Dressed to a T

This little girl always has the cutest outfits and accessories that her momma finds and it is always fun to see what she has for her sessions. I did see the cutest pair of fringe boots on her this past weekend while at a school festival so I am hoping those make an appearance at the next session (they are beyond cute). Anyway, little miss made so many cute faces that she had her parents and I laughing over and over. I just love kids with personality! So…check out the sweetness below!

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Amanda’s Cancer Journey

I have known Amanda for awhile now and I had the opportunity to photograph her in the early fall and I am just now getting them all posted. I asked Amanda if she wanted to share a little bit of her journey with cancer and she was kind enough to do so. Read Amanda’s story below and be amazed at this strong and vibrant woman. She rocks!
From Amanda…
I am a 40 year old mother of 3, wife to a Great Man and I am a 2x cancer survivor.  In August 2012, I was in the shower and felt a “welp” under my left collar bone.  With the job I have sometimes we get bumped, so I figured maybe it was a bruise.  The next day it was still there. I had my husband look at it to tell me if it was real. I have been a mammographer since 2002 and when he told me “yeah its something” I had that gut feeling that it was cancer.  I went straight to the computer and went to my GYN doctors website and requested an emergency appointment.  The next afternoon I saw him and was scheduled for a mammogram and ultrasound the following day.  I had my first mammogram at age 30 another at 35 and one just 5 months prior to finding this lump.  All were negative until this one.  I knew from my experience as a mammographer, after the ultrasound was finished that I had some type of breast cancer.  I went home locked myself in my room and cried screamed into my pillow, my bed at the walls all weekend.  On Monday morning, I woke up got dressed for work and told myself “SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP! the pity party was over and now it is time to fight and WIN!  I have bad days where I question why me?  Then I have to remind myself that I would not wish this on anyone.  I would rather it be me than anyone else.  Since I have it I might as well learn to be a fighter.  I have been fighting ever since!!

I opted to have bilateral mastectomies and then to many surgeries later I was cancer free.  I do not regret any decision I made.  These were decisions I made on my own the most important advice I could give anyone for any DIAGNOSIS is to do what makes you feel better not what others tell you that you should do.  At the end of the day, you are the one that lives with those decisions not anyone else.

In May 2015 I was diagnosed with a rare squamous cell carcinoma.  I have since had the infected lymph nodes removed and started a new chemo regiment.  4 days every three weeks for 6 treatments.  I am still fighting and LIVING!  That is the other advice I can give….Live, Laugh, Enjoy and surround yourself with positive influences.  Leave the sad emotional questioning things for one day a week.  Get them over all at once and throw them away.  Do not dwell on unproductive topics.  One of the most inconsiderate things anyone has asked me is “So how long did they give you?”  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!  I respond with well its not today.

Thank you Ursula for taking your time and talent to take these pictures.

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Finally… We had the Session

Sometimes we have to reschedule sessions due to weather, or sickness or baby falls and scrapes. But, we had to reschedule this session several times (mostly due to weather) and so I was so excited that we finally got some amazing (and rather warm) winter weather and super amazing pictures! This family is too cute and the picture of this little boy and his dog? LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t pick a favorite for anything (ok, ok, maybe the dog in the wagon picture). Thanks y’all for your patience and for a great session!

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