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The Durden family

              I was 32 with a newborn child and had just received my cancer diagnosis.
        I was traveling from doctor to doctor trying to determine the best treatment as I was preparing to enter my battle with cancer. I had spent the last decade building my business and my marriage. I had given birth to a beautiful daughter, even though I had been told for years that was not possible.
        I wanted to fight for life with everything possible. I had made the decision to sell my business, liquidate all of my assets and pour my soul into fighting cancer and enjoying every second of life to its fullest. Then a dream changed everything for me.
        I dream in color with incredible detail. It began with me in a casket. Slowly I noticed the detail, my hair, my outfit, the pillow and lace in the casket as the camera of my dream pulled out slowly. The casket was beautiful, but way too much. As the view widened I noticed that I was not in a traditional funeral home. It was a bigger room, like an auditorium.         The most astonishing thing was that on each side of the casket, there were portraits on easels, where flowers would normally be placed. Hundreds of portraits. Each one I recognized as a portrait I created. As I looked at each portrait, I remembered explicit details of each family and how amazingly joyous each session was in capturing that moment in time for my clients. I then noticed that many of the people in the portraits had also left our earthly home.
        Then the most remarkable part, in lines on each side of the casket, beyond the portraits were groups of people. They were not my family but instead it was my clients, in family groups wearing the same clothes as they had in the portrait I had created. Every member of their family was reunited, even the ones that had passed away. It was an imaginable reunion of every family featured in every portrait I had created. That frozen moment in time was now real. They were experiencing life through the portraits I had created even in my death.
        God spoke to me through this dream. He reminded me of the gift He has given me to document the joy, the love, the union of families for generations to enjoy and celebrate. I knew that if I did not survive cancer, that the only way my daughter, Edie Grace, would remember me was through portraits. How powerful that message was to me. This very gift to my child is the very gift that I share with my clients every day. Preserving their memories, documenting who they are in that very moment is what I was about to abandon selfishly if I walked away from my business.
        As I celebrate 30 years at Lori Grice Photography, I continue to create every portrait commission as if it may be our last. It continues to be a remarkable journey and this is the reason for my perfection, attention to detail and search for excellence in everything I do.
        With spring approaching and Easter following, there is no better time to reflect on your amazing gift of life and allow me the opportunity to create a portrait to validate the wonder of this gift. The gift to you which reflects the gift of you, a portrait of your family that you will cherish forever.
        Call me at (912) 764-7274 or email me at to schedule a complimentary design consultation to discuss with me every detail in creating THE portrait of your family that will become the centerpiece of your home for generations to enjoy. Together, we will celebrate your family.


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