last week i had the pleasure of doing a maternity session with the wonderful ruut and watch her blossoming with life as she is due to give birth at any time. this morning i was asked to do family portraits at a funeral. a young man was killed over the weekend, while crossing the street near his home. hundreds upon hundreds showed their respect to him and his family today. we often think of birth and death as the circle of life. today i realized that this circle of life is often much smaller than we can imagine.