R Family Sneak Peek | Tucson Family Photographer
I had the chance to photograph this gorgeous family earlier this week in Oro Valley. You might recognize one of the daughter’s because I recently did her senior pictures. They are just a beautiful family on the inside and out. Here are a few I have edited so far!
What Getting Ears Pierced Looks Like | Tucson Children’s Photographer
It’s time for another month of our personal project, what ____ looks like. This month I decided to share pictures of my girls getting their ears pierced over spring break in Phoenix. My oldest had never pierced her ears because she was too afraid of the process. She wanted earrings so bad but was afraid it would hurt. Well my sister-in-law and I decided we were going to take the babies in to get their ears pierced together, and when my oldest heard about it, she decided her baby sister couldn’t have her ears pierced before her. They all did great and when it as over, my daughter said she wished she would of done it earlier because it didn’t really even hurt. I love that they did it together, it’s such a fun memory they will have!
Head over to the talented Lindsey’s site to see her post this month. Lindsey Bergstrom, Boulder Colorado Photographer
Best Job Ever |Family Photographer Tucson
My Family Pictures | Tucson Family Photographer
Last weekend my AMAZING friend and fellow photographer, Kara May, took our family pictures for us. I have been such a fan of of her work since before we started teaching workshops together. She is not only extremely talented, but one of the most genuine people I know. My kids just warmed right up to her, she is amazing at making them feel comfortable. The session was a ton of fun and huge bonus, I got the pictures back way quicker than I could of imagined. I am so grateful for not only Kara’s talent but also her friendship. She did such a beautiful job capturing my sweet family. I can’t wait to start ordering my album, and prints for my walls! I will definitely share once I get it all!
What a Month in my Life Looks Like | Tucson Family Photographer
It’s a new month which means it’s time for our What ___ Looks Like project. I love this project because it is really allowing me to capture more images of my family. Especially now that we have our new sweet little girl, I love capturing all her new fun moments and the sweet moments of my kids with her.
This month we got snow, which is a miracle for Tucson. It rarely sticks and it stuck enough to make a snowman and play in it for the day. We also started solids for the first time with Blake, she is not too sure what she thinks about them yet but we will keep trying. I am so blessed with three beautiful babies, I hate how quick they are growing up!
We had the talented Andrea Hanki join our group of ladies so please continue the circle to see her post and all of the other talent after her! Andrea Hanki | Pink Sugar Photography.
Adorable Family Sneak Peek | Family Photographer Tucson
Sweet Baby Riley | Tucson Baby Lifestyle Photographer
I know, you must think I have a million nieces and nephews because I am always posting pictures of them. Well, truth is when you have 5 siblings, you are bound to have lots of kids in the family. And right now there has been a baby boom for our family which is SO exciting because my little Blake will have so many cousins around her age.
A couple weeks ago I headed to the Phoenix area to take pictures of the newest addition. She is such a doll and her brother and sisters just ADORE her. You might be feeling sorry for my nephew, 3 sisters! But don’t feel too bad, his dad (my brother) was the only boy too, and he had 5 sisters. So my nephew has it easy
Here is the beautiful and adorable new addition, aka Blakely’s best friend for life!!!
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!