Always a pleasure to work with this sweet family. It seems like yesterday I was photographing their first born, Daniel, who is now a proud big brother. And now, I have the pleasure of introducing you to his sweet little sister, Mabel, born September 3rd and weighing just shy of 6 lbs. Welcome to the world, little darlin’.
I am so pleased to introduce you to sweet Audrey Mae and her beautiful mama, Brittany. I am so excited and happy for this family! During Audrey’s shoot, Brittany referred to her as their little “miracle baby,” and I’ll tell you why:
At 36, Brittany was diagnosed with Aggressive Invasive Breast Cancer during her pregnancy and underwent chemotherapy – all while pregnant.
Until I met Brittany, I didn’t even know it was possible to safely undergo chemotherapy while carrying a child (a miracle in itself). Not to mention, I simply cannot imagine everything that must’ve rocketed through Brittany’s head after receiving that dreaded phone call with her biopsy results. At that time, she was already a mother of two and had just quit her fast-paced advertising job to become a stay-at-home-mom.
I have been thinking a lot about Brittany leading up to her shoot and check her blog and Facebook page regularly for updates. And yesterday, I saw a post with some very exciting news. Brittany’s recent PET scan showed the cancer has not spread to other places in her body. While Brittany may have a long road ahead (she’ll be starting more chemo next week, bless her heart), that road is filled with optimism and remarkable bravery. Brittany, you are unbelievably inspiring!
I know Brittany would want me to share this with you:
“People ask how they can help and there are two ways (1) Please add us to your daily prayers and church prayer lists (2) PLEASE women, do monthly self breast exams and everyone, please encourage your mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, wives, friends – all the females you know (even if they are in their 20’s) to do monthly self exams and get mammograms.
STAT – There has been a 2% annual increase in invasive breast cancer in U.S. women under 40 over the last three decades. This is alarming because young women are less likely to perform regular self-exams or seek out mammograms AND cancers diagnosed in younger women are more aggressive and therefore more life-threatening. The good news is, when caught early, the disease is more manageable.
The majority of the stories I’ve heard are from women YOUNGER than me. Meaning, younger than 37!!! This is very disconcerting to me. So, I beg you to please encourage your loved ones to do monthly self exams.”
If you’re interested in reading Brittany’s journey so far – here is her blog:
I can’t tell you how excited I was to work with the Franconi family and meet their sweet new addition, Virginia. As you can see, there is no shortage of beauty and love in this family. Congratulations, Genna and Pete (and Grandma and Grandpa, on their first grand baby). I know you’ve had three months to practice, but I can already tell you’ve got this baby thing down.
Oh gosh sometimes these new tiny babies get me all teary during the edit process. Well shoot, okay that’s a lie. It happens every time! They are just sooo little and they seem to grow at what seems like the speed of light at this age. Neiley was just 4.9 pounds on her birthday (7/3/14) and her brother Brooks was just 4.2 pounds. I have never photographed babies so itsy bitsy, so these two were a record for Letter B.
Anyhoo. Congratulations, Peterson Family. You were all so lovely to work with. Thank you for welcoming me into your home and allowing me to capture this special time in your lives.