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