This is one beautiful family photo that left us truly breathless.
Katy Patten is a mom of two daughters, Ava and Giuliana--but she really has four kids. She and her husband, Justin, are also parents to two twin boys, Aiden and Gavin, whom they sadly lost in 2011 after complications following pre-term labor at only 23 weeks. Though Katy and Justin will always consider themselves parents of four, they wanted to make sure their two young daughters also strongly felt the presence of their brothers watching over them.
So they decided, with the help of photographer Linda Gittins, owner of Lulu B. Photography in Wisconsin, to create a family portrait that did just that. To honor their sons, they included all six members of the Patten clan, using shadow images of twin boys holding hands with the parents. Check it out:
We adore that sentiment--as well as the stunning photo that resulted from this courageous, heartfelt idea.