Adorable Family Sneak Peek | Family Photographer Tucson
Dear to My Heart | Tucson Children’s Photographer
As many of you might remember, I got really personal last year and posted about my sweet niece Oaklynn. Oaklynn has a neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is like autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and anxiety disorder all in one. It is caused by a defect in a gene on an X chromosome. It is a very rare disorder, one that I had never heard of until my sweet niece. Well because of her diagnosis, I have made it my mission to raise awareness about this disorder. I have offered to photograph Rett families and share their story on my blog as a way of raising more awareness.
Last month I had the chance to meet another Rett girl, Sophia. Sophia is very different than Oaklynn in her abilities, she is what is considered atypical. She can walk, say some words, and do many other things that our sweet Oaklynn can’t currently do. It was hard seeing how much more advanced she is, but gives us hope that Oaklynn can continue to progress in ways in the future.
I asked her mother to share more information about her beautiful daughter and also share information on a fundraiser coming up. I will be there photographing the event so if you would like to come support, that would be fabulous!
When we had our first daughter Sophia, 8 years ago, my life had new meaning.
Every one of Sophia’s achievements made me swell with pride. She talked up a storm, waved, and shouted “Hello” to strangers in the store. She giggled with us, snuggled us, and played with us.
And then, around 18 months… it all faded. Leaving a shadow of the girl we knew.
And so began Sophia’s story (watch it here).
What we didn’t know then was that Sophia has Rett Syndrome. It is a neurological disorder that hits typically developing girls suddenly, leaving many with no remaining language, limited independent motor skills and serious medical conditions during the course of its attack on their precious minds.
Sophia stopped talking, didn’t recognize her father, and began to have seizures. I felt like my child had been kidnapped, yet she was right in front of me.
We’ve learned that Sophia has an atypical form of the disorder, which made it possible for her to regain some language. We’re lucky, doctors say, since so many other mothers of girls with Rett have never heard their daughters call them “Mommy” since their regressions.
Today—there is reason for hope. Researchers have recently discovered through mouse models of the disorder that the symptoms are reversible.
So today—my life has new meaning… To fund this research that is cutting edge and at the beginning of opening doors not only for Sophia but also for Autism Spectrum and other neurological disorders. It’s a journey we can’t make alone. So we reach out to you.
To join us on the path for a cure:
Our second annual fundraiser on behalf of the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, is April 11, 2013. We’re so deeply appreciative of the sponsorships, auction items, ticket purchases, and donations needed to make this event a success in the past.
Sponsorships and tickets are now available for the Second Chance for Sophia & Friends: Reversing Rett Syndrome Fundraiser. Here is link with information.
Thank you so much for your support,
Audra and Jim
*Contributions are deductible. RSRT is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID 26-0687439
I wanted to share images from our session together of this beautiful family. I am so grateful I got to photograph them and capture some sweet memories for them to keep forever!
Little Cutie | Tucson Children’s Photographer
I got to hang out with this adorable little girl today. Isn’t she a doll? I wanted to post a quick sneak peek before Christmas, she is just to cute not to make the blog!
I can’t believe Christmas is only a few days away. We are ready and excited!!!
Adorable B Family | Tucson Foothills Family Photographer
I had the chance to photograph this gorgeous family again this year. I am loving all my repeat clients, it’s so fun to see them again and see how much their adorable kids have grown. We met in the foothills for these pictures and got some great shots. Aren’t they just such a beautiful family?
I can’t believe Christmas is a month away, where has the time gone? I am looking forward to all the other Tucson families I get to photograph this next month!
H Family Pictures | Tucson Family Photographer
I had so much fun photographing this beautiful family. Our session was at Agua Caliente Park here in Tucson. The kids did wonderful and their daughter had the cutest personality ever. They are such a wonderful family, I am so blessed with such amazing clients.
If you are interested in a session, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
H Family Sneak Peek | Family Photographer in Tucson
I met this adorable family at Agua Caliente Park here in Tucson this week for their photo session. Aren’t they just the most beautiful family? The kids did awesome, they were such troopers. I can’t wait to finish editing their session, we got lots of great family pictures. My favorite so far is the black and white of Mom and her daughter below, aren’t they gorgeous?
I will post the rest soon!
Final Face 2 Face Images | Tucson Children’s Photographer
I couldn’t leave these adorable little kids off my blog. They are the last of the models I got to photograph at our Bloom Face 2 Face workshop this summer.
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Sweet One Year Old | Tucson Baby Photographer
I wanted to post the final images from this adorable little one year old I photographed last month. She was the cutest little thing to work with, I just loved capturing her sweetness.
I am continuing to book sessions for the Holidays, if you would like to reserve a spot, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.