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Entries in Inspiration Through Art (2)

Wednesday
Jul112012

Inspiration Through Art- Meet Sweet Naomi

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!

Sunday
Oct022011

Inspiration Through Art - Meet Little Emma

I am lucky enough to belong to a wonderful organization called Inspiration Through Art. Photographers around the world donate their talent to photograph the little heroes that surround us all.

"Inspiration Through Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to give back, and make a difference through the beauty of art. We are artists with a passion for giving and inspiring others. Through our own artistic talents we are able to come together as one, to let children around the world know that they are loved,despite the challenges they face everyday."

Back in August I was contacted by Suzanne for session with her baby girl Emma.  I was immediately touched by her story.  I asked Suzanne to write a few words telling Emma's amazing story...

"Emma Grace was born on December 17, 2009.  Her Dad and I had an idea that she may have Down Syndrome from some early tests that were done but deep down I think I always knew.  Emma had 3 holes in her heart and a bicuspid valve that should be a tricuspid.  Two of the holes have closed and we hope the last one will as well and she wont need surgery.  The valve is working well and it is being watched. She has hypothyroidism and  reflux that she takes medication for to control. She is our miracle, and has blessed our family in so many ways.  We love her extra chromosome and every little thing about her.  Emma started walking at 20 months and I don't think anything is going to stand in her way. She has taught me to slow down and cherish the little things as well as the big milestones.  We had to wait a long time for our little Miss Em, almost 9 years but she has definitely been worth the wait!"


Here are some of my favorite images from the session:



Thank you so much Suzanne for choosing me to photograph your beautiful family.  It was truly an honor to meet you all!!