The Clouds Departed | Spring Hill TN Family Portrait Photographer
I met the Schuler family when I was shooting a class photo at school to be used for the PTO Silent Auction. Leslie mentioned that they had never really had family photos made (with all three children) and I knew that had to be fixed. Obviously, I think family photos are so important for everyone, but probably even more so for families who are going through what the Schuler’s have been facing.
Seven year old Katelyn was diagnosed with Pre B-Cell High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on July 16, 2015. Read about how this started here. She is being treated at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. She is responding very well to treatment and is in remission as of August 19, 2015! You can follow her story on Facebook at Katelyn's Journey.
This is very curable, but she has to undergo aggressive treatment that will last for about 2.5 years...she currently has about 18 months left to go. She receives daily chemo at home along with monthly treatments at Vandy.
I was afraid we were going to get rained out as the weather people were calling for strong storms, but Leslie agreed that we could wait until the last minute to decide. It wasn’t raining when the time came for our shoot, so we decided to go for it. I was afraid it was going to start pouring on us when we first arrived, but before too long, the clouds departed and we had beautiful weather.
You all know that I just adore the toddlers and little kids, and Katelyn (7), Ryan (4) and Evan (22 months) were no exception. All three kids were so full of life and so much fun to photograph. We had fun running around, blowing bubbles and playing on the playground. I saw that Leslie posted on Facebook after the shoot that they had finished their “photo session / playdate”, and that made me feel like I had been successful. I don’t ever want my clients to feel like our photo sessions are work. We are supposed to be capturing memories.
Working with the Schuler family and with the sweet Arya's family last week has inspired me to apply to be a volunteer with The Gold Hope Project. The Gold Hope Project is a group of international photographers that have come together to photograph families completely free, with the hopes of bringing about awareness of and to raise funds for Pediatric Oncology Research and treatment. It’s often so frustrating to see a family go through something like that and not have any way that you can help. Perhaps volunteering with The Gold Hope Project is a small way that I can help those families.
If you’d like a way to help the Schuler family, you may donate to help with their medical expenses, or give blood in Katelyn’s name.Love these pictures? Please take a minute follow me on Facebook , Instagram, Google+ or Pinterest and share with your friends who might be interested. Email me now to book a session to capture your own family's beautiful moments.
Keywords: CRES, Childhood Lukemia, Spring Hill, TN, The Gold Hope Project, family, kids, spring
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