• Letha Imboden

Applauding A Hero

Husband, ER Nurse, Client, Front-Line HERO, and Covid-19 Survivor!

There are many emotions working in the field of photography. Joy, a need to celebrate, compassion, patience, anxiety... the feeling of "will we click when we meet for the first time?", "will you think my jokes are too corny?".... it's all there!

Meeting Candice and Travis for the first time was no exception. I couldn't have known before our first handshake that we would get along perfectly! Candice's excitement and pure confidence in me and my ability; completely put me at ease from the very first shot!

Meet Candice and Travis

Candice works in Law Enforcement and Travis is an ER Nurse in Ohio. They came to me in November for images to celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary.


Ten years strong with the love of a newlywed couple and a story that has withstood the test of time! Guiding them during their session was easy! The love in their eyes when they looked at each other and just the way that Travis looked so lovingly at his wife... heart-melting! And guess what? They had FUN!

Fast forward to April. In the midst of uncertainty, anxiety, quarantine, and Covid-19. While most of the world was safely sheltered in their home, Travis was working on the front-lines at University Hospital helping and treating those possibly infected.

Candice informed me the beginning of April that Travis had been home sick all week with a fever - but she remained positive and optimistic as they looked through their images from their session together (wishing they were back in the warmth of Florida)!

The very next day I learned that Travis was admitted to the hospital - the very hospital where he worked - on a ventilator and in the ICU.

As a wife, one of the scariest things to witness is seeing your husband in ICU on a ventilator (my own husband was a little there a little over 5 years ago). Everything is uncertain and scary but you still have to be strong. What makes it even worse?

Candice couldn't even be with her husband...

She couldn't hold his hand and reassure him, she couldn't kiss his forehead, she couldn't even sit by his side. The only thing she could do was "visit" him virtually.

On April 12th I was given the best news! Travis was off of the ventilator and the nurses had hung one of the images from our session in his room. Knowing that images from our session together brought Candice comfort in a time of uncertainty and (I like to think) reminded Travis of his beautiful wife and to keep fighting makes my heart swell with love and appreciation.

On April 14, 2020 Travis was released from the hospital with nurses lining the halls ready to applaud his recovery (keep reading for the news release).

This experience completely validates everything that I "preach" about how images and sessions are SO important!

Portraits are such an important part of our lives together. They hold memories, they tie us together and keep us fighting, they remind us who we're fighting fo. I know that it's not going to be easy to bounce back from this global pandemic from an economic standpoint... but documenting your time together is one of the most important things you can do for you and your loved ones.

Please take a moment to witness his discharge from the hospital, line of applause, and take a moment to give YOUR thanks to Travis for working so hard to make sure we stay healthy and alive! Actually, take a moment to give thanks to ALL who are and have been working on the front-lines for US!

Now go and celebrate you and celebrate love...


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