February 21, 2014

Dedicated to Alton and Family

It's very sad and tragic and I know that sometimes it's hard to share the bad news on my blog and f.b. since people don't want to think that will happen to them, but at the same time maybe this story will give solace to others who are going through loss. I went back and forth on if I should share this and so if it's too much for you please don't read this.........

Angelita Ballada Esparar Photography was previous on A Military Story with {Engagement} Britney& Chris if you missed it. Today she has a very personal photo session she had the privilege of photographing. "I had a soldier, his name is Alton, contact me about 6 months ago interested in photographer. I agreed to meet with him over coffee. He was really sincere and interested in the photography world. He wanted to pursue it after leaving the army. I agreed to tag him along to some of my weddings, to observe, and learn. He is quite a funny guy. Always made fun of the worst possible situations. He shot primarily in film--which I never got. Just the long tedious process of developing it and having to wait to view the photos made me irk. Nevertheless, he was probably one of the nicest persons I've met on this earth. He valued honesty, truth, and respect. He talked to all my clients nicely, and treated my brides and grooms well. He has a wife, and 3 children (2 are from his wife's last marriage/relationship). 

Anyways, last year he asked me to book a photo session for January 17 to surprise his wife for their anniversary. Such a nice thing to do, right? He changed the session to a December holiday surprise instead. She came to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, surprised. I am so glad that he was able to do this session, because when I first stepped in their home, I did not notice a family photo with all of them together.

What I didn't know, is that would be the last time I saw him. He died 4 days ago after going into cardiac arrest after a jump injury about a week and a half ago. What luck to have rescheduled that session earlier, and such a tragedy to make that situation lucky. It just shows how important it is to have at least that one family picture together--because in the end, you won't know how long you'll be around.
 
He was just so influential to many people. Although I brought him along with me to learn from what I do, I have learned so much more from him."  

These photos and the memories will keep Alton in everyone's heart forever. Thank you Angelita for sharing these images and his story. I know the family is still probably grieving but I would like to dedicate this to him and their family. I too lost my father suddenly back in 2007, my father was only 56 years old and I miss him dearly. Please send your prayers to them!! <3

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