Sunday, February 28, 2010

On Deck!!!!

I am so excited to post this session, but here is a very sweet sneak peek of our afternoon for now!!!! :) Stay tuned... ;)

Thank you Chris for documenting such a beautiful family!!!! ;)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Open up your heart!

and send this family your love and support...

You would not know it by just looking at Aaron, because of his spunky little personality or him flashing a wink at you....
because just that alone can melt you to pieces when he does that.. :) but Aaron does need a healthy heart and a healthy kidney to keep going on in life.... I was honored to meet and photograph the Tanner family a couple weeks ago in Los Angeles.

During December, I put out my annual Giving is awesome campaign, and I received many touching entries, but when I read the Tanner families story from Melissa Bowman, I knew I wanted to give them something special and memories they would cherish forever.. I wish I could have given them much more..

I wish I was a great writer to explain how this family touched MY heart, the one thing I probably take for granted... But trust me, they did in many more ways than I could ever explain in one post... They sure did...

content from The Tanner's blog

Before Elizabeth and Mark’s 4th son Aaron was born he was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition — only the right side of his heart was working, “hypoplastic left heart” they called it. After he was born he had to remain at UCSF for 6 weeks. Elizabeth would bring Aaron’s cheerful 2 year old brother Ethan with her to visit, who delighted in kissing his new little brother.

A week after they finally got to bring Aaron home, 2 year old Ethan came down with what seemed to be the flu but he was inconsolable. With baby Aaron in her arms they took Ethan to the hospital. When he didn’t respond to an oxygen mask they decided to intubate him.

As the tube entered his chest they discovered his chest was saturated with fluid that came rushing out, drowning any chance the medical team had of getting him the oxygen he needed. Their beautiful little Ethan died. “Pertrophic Cardiomyopathy” they called it, that doesn’t, unfortunately give much warning, death is often one of the first symptoms.

Elizabeth buried a part of her soul with Ethan but remaining completely dead was not an option for her. She had to stay positive for her husband, for their 2 older sons and of course for their precious Aaron.

Aaron, now age 4, and 3 open heart surgeries later, just found out on Monday that he now faces his biggest challenge yet. Due to renal failure that is putting too much pressure on his heart, he must have a heart and kidney transplant simultaneously in order to survive.

To read more about Aaron and see what you can do to help, GO HERE

see what I mean.... I MELTED!!!!! ;)

and you gotta love a boy who can sport True Religion jeans like this.... :)

and handsome big brothers... :)

One beautiful family... ;)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beautiful people...

okay, I think I said this before, but I am pretty lucky to photograph such beautiful people... Hey, I can't help all my clients are this happy, funny, and so beautiful.. :) ... another fun family session wrapped up in Redlands, and it was a blast.... :)

Here is a small peek of our afternoon.. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

More fun from PPB

Here is some more family fun from my family session with DeNai and her family, founder and creator of Petunia Pickle Bottom.

I could of kept shooting this gorgeous family till the sun came down, but I knew they had a long drive ahead of them.. But as you can see, the boys had a blast as well.. :)

Thanks again DeNai..

hey, let me help you lil' bro...

little closer...
oops!, too close!!!!

my turn!!! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Thank you CHILD STYLE... :)

ooooh, Lookey, Look... :) It's my picture on the cover and for the spread of Petunia Pickle Bottom... This was such a fun shoot to work on... Big "Thank you's" go to the editor of Child Style Magazine, Gemma Booker and DeNai, Braden and Korie from PPB for a awesome experience and trusting me with these images... Thank you, Thank you...

I have more of the family pictures to blog on this session, they will come up next.. :)

and look again.. it's me..., featured inside... :)

Thank you again Gemma... :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I love Facebook :)

Have I told you I love facebook, I think I've told you.... well, let me just tell you again... :) I love it... I love it for many things.. Networking, meeting new friends, and the best part... FARMVILLE.... Okay, that last one was a lie... ha!!! Kidding Farmers... :)

I love it mostly because I have reconnected with so many friends from the past.. Like many years ago past... Wowza!!! and it is so great to see how all my former classmates are doing and so fun catching up with them... :)

Jenny was a former classmate of mine that I have reconnected with through facebook... :) and she is just as beautiful as I remembered her.... She is now married with a beautiful family and I was beyond honored when she contacted me to photograph her awesome family...

Here is a mini look at our afternoon together... :)