A THOUGTFUL GIFT ///////// before our first California surgery, I was trying to find a photographer who would be willing to come to the hospital and take a few photos of our time down there and capture this pretty monumental life event for our little family (and in hindsight, should have totally asked my friend @kayleeausmus
, because she has some mad skills and at least knows her way around a camera 🤦♀️). Unfortunately a bunch of added logistical stresses were added to my plate the months before we left, and so I had to somewhat delete this task off my “to-do list”, as my attention was pulled in so many other directions in the months leading up to Evanna’s surgery.
If you haven’t noticed — documenting through photos has seriously been a huge coping mechanism for me over the years and grateful to my husband (who’s actually quite private) for putting up with it and going along with my endless shenanigans. I do okay on my own.... and with a little direction, Nick has been able to capture a few shots too, but it’s always a nice treat to have someone else come and take photos too.
About a month ago, a post over in an LPCH parent support group that I’m apart of directed me to Alissa of @themarkmakersorg
, and the photography services she graciously provides for pediatric families in the Bay/LA area. I found her IG account and saw that she was already following me, so I quickly messaged her explaining that we’re coming back for one more BIG surgery in the Spring, and wondered if she’d be interested in coming to take some photos when we return to LPCH/Stanford. Not only has she agreed, but we’ve also already developed a little relationship, and love how she just understands why this kind of this is so important to me... and in a way, she “speaks my photography language”. Well, a few weeks ago, I was tagged in a little surprise she ALREADY had in the works for me... she had submitted one of my favourite photos of 2018 (without inquiring if I had a favourite, so I seriously love that she coincidentally chose this particular photo 🖤)
and had it illustrated by the lovely Rachel of @abbie.and.friends
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