Wednesday, April 8, 2009

a crazy walk in Target... ;)

It's pretty crazy when you are walking through Target, and you get a phone call from one of the Oprah producers, uh!. Hello!!!!! but even better when you have friends like Matt and Madeline to go along with this story... but the story does not begin here, it begins when I first met Matt and Madeline.

I was actually quite nervous to meet Matt.. not knowing what to say to a man that had just lost the love of his life 27 hours after giving birth to their beautiful daughter. I say "hello"... He welcomes me in, his family and friends welcome me in and from there...I made some remarkable friends instantly... Maddy was so small, holding her and knowing how much love she had.. It was quite apparent that these two had a special bond.






and lucky enough to give this now famous robot a little piece of love.. ha!....

The story didn't end there. Over the year, I was fortunate enough to build on that friendship with Matt and Madeline,




one that would eventually bring us all back together a few weeks ago for Maddy's first birthday shoot.





music credit: The talented and beautiful Amy Seeley. Thank you Amy for allowing us to use your song to record such beautiful moments to a beautiful piece of music... We truley appreciate it.. :)
film footage : Onward Films

I couldn't believe how much she had grown, and it was so nice to see that Matt, too, had grown as a father to young Maddy. All one has to do is visit his blog and see how much his story, his pictures and his words have touched so many people...

With his blog, he is not only documenting his powerful feelings, but also documenting each day with and for his beautiful daughter Madeline.

And so there I am, back in Target, walking down the aisle, when the producers from The Oprah Winfrey Show call me on my cell phone, asking to use my pictures as well as my awesome husband's video for a segment that they are doing on Matt's story. Of course we said yes, HELLO.... it's Oprah... because if what we do, capturing moments, can help highlight his story as well as the Liz Logelin foundation, then we are in all the way.


Thanks Matt for sharing your story and sharing Madeline for all us to all enjoy. ;)
For those who have not visited Matt's blog yet, you may want to start here
Matt and Madeline will appear this Monday the 13th on Oprah.. please check your local listings for times.. ;)

21 comments:

patirce said...

Yeah Miss Gina. You deserve all the goodness that is coming your way. I am so happy that I can say I knew you when. Congrat!

darcie said...

oh how I love your pictures...I remember when you first took these pics of tiny tiny little Maddy, oh how she has grown, as have we all. I too am so blessed by the friends I have made in Matt and Maddy, and in you, and in countless others because of them. I cannot wait to see your images on Oprah ~ they are simply stunning!

Val said...

That is very exciting, congrats! I just love Matt and Madeline!

mxq said...

That is so incredible!!!

work work is magnificent and i'm so glad you were able to capture the unique relationship that Matt and Maddy have.

judybodden said...

Gina, that is sooo awesome. You deserve it. Your work is simply amazing and now the world gets to see it. You go girl!

kbreints said...

Good for you!! Your work is beautiful and I.JUST.LOVE. the picture of his fingers with both sets of rings on.... made me cry!

Sol from Argentina said...

Hola Gina!
Congrats to you!
What a great opportunity to show your ::AWESOMESAUCE:: work to the ENTIRE U.S.A.!!
Have a wonderful Easter time!
Sol

Michelle P said...

So one of my fav people on one of my fav shows...it doesn't get much better than that. Congrats Gina, you know I will be watching. :)Yea!!

Mama C said...

Congrats to you! Your work is truly unique, and I never get tired of looking at your photos. I'm so excited for you.

"Oh the places you'll go!"

matt_in_the_los_angeles said...

gina...

you've become a great friend, someone who has given to us so selflessly over the past year.

i hope some day we can repay you for all that you have done for us.

in the mean time, i will give you a beer when you visit on saturday.

can't wait to see your photos and chris' video on oprah.

m. + m.

Scarlett said...

Stunning pictures! I have followed their story over the past year, and he and Maddy truly touched our hearts, and your pictures have captured them beautifully! Amazing work!

Nola said...

Wow! I'm on my way to saying, "I knew you when..."

You are the best at taking pictures. What talent!!! And you're very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your work with us. I'll be watching Oprah on Monday. YAH.

Letti said...

Wowo I knew you would be famous someday. It just goes to show you that good things happen to those that do good to others.

Sarah said...

Wow, Congrats Gina - that's so exciting for you and your husband!! The episode airs on my 21st birthday, so I'm pretty excited for that present :)

Mark Leonard said...

Great photos, Gina.

Lucia Photography said...

I cant wait! Awesome Gina. Im jealous for sure. I am an Oprah fanatic....

molliejanephotography said...

That is so exciting!!!! I will definitely watch!

LSaldivar said...

Gina...that's so exciting! You did an awesome job capturing them together and the video was amazing too! I'll be sure to tune in on the 13th.

rowena said...

Thanks for that link... I'll be checking it out. You know how proud I am of you and Chris, you make a super team! Looking forward to the viewing party :)

Meg said...

What a beautiful story and a gorgeous little girl!

Julie Weaver said...

Gina, I have been meaning to give you a HUGE shout out on this! Your images absolutely ROCKED tha house on Oprah and could not be more proud of your accomplishments!
Love you girl!