Mrs “T”….. giving back and an update! (Charlotte Family Photographer)

Giving back and being a part of your community is so very important and well….. rewarding.  I am so lucky that my job is one that allows me to bring just a little spark of happiness to those around me…. especially in times of stress and need.  

Mrs T,

It was so wonderful to meet your beautiful family!  I am so happy to hear that your surgery went well and hope you have a speedy recovery! 



I”m in the middle of boxing up my house for our move on Monday so I’ll keep this short and sweet!  Please be patient with me as I may be without internet for several days while we move into our new house and get set up. 


Ellie and Grace turn 8! ~Charlotte Children’s Photographer~

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments and prayers for Ellie and Grace and Team Potvin!  As you may have already read… after this chemo/treatment the Dr.’s are only giving Ellie a 10% chance of survival.  Heartbreaking to even think about! 


Well the girls are turning 8 at the end of the month.  As you can imagine… this birthday is very special to them and their family as they do not know if Ellie will be with them this same time next year.  If you feel compelled…. here is a link to donate to their celebration.


Thank you again for all the love and kind words but most of all the support you have shown the Potvin family!  All of your kind and caring hearts make me believe even more in miracles!





~Lift up Ellie~ Celebrate Life Session

It’s not often in your life that you have those “moments”.  Moments when you think to yourself…. I was meant to meet this person.  This person will always be a part of my life and my life is better, from knowing her/them/him.  Well that “moment” happened to me this weekend.

I was contacted through a friend about the Potvin family.  I was told about their terrible struggle.  I read their caringbring site and just cried. 

Amy is living every mother’s nightmare.  Everyday since I read their caringbridge site I have thought of them and now that I had the GREAT GREAT pleasure of meeting them…. I think of them even more.  I try to image how Amy is feeling right now.  I just can’t image the whirlwind of emotions surround something so surreal as the possibility of loosing your child.  Your twin child.  The nauseous feeling that must follow you day in and day out.  The feeling of being helpless to protect your baby.  The anger.  The despair.  The hope.

I’m not a big “writer” and most of my words are probably  “>misspelled but I really felt that I wanted to share “Team Potvin” with you as they have touched my heart and my soul……………………… and they NEED A MIRACLE.  For those of you out there who believe in miracles too – please keep them in your heart, your thoughts and your prayers.

Meet Ellie.


Meet Grace


Ellie and Grace are 7 years old.
They are twins
They love to sing
They love barbies
Ellie is battling Stage IV Cancer
Ellie went back into the hospital today because her cancer has returned

Meet Team Potvin


What a beautiful family!  Look at all the silly things these two girls came up with!





Did I mention that the girls like to “rock out”?  Well of course we had to get them some rockin fun gear (that seriously looks like it came straight out of the 80’s…… what can I say….. wasn’t everyone a Madonna fan at some point in their life?)






Read more about Ellie and her family on her Caringbridge site

Watch Ellie and Grace as she rocks out on her youtube video.

Know a family in need?  Photographers helping in their community through Celebrate Life

The “C” family… Celebrate Life ~Charlotte Family Photographer~

I did another Celebrate Life session this weekend with a wonderful family that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing “mom” for a year or so now.  She is the preschool director for the preschool where I have taken their spring photos the last couple of years.  Somehow in conversation it came up that she had never had a family portrait taken!   She has three beautiful children but her youngest son “z” was born at 27 weeks and spent two months in the NICU with hydrocephalus (brain fluid pocket), brain hemorrhage at birth and later cerebral palsy and epilepsy.  His cerebral palsy has affected his hips and legs.  Until recently he has gotten around via wheelchair but mom is so proud to tell us that now he has new braces and a walker that he is really excited about using (even though he tires quickly).  You should see the huge smile he gets as he show you just how fast he can run with his new walker!  Not only is little man “z” getting around in a whole new fashion these days…. but mom tells me that they have finally gotten his immune system a bit stronger and his seizures under control so now he’s finally able to attend preschool this year!  I have no doubt little man “z” is  making a load of new friends!   For all that this little guy has gone through…. his spirit is so wonderful and full of life!  He really was just cracking me up with all his silliness.  Oh and I’m sure he’s able to keep such a great spirit because he has the best and strongest support system with such a wonderful and caring big brother and sister that are always looking out for him!  Meet little man “z” and his wonderful family!


Celebrate Life with the G family ~Charlotte Adoption Session~

I am please to announce that I have joined up with a new and local charity organization called Celebrate LifePrint

The Celebrate Life project was started by Angela Shea Photographyin January of 2007. It was begun as a way to give back to the community. It started as a challenge to take an active roll in the lives of the people that surround you. To give a lasting gift, one that transcends the difficulties we experience in our lives…the gift of memories.




How it Works


It is very often that we come across people in our community who are going through something in their lives. Whether it be sickness, financial difficulties, recovery, a birth that has overcome great odds, an adoption or other hardships.

Celebrate life is a way for these families to be able to document this time in their lives, whether it be to leave behind memories for those they love or to commemorate a happy and joyful time.

Images that we take mean more than just a time and a place-they are a celebration of our lives.

” If these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it is this: I was here, I was young, I was happy and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.”

-Mark Romanek

Celebrate life is a challenge to you to nominate your friends and family or those around you who are deserving of such a celebration. To take an active roll in the lives around you and notice the beauty in one another.

All Nominations will be considered. Only a few Nominations per year will be chosen for the Celebrate Life sessions.

(Taken from the Celebrate Life website)



Meet the “G” family.  They just adopted their third child…. baby “A”.  I met “mom” last year when I was taking preschool photos for Providence Presbyterian Preschool (and I will be back again in the spring of 2010!) when she happen to mention that they were making this wonderful addition to their family.  I thought it was so wonderful of them to not only adopt one child into their lives but 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOW!  Good for you guys!  Oh and did I mention that they only had a couple weeks notice with baby “A”!  Talk about rolling with the craziness of life!  How beautiful!  This little cutie would melt anyone’s heart!