When her son Taos turned six months old, Oklahoma-based mother Sierra Sharry wanted to have a family portrait taken to mark the occasion. However, her husband (and Taos’ father) Lane died last year in a tragic accident, shortly before Taos was born, so Sierra asked photographer Kayli Rene to add an image of Lane to the family portrait.
The resulting photograph, which depicts Sierra and Taos being watched over by a ghostly image of Lane, was posted to Rene’s Facebook page on April 1 and has since become a viral sensation. The image has been shared more than 28,000 times on Facebook, and has also been featured on CNN and many other media outlets.
photo by Kayli Rene