You’ve heard me mention Flashes of Hope before on here, but last week I finally had my first event at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It was seriously one of the best experiences I’ve EVER had…but I have to admit, beforehand I was a little nervous. You see, I LOVE kids, I love their laughter and innocence, their ability to bring so much joy to everyone around them, and I think every child is beautiful in his or her own way. I was afraid that these children would be different because of the experiences they’ve been through (some have dealt with pain that I cannot even begin to comprehend), and that it would upset me so much that I wouldn’t be able to do my job.
I was SO wrong. These kids were…well…kids. They laugh and smile and play, make fun of their siblings, run around so fast I can’t catch them, and they bring joy to their families and to the staff at CHOP with their incredible personalities and strength. I learned a lot in that one afternoon at CHOP, in fact my time there went by way too fast.
Please visit the Flashes of Hope site at www.flashesofhope.org to see the wonderful things they do for these families and cancer research, and enjoy the following photos of my new friends!
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Welcome Mr. Baby! Remember beautiful, preggers Gina from a couple of months ago? She and her husband Tony welcomed Anthony Joseph into the world on, ready for this? MOTHER’S DAY! What an amazing Mother’s Day present! I have to admit, I am having a hard time calling this child by his actual name, because he has been referred to as Mr. Baby for so long.
I was able to pay Mr. Baby & family a visit in the hospital, and then a few weeks later for Mr. Baby’s first official photo shoot. He even got all dressed up for the occasion…I mean, c’mon a tuxedo onesie?? Does it get any better than this?
P.S. Fellow camera nerds – the hospital photos were my first run with my new Nikon D700 (#5 on my 10 in 2010 list – check!). Mr. Baby wasn’t quite fond of the fluorescent overhead lights at the ripe old age of one day, so in order for him to open his eyes we only had some very dim lights on in the room. This camera handles low light like nothing I have ever seen. I didn’t use any flash and some of the pictures were taken at 8000 ISO! Yes, 8000, and almost no noise whatsoever!! I am in love.
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Posted in Weddings, tagged Portraits, Weddings on June 4, 2010 |
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I wasn’t sure we could top Rachel & Michael’s engagement session at Villanova back in February…but I think it’s pretty safe to say, the wedding topped it. Beautiful weather (yeah, just a tad warmer than our snowy engagement session), lots of hot pink (how great does that color look??), wine flowing from very early in the day, and two wonderful families coming together to celebrate. And boy do they know how to throw a PARTY! You know people are having a good time when they continue to dance even though the band has stopped playing!
Rachel and Michael, I am just thrilled for the two of you. You treat each other and everyone around you with so much love, and you deserve all the happiness in the world. Thanks for making me feel like part of your family on your special day!
Some of the other wedding professionals and venues contributed to this amazing day:
2nd Photographer: Debra Aiken
Ceremony: St. Peter’s Church, West Brandywine, PA
Portraits: Hibernia County Park
Reception: The Desmond Hotel
Band: A Sound Investment Band (AMAZING by the way)
Florist: Whitford Florist
Dress: La Bella Moda
Tuxes: Mens Warehouse
Cake: Desserts Int’l
And in lieu of wedding favors, Rachel & Michael made a donation to the SOS Children’s Village in Rose Hall, Jamaica. How awesome is that?
Check out the video for more photos!
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