Sunday, October 23, 2011

My first tiny light.. | Tiny Light Foundation

I joined Tiny Light Foundation in the Spring and was happy to be matched with a family this fall.  :)  Tiny light Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides free professional photography for children and families that have been faced with a life altering diagnoses. The foundation's mission:

"Our mission is to provide and capture memories that will help provide a family with one less thing to worry about. In the mist of dealing with doctors appointments, specialist appointments or just the daily life of medicines, rushing here to there for weights, check ups, and the many many other things we deal with in everyday life. A lot of the time photographs seem to take a back burner and not only with time, but with funds. When we look back we want to remember and even though you may not forget what you and your child has gone through we always want more we need the memories to last "Forever". 
~ Tiny Light Website

I am blessed to be part of this great foundation and happy to volunteer my time and talents to families who are well deserving of this gift of photography.

So, this week.. I met EMILY! 90% of the time, when I meet with a family for the first time, the children often get shy and I just let them be. But when Emily's mom introduced her to me, she gave me the sweetest smile! :) Emily is a happy and beautiful 3.5 year old! :) She is also a very sweet big sister to Avery. Emily's favorite color is pink! :) She loves princess dress-ups and loves playing with her dolls! :)

When her mom was on her 20th week of pregnancy, she was diagnosed with a severe case of hydrocephalus and advised that it was best to terminate the pregnancy. The doctors knew there was something wrong but couldn't determine what exactly.

When Emily was born, she appeared healthy but at 2 years old she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She goes to physiotherapy every week and wears braces for her legs to help stretch her muscles and for proper alignment.

Emily is now in Kindergarten and enjoying it!  Emily's middle name is HOPE! If Emily's parents didn't have Hope, Emily might have not been here today.

Meet Sweet Emily, and her beautiful family!

I love your smile and laughter Emily! :)