Archive for March, 2010

Victoria

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I’m going to guess I’m not the only one who sits around thinking “I want to volunteer more!” and then never gets around to it because there’s an album that needs designing, pictures that need editing, or whatever. Luckily, sometimes opportunities to give just fall right into your lap.

I got an email on Christmas from a girl named Victoria asking if I could take some pictures for a book she was writing with help from The Dream Factory, which is a non-profit that helps chronically and terminally sick kids achieve their dreams. Victoria is a sparkly person. I knew it as soon as I met her, she’s got this breathless enthusiasm that is totally contagious. A Lyme Disease carrying tick tried to tone down her sparkle, but I’m pretty sure it just made her shine even brighter. For the past five years, she’s dealt with the devastating effects of chronic Lyme Disease including seizures, daily I.V. antibiotics, and even a coma. She’s been chronicling her journey, as well as progress on the book on her blog and she asked for my help with creating a multimedia package to send to authors to write her foreword.

When I arrived at Victoria’s dorm, she started getting out the supplies for her daily I.V. antibiotics… boxes and boxes of stuff more fitting of a pharmacy than a dorm room. We put on our masks and she got to work, accessing a port by her clavicle. I asked if it hurt, and she said the area was numb from being punctured daily. The treatment takes an hour, and she did it every single day for about one full year. I’m happy to report that she is off the I.V. now! Yay Victoria!!!
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Victoria wants to use her newfound expertise to go into the medical field and help others.
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Now we wait.
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Fortunately, a teen and a cellphone make the time go by quickly. :)
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Once it’s over, she has to clear the line and then bandage the area.
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We had planned to do a couple of different shoots, Victoria likes to jog and take walks with her friends, however one unfortunate symptom of Lyme Disease is that it causes pain receptors to misfire, basically telling your brain that something is hurting you when nothing really is. Because of this, Victoria was in a wheelchair for a couple of months but worked with a walker to maintain her strength. I’m happy to say Victoria is now not only out of the wheelchair, but is back to running! Woo hoo!!
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Victoria wanted the potential foreword-writers to get to know her a little bit, beyond all the medical stuff. We gathered a few of her friends to play some games at a coffeehouse, and got some fun shots of Victoria in her natural state (aka laughing and having fun!) Many thanks to Spot Coffee for reserving a space for us on a very busy Saturday afternoon!
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Victoria, I’m so glad that you contacted me to help you with this project… I cannot wait to see the finished book! Your bravery in the face of such adversity is completely admirable and it was such a pleasure to spend the day with you and your friends!
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Aidan • Rochester Baby Photography

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Finally getting some of these backlogged posts out! I know it’s the “slow” season, but I am finding myself super busy… and on top of it all, I’m house hunting! It’s exciting, but I totally hate this process. I sit for hours looking at real estate websites and just clicking “refresh” over and over. I had a house, but lost it because the seller is a moron… oh well. Bigger and better things, hopefully!

A couple months ago, I got to visit my little buddy Aidan for his 2 year pictures. He is just as adorable and sweet as he was a year ago when I shot his, yep you guessed it… one year photos! :)

Dapper in his pea coat.
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Look at these eyes!
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Aidan and his dad Travis have matching shoes.
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When Aidan decided to put his little shoes on his dad, Colleen and I were hysterical… it looked SO funny! Especially when his pants covered his socks and made it look like those really were his feet.
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He’s such a good-natured kiddo.
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I can’t not photograph this kid’s eyelashes… they’re miraculous!
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I wish every kid was as easy to photograph as Aidan! He should give classes. (Are you picturing him teaching a class right now with oversized teacher glasses and a pointer? Cause I am.)
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We also did a couple of quick family shots…
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Look at this happy guy!
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I looooove the way they’re looking at eachother! And Aidan is kind of giving another Ferris Bueller-esque look… maybe he taught that to Cameron. They are buds, after all!
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Cameron • Rochester Baby Photography

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

YAY March!!!! I love March. Yep, we just got over a foot of snow, but March is when the sun starts coming out again, daylight savings begins, and it’s time to get ready one of my favorite holidays: St. Paddy’s Day! Irish music, green everywhere, Guinness cake (yes, you read that right) BAGPIPES… it’s so fun!

On to the pictures… My cousin Kristy has been on the blog a number of times- for her Vegas wedding, of course, and as a guest at a bunch of weddings I’ve shot. So, when Kristy and Tony announced they were having a baby I was like “I can’t believe someone would have a baby just to get on my blog again. Fame really is a sickness.” ;D He he… All kidding aside, they are such an adorable family and it was a fun shoot!

Look at this guy!
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I loooove this picture so much… I feel like this is the exact expression he’ll be making when he’s 6 and getting in trouble. So. cute.
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This is fun!
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But you’re a little weird Aunt Megan.
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So sweet…
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A little blue steel:
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Headed outside for a couple family pictures… I love how the strap on the hat sort of constricts his babycheeeeks!
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Cameron was a little fussy (hey it was cold, I don’t blame him) so Kristy and Tony were trying to get him to cheer up, and then he shot me this look. Seriously is this not the look of a child thinking “I have got them wrapped around my finger.” I think they have a little Ferris Bueller on their hands…
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And one last one…
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Thanks guys!