears streaming from my face, SO sorry for your loss, what an amazing story and beautiful family.

  • Julie - I don’t know you, I don’t know Ali, but I came across this post by accident… or maybe by fate. I really loved reading this story and learning about Ali through you. I lost a dear friend to lung cancer this last April and getting through even the most normal-seeming life moments are often unbearable because we just miss her so much. This post is a beautiful way to honor your sister and a beautiful way to show that you never have to forget them, even though they are gone.

  • Mandy - This is such a beautiful post. Photos are such a great way to make those moments everlasting. My boyfriend passed away in June, and I would give anything to have more photos of our life together.

  • Jennie - Beautiful! What an amazing way to remember the memories shared in the house. You should make a photo book for Ali as a Christmas gift to look through with her daddy. Include ALL the images you posted here, if not more, and tell the stories behind them. Again wonderful pictures and beautiful family!

  • mandy - This story touched me so much. I am also a photographer and realize how important it is to capture these precious memories. Although I don’t know your family I wish you all the strength and peace that God has to offer for your family.
    Sincerely, Mandy Soto
    JAKE AND JANE IMAGES

  • Karen Monaco - I have goosebumps, … I can so relate to this story. Im also a photographer, and lost my mum just over a year ago. I recieve presents from her a lot, but particularly one white feather, a tiny one keeps appearing in my bedroom!!! Thankyou for sharing your wonderful story. I dont feel so alone now xxx
    Karen Monaco

  • erica - I have no idea how this post popped up on my computer! All I know is I started looking through these images before reading or having any idea of your families story and I could feel your complete story. The most amazing images I’ve ever felt. And thank you for sharing something so personal… the world is a more beautiful place because you share your gift. Your niece will always know her mommy because of you guys. . .

  • JmA - Wow. So many emotions looking at these images. Absolutely beautiful work.

  • Corrie - These are just so perfect and beautiful. I’m so glad I was able to see them.

  • Emily Thomas - In the transition between the photo of Ben looking at his wife and of Ben looking at his daughter in the exact same spot, I just lost it. The expression in his eyes changes so drastically. My heart broke into a million pieces. These photos are beautiful. Great work.

  • jenny haas - oh melanie. I am sobbing like a baby over here. I have always admired the bond between you and Ali..I love that you have found her beauty in so many places, what a treasure. so many hugs to you friend, and your family xoxo

  • Jennifer - Crying. Bawling like a baby. I don’t know the story behind the mom and why she’s not in the picture. I’m assuming she’s no longer with you guys and just the thought of a little girl alone with her daddy is just heart wrenching. Beautiful. Still crying… Amazing. Still crying! ahhhh

  • Rebecca - I don’t know your story, but stumbled on this most beautiful post on fb as a share. You have truly moved me beyond words and know you are a gifted photographer to be able to tell such a poignant story so beautifully. This little girl is indeed blessed to be surrounded by such obvious love. Blessings go with you x

  • meagan - Wow! You know I want to tell you how beautiful this is…but words cannot do it justice. Beautiful treasure, beautiful memory. A lesson to all to be present and notice everyday moments……

  • Elizabeth Comm - This is beautiful. Olivia will have these memories for years to come. Even in the loss of a treasured person(I lost my 4 yr old in 2011) the memories are sometimes hard to find and these photos have stopped time for a moment. Priceless 🙂

  • manuela Busack - THis is truely beautiful!! TO many touching images, memories, filled with love.

  • manuela Busack - Typo in my first message ignore “TO”. It’s truely beautiful. I also love how the little girl talks to the “Mommy” angel.

  • Grace - Thank you so SO very much for this. And especially for sharing this with us. My heart needed the exercise this evening. I lost a sister just over 10 years ago, and haven’t cried in a good long while. THank you for this.

  • kate @ livinglovinglaughing - oh goodness. these are breathtaking and heartbreaking. what a precious girl and a wonderful daddy xx

  • cindy - speechless Mel……absolutely beautiful

  • Sera Petras - Well, I definitely needed a tissue, or a box. These are such special photos. The love that you see between them is incredible. You can see a sweet sadness, but hope as well in these photos. Beautiful job. Beautiful story.

  • rockstarmamastyle - *Tears* I couldn’t hold back! This is so sweet, I can’t believe i’m crying. Thank you so much for sharing this is the sweetest thing i’ve read in a loong time, and I loved it! Shared it! and will read it again.

  • mmamomma - Stumbled across this somehow, and am sitting at work with tears running down my cheeks. What am amazing love story all the way around. Oliva is blessed beyond words to have such am amazing Daddy, who Im sure will always keep Mommy alive in their hearts. I dont know anyone involved, but you can feel their love. Thank you for sharing.

  • Emily D - Thank you. My eyes are welling with tears of such love for the beautiful souls in the photos and the family support surrounding them. Truly moving and a most precious gift for little Olivia. Your story has warmed our hearts in the ski town of Park City, Utah!

    The most magical of holiday wishes!

  • j - this had me in tears at work. beautifully done.

  • noname - That was beautiful

  • Moke - Lovely

  • Jennifer - These pictures are absolutely beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful way to remember your sister!

  • Misti H Johnson - Tears are flowing! This is precious. Pictures are beautiful 🙂

  • Greg - This is really beautiful. I saw this featured on msnbc.com and felt I had to write. My wife has leukemia and I have two small children – 5 and 2. These pictures and the story really moved me. Bless you all.

  • Kristen - The timing of the publicity of these is so perfect for me. I lost the love of my life in August to the same awful disease. My boys and I will be leaving the home my husband and I worked on for the last 10 years to start a new life closer to their school. I needed way to sure up the memories built in our house even as I agree with Ben, his memory is in my heart; always and forever. Thanks for helping me get through this horribly sad time with a bit more hope.

  • NICK - HEART WARMING. THANK YOU.

  • Christi - I loved seeing these photos and the story on the MSN homepage today! What a wonderful opportunity to share Ali with the world! Congratulations from a southern Ohio gal. 🙂

  • Mary Jane Pallister - So very touching. It breaks my heart that this beautiful child will grow up without her mother. My nieces lost their mother to cancer when they were 14 and 16. Life is so unfair sometimes.

  • Becky - I recently saw your story on MSN.com and I had to come see your family’s story and pictures. This is an amazing story, but too familiar in my life. My friend is a photographer. He and his wife were a magical couple with amazing stories to tell. They caught images similiar to these that speak volumes about the families they photographed. They have two beautiful children. They lost their mom, and he lost his 35 year old wife to lung cancer this summer.
    May you and your family be blessed with continued messages from your sister. Truly amazing.

  • Tiffany - Beautiful pictures, just so touching. My sister also passed away from cancer, her son was three. Praying for your family to feel His peace!

  • Sherlie Magaret - Beautiful and very moving, thank you for sharing with the rest of us.

  • Tonya D. - Thank you for sharing something so private with the rest of the world. My dad, sister and I lost my mom to cancer in July 2013 While I am typing this, I can’t stop crying. This blog/pictures gives me hope that better days will come and the healing process will take time. Very touching story and thank you again for sharing.

  • Brianna Hays - There are no words for how beautiful and touching this is.

  • Ronni - What beautiful photo’s! Clearly you are an artist. I read the story behind these photo’s and my heart was touched very deeply. One reason why, is because many people wonder if there is a hope to see our dead loved ones again? I felt compelled to share the answer that I found from God’s word the bible.
    First, Jesus likened death to sleeping in John 11:11 when talking about his friend Lazarus who died, he told his disciples,”Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep.”
    John 5:28,29 says, “Do not be amazed at this, the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out.” Yes, there is going to be a resurrection right here on the earth in the near future by means of Jesus.
    How do we know this and under what earthly conditions? Notice in Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore the former things have passed away.”
    This is a future prophecy that will come upon the earth made possible by God’s kingdom (Matt 6:10, Daniel 2:44) with Jesus acting as king, who “will make all things new” (Rev. 21:5)
    Yes we humans have a glorious future awaiting us. We have been given a promise to have what Adam and Eve lost…
    Perfect health, no more emotional pain, and no more death. Life will be enjoyed eternally on a transformed paradise earth…to all who want it. (Psalms 37:10,11,29;2 Peter 3:13)
    I hope you found some comfort from these scriptures I know they have helped me. No matter what our beliefs are, we can always use a little comfort, especially knowing that, that precious little girl will see her mother again!
    Thank you for allowing me to share this. Wishing the family healed hearts.

  • Mark - This comment is directed toward Ben: Young man, I know your heart is still aching at the loss of your beautiful wife. The pain, at times, can be searing and unbearable. I know. I lost my first wife 17 years ago when I was 39. At the time, my daughter was 7 years old. I thought my world had ended, and I would never recover. But I was able to rebuild my life. I remarried, and now we have a 14-year-old son and my daughter is 24. If I can make the harrowing transition, so can you. It hurts to move on, believe me. But likely your wife would want you to keep living, keep going, keep loving. My prayers are with you.

  • Janet - So much strength it must taken for you to do this, and Olivia will treasure forever xx

  • Jamie - This is absolutely beautiful. I have not lost a spouse, but together we have lost a child. As I sit here looking at these pictures, holding a new baby, my heart still aches for our loss. Nothing replaces the person that is gone. I love this tribute to Ali. I am glad eternity in heaven with our loved ones is longer than life on earth without them. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

  • SM - Wow- this is one of the most powerfully poignant photos n stories I ‘ve read.

    Thank you for sharing this with us- the rest of the world.

    How lovely it is to have loved and be loved by those alive and those above.

    Blessings to all of you- especially to Olivia.

    SMoua
    St. Paul, MN

  • Ashley - Wow, I truly hope this goes viral. This is such an incredible tribute to all of their lives, and a visual statement of life after death. Thank you for sharing!

  • Karen Unruh - I read the story posted on my MSN page, and then I followed as much as I could to read more. Most of the pictures on MSN would not open for me, so I was so happy I found you by searching your name. These pictures of Ben & Olivia are absolute beautiful! The story behind each picture was even more beautiful. I am so sorry that you had to deal with the loss of your precious sister, Ben’s precious wife & Olivia’s precious mother! My heart breaks for each of you, but then I am rejoicing that you will all be together again someday in Heaven.

    I rejoice in the fact that your sister is in Heaven perhaps watching over my precious grandbaby that was born and died on December 24, 2009. Madison Karee Hays was buried on New Year’s eve.

    God Bless you for sharing your life with me……

  • Carolyn W. - Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    I love these words: “Love carries on, and it never dies”.
    I just buried my nephew in October and looking at the photos just brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you for sharing so very much.

  • Libby - This is absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful. My heart aches for this entire family. I will hug my son extra tight and pray for you all. Ali sounds like she was an amazing woman and I’m sure she’s very proud of Ben and Olivia!

  • Katie Duncan - Beautiful photos and such an incredibly touching story… Tears flowed from my eyes and just had to keep reading! I wish you all the best and the happiest of holidays. <3

  • Meg - As a young mom who has just gone through my own cancer battle this session is incredible. I’m sorry for the loss of your sister, I’m sorry for the loss of B’s wife and I am most sorry that Miss O will not get to grow up with a mom who loved her more than life itself. She is clearly blessed with a family who is doing their best to fill in for Ali while keeping her memory alive–keep on keeping on. <3

  • Jonathan - These are amazing! I saw this on FB and it really struck home to me! I lost my wife during childbirth eight years ago… It was a horrible experience but left behind was also a beautiful little girl. Pictures are a memory sake and I have plenty I share with her! She is a beautiful strong young girl with a joyous spirit like her mother! She also has a loving Aunt like you… Thank you again for sharing! There is hope and strength in each new day with Gods help! May your family continue to have it and grow.

  • Cheryl - Beautiful.

  • Paula - Very loving; I also checked out the wedding photos which were wonderful. Your sister’s memory lives on in these photos. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lindsay - I am so moved, bawling as I look through these powerful and gorgeous photos. What a an incredible treasure and so inspiring on multiple levels. Thank you for sharing your family, your heart, and your talent.

  • Sandi - This story is Beautiful! So sweet. It shows that we carry our loved ones in our hearts FOREVER!! What a wonderful person Ben must be to think of doing this! How very special for O!! Thank you for sharing.

  • Tina - Seriously the most precious thing I’ve ever read. I’m walking beside my best friend whom is fighting a rare form of lung cancer! This touched my heart deeper than words. Thank you for sharing for sister.

  • Kelly - O-M-G I’m balling reading this. Amazing! That’s all I can say!

  • Jen - Wow, this is so amazing and moving. Good Luck and much Love to your beautiful family.

  • Karen - So incredibly moving and beautifully done. You can feel the love in these images. x

  • Andy - beautiful shots and priceless moments..

  • Syahira - that is just beautiful *teary eyed*

  • Emma - Absolutely beautiful images. I’ve spent an hour admiring some of your other family photos. So. Much. Love. Thank you for sharing.

  • In memory of his wife, young widower re-enacts wedding photos with his 3-year-old daughter [12 pics] | 22 Words - […] last thing to save and savor the memories in that home, so he worked with the same photographer — Ali’s sister — and took another series of photos in the empty house, this time with his now-3-year-old […]

  • paige - absolutely one of the most amazing tributes. ever.
    i feel the love
    i feel the love for ali
    & i truly felt like i could hear the giggles and even the sighs….

    amazing!

  • Jacquie - Beautifully captured lenses of life. Thank you for sharing your heart and God given talent. Pictures are moments of our heartbeats. Theologian Bonhoeffer describes how pictures, for me, carries and sustains us after a loss so dear. May the Dear Lord comfort you. God Bless.

    “There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve — even in pain — the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Kim - What a beautiful tribute for all involved.
    I know that made her Mom and his Wife very proud.
    Thank you for sharing this, it’s very heartwarming.

  • Sarah @ The Momisodes - Oh the tears. What a beautiful tribute.

  • Jenna - I saw this story on Today.com and I was so moved to tears. This is such a beautiful way to remember your sister, Ben’s wife and Olivia’s mother. Your photos are stunning and I’m sure your sister is watching over you all with all the love she could give.

  • Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) - I don’t know you or your family, but I had to come by and see the complete photo shoot and your words after seeing the Today article on FB. I’m sitting here so touched and I wish you continued love. How beautiful these pictures are and your niece is a mini-version of your sister, so adorable. I’m so sorry for your loss and I think it must have been so rough to go through this session, but your moments will remain captured forever. Sending continued love and healing to you. And thank you for sharing about the feathers. Best to you.

  • Anonymous - This is one of the most beautiful photo shoots I’ve ever seen (getting married in June, I’ve been looking over at least a hundred photo blogs for ideas and inspiration). This is such a reminder of what photography does: give image to love, and memory. It’s not about the “perfect” shots that look great, it’s about representing the pure joy in the moment. Thank you for capturing and sharing these moments with us.

  • Wendy - I LOVE everything about these photos! I lost my husband to cancer a few years ago also and am left trying to preserve his memory to my boys that were 4 and 6 years old at the time of his passing. Leaving places they seem to connect with memories can be hard, but pictures are a FANTASTIC way to keep it alive. Thank you for sharing with the world!

  • VRONICA ATTS - Truly beautiful and memorable. God Bless you and Olivia on your journey. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Sheila - BEAUTIFUL!

  • Tracie @cleverlyinspired - This is simply the most beautiful tribute to an incredible family. What a wonderful idea to capture this for your niece. Prayers;)

  • michael mckay - Brought tears to my eyes. My wife Jill died of lung cancer on 7/30/09. My heart goes out to Ben and Olivia.

  • V. Maloof - What a stunning tribute —

  • Kimberly Estes - These are so beautiful and touching. Thank you so much for Sharing .

  • Diana - That is truly beautiful!
    One of the best ideas ever from a Man! I did not even know the couple, and I am in love with what I see!

  • Paul Rickmeyer - I just wanted to share with you and your family how close to home this story hits. My sister lost a two year battle with cancer this past July and left behind a husband and two little girls, ages 4 and 6. I know how gut wrenching the loss is. Reading your post was like reading my own journal entries. The part about how feathers accompany your sister’s presence brought tears to my eye and a lump in my throat. My sister loved butterflies. On the day of her funeral, a day that was soggy and rainy, a butterfly remained among us at the cemetery. A few weeks later, at the beach of all places, a butterfly landed on my nieces shoulder and fluttered around. They seem to appear just when we need them the most, seemingly out of nowhere, just like feathers in your case. These photos are beautiful, but they also capture the essence that can’t be explained in words – pure love despite an a void that will never, never be filled. Thank you for having the courage to share this heartfelt story.

  • Aline - Olivia, you are a beautiful angel!!! Your mommy must be very proud up in the skies!

  • Jane Bordalo - I absolutely love this. Thank you for sharing it as I know how difficult it must have been, but amazing results for the memories captured.

  • Emily Schachleiter - These photos are amazing…. words can’t express how beautiful they are! There’s a black and white picture in there that Olivia is squinting her eyes and boy if that’s not Ali looking at you.

  • Rinat - Absolutly flawless! An example for the power of art, how it has the ability to express feelings and thoughts in such a pure and touching way. I didn’t know Ali, but I am sure she is very proud. You are a wonderful man and a great father, olivia is an angel. Thank you for sharing us.

  • Ignacio Garnica - amazing photographies, thanks for sharing with us (:

  • Macarena - Simplemente hermoso.

  • magali - Wondeful pictures. Live them all.

  • Jessica - Simplemente hermoso. Bendiciones.

  • Bobbi - Wow… I was so moved by these pictures and the story!!

  • erin. - Thanks for continuing to share Ben, Ali, and Olivia’s story. What beautiful pictures of their home as they say goodbye to it and hold on to the memories they’ve shared in it. I am in tears from reading your letter to Ali right now actually. Blessings and continued prayers to all of your family!

    Love from Long Island,
    Erin

  • Mandy - So, so, so touching. I hope to meet a man like Ben one day!

  • Erin Krieg - One of my former coworkers posted the today.com article on Facebook which brought me to this post. I was the last nurse to take care of Ali in MICU. The very short time I spent her her and her family truly touched my life. And even though I’ve taken care of hundreds of patients and have been with many at the last moments and breaths, I have never forgotten her. I’m glad to see these images, what a fantastic way to remember. I’m so glad you guys decided to share an intimate moment of life and helping everyone see how real things can be.

    Warmly, Erin 🙂

  • Raúl - What a great way to remember and show their daughter how much he loves her mommy.

  • Romina - Stunning photos. So touching. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  • Eirik - Thank you for touching us with such human spirit.

  • Gunn - Superb images!
    What a unique posting.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • J J Hultgren - Olivia is lucky to have Ben as a father, they are lucky to have eachother. So touching. The photos are stunning.

    Greetings from Norway

  • tabitha - I had the pleasure of taking care of Ali in the hospital when she was diagnosed. I remember it being one of the worst and best times in my nursing career. Although I only shared a small part of her life she made an incredible impact on mine. I will never forget her (especially her smile) and appreciate you guys allowing me to be a small part in her life. The love that Ben showed her was breathtaking and these pictures of him and Olivia are beautiful. You can see his love for his girls in these pictures. I am so glad I saw these today. And just as I did with her in the hospital it made me cry! So beautiful.

  • TJ Lubrano - I can not even express how much I love this. I really can’t. <3

  • Lisa - All I can say is :’)
    Love every bit of the post

  • Jojo - Wowww what a beautiful tribute. I cry reading this but I can see so much love in the pictures and the wonderful spirit that is there. Olivia is very precious and I wish your family the best in whatever comes next for them. God bless you and keep you safe

  • Jill - Thank you for sharing your experience, especially about the signs from your sister. I get signs from my late husband all the time and it’s hard to share that with just anyone for fear they’ll think I’m crazy. But I also think they want us to tell others – that life doesn’t end and love doesn’t die. Beautiful photos to record treasured memories. Take good care.

  • tiffany - beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

  • Harry - Beautiful pictures. The story resonates with me so much – I lost my wife the day after she gave birth to twins. I would love to do a project like this but we live a long way from where the wedding photos were taken. Maybe one day…

    Anyway, just wanted to say I absolutely love these pictures. Wishing you all the luck in the world Ben and Olivia.

  • Daisy - wow! one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen….you really feel the love that ben and ali shared with each other and their beautiful little girl. so deeply touched….thank you for sharing!

  • katie hope - This has touched my heart so very much. I am thankful that you have shared this with the world. Its pretty amazing that your sister was able to bring you a sense of peace and healing through something she knew you loved, photography. What a special project. Sending you and your family warm and happiness during this season!!

  • fabiano taborda - Lindo de mais e ao mesmo tempo triste

  • Mich - Came across this via Mashable. Such a touching photo project, and so well executed. Bravo, and thank you.

  • ilter - Sorry for your loss but thank you for the great photos and the story.
    Greetings from Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Debora Lima - fiquei comovida, sem palavras pela belíssima atitude…
    simplesmente linda homenagem e linda historia… bjos

  • The Redhead Riter - Priceless photos of eternal love. Thanks for sharing and hopefully it will helps us to remember not to take today for granted.

  • Photonews » “Mudándose sin mamá”, una sesión fotográfica como tributo especial de un padre y su hija - […] el pasado para pensar en el presente y el futuro, podéis todas las fotografías en el blog de Loft3PD.com. En 2011, Ali Nunery, de 31 años de edad, maestra de escuela Ali Nunery falleció de una rara […]

  • Schélbia Fernanda - Linda História! Isto prova que o amor realmente existe. Emocionante! Abraços ao papai e filha.

  • Tim Wut - Couldn’t help it, we really had to reblog it. (http://bit.ly/1gIKTW0) A strong, heartfelt thank you to you three for creating this beautiful project!

  • Cielo - Es hermoso este gesto. se me escapó una lagrima al leer la noticia en un diario de Argentina.
    Abrazo.

  • Cristian Eduardo Perez Espejo - No creo que sepan hasta que lugares han visto su hermosa dedicatoria a tu esposa, les deseo lo mejor a los dos, desde Concepción, Chile.

  • Nana - Oh my God, that beautiful pictures. Ben you are a wonderful daddy and a good husband. Take care of yourself and Olivia. God blessings you. Have a nice 2014.

  • Mel - What a Beautiful story, maybe her soul live on forever.

  • Tobi - Very nice pictures … even if the story about the pictures very nice is not it … Many greetings from Germany and a Merry Christmas!

  • Kathy Gendron - WOW, what Beautiful Pictures! Ben you are a Wonderful Daddy and what a Gorgeous little girl! God Bless you both!

  • Arief Anshory Yusuf - Your photos has moved the world. Thank for sharing. Greeting from, Bandung, Indonesia.

  • julie spady - this is the first time i have read your blog. I know it will be one i will come back to often. you are a brilliant photographer who really tells the story. I cried through this whole post about your sister and family. Very touching. Can’t wait to read the rest of your blog and see the pictures. Thank you {today’s post about the husband, wife and baby…..beautiful!)

  • Ann smith - OMG how sweet! This is so awesome great pictures of you both! What an awesome way to keep her mother/ you’re wife memories alive and you’re daughter is just as pretty as her mother:) God bless you both xxxooo

  • Gloria - I admire you so much. This made me cry a lot. God bless <3

  • Jane - Thank You for sharing these beautiful images with the world. Although the story behind this photo shoot is heart wrenching…I can at least take a part of it and make it a positive one. Happy Holidays to the Nunery’s.

  • carolina - Beautiful, I saw those pictures on the news in Chile, the impact that caused his photographs in other countries was awesome. congratulations, the message of the photos crossed the borders. Greetings from Chile….

  • Debbie - I was hesitant to look at this and watch the news video because I knew it would make me cry. My husband died of cancer at 30,24 years ago. I have spent so much time thinking of what he’s missed with our children. I don’t have a special photo shoot but treasure all our old photos. God Bless all of you. You have feathers, we have songs!

  • Juan José Castro Dávila - Sin palabras simplemente magnifico trabajo, las fotos estan llenas de sentimientos. desde que vi las fotos las estube rastrando para ver quien las habia tomado, felicidades magnifico trabajo, saludos desde mexico

    juanjo

  • anne - juste lovely… juste splendide et très émouvant !
    bise à la petite Miss

  • Pablo - Congratulations! With this story and photographs you have achieved that it excites me.
    Greetings from Spain.

  • Yves - Hi, I’m writing you from Switzerland in Europe. A local Swiss newspaper (here the link: http://www.20min.ch/community/stories/story/Familienfotos-mit-beruehrendem-Hintergrund-22375380) had an article about your pictures from Olivia and Ben. I have a 15 month old girl and was crying looking at this pictures. This is a great idea and amazing pictures. Olivia is looking so cute. All the best from Switzerland and Merry X-mas!

  • kat mallari - so lovely! it made me cry. may god bless you & your family. Happy holidays from the Philippines! 🙂

  • Michael Hartmann - Amazing and very Beautiful… It made me cry …
    !!! All the Best from Germany
    Merry X-MAs an many Happy New Year !

  • Nobody - Great photos! But.. why public?

  • Elena - I am from Germany and I have seen your photos. Now I am emotional. I also take photos especially from people who love each other. That are really great photos and I think I have never seen a picture that says more. So I think, sometimes you do not need any words to show your story and memories.
    Thank you for showing that pictures and all the best for you and you daughter.

  • chapiniki - Wonderful tribute.

    She’s happy to see it

    Hugs and much encouragement.

  • Jody - Ben and Ali are truly soul mates.
    I Believe…
    They created an angel, Olivia.

    Melanie,
    you produced everlasting memories of a beautiful life for your niece..well done!

    Happiness always,
    Jodyfitz67@aol.com

  • Marty Bower - Beautiful every part of this story. From the beginning of story to the photos and story that goes with them. Thanks for sharing all this, I am sorry for the pain but you turned this in another beautiful moment that touch’s that hearts of many others. I am learning as much as I can about the whole process of photography. I will remember this and hope to use the thoughts behind all this.
    Merry Christmas to you and you family.
    Thanks,
    Marty

  • Sammy Chin / Deacon Harrity - Touched by your story and photos!!!
    Take care of them.

    Warm regards

    Sammy Chin
    Deacon Fred Harrity

  • Romina - Hi! I’m from Argentina and I just saw your pictures… I really loved it, are amazing and all I can to say is not enough.
    All my love for you!

  • David - What powerful images. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dallas McCarter - Just saw the piece on the Today show…..very overwhelming….what a precious gift for your Olivia….God bless and hope your Christmas and New Year are filled with love.

  • Dad Recreates Wedding Photos With Daughter | HOT 107.9 - […] photographer, Melanie Tracy Pace,  had this to say about recreating such beautiful […]

  • ask siirleri - This story is Beautiful! So sweet!!! :(((

  • Francesco - Simply wonderful!!!

  • Terri - Absolutely Beautiful!!

  • Fashionlaine Friday: A Father Daughter Goodbye - fashionlaine - […] For the full photoshoot, check out Melanie’s website here. […]

  • CC - What a beautiful display of hope and love.

    This is truly moving, heartbreaking and heart warming all in one.

    Thank you for sharing this story, these breathtaking photos and a window in to the most gorgeous daddy/daughter relationship.

    Wishing Ben and Olivia all the best for the new year and beyond.

  • Lourdes Delgado - I’m speechless about the story and the photos. As a mother of a 4 year old daughter and single Mom, its pretty incredible to learn and see through this about real love. Wow, a beautiful inspiring photos. I can see clearly thru the photos about the story without reading about it. Great job and thank you for sharing this with the world.
    Lourdes-Phoenix AZ

  • Catherine Hamilton - Absolutely beautiful. Now I have to go to the ladies room to wash my face before the tears dry up. I pray Ben and Olivia have a blessed and happy life.
    Minister Hamilton-Austell Georgia

  • Sarah - This is absolutely beautiful. I read the whole post with tears in my eyes because it is so incredibly sweet and endearing. Your sister would be SO proud of all of you, I’m sure of it.

  • Tammy - Your photo’s of your sister’s husband and daughter, tell such a beautiful love story!! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

  • Lars - Amazing. What a sad Story. What beautiful Pictures. You did a great Job.
    All the best for Ben and Olivia.

  • Dottie - At age 53, I have nothing left to remind me of the existence of my own mother who died when I was just 12. Not a day goes by that I don’t scour my memories trying to recall even the slightest glimpse of her image. Take it from me – what a precious gift you give this child 🙂

  • Kathryn LeBoye - Hello Melanie, These moving images brought tears to my eyes. They’re so alive and I can feel the emotions of love in each and every image. You did an amazing job. I know that Oliva is blessed to have you as her aunt. Thank you for sharing these touching images. All the Best, Kathryn

  • Arthur Lopez - Your story is a wonderfull one, the love between you & your daughter is and will be the strength to move you both forward.
    I thank you for sharing your life’s story.

  • Julia Ceron Gallegos - Melanie these are beautiful and what a wonderful idea, Olivia is precious my heart goes out to both she and Ben. God is watching over them now and he has been blessed with the most precious gift of all a daughter. God Bless to you all and thank you so much for sharing…..

    Julia Ceron Gallegos
    Fort Worth, Texas

  • amy reed - amazing and beautiful. i’m so glad everyone has these for comfort

  • marilyn holderman - You are a fantastic photographer and captured all the bittersweet joy found in the pictures. I am sure that Olivia will NEVER forget her Mom thanks to you and all that particpated in the photo shoot.

  • Megan - Absolutely beautiful!!! They made me tear up… Sweet little Olivia is so blessed to have such a wonderful, thoughtful, father… And aunt! 🙂

    Best of luck to all of you!

  • Anne - Wow, what a beautiful tribute. It is amazing what you have captured in pictures between these 2 beautiful people. Ben and Olivia are lucky to have each other!!

  • Shawna - I don’t think I take a breath everything I look at these. You FEEL every moment! Bitter sweet xoxo

  • Tracyb - Heartachingly beautiful photos xx

  • Lisa Ferguson - Your portraits told a beautiful story, I not only felt the pain of the loss, but the joy of a father with his beautiful daughter.
    and the love shining through.

  • Becky Mann - What precious pictures, and what an adorable little girl. I didn’t know Ben, but I knew his Dad and step mother. How sad that Olivia will miss that beautiful Mother, but so glad she has a loving Daddy.

  • Vanessa Voth - I’m speechless. and in tears. This is amazing. And your words are perfect. The feather gave me goosebumps. Gorgeous all around!

  • Andrea - Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and bittersweet story. I can feel your heartbreak as a sister, I have 2 myself including a twin. Your niece will cherish these photos for her entire life. What an amazing gift that you have given her!

  • Vera Moraes - Lindo, emocionante!

  • jonatas oliveira - i lost my wife last September by melanoma.i and my 3 years old daughter live in Marlboro,and we are having hard times.beautiful pics.

  • VIAZZI ANDREINA - TENERI PAPA’ E FIGLIOLETTA- BUON NATALE ANGIOLETTO!

  • roxanne - what a moving story-we lost our daughter from leukemia 3 yrs ago and she had a 4yr and 6 yr old boys-lived in a 2 yr old home and he moved out of the home to escape memeries and now is remarried. Many of the ones dear to our heart come visit us-from the departed-and some think were crazy,when we mention their visits-Your pics will be so helpful to Ali daughter in years to come.It was beautiful to see and brought tears to my eyes.

  • MJ Quintana - Just amazing! Kudos to Ben and Ali’s sister. Great pictures, you truly see the love between daddy & daughter. What a beautiful way to captivate and recreate those memories… Olivia is one lucky little girl to have a loving family and a daddy that loves her so much. Oh my, the pictures bought me to feel a lump in my throat and down came the tears. I wish Ben & Olivia all the best. Stories like these make you take a moment to reflect and realize that you should enjoy every moment you can with your loved ones, no matter what! Thank you for sharing. I am just speechless…

  • Laura Salas - Las fotos son increíbles, muy bellas. La verdad que la historia es conmovedora. Olivia es una niña preciosa con una sonrisa despampanante!

  • Marilene Alves de Lima - Eu realmente não conheço o início da história, mas sou clara em dizer, nunca vi uma história tão comovente como esta, meu coração está em pedaços, esta história tem que ser compartilhada com o mundo mesmo, pois em um mundo tão lindo que Deus fez e tantos momentos tristes em que está passando, esta história com certeza irá emocionar muitas pessoas , mesmo as mais cruéis. É uma pena que tenha tantos pais que não sabem ou melhor não valorizam estes momentos lindos da vida de uma criança e também de sua família, são realmente momentos mágicos! Com certeza ainda vou tirar um tempinho para rever todas essas imagens e saber do início da história, pois estou muito curiosa! Sei que vou chorar, mas não importa, chorar faz bem para alma! Que Deus possa te iluminar e a esta criança também, como todos de sua família. Deus o abençoe. Foi muito bom você compartilhar estes momentos que eram só seus, pois com toda certeza você está contribuindo para emocionar muitos corações que ainda não acordaram para a vida, corações que são emotivos, mas que por egoísmo, ou até mesmo por um desprezo se mostram duros de coração. Deus os abençoe. Ele sabe o que faz, as vezes ficamos chateados com ele e nos perguntamos, por que isto acontece comigo? Isto aconteceu comigo, perdi um filhinho com sete anos e meio, uma criança saudável feliz, cheia de entusiasmo pela vida, brincalhona, esperta, inteligente, sorridente amava a vida mesmo com sua pouca idade, parecia que sabia que logo não estaria mais conosco. Era acostumado andar em um cavalo bem manso, eu temia mas como diziam o cavalo é manso, certo dia ele saiu com um coleguinha de dez anos um cachorro espantou o cavalo e ele caiu, bateu o pescoço em um palanque ( pau de cerca) e faleceu, o menino não levou um arranhão. Ficamos desesperados, na época tínhamos três filhos homens, ficamos com dois. Você pode imaginar tamanha dor que uma mãe ou melhor os pais e a família pôde sentir. Eu ficava ME PERGUNTANDO , porque conosco, com meu filho? Uns vinte dias depois estava eu em frente a uma TV. e naquele momento o reporte dá a notícia de uma criança que caiu do vIgéscimo andar, caiu em cima de uma árvore, levou apenas pequenos arranhões, esta história foi como um exemplo para eu parar de reclamar. Para cada um de nós Deus tem um plano, não é verdade? Sabe qual era meu conforto? Olhar suas fotos, pois na época , há trinta e nove anos atrás, morando em um lugar onde não tinha tantos recursos eu consegui guardar muitas imagens dele. Meu esposo já reagiu de outra forma, não queria ver suas fotos e nem falar no assunto e isto acontece até hoje. È uma longa mensagem, isto porque eu resumi um pouco, mas é para mostrar para você que Deus é a força maior, que sem ele nada seremos, seja a religião que for, devemos ter um Deus para acreditar e confiar. Fique com Ele e tenha bastante Fé. Deus é Maior. Felicidades para a família e para esta linda criança em especial….

  • Joel Osborne - Very moving,it makes you appreciate your loved ones even more.We should all be so lucky to have loved, and continue to love everyone around us, because they could be gone tomorrow. Keep up the great job your doing raising your little girl.Our best regards and have a really nice Christmas and New Year with many more to come . Bye for now from the Osborne family of Vancouver Canada.

  • MARSHA COLEMAN - Thank you for sharing what is the most lovely and gracious set of Father/Daughter photos on all of Facebook!

  • Ren - Since I came across your post, I can’t help but go back again and again to read and look at these beautifully captured images. I cry every time. It is beautiful…a beautiful capture… I am so sorry for the loss but your memories are recorded and not forgotten.. much love REN..

  • Nat - Really beautiful/touching photos. Looks like the daughter and father adore each other. <3

  • Virginia Gillard - You are an inspiration to parenting. The pictures of you with your beautiful wife and your beautiful daughter says more about you than any words can explain! Bow down to respect, daddy! 🙂

  • denelle - I lost my husband when my now 5 yr old was 22 months old. It is hard and i know what you are going through the pictures are breath taking and such a great way for your daughter to see and for the mom to be a part of the pictures also. i cried .

  • Bruce Sadler - WOW,
    Picture’s was incredible very touching caring and you can tell He loved them both very much .My heart hurts for your loss may GOD always be with you . Merry Christmas

  • Jevik - L.O.V.E

  • Fatima - Très belle photos, un bon souvenir pour la petite, une histoire d amour assez triste mais la vie continue avec cette adorable petite fille, elle as de la chance d avoir un papa comme ça…….joyeux Noël

  • pascal.dacruz - jolie c est tout

  • bao - Ces photos sont touchantes. On peut ressentir l’amour d’un père pour sa fille. C’est un beau souvenir

  • Geneste - Juste exceptionnel et émouvant ! Vous êtes magnifiques tout les deux et je suis sûre que votre épouse à vous monsieur et ta maman ma puce serait fière de vous deux! Plein de bonheur futur même si…
    ML

  • Laurent - Très belle photos, très bonne idée, très bon souvenir. Bon courage au Papa et à sa petit fille.

  • contemporary wedding photographer - so sorry to hear about your loss i hope your photography provides some comfort, beautiful story god bless you x

  • Kati - These photos and story found their way all the way to Finland. Stunningly beautiful yet extremely sad. I’m mesmerized. I’ve had the tab open on my browser for three days now without being able to close it. I just have to have another look at the photos every now and again. Thank you for sharing the story and the photos. God bless and Merry Christmas!

  • Vivian Andrea - Bella historia ojsla hubiesen mas hombres asi

  • chantesse - Ces images sont magnifiques et l’histoire tellement touchante. On voit le bonheur transpirer malgré la douleur.

    Amitiés de FRANCE

  • valeska - Es hermoso realmente estoy tan emocionada. Les deseo mucho amor en sus vidas acompáñense siempre.

  • cheeyl - So touching

  • Cheng kwan lai - Amazing photography and heartwarming story behind. Felt every bit of the soul in the picture. Cried all the way and feel totally for the family. I am a liver cancer survivor with ongoing treatment. I know every bit of the pain you go thru’ everyday. I see so much strength in you people doing this as a sign of closure and moving on. Ali must be a very special person and Ben, you must be very special too to be chosen to share her life. Dear Olivia, all the good quality of your mama is in you.
    Thank you for sharing your love.
    Have a blessed Christmas and a New Year.

  • Roberto - Hermosas y conmovedoras fotos…

  • Melanie Turner - So beautiful. Thank you for sharing

  • jinny - I was contact with Ben’s heartwarming behind story from website news first. Lovely daughter and father!!
    And husband who still love his wife!!
    I’d like to introduce your photo story on my blog completely.

  • Lisa - thank you so much for sharing – just beautiful. the feather so lovely.

  • Boileau Maïté - Que d’émotions et de beauté. Votre femme était magnifique et votre fille lui ressemble. Bravo pour avoir eu la force et le courage de rentrer à nouveau dans ces souvenirs. C’est magnifique et votre fille sera fière de vous quand elle sera en âge de comprendre. Je vous souhaite, quand vous serez prêt ou quand l’occasion se présentera, de refaire votre vie et de trouver à nouveau le bonheur sans oublier celle que vous avez si bien aimée. Une mamy française.

  • The Power of Photography | M&V MAGAZINE | Inspiring Women to Create a Life Well Lived. - […] Nunery and his daughter (main photo) recreating Nunery and his late wife’s wedding photos (see the pictures here) and Angelo Merendino photographing his late wife’s battle with cancer (see the pictures […]

  • Edgar - Great way to say goodbye!

  • laeti - Magnifique photos! Beaucoup d’émotion en les regardant

  • Rick - Wow!! So powerfully moving. Couldn’t help keep the tears back. Being a dad with a blonde 10 year old daughter who lost his family thru divorce, I just couldn’t fight the tears. But I did get your message of love Ben. You and Olivia are truly blessed to have one another. I can see the love you have for her. And I can see you are her Superman. May you both have continued love and happiness in your lives. God bless.

  • manolya - Dear Ben, my name Manolya
    I live in Turkey.
    Your photos for smoking cessation was my inspiration for this thanks
    . I have a daughter in and I do not want to ever leave him.
    Let God give you fortitude and longevity.

    thanks = teşekkürler 🙂

  • Melanie - thank you so much for what you have shared. I have spent the last hour following pictures and websites you guys have made and your stories have touched my heart. I am fifteen and live in Utah. My name is Melanie Berry and my older sister and best friend Allisa passed away almost two years ago on January 6 2012 after a three year fight with a cancerous brain tumor. She was only 18 years old. I miss her dearly and I have not known what to do about it. Your story of love and courage to move on helps a lot. Thank you for your story and inspiration. God bless you and your beautiful daughter.

  • Bina - This one is a true HIT.

  • michelle walsh - Dear Ben and Olivia,

    Thank you for such heartwarming love and strength…I am a survivor…But nothing can compare to the pain you have endured…Your strentgh will carry on and grow..
    Godspeed…
    Michelle

  • helene - With tears streaming down my face, this is the most beautiful story and photos I have seen in a while. It has touched me deeply, and I don’t even have the same life experiences to compare to yours.the love they shared is unmissable! With feathers in my hair, merry Christmas from south africa xxx

  • luz - Hermosas !!!!

  • zoupic - Merci, thank you very much for sharing this moment of humanity. The pictures are beautiful and so is the family. Love is all. Thank you.

  • Javi - That picture of the daughter and father hugging made me teary for the first time since 1989 (yes I remember that date well to). The absolute love, faith and trust that little girl has in her father is the total essence of undying love. May God bless you and your family.

  • zaty - beautiful:’)

  • Kris - Powerful Images. Bold and strikingly impressive photography. The images have captured every single emotion. God Bless.

  • Poppy - Dear Ben and Olivia, I live in Indonesia, one of South east asian country that you probably never acknowledge

  • Dr Isabella Daniel - I am touched by this amazing love of Ben and Olivia. I understand the pain of Ben losing Ali. May The Lord protect Ben and help Olivia to understand when she grows big how much her father loved her mom. Greetings from India.

  • Dominique - ..so touching. Powerful images. Just wow. I wish you all the best.
    Dominique from Switzerland

  • Mona - OMG!!Beautiful pictures and so touching,wish you the best with your beautiful daugther please keep her safe and may god bless you and your family……Stay strong for her…..

  • Mike - Melanie, Thank you so much for sharing this with the world! I felt the Spirit so strongly as I viewed the photos. I’ve lost both my parents and miss them dearly. I know that you will see your sister once again and that Ben and Olivia can be sealed with her for eternity. The power to bind family relationships for time and eternity has been restored to the earth. I would love to share with you how this is possible. It has brought great peace to me and my family. Please let me know if you would like to know more. Thank you again and may God bless you and your family.
    Mike

  • Satoshi - Thank you so much for sharing
    i’m Japanese
    saying arigato

  • kerry - Truly amazing.
    Holding the feather is so magical x

  • Janaina - Muito linda a homenagem, fiquei até emocionada :’)

  • Marielle - C’est un très beau reportage photo. Qui traduit les émotions et fait montre de beaucoup de sensibilité. Un très beau cadeau que se font le Papa et l’Enfant.
    Belle route à vous.

  • Margarita - what a wonderful and inspiring experience..priceless!

  • Maria - Conmovedor!! Les deseo muchisima suerte a los dos, Carinios, una mama…

  • Uedja - Simplesmente emocionante. Perfeito!

  • Pai e filha recriam álbum de casamento antigo para se despedir da esposa / mãe | Sérgio Rocha Repórter - […] que sair da casa que ficou grande demais para eles, Ben, Olivia e a irmã de Ali, a fotógrafa Melanie Tracy Pace, se juntaram para fazer um último ensaio naquela casa que haviam comprado com amor e onde viveram […]

  • Tomas - I cried out of happiness. The pictures speak for themselves. Those beautiful faces, that house, the memories of a loving mother and the present father-daughter nexus… It is pure love.

  • Hanselman's Newsletter of Wonderful Things: December 17th, 2013 - Windows Azure Blog - […] Moving without Mom – After his wife passed away, dad Ben now recreates some pictures with his daughter as they move out of their original house. Sad and poignant. […]

  • Kmy Flo - I loveeeeeed the wedding remake photos… u made me cry…! Greetings from Chile 🙂

  • Leave Treasures, Not Regrets | Maryland Photographer » Maryland Newborn Photography | Angela Singleton | Baby Portraiture | Photographer for babies and newborns in Baltimore Maryland - […] Images by Melanie Tracy Pace / Loft3 Photography We all have had friends, family, or even ourselves that have lost family members.  As hard as these tragedies can be, having memories of our loved ones to hold onto can be a blessing when times get tough.  Pictures become so valuable and treasured after the loss of a loved one, and while you hear many people share they regret not having taken more pictures, you will never hear anyone say they took too many. In today’s world where cameras are so available and affordable, taking pictures has become easier and easier.  So remember to take your camera out more, always be thinking about what memories can be captured, and have your pictures taken more frequently.  Today’s pictures will become tomorrow’s most prized possessions. […]

  • negarin - happy to see love after a long…pure love for wife and daughter…& sob…

  • M. Nukman - love it so much…:)

  • Sonia Ferreiras - Parabéns,sem palavras.

  • Vanessa Nunez - Liiiiiiindo ♥

  • solenn - thank you for this

  • Puri - O Amor é tudo,essa menina tem um Pai maravilhoso,e dá pra sentir que ela é Feliz!!

  • Irene - Hello Melanie & Adam !
    Your work is amazing … ;D

    I am now working as a blogger for http://www.tortaostudio.com
    our company is based in Bangkok,Thailand.

    I found one of your blog which is soooo heart touching
    about “Ben and his daughter” 😉
    [http://www.loft3photography.com/blog/?p=15044#ShowHidden]

    Therefore,I would like to ask for your permission to write about this in thai
    and i will definitely show credit for your website.
    I will also inform you when the blog is going to be published.

    Sincerely ;D

    Irene.

  • Aliya - Hello, Melanie and Adam! I am deputy editor of the wedding magazine ‘Wedding Key’ in Russia, Kazan. The theme of our summer issue will be fathers and daughters. We were amazed about Ben’s and Ali’s history and fascinated by your photos with Olivia and Ben. We would like to publish them in our magazine and tell our readers about Ben, Ali and Olivia. Is it possible? Please contact me.
    Thank you! Aliya.

  • mindy - Beautiful. ..I’m sure it was hard to say good by to that house but what an awesome tribute. God Bless your whole family

  • Miriam - Time to time, I´m sure you you’ll find the piece your heart needs, you´ve the courage to fight, you´re a great father, I realize in your photos, the love that you transmit to your child is so huge, she´s so pretty, so nice…My best wishes to you!!!

  • Jacqueline - This is ABSOLUTELY a beautiful way for this beautiful family to keep the memory of Wife/Mom alive. The pictures are stunning and I can only imagine the love in each room of that beautiful home. Little Olivia is ADORABLE and I’m sure she misses her mommy every day but will forever be able to have a little piece of her. Please bear in mind…what a beautiful moment it would be to do another set of photos on Olivia’s prom or her own wedding with her dad in the same home (if possible) in the future! I’ll be looking! 😉 Thank you so much for sharing….this made my day!

  • irina - Hi Melanie and Adam,

    Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season!

    I’m a freelance photo editor helping out Hearst Digital Media and the editor from Redbook.com and she would love to run the story about Adam, Olivia, and Ali with the photographs you took.

    Please let me know if it’s would be possible to use your photos.

    Much thanks,

    Irina

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