Mississippi wife Nicole Bennett and her husband Deonata were scheduled to do a family photo shoot before the arrival of their next daughter, but tragically Deonata passed away unexpectedly two months before Nicole’s due date.
While mourning the loss of her husband, Nicole decided to keep her husband’s wish (It was his idea to do the shoot in the first place) and she took photos with theri 4-year old son Landen and had her maternity shoot photographer Sidney Conley, digitally add images of Deonata into the tender portraits.
“I wanted to do something special because he’s been there for my son since day one,” Nicole told ABC News. “It’s memories for my son of his father and for my daughter who will never meet her father, it’s memories for her as well.”
Photographer Sidney Conley said he too was moved by fulfilling Nicole’s wishes. “Just how I edited [the photos] with him looking down on them, it’s showing that he’s making sure they’re okay,” Conley said.
The story and photos from the shoot have been shared widely online and in social media over the past few days.
They are indeed bittersweet and heartwarming.
photos: Sidney Conley