Month: December, 2010

{Milestone} Miss A is ONE! – San Antonio Child Photographer, San Antonio Family Photographer

December 31, 2010 · 7:47 am

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of capturing all of Miss A’s milestones during the past year – from a sweet, cuddly newborn, to a curious baby, and now to an active toddler, Miss A has never had an issue showing all her spunkiness! Is that even a word?

For this session we decided to head downtown for a little something different. Miss A was much more interested in checking out all the fun stuff than posing, for photos, but here and there her sweet little personality would shine through (umm hello thumbsucker!).

And wouldn’t you know it, we finally captured big sister – the elusive G – rarely seen and always heard, G is a spitting image of her gorgeous Mama. I had to include one of her solo shots!

Guys, thanks again for the great conversation and super fun session. Can’t wait to do it again!

{New Beginnings} M’s Senior Session – San Antonio Senior Photographer, High School Senior Photographer

December 24, 2010 · 4:39 am

I was SO excited to meet M about her senior photos. She’s super fun, outgoing – and have I mentioned she’s crazy gorgeous too? I love her fun carefree way, and her gentle nature with her horse Gracie. (Oh and her sense of style – seriously – do you not LOVE that jacket!!) We met out at the farm where Gracie lives with all of her (not so) little friends (and daughter – yes, that gorgeous creature is a mama!). M & I played around with Gracie for a bit, and then wandered off to do some stuff on our own.

These are just a few of my favs, and I’m sure to be posting more over the next few days – I just really wanted to get a little sneak peek up before Christmas for M & her family to enjoy.

M, it was a pleasure. I can’t wait for our Senior Rep session in the Spring – we will have a blast (again!)

{Tick Tock} A’s Maternity Session – San Antonio Maternity Photographer

December 20, 2010 · 6:29 am

A was referred to me by one of my amazing clients and I couldn’t be happier about it! She’s just a doll, with a loving husband (and his adorable son!) and their soon to be born little boy….Just all in all, a very sweet & kind family.

We met at a local field to get these great shots at sunset – and I am so happy with how they turned out!

A had a great idea of painting her bell with their handprints – I just adore the collage!!

Thanks A for a great session – can’t wait to meet little L soon!

{Expecting} M’s Maternity Shoot – San Antonio Maternity Photographer

December 20, 2010 · 5:36 am

What a gorgeous and HAPPY couple! I had so much fun wandering about downtown San Antonio doing M’s maternity shoot.

I’m not sure who’s more excited to do the newborn shoot in a few weeks – me or her. With a couple this amazing laid back and down to earth, it’s bound to be a really great time just like the maternity session!

M braved a chilly & cloudy San Antonio afternoon to get these shots – and more!

Here are a few of her favs (and mine too!)

{Strength} Elijah’s Story – San Antonio Child Photographer, San Antonio Photographer

December 9, 2010 · 7:13 pm

Elijah. This kid is a spirit, a force to be reckoned with. Sweet, loving, tenacious and a firecracker he is 100% boy.

I had a chance to pair up with the Kid’s Cancer Crusade, a wonderful organization helping out those kiddos & their families who have been dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

I’ll let Elijah’s Mom tell you his story – grab a tissue you just might need it!

Elijah’s Story
Elijah was born December 9, 2004. He was a relatively healthy baby, but suffered from asthma and allergies. Even with these ailments he was a happy child who was always smiling. He enjoyed being the man of the house with mom and older sister Jaidyn.

In November of 2007 Elijah came down with a fever and some muscle aches. His teachers at daycare noticed that he was sitting out during playtime, even though he always played before, even when he didn’t feel well. After a particularly rough night in which Elijah could not sleep because of the muscle aches, I decided he needed to go to the emergency room. At this point in his life, just shy of 3 years old, Elijah was not excited about going to see the doctor, but when I asked if he needed to go he completely agreed.

Early on the morning of November 17, 2007 Elijah and I headed to the emergency room, thinking he would be given some antibiotics and we would be on our way home. After a few hours the doctor decided he needed to order some blood work. He let me know that he suspected his blood counts may be abnormal which could indicate some type of cancer. While waiting for the results, Elijah called his Nana and asked her to come sit with us.

No too long after the blood work was done, a new doctor walked in and the news was written all over his face. Dr. Estrada told us that Elijah had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and would be admitted to Methodist Children’s Hospital immediately to begin treatment. During these many hours, Elijah allowed himself to be poked and prodded, with little complaint, but you could tell he was still in pain. Once settled into his room, Elijah received some medication that made him feel much better, and like his old silly self. Although I was still in shock, seeing Elijah laughing, smiling, and making jokes again gave me the feeling that everything would be ok.

Over the next couple of days, Elijah had his first surgery, the placement of a port, and received his first dose of chemo. Although he did not understand what was happening, he still did his best to make everyone laugh, and soon became a favorite of all the nurses. He made many new friends, and met another doctor, Dr. Quezada (whom Elijah nicknamed “The Man”), who would be seeing Elijah at the Children’s Cancer and Blood Center. After a week of treatment, Dr. Quezada let us know that the chemo was working incredibly, and that all of the cancer cells had been wiped out and Elijah was officially in remission.

We settled into the hospital for another two and a half weeks, again with little complaint from Elijah. I believe that although he wanted to go home, and to see his friends at school, he understood that the doctors and nurses were making him better and that was most important. After being released from the hospital we moved into a new house right around the corner from Nana, and began his treatment program.

Elijah has been in treatment for three years and has just about 5 months left. Over these three years he has had countless doctors’ appointments and received numerous medications. He has received chemotherapy through his port, orally, and interthecally (directly into his spine via a lumbar puncture). He also received ten days of radiation therapy. Throughout all these treatments, Elijah has come to love going to the CCBC and any other doctor and actually looks forward to treatment. He takes his oral medications without a fuss, actually chewing them without a drink (eww!) and LOVES having any procedure where he has to be sedated because he likes the “sleepy juice”.

Elijah has tolerated all of this treatment incredibly well, having only been admitted two times other than his initial hospitalization. People who don’t know him are shocked to know he has been fighting this battle. In March of 2008, the Make-a-Wish Foundation sent the family to stay at Give Kids the World Village and to visit Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and Sea World Orlando. Elijah had the time of his life, and Jaidyn, Nana, and I had trouble keeping up with him!

Elijah attended pre-k last year, and is now enjoying Kindergarten. He has served as a spokesman for cancer awareness at his school, and answered questions for his fellow students about what he is going through. Although he is not as healthy as other children, he is still the same happy, silly boy he was before his diagnosis. He has taught many around him to be thankful for what they have and to face any setbacks head-on and to fight with all you have.

Elijah & Family, thank you for sharing your story with me. I hope you enjoy your photos!

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