the rovang’s >> minneapolis portrait & family photography

life is intriguing. all in all it’s a beautiful journey. some days are more easily celebrated than others, but the ups and downs and twists and turns all make what we’re here to do seemingly more fulfilling. sometimes you meet people and you take a step back. maybe two steps back. that’s when you realize we’re all in this life together, whether we know it or not. we all meet similar conflicts through our existence, no matter the severity or complexity. we all are given an opportunity to revel in accomplishments and milestones worth noting. it’s safe to say that very few, other than close friends and family, know certain details of both of our lives leading up to our venture into photography. it’s a question commonly asked when we sit down with our couples or as we’re out photographing clients; “so, how did you get into photography?” we simply answer with “travel.” although this is true, it’s rooted into something deeper. it’s the untold story of our bio. just a few months before we set foot onto foreign land to travel, learn, and discover, we lost an important part of what held our lives together. after nearly a two year battle, in 2010, our father passed away from cancer. life as we knew it was forever changed. we could either make that attempt to go back to what was considered “normal,” or take a chance and change life even more by exploring another part of the world. so, with cameras in hand, you know the rest.

 

every time we’re given the chance to be involved with anyone who has been dealt the cancer card, we’ve been welcoming in being a part of that story. that’s another great perk of this job — it brings you together with the most unexpected of people. nicole contacted us after discovering our website and mentioned that her and her husband attended the same college not only together, but with us as well. after connecting the dots, yes, we have spent days brushing within feet from one another. her story is one that we wanted to be involved with. being under 30, nicole was diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump on her own. she has undergone a double mastectomy and several rounds of chemo. she wanted portraits of her in the now, real and raw, the life as she is enduring it. being married with one little boy, she wanted this stage of her life documented. to be able to tell these stories is so honoring. since we’re better at capturing this through photographs, here’s what we captured.

we had some time to roam around loring park after nicole’s portraits to get some family photos. these three together could conquer the world.

nicole’s attitude and every expression she emits is just contagious. knowing what she’s been through proves there’s so much more in every day. she admits to how much she hates what she’s going through. she’s honest, doesn’t sugar coat a word, but to see how much that girl smiles and how her eyes light up when you’re engaging in conversation with her is beyond inspiring. nicole, you are one brave woman, beautiful inside and out. thank you for letting us in. to capture your life in the now. to read more of nicole’s story, visit her blog at http://fightingcancerunder30.blogspot.com/

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Madison Nicole is absolutely gorgeous. Her joy, which emanates fully through these pictures, is incredibly inspiring and absolutely beautiful.

Blessings!

~Madi

Madison Nicole is absolutely gorgeous. Her joy, which emanates so fully through these pictures, is incredibly inspiring and absolutely beautiful.

Blessings!

~Madi

Andria Lindquist wow wow wow girls. this is incredible. so enriching. also, these are incredibly shot, really gorgeous images…so proud to have you as friends, people who take time to do things like this.

sheri I’m speechless…..beautiful, inspiring and courageous.

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