Sept 2012 was a very difficult time for this family, and continues to be so. With the sudden loss of her brother, Isabelle found herself to be an only child. I've watched this family go through stages of grief and healing, and have always been there to photograph moments in time for them. This portrait was taken at her cousin's first birthday party. I'm sure everyone was wishing that Ian could have been there to enjoy the balloons and ice cream cake... I know I was. When Isabelle picked up the cat, she gave it the hugest hug, and had no clue I snapped this photo of her. I'm entranced by the pure love and comfort in this image.