Cancerversary! ~ November 2013
Not too long ago, a client of mine contacted me with a request for a photo session. Not an unusual thing…I’ve had the opportunity to photograph her and her growing family several times over the past few years. They are a beautiful family and it is always a pleasure to catch up with them. However, the request on this day was quite different than anything we’d done in the past. She wanted to do a photo session in advance of what she called her “Cancerversary” celebration. She shared with me that, about a year ago, she had been diagnosed with rectal cancer. Recognizing that the resources available to those diagnosed with rectal cancer were hard to find, Anissa, a healthcare professional, decided to do something about it. In addition to the big task of beginning her own chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she decided, with the help and support of her family and friends, to start the Ferguson Foundation. The Ferguson Foundation, Inc. is an advocacy group that supports individuals affected by rectal cancer. (Please feel free to make a donation by visiting her site at www.thefergusonfoundation.net) She decided, in the midst of her own struggle, to try to help others. How incredibly awesome…and courageous. So, as she approaches the anniversary of her diagnosis, she has decided to host a celebration of life. She continues to fight her battle, but chooses to praise in the meantime. Which brings us to the purpose of this photo session. She wanted to document this moment in her and her family’s life. She wanted to give witness to the fullness of her life and the love that surrounds her. And I truly hope that that is what we achieved.
To be honest, I was quite nervous about this session. The weight and importance of it. But, I felt truly honored to be able to capture this for her and her family. With the help of talented make-up artist, Erica Coates of Creating Visions Makeup Artistry, we were able to bring Anissa’s vision into being. I didn’t want the photos to be all about her battle, but I didn’t want us to run from it, either. So, we did a little bit of both. Here’s what we came up with….
And just a little out-take with the guys…
Continued prayers for Anissa and her family as she continues to both conquer her battle and help others face theirs! I’m truly humbled by the opportunity to take part.
The Washingtons Go To Washington ~ November 2013 ~ Washington, DC
I always love when I get to photograph a family multiple times – it’s such a joy to watch a family as it grows! I met the Washingtons a few years ago and was happy to hang out with them again the other weekend. We had initially planned an outdoor session, but it was COLD! So, instead, we decided to spend the afternoon (inside) at the Kennedy Center – with its expansive halls, stately spaces and fabulous furnishings! Here are a few of my favorites from the day…
The Coffey Family ~ November 2013 ~ VA
I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the Coffey family and their two precious little additions – the cutest twin boys. We got to take advantage of a gorgeous fall day to get some great photos of the boys. Here are a few of my favorites from the day…
Congratulations on your gorgeous family!
Family Time ~ October 2013 ~ NC
After an awesome week in the Outer Banks, I swung inland to check out one of my favorite families. Before I hit the road to come home, we snuck in a couple of minutes at the park to catch a few memories! Sisters, Toni and Al, wanted to get the boys together for their first shoot. These little ones are such cutie pies! Take a peek at some of my favorites from the day:
And perhaps my favorite chuckle photo of the day:
LOLOLOL! LOVE THIS!
This has been a Monkey Down production…lol…
Until next time my NC kiddos!
What a gorgeous day for a family photo shoot!! We thoroughly enjoyed spending the morning at the park with this crew. It’s always an honor (and very cool) to have the opportunity to photograph a family as they grow over the years. Here are a few of my favorites from the day:
March on Washington – 50th Anniversary ~ August 24, 2013 ~ Washington, DC
I had the privilege of joining the masses on the Mall in one of the commemorative events in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. On Saturday, there was a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, followed by a march to the Washington Monument. It was a very cool experience to be there and feel even perhaps a tenth of what those who came before us felt 50 years ago. Here are a couple of images from the day:
Loved this piece of artwork by artist Steve Green (www.etsy.com/shop/BADSTUDIO):
Congressman John Lewis:
The family of Trayvon Martin:
Tristan on the Move ~ July 2013 ~ Washington, DC
We lucked up on a Saturday morning where the outdoors didn’t feel like a steaming oven! And little Tristan showed up ready to play! The park was mostly all ours and I think we may have covered every foot of it…lol. He was such a good boy for the whole session! Here are a few of my favorites…
Such a cutie pie!