Just two nights ago our town suffered a horrible disaster. There was a gas leak causing an explosion and fires that lasted all night. Many businesses were demolished and we lost an amazing member of our community, a bar owner and volunteer firefighter who truly was the hero of the night. Our downtown will never be the same again. However, I have so proud to be part of a community that comes together when disaster strikes. Our entire little city jumped up to help wherever needed, restaurants were donating food, businesses donating supplies, families volunteering together to serve food or help evacuate people.
This family's session was done just a month before the explosion. Fellow photographer, Rachel Giblin of Rachel Manzke Photography and her family were being featured in Sun Prairie Neighbors Magazine and asked that I do their pictures for the magazine. I was so honored! Rachel has a studio downtown, about a block from the explosion, and she still doesn't know if her studio has any damage. Doing their family's session downtown was a great way to show how downtown Sun Prairie has become a part of who they are. It was an amazing night and great session. Seeing these images makes me a little sad knowing all that Rachel's business neighbors are going through and will have to overcome in the coming months and beyond. But we have to also look at these images with joy in that we know we are a town that can support each other and become stronger because of tragedy.
We will enjoy these images of Rachel and her beautiful family and know we are Sun Prairie Strong.