Photographer creates family portrait for woman who lost husband while pregnant

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(Laura Gordillo Photography)

An Arizona-based photographer helped a woman whose husband died in a plane crash when she was pregnant recreate the family portrait she never thought she would have.

Photographer Laura Gordillo first met Taurean and Stephanie Summers during an anniversary photo shoot, PIX11 reported.

But last year, when Stephanie was five months pregnant, Taurean died when his plane crashed in Las Cruces. The paramedic was transporting a patient to a Phoenix hospital.

That winter, Stephanie gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Exactly a year after the crash, on Aug. 27, Stephanie asked Gordillo to do another photo shoot at the same location as before.

“She and their adorable baby boy even wore the same color schemes she and Taurean wore for their session last year,” Gordillo wrote in a Facebook post.

To create the family portrait, Gordillo edited in an image of Stephanie’s late husband.

“I was able to create this amazing composite from the first session I took of them and add Taurean to one of the images I took of Stephanie and their little guy … I told her he is and will always be by your side just like in this picture,” Gordillo wrote in the Facebook post.

“I couldn’t help but cry the entire time!”  Gordillo added.  “My heart broke to see what could have been, but at the same time I was so happy to execute such a beautiful image for Stephanie and her son.”

When Gordillo showed her the photo, Stephanie broke down.

“She emailed me saying she couldn’t stop crying, that she absolutely loved it,” Gordillo wrote. “She said it hurt so much and she missed him so much and she knows he would have been so in love with his son.”

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