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a celebration of a vibrant life





I had the honor of attending the Celebration of Life for Beck Hollywood Matson a few weeks ago. It was a truly moving experience to witness the sense of family, community and love being shared at this memorial for a very young boy. His school friends, family friends, beach friends, friends from wherever he went in life were in attendance. This little boy had battled cancer for years with an ebullient energy and spread so much joy in his short time here.

I would always see his mom at T-Street with all four of her boys no matter the weather and knew I had to photograph this authentic, down to earth San Clemente family. I was sad to hear that after a wonderful family trip through Make A Wish Foundation, it was already too late to get the family together for a family portrait. Beck went to a more peaceful place on January 21, 2012. Rest his sweet little soul.

See more of the photos from the memorial here.


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    February 24, 2012

    So touching. My heart goes out to this family. I’m in tears looking at these amazingly beautiful images you created for this family. Mine is only a bit younger than Beck and I can’t imagine the pain and loss they must feel. It makes my heart hurt.

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    Rick Matson

    March 9, 2012

    This is the first time I’ve seen the entire series of pictures! These are amazing and we are so blessed to have met you and have you in our lives! I am in tears but am happy to see the beautiful pictures of our sons celebration into heaven!

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      March 11, 2012

      Hi Rick
      I am so glad that you had a chance to see these images. I am so honored to have been a part of this celebration and to have met your family. Did you see the entire gallery at http://kristiannekoch.instaproofs.com/? I am dropping off the DVD of all the files to you this week so you can keep them forever.