That moment when your child falls to the ground in a game and is injured - it is terrifying. I experienced that exact feeling at a lacrosse tournament this fall when my son suddenly fell clutching his knee and was screaming in pain. I knew that it wasn’t good news, and as it turns out, he has a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus, and is out for possibly a year.

The thing is, being in grade 11, he is also approaching his final year of community and school sports, so he may never play lacrosse on a team again if he is out for a year.

He may never play lacrosse again.

When that sunk in, I was so thankful that I had taken the time to capture photos of him throughout the first part of the season and in previous years.

You just never know. I realize that his knee will heal in time, and he isn’t an elite athlete seeking a scholarship or to continue playing while at university. He just loves playing the game.

Fortunately we have amazing photos of him to remember how well he played and how lacrosse has been such a big part of his life and his identity at this moment in his life. He may play again, and if he doesn’t, then we have lifelong memories in those very important photos.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to capture your kids doing their thing right now because we don’t plan for injuries to happen.