As the huge waves of people poured into Eastridge Church, there was a loving and welcoming vibe all around that could be felt. Old friends, new friends, family members who hadn't been seen in years, and strangers alike had all come together to celebrate the life of a man who made lives better for all of those around him
Jeremy was not a person would not leave an impact on a person, no matter how short of a time was spent with him. A few months back, our photographer Jess had the honor of photographing their family while at Jeremy's care facility. Jeremy and his wife, Amy, along with their twin daughters Macy and Maddy, and their son Morrison. You can read all about Jess' visit here. During our Birthday Party (which can be found here) for his daughters, the girls were a direct reflection of what a wonderful person Jeremy was, and what Amy is as well. Loving and kind-hearted, it was wonderfully refreshing to see young women that were so strong and caring, despite everything that they were going through.
Looking around the church foyer, I noted all kinds of beautiful small details. Photo collages showing some of the best times of Jeremy's life were taped all around for us to admire, and small postcards asking people to write down their favorite memories of him.
As the church doors closed, the soothing and beautiful sound of a ukulele echoed through the entire building. Jeremy loved Hawaii, and a family friend honored his service with her talents by helping service guests fully immerse themselves with not only loving visuals placed around the service, but allowing them to hear the music he loved so much. Looking around, the church was standing room only, in fact, the auditorium doors had to remain open as a spillway for people as there wasn't enough space in the auditorium itself.
When the service began, guests were urged to stand and sing along with songs that were beautifully performed by close family friends. As the songs went on, the mood in the room softened from the excitement of seeing familiar faces, to more focused and somber as people reflected on their memories with Jeremy.
The service itself was beautiful. Friends and family members spoke with lots of tears, but also lots of laughter. It was very apparent that not only was Jeremy a great guy, he was so, so loved by everyone.
As the service came closer to an end, we heard from Jeremy's children. Heart-wrenching and beautiful, their speeches (and a poem) were so precious and a perfect tribute to Jeremy's legacy.
When the service was over, we stayed for just a few minutes to watch people show their love and compassion for the Farrara family. Embraces were long and loving, and when I peeked over to the seating area, I noticed Morrison having a playful tickle fight with his great uncle Mark. It was the perfect end to the event, watching such joy and love resonate.
Jeremy Farrara is someone who was clearly incredibly loved by all whose lives he touched. His legacy lives on through his beautiful family, and being a part of this celebration of life was something that I will never forget. Thank you to the Farrara family for having me, it was an honor.
Venue: Eastridge Church in Clackamas, Oregon
In the bustling metropolis of Portland, Oregon lives a superhero that is out to save the world. Of course, every superhero wants to do just that, but this one saves the world in a very different (and important) way. Meet Golden Girl. She's one amazing lady who flies all around the world to educate and protect children with cancer!
13 year old Lexy is one phenomenal little girl. She has been battling brain cancer since she was just 14 months old, but she has never let that stop her! Upon entering our studio, Lexy shook hands with everyone introducing herself as well as Golden Girl. We had a custom designed costume by the ever awesome Everfan. When we spoke with Scott, the owner of Everfan, we presented him with everything Lexy envisioned for golden girl. She didn't have a ton of instruction besides "Gold and Sparkly". While this isn't a huge order and normally pretty easy, there was one hurdle; Lexy is blind. She was not born blind, however, it was an unfortunate after effect of one of her eleven brain surgeries in her short little life. So she knew what sparkle looked like, but unfortunately could no longer see it. How were we to make sure that Lexy knew that Golden Girl was everything she had envisioned, without her being able to visually see that?
Scott and his team take challenges in stride, however. He created an out of this world costume that had a sequin cape so that Lexy could feel the sparkle of Golden Girl. We topped everything off with a pair of glitter shoes, and made sure Golden Girl was sparkly as could be! Of course, every super hero also needs a gorgeous golden tutu, too.
Once Lexy was all dressed up, we headed outside for a rare Oregon winter day that it wasn't pouring rain along with her big brother who had chosen to be the Black Panther. Once the camera started clicking, these kids absolutely nailed the poses and put themselves into character perfectly!
Our time with Golden Girl is one we will never forget. Lexy is an amazingly strong little girl who does not let ANYTHING stop her! Keep it up, Golden Girl! We cannot wait to see what you accomplish!
Special Thanks to: Everfan
Photography: Kylie and Halsey
Hair and Makeup: Lauren