The day I took Raven home from the hospital, she clung to a fresh baby scent, and Jack immediately fell in love. Just like she never left me during her pregnancy, she continued to be wherever she was. During the breastfeeding sessions, Jack climbed onto the couch or bed and curled up next to his little feet. As he grew up and spent time as a child, Jack turned his back on the air.
Simply put, no matter where Raven was, Jack was there. As a photographer I often jumped on the stage repeatedly to document my daughter and shoot Jack. What started out as disappointing was fascinating and we decided to embrace it completely. Thus began a new collection called “The Story of Raven and Jack”.
Jack And Raven: Dinner For Two
Jack is the best kind of companion. He rides in wagons and tricycle baskets and runs beside her down the sidewalk, on forest trails, and along the beach. Adorning bonnets and sweaters, he patiently sits at tea parties, anxiously awaiting snacks and teacups of water. His favorite time to be near her though is right below her feet during mealtime. At night, he hops up onto the foot of her bed and sleeps beside her.
Jack And Raven: Tea Party With Jojo
Our family always says that Jack chose us. When we visited the animal shelter to walk the dogs, Jack faked a broken leg so that we would pick him up and carry him like a baby for his walk. At that moment, I knew there was something special about Jack. When we put him back onto the concrete floor and closed the gate, the sadness in his eyes made me feel like I couldn’t leave him there, that he belonged with us. As I was up at the front desk with two of my boys to inquire about Jack, two workers from the shelter came running in. Jack had apparently pounded on the gate with his tiny body and managed to escape in a desperate attempt to find us. We ran to the row of cages to see Jack dodging workers like a miniature football player, headed for the touchdown. After that, how could we not bring him home?
Jack And Raven: Superheroes
Jack has been an unexpected gift for our family. He is loyal and gentle and fiercely protective. He is my baby, my daughter’s best friend, and an important part of our family. And… as he insists, he will continue to be a part of our portraits as well.