A New Mom’s Ghostly “First Family Photo” Has Been Shared All Over The World

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Oklahoma native Sierra Sharry was eight months pregnant when her boyfriend, Lane Smith, tragically hit his head at a boat racing event and later died.

“July 13th 2014 was the absolute worst day of my life,” she wrote on Facebook. “I lost my best friend. The father of my unborn child. And since that day I have felt so empty inside. A part of me will forever be missing. I loved that man more than life itself.”

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After a recent photo session with her 6-month-old son, Taos, the 20-year-old felt like something was missing.

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“I needed a picture of my family, one that can help my son realize that just because Lane isn’t with us physically he is still here for us and watching over us everyday,” she told BuzzFeed News.

Sharry asked photographer Kayli Rene’ to mess around in Photoshop with the pictures to help them get a real family photo, and using an old picture of Smith she was able to seamlessly add him in, appearing to watch over his family.

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The other day I got to meet some new clients, they were booked for a 6 month little boys pictures. As soon as I met Taos, he had a smile that was so contagious, the happiest baby boy, and he instantly captured my heart. They asked me if I would be willing to “play around” with capturing their first family photo by editing Taos’ daddy in one of their pictures. I had played around with the idea in my head before they approached me about it but never knew if I could make this reality for them. So glad I could and they can cherish this forever. Here is Sierra and Lanes story…

“For those who may not know, I’m gonna share my story.
Lane and I had found out we were having a baby at the beginning of 2014, and boy let me tell ya we were beyond excited! I think the thought of having a kid made Lane the happiest person in the world. We were scared as any new parents would be but ready for the adventure together.
In early July when I was around 8 months pregnant and we decided to go to the jet boat races in El Reno to support Lanes cousins. That’s what Lane loved more than anything, being around his family. It got late and I got hot so I decided it was time for me to head home. When I left Lane that day I had no clue it would be the last time id see him.
At around 2:30 in the morning I got a call from Bailey (one of Lanes cousins girlfriends) telling me there had been an accident. Immediately my heart sank and I began to worry. She told me Lane was being taken to OU in OKC just to be checked out because he had fallen on his head. I woke my mom up and headed to OKC, never ONCE thinking his life was in danger. When I got to the hospital I met up with his brothers and they informed me he was in the ER and they hadn’t heard much of anything. A lady came out to give is some insight on what was going on and when she found out my mom was an RN she pulled her aside. Right then I knew something was up. My mom walked over to me and I just started crying. I was scared. Eventually we were moved to an excluded room to sit, we were given absolutely no hope that Lane was going to make it due to the severity of everything.
July 13th 2014 was the absolute worst day of my life. I lost my best friend. The father of my unborn child. And since that day I have felt so empty inside. A part of me will forever be missing. I loved that man more than life itself.
Thanks to Kayli I now have a picture of my little family. It brought me to tears as I know it will many if y’all. This is how I picture us. Taos and I living our lives the best we can with Lane ALWAYS watching over our shoulder. He is watching out for his little boy better than anyone and i know he’s got to be so proud. I love my little family sooooo much and I’m proud to be the mother to Lanes little boy.” -Sierra Sharry

 

“When I saw the picture I immediately started crying,” Sharry said. “I never thought I would be able to see us all together.”

The family photo has since gone viral, getting shared over 26,000 times on Facebook, and has caused the photographer to get flooded with requests for similar pictures.

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Sharry said she was “beyond shocked” at how the picture has been shared all over the world.

“The encouragement I’m getting from people I don’t even know is something I will forever be thankful for,” she added.

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