It was a warm Summer night when the crowd began pouring into Influence Music Hall. Lights were dim, the atmosphere was full of excitement, and you could hear people whispering about the event and why they were all there.
When we received Gina's application for her Empower session, we knew that it was going to be a photo shoot for the books. Gina recently won her battle against breast cancer. She fought hard, but she also wanted recognition for her family who fought alongside of her through all of the emotional and physical difficulties that cancer treatments bring. She wanted something different and that truly represented their family, so when we saw that Gina, Aaron, Kellen, and Kaley love all things rock music, we got to work with the planning.
If you've been around the blog for a while, you know that our team has a tendency to make some serious magic happen, and this time was no exception.
Influence Music Hall allowed us to use their space that made it possible for us to put on a concert and make this family into the true rockstars that they are.
Complete with 80's Hair Band wigs and leather jackets, we were able to make this family truly feel like they were on the stage of a major concert headliner. A set list of Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, and Guns N' Roses blasted over the hall's sound system while the family lip synced along with each of the songs. Kylie's husband, Jeremy, provided a few guitars and Evan with Influence lent us the rest of everything we needed to make this authentic.
Throughout the concert, watching the family interact was without a doubt the best part of the entire event. We watched as they sang, and danced, let loose, and just have fun together. All of the obstacles that they had overcome became a thing of the past, and they lived in that moment.
As the night went on, friends and family members joined the McCluhan's on stage. The music continued to pulse through the speakers, and the energy in the room just seemed to get better and better.
All of our sessions are memorable to those present, but this one especially will without a doubt be one that we never forget.
Thank you again to Influence Music Hall for allowing us to use your space and instruments, and thank you to the McCluhan family. We hope that you had as much fun as we did, you all deserve it!
Photographer: Kylie Cole
Video: Jessica Clark
Event Space and Equipment: Influence Music Hall
Additional Thanks to: Jeremy Cole and Elissa Baldwin