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Dr Veronika…and family {portraits}

I have a special story and some very special family photos to share.

Veronika arrived in town from Austria a few years ago, and as our new GP she was welcomed into the community with open arms and open hearts. In one way or another though, my connection with Veronika has always been more about photography. I first met her when I had complications following surgery for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and she was the doctor on call. She’d seen my recent portrait exhibition and managed to completely distract me from the pain I was in as we chatted enthusiastically about all-things-photography. A year or 2 later, when Veronika was about to celebrate her 40th birthday she asked if I would do a portrait shoot with her. During that session I learnt more of her story. She had been married to Martin for many years and together they had travelled the world and shared adventures, including time spent in China where Martin worked as a historian and Veronika studied Chinese medicine. There came a point in their marriage, however, where they recognised that their lives were heading in different directions and they made the tough decision to separate. As we continued taking photos, Veronika admitted her sadness about being unable to have children and together we shed a few tears. Shortly after that, she returned home to Vienna to celebrate her birthday with her family, returning a few weeks later to announce that she was soon to go back to Austria permanently. She wasn’t sure why but it felt like the right thing to be doing, and sadly the town said farewell to Dr Veronika.

That was then…and this is now, and what a difference 2 years makes! Veronika has returned to visit us and has brought her family with her. Reunited with Martin, they have adopted 2 gorgeous children, siblings Selina and Marco, and I was so excited when Veronika asked me to do a family portrait session with them. Their story is a beautiful reminder about life being full of surprises for us, we really have no idea what surprises await us – I’ve been marvelling at it all week. Thanks again Veronika for asking me to take these photos – I can’t look at them without feeling teary – and thank you for letting me share your beautiful story xx

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November 28, 2011 - 8:35 AM

Krysta Guille - What a beautiful story you have told Nic – and a beautiful family!

November 28, 2011 - 8:37 AM

Nic - Thanks Krysta…it was lovely getting teary with them all over again when I first showed them the images 🙂

November 28, 2011 - 7:08 PM

Lynn cunningham - Seriously brought tears to my eyes Nic……beautiful story shown through your pics

November 28, 2011 - 7:26 PM

esther brunner - Great photos and an even better story.

November 28, 2011 - 9:33 PM

Melissa - Thanks for this beautiful story. Veronika did so much for so many in Denmark. I am thrilled to read about this chapter in her life and to see the joy in these pictures.

November 28, 2011 - 11:26 PM

Jen Langridge - Beautiful Nic! Very special photos.

November 29, 2011 - 9:12 AM

Lydia - Tears from me too. A beautifully told story, in words and pictures, about a family we have come to know and love so much. It was so wonderful to get to know Martin and the children and I hope they will always consider Denmark a special home amongst homes.

November 29, 2011 - 8:30 PM

Jen Langridge - Well said Lydia! Spot on!


December 5, 2011 - 6:44 PM

serena kirby - Oh Nic – thanks so much for sharing – please if you are in touch with Veronika please pass on my heartfelt joy at how her life has turned out. She was a sad loss to Denmark but Martin’s gain. The photos are great and the woman and person she is really shines though – a sign of a good photographer I add. xxx

December 30, 2011 - 2:04 PM

Ranee Wilson - Love a happy ending. Soo very happy for you Veronika. xx

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