Aloha! Here is the first family I had the honor of photographing for the Mississippi Family Portrait Mini Sessions. I started these sessions in an effort to raise money for my sister's non-profit organization, the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation. Zoe Rose offers support and hope for parents of preemies. Evie Caroline and Holden were born premature, and both spent their first few months in this world at the hospital. Not only were they preemies, but their Mother, Megan, suffered extreme complications after an emergency C-section at the hospital. She actually stopped breathing and was whisked away to a specialized hospital to continue treatment. Megan didn't wake up after resuscitation and needed a ventilator to assist with her breathing. She was diagnosed with amniotic fluid embolism. She fell into a coma and was unresponsive to touch and sound. Her family prayed by her side for days, and on the morning of June 15, 2010 she awoke from her slumber! She was now awake, but the journey was not over. She spent the next three weeks in the hospital and then continued bed rest at home. After a couple of weeks she began to experience severe pain. She had a bulging disc which caused nerve spasms, sciatic nerve pain, and her body was completely out of alignment. Through medication and extensive physical therapy, Megan is finally feeling like her "old" self. Read more about the Bell Family's journey on their blog - The Bell Miracles.
Evie Caroline spent 4 months in the NICU and came home 11 days after her original due date. Holden spent 5 months in the NICU and came home 34 days after his original due date. Every day they are growing stronger and stronger. As you can see in the photos below, they are both adorable and full of joy. You would never guess that they've had such a challenging childhood. As I was editing through these images I really felt the love between the whole family. The kids love their Mom and Pop sooo much, and they obviously care about each other too. I even teared up a few times, because I was so touched by the love emanating from this family. So beautiful. I truly LOVE being a photographer. It is so much more than just snapping a few photos. I am capturing precious memories that are so meaningful for the families involved. On top of all of this, I was able to contribute to Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation, which dedicates their organization to helping families too. Yay!
I would like to thank the Bell Family for welcoming me and my camera into your world! I hope you love your photos!