Friday, December 20, 2013

Man relives his wife's memory through photographs with his daughter

I came across this story some days ago on how a man is reliving his wife's memories through photographs with his daughter.

IMAGE: MELANIE TRACY PACE, LOFT3 PHOTOGRAPHY



Ben Nunery lost his wife, 31-year-old schoolteacher Ali Nunery, to a rare form of lung cancer in 2011. She also left 1 year old Olivia behind.

This November, after two years on "a rollercoaster of emotions," as Ben described it, he and Olivia were ready to move out of the Cincinnati home they'd shared with Ali. But before they left, Ben wanted a way to remember the happy times they'd shared in the house. So he asked his sister-in-law Melanie Pace, a professional photographer, to take photos of him and his now 3-year-old daughter in their home.

"I was just really looking for a way to say farewell to the house, and have some things that Olivia and I can have to...remember the house," Ben told TODAY.com. "When Ali and I got married, we closed on the house the day before our wedding, so we did wedding photos in the empty house."

IMAGE: MELANIE TRACY PACE, LOFT3 PHOTOGRAPHY


IMAGE: MELANIE TRACY PACE, LOFT3 PHOTOGRAPHY





























IMAGE: MELANIE TRACY PACE, LOFT3 PHOTOGRAPHY




Since the home was empty again due to the Nunerys' impending move, Pace, who shot Ben and Ali's original wedding photos in 2009, was able to recreate the images with Ben and Olivia, including one of the father and daughter in a doorway to mimic the photo Ben had once taken with her mother.

"It immediately brought up memories of being there the first time," he said. "They were really good memories I cherish and want to remember. In a lot of ways, it felt like Ali was there, and doing that with Olivia I felt a closeness with both of them."

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