I work with a GREAT non-profit organization called Inspiration Through Art. Here is their mission statement:
"Our mission at Inspiration Through Art is to help provide and capture memories for families who are dealing with hectic schedules due to having a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life altering disability. We are here to offer emotional support through the beauty and expression art has to offer, as a way of healing and coping."
Please take some time to get to know Naomi. Emily, Naomi's mom, wrote a brief story of how brave little Naomi has been and continues to make every one around her smile!!
"Naomi was diagnosed with complex Congenital Heart disease before she was born. Looking at her, one would never know how much she has had to endure in her short 18 months on this earth. On the outside, she is a picture of health and vibrancy. However, her life events depict a different story.
At 7 days old she was sent from the NICU to the Operating Room, where she would survive a " complicated", 7 hour open heart surgery. Miraculously, Naomi not only survived, but recovered incredibly quickly, astonishing NICU doctors and nurses. Naomi was sent home about a week after surgery and discontinued all medications by three months. The first surgery was supposed to fix her broken little heart for good. Her father and I learned when she was 2 months old that her heart was still not functioning as it should. Naomi returned to the Operating Room the following May, when she was 10 months old, for another open heart surgery.
We thought her heart was finally "fixed" and we could celebrate her birthday, knowing life would get easier for her! However unfortunately, one month after her 1st birthday, it was determined that the second surgery was also unsuccessful, and that she would need a stent placed in her left pulmonary artery, via a cardiac catheterization.
Naomi has been closely monitored her whole life, and obviously has a fear of anyone in a white lab coat! Besides that one fear, she is our brave little girl who makes everyone around her smile. She has a alluring personality and displays her sweet spirit with kisses and hugs for everyone every day. We love her."
Here is my favorite photograph I captured of Naomi in the park that day during our session:
Thank you so much for choosing me Emily to photograph Naomi!! I had an amazing time meeting you all!