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Carol Garlow : Fighting & Surviving Cancer

I had the honor of photographing this beautiful woman last week- Carol Garlow, beloved wife of Dr. Jim Garlow- my pastor for over 15 years. It’s taken me all morning to create this post… simply because there is just so much to be said about this couple, their ministry, their marriage, their faith, their love. Carol was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and they have been battling fiercely for the last 4 years, through a lot of ups and downs. You can read about their entire journey here. Carol underwent surgery this morning to remove 35% of her liver, and the cancer that was consuming it. She came through surgery great, and we cannot wait to see the rest of the miracles yet to happen, as Jim says, “in our soon-to-be victorious battle with cancer.” Please continue to pray for this incredible woman, and her equally amazing husband Jim.

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As you can see, this shoot was something a little different for me… the white backdrop and studio lights set-up in their home… but I had a lot of fun with it. Carol is a great model. :)

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She’s gorgeous!

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LOVE.

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Every time I hear Jim talk about his bride, he proudly exclaims how madly in love with her he is… even after 40 (great) years.

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Here’s where she starts to get spunky! Hehe…

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I love her joy for life.

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At this point, I instructed Carol to write something sentimental on the chalkboard for a few pictures… for example, “I am a mother,” or “I am a wife,” or “I am a believer.” I had a whole series of images in mind. Carol wrote: “I am dancing.” This is quite possibly the best depiction of her character ever. She is so positive and joyful! And that’s all she wanted to write. One frame:

I AM DANCING. :)

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Love these two… the strongest, most incredible married couple I’ve ever known.

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So happy!

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He adores her so much…

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Jim joins in on Carol’s “dancing!”

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And my favorite image of all… this is how we ended the night. Jim wrapped up his bride in a wonderful, loving embrace… I think he could have held her there all night. It was a beautiful moment, and I’m honored to have captured it. Jim and Carol, we continue to pray for God’s miracle and cannot wait to see what he has in store for you… including the next 40 years.

You are loved.

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12 comments on Carol Garlow : Fighting & Surviving Cancer

    Jennifer Ellis says:

    I just found out about Carol’s passing and googled and found this and totally love the pictures full of life!!! What a treasure for Pastor Garllow to treasure for the rest of his life!!! He was my pastor in Texas at Metroplex Chapel. Outstanding Man and Woman.!!! Heaven gained an angel!!!

    Lacy Garlow says:

    Erica, Thank you. For the way you so beautifully and delicately captured and articulated this love! Your touch and talent have honored our family!

    Kay Beeson says:

    Gorgeous pictures of such a courageous, lovely lady and her doting husband! May sunshine, hope and joy pour upon your lives. “He didn’t bring us this far to leave us, He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown…” Love the old Imperials’ gospel song! PTL

    Sher Yakahashi says:

    This is so BEAUTIFUL. The truest example of what love is, and how it is expressed in the body language – the eyes, the embrace. Truly a dance of love.

    Fran Campbell says:

    These beautiful pictures are perfect images of the way our Heavenly Father designed true love to be between a man and a woman. Thank you, Jim and Carol, for your representation of God’s love.

    Arle Ann Bryant Lamberd says:

    What beautiful pictures! Carol is a beautiful woman, and the light of her inner spirit shines in her eyes. What a wonderful, loving couple — loving each other and loving God!

    Martin Capehart says:

    You captured the essence of who they are and the love they share. Praying for God’s Bl;essing and healing.

    Caryn Christensen says:

    Great job! I have always admired Carol’s STUNNING blue eyes.
    You captured the essence of their relationship…these are as beautiful as Jim and Carol themselves…I think I like the playful pics the best…and the last pic is my favorite…so precious.

    Shirley L. Rowoldt says:

    Awesome. You both look great. What Love……just beautiful ( I also like the fun shots of Carol clowning around…smile) Love, prayers, and blessings on you both.

    Shirley Rowoldt (now living in Sacramento…but a Skyliner for life)

    Zora says:

    what an amazing couple they are and how much love they have and show for eachother, what a blessing it is for you to capture their love! :)
    Good Job!

    samantha minnor says:

    This is so touching and so beautiful.

    Those are so beautiful! The last one makes me eyes tear up. What a beautiful couple! Prayers to them.

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