I want to introduce you to someone who I admire tremendously. This is Mary Tipton Carter ("MT"). MT is 9 years old and loves the Georgia Bulldogs, rollerblading, swimming, tennis, dancing, and any type of art project. She has two adorable younger sisters and her parents are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet. A little more than 9 months ago, MT's pediatrician sent her to the hospital for abdominal pain, nausea, and fever (suspecting appendicitis or a stomach virus on top of an ear infection she already had.) During an ultrasound of her abdomen to examine MT’s appendix, the technician spotted an abnormality on her ovary.
The ER physician suspected a twisted ovary and assumed it was causing the abdominal pain and vomiting. Mary Tipton had emergency surgery to untwist the ovary, but instead, the surgeon found a mass on her ovary. Pathology confirmed it was Ovarian Dysgerminoma, a rare type of germ cell tumor that is aggressive, but thankfully treatable.
MT began her first round of chemotherapy in March 2015, losing her hair shortly thereafter. She completed her final course of chemo (three total) in May 2015. The photo MT is holding was taken in June, a few weeks after her last treatment. I love how she rocks a giant, beautiful smile in each photo!
Mary Tipton will need scans every 3 months for 3 years, then every 6 months for 2 years. After 5 years of clear scans, she can officially be declared a survivor by our oncology team. MT has had three clear scans since May!
HERO: A person or character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage, bravery or self-sacrifice for some greater good; a man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities.
Mary Tipton, you are MY hero!
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I haven't posted my own kiddos in a while. They have gotten so big and well, sh*t, that makes me super sad. I didn't realize when I bought them these t-shirts how perfectly suited they are. "Imperfectly Perfect" and "Rebel." Yep, that about sums them up. As you can see, they think they're runway models.
These sweet kids used to live here but now live in sunny Phoenix, AZ. I had the pleasure of photographing Bo and Massey when they came back to visit family last week. It has been SO hot and humid here in Atlanta, so I surprisingly talked them into meeting me at 7:15 am (eek!). I think it really paid off, however, to beat the heat and capture them in the sweet morning light. Enjoy:
I'd like to introduce Avery Madison, who was only 6 days old for her newborn session. She was so expressive when she was awake (and asleep) and I was so happy to capture some of those sweet moments. And can you believe her hair?! If only we could all be so lucky. Avery definitely "wins" for the fullest head of hair on any newborn I've photographed. Just gorgeous! Enjoy:
This is my third time working with Spencer. I just love this little guy. He is completely busting with personality and is always so well-mannered. (Look how little he was at our first session here). Spencer rides the adorable heart-embellished pony, Whymsical, at Chastain Horse Park. He is SO good with her. The cute pup you see is named, Winston, and I fell in love with him, too. Enjoy:
When I came home from this shoot, my husband asked me how it went. I said, "I wish they were our neighbors." The Castro's are seriously some of the nicest people I've ever met. They were all so laid back, happy, and playful with each other during their session. I think these photos show how they really are and I love that. Side note: Beth Castro is the owner of Mae's Bakery in Buckhead in the Lenox Village shopping center. If you haven't been, you should check them out. They offer some seriously divine treats, savories, and Counter Culture Coffee. Oh, and guess who Beth named the bakery after? Yep, their beautiful daughter, Mae.
Ya'll know how much I love freckles, so this sweet little girl was a dream to photograph. Her Mom told me upon arrival that she did her own hair, nails, and even picked out her own outfit. I think she did a FABULOUS job! I love that she read "The Day the Crayons Quit" aloud while in the comfort of her playroom (one of my favorite books to read with our girls.) Enjoy: