I love this Mama. She is one of my favorite people in the world. I first met Aubrey at church a few years ago when her daughter, Addy was just 6 months old. During their first session with me, Aubrey stated that they were “done having kids.” Fast forward about a year, and I am in the OR photographing the birth of her son, Colton. I am so lucky to be the one that Aubrey has chosen as her official family photographer. I have loved watching her kids grow up from teeny babies to kids.
The beauty of the way I shoot is that kids get to be kids. Yes, I’ll get your posed shot that Grandma wants for the fireplace mantel, but other than that, I want your kids to be themselves. Throw your arms out wide and spin in circles, enjoy that sucker, and wander around this beautiful landscape with your mama. Be yourself and have fun. These sessions are my absolute favorite because they have nothing to do with me, and everything to do with you and your family. My job is to capture your interaction, your love, your laughter, and your whimsy. These sessions are full of giggling and playing, and it’s perfect.
Thank you, Aubrey, for choosing me as your official family photographer. I hope you love your photos and plaster them all over your walls for your kids to look at each day. xoxo
This is Thomas Maeda. Thomas is 17-years-old. When Thomas was 13-years-old, he complained about some pain he was having, so his mom, Emily, took him to the doctor. He was initially misdiagnosed with a hematoma on his kidney. After 10 days of growing pain, Emily took him back to the doc because the pain seemed way too much for a hematoma. They did an ultrasound which confirmed what had been on the original CT that the radiologist had disregarded: he had a 10 cm tumor growing on his kidney. He was thirteen years old, and about to take a trip to Spain to visit friends. At the time, Emily had a five-month old baby. Thomas was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer. It had metastasized to his lungs and he had multiple tumors in his lungs. Thankfully, he had the best form of Wilms’ Tumor cancer. His prognosis was a 70% survival rate. He had chemo and radiation for nine months.
After his surgery to remove the tumor, he was unable to eat almost anything for about three weeks because of the trauma to his gut. He lost over 30 pounds and slipped down to under 85 pounds at his worse point (he was 5’8″). The chemo made him more sick than it was supposed to so he had to have a feeding tube during his entire treatment because he couldn’t gain weight. He battled intense nausea and vomiting for the entire treatment. His amazing Mama cleaned up lots of puke, and his teeth now show the effects of nine months of puking – 17 cavities on his top teeth alone!
BUT he finished, and so far, has been cancer FREE, another point of thankfulness for this awesome family! You can follow Thomas’ journey on their personal blog at Lifting Up Thomas.
I got to photograph this big, amazing, fun-loving family a couple of weeks ago, and I was hooked. I was hoping to adopt every last one of them. Enjoy one of my favorite sessions to date with the Maeda family! I am so enamored with my St. Baldrick’s families! They are strong, resilient, determined, and full of faith and hope. I walk away inspired EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I meet a new family.
New cute boy clothing alert from Rock-A-Boy Apparel! Today’s Mama Swag Monday features some darling duds!
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times. It is so hard to find cute, unique clothing for boys in stores. I have had the best success online, and Rock-A-Boy is one of my favorites. This online boutique is exclusively for boys who rock! And let’s be honest, these boys rock.
These onesies are soft, well-worn with quality screen printing. They are gorgeous! You just know you’re putting your kids in high-quality clothing when you order from Rock-A-Boy. Jax is rocking some onesies, but they have so much more: pants, rompers, belts, hats, and tees for your older boys.
If you need a new summer wardrobe for your boys, head over to the blog to see the latest styles and trends. You will love the new finds, especially the shorts for summer! To stay up-to-date on all the new apparel rolling out for the summer, follow Rock-A-Boy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You will love dressing your boys in such fun, unique clothing that you can’t find in stores.
Thank you for letting us brag on your clothes! We have a new online boutique to keep the boys looking dapper!