We had our session scheduled and then the fires ran through our neighboring communities. Threatening people, and destroying homes and beautiful land. This location escaped the flames. Ali messaged me right away, knowing my husband is a local firefighter. She told me not to worry about the session, to instead focus on my family if I needed to. It touched me so deeply and I graciously replied that photographing her family is exactly what I needed. You see, this is a form of therapy for me. Seeing love, joy, and laughter between people who believe it is important to document such feelings. These moments are treasures you can not replace. The Villegas family made me smile the whole night and we had perfect weather and beautiful skies.