Losing a loved one is always difficult, but losing your husband just months before the birth of your first child is unimaginable.
That's the sad situation Amanda Snyder found herself in when her husband Jesse passed away. The couple were expecting their first son in just a few months, and Jesse was the very picture of a doting husband.
“He was there for every appointment," Amanda said, "he was there right next to me when I was so sick I couldn’t leave the bathroom or my bed, and he did everything he could to show his love to me.” Then, in May, a tragic accident took Jesse's life.
Suddenly, the future Amanda had planned with her husband was gone. In a tragic twist of fate, Jesse was buried in the outfit Amanda had picked out for him to wear to their maternity photo shoot.
But Amanda was still committed to having the photos taken. “I had lost so much," she explained, "and all I was left with were memories and pictures to look back on.
“I knew if I didn’t get them taken I would regret it,” and that's exactly why her photographer Shanna Logan did something totally miraculous with Amanda's photos.
See how Jesse and Amanda were brought together again on the next page...
The photo shoot took place last month on Amanda's farm, and it was an emotional affair with lots of crying and hugs.
Photographer Shanna Logan had never used Photoshop to reunite a subject with their loved ones, but she had seen other photographers do it and wanted to try her best for Amanda.
While she worked on the photos, Amanda delivered her baby boy, Jameson, with a picture of Jesse by her side. The morning after Jameson was born, Logan sent her the finished photos.
“The hardest part was leaving the hospital and not having my husband be the one driving us home for the first time and knowing he wasn’t going to be there to help me,”Amanda said, but at least the photos reuniting her and her late husband offered some comfort.
“These pictures show the love I have for him and how much I miss my best friend and my soulmate,” she told HuffPost. “I may not have been able to have him by my side in the flesh, but I believe he was there in spirit, which is what these pictures represent to me.”
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