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Flash back to March of 2010...The story of Davy Jean and my first birth story:

Imagine after taking a few routine pregnancy tests being told that the child you were carrying had serious genetic disorders. Imagine the doctors having to tell you that there is a great chance your child wouldn't have the capacity to live outside of your womb. Imagine having to muster up the courage to let that child grow full term in hopes that she WOULD live...this is the beginning of Davy Jean's story and my cousin's sweet, sweet wife Ruth is the courageous mother of such a child.

When I heard about Scott & Ruth's situation with the pregnancy I wondered what I could do to help. I knew Ruth & Scott wanted more than anything for this little girl to live, to breath, to run, to laugh, to experience the joy of raising a daughter, and to be part of their family despite her special needs (they already had three little boys and this would be their first girl). 

I suddenly had the urge to offer to photograph the birth. I had NEVER done this before, but it just felt right. Ruth's response was that she had thought about asking me to photograph Davy's birth, but didn't know how to approach me about it. She didn't know if I would feel comfortable being part of this delicate situation, but if I did she knew that I would handle it professionally regardless of Davy's outcome.

I don't normally post images from years past, but I wanted to share the triumphant story of this strong little girl and I also wanted to share the joy that can come from taking a huge leap of faith in life! This has been on mind mind for a few months, so I'm just going to do it.

So let's flashback...to March of 2010, in the hospital room and Davy's birth story....

Scott & Ruth during labor. I remember Scott being so encouraging to Ruth, and Ruth displayed so much optimism under these hard circumstance, something still I admire her for today.
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davyjean_002.jpgThen Davy was born. There was a team of doctors and specialists in the delivery room that immediately started working on Davy...unsure if she could breath or cry.
davyjean_003.jpgI remember watching this, a million hands working on Davy and praying with all my might that she would cry.
davyjean_004.jpgFacing the moment of the unknown...and then it happened....SHE CRIED! It was the most wonderful sound to hear! I had never experienced so much gratitude for an answered prayer! She had the ability to breath outside the womb!
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Scott & Ruth's first look at Davy Jean!
davyjean_007.jpgDavy had cleared the first hurdle of birth, but the health issues that she would face ahead were numerous. Through testing they discovered that she has a rare chromosome deletion. She has panhypopituitarism, a cleft lip and palate, and congenital heart defects. Soon after she was born she showed that she wasn't able to digest and stabilize milk/food so she underwent surgery for malrotation of the intestines, and had a g-tube put in to feed her. She also has a GERD with esophagitis dysphagia. She's had to take on multiple medications that would need to be given to her round the clock and three of which she'll need to take the rest of her life.
davyjean_008.jpgDespite the unknown of the future, Scott and Ruth were ready to face this head on!
davyjean_009.jpgFLASH FORWARD....December 2012! THIS is Davy Jean now! Nearly three years old and full of SO much life, SO much joy, and SO much strength! Despite her disabilities, this little girl's happiness is indescribable!
davyjean_010.jpgScott & Ruth's family today...and my favorite shot of the day!
davyjean_011.jpgdavyjean_012.jpgImagine after being told everything from before that you could experience the joy of this little perfect person! I say PERFECT because that is what she is, she's perfectly Davy!
davyjean_013.jpgDavy still has many MANY more health issues to deal with. She still has a g-tube that feeds her and most recently, through some "close calls", she was also diagnosed with hypothalamic obesity and hypoglycemia.
davyjean_014.jpgThis girl loves unconditionally! What an inspiration she is!
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davyjean_017.jpgdavyjean_018.jpgdavyjean_019.jpgdavyjean_020.jpgdavyjean_021.jpgThese brothers adore their Davy!
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Davy continues to grow and learn each day! She can walk, run, jump, laugh, smile, love, and communicate through sign language. She LIVES each day, but not without a number of medications. Her medical bills are enormous, plus this family's health insurance keeps rising and RISING! Just one of the shots she has to take EACH DAY to keep her ALIVE costs $650 per month! She also has many more corrective surgeries to undergo in the future.
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HELP IS NEEDED friends. If you've been inspired by this story of faith and growth and feel like you can spare some extra change, PLEASE DONATE to Davy Jean's future by CLICKING HERE. I will donate one FREE photo sitting and include the hi-res digital negatives (which I normally charge $1000 for) to the person who makes the largest donation by MARCH 31st (so it's a WIN WIN:))!

To everyone donating, please know that you will be the answer to so many prayers. I look forward to watching Davy continue on this life's journey...Davy the Super Woman!

If you'd like to read more about Davy Jean's journey, visit Ruth's blog!
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Beth said:
Thank you for this beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes to be reminded what a little miracle and angel Davy is. Thank you so much for trying to help improve her life.
(02.26.13 06:22 PM)
Marci said:
I was moved by both the images you set forth and the family that made them. No child deserves to spend their days in a hospital. I hope this money can help with the burdon of finances so that the struggle to fight is the only thing they have to worry about. May the best day of there past, be the worst of there future. God bless.
(02.26.13 09:23 PM)
heather williams said:
Of course you would do something like this. Amelia, you are one of the sweetest (and most talented) people I know. I had to pause the show I was watching to read this and am currently wiping away the tears. Ruth & Scott are truly SO inspiring, and sometimes I forget how intense their day to day lives have been since sweet Davy came into the world. Thank you for the reminder. These pictures are beautiful.
(02.26.13 09:25 PM)
sharon said:
such a powerful story, thank you for sharing!
(02.27.13 03:44 PM)
Tumbleweed Photography Studio said:
What an amazing store of courage and triumph. She is truly a miracle and a blessing to that family. I wish them all the best!
(03.01.13 03:15 PM)
Ruth Martin said:
Beautiful & amazing! x
(03.02.13 10:02 PM)
Amanda Silers said:
Wow, amazing story. The photos really help tell it visually too. I'm going to donate.
(03.05.13 02:35 PM)
Amelia Tabullo said:
Beautiful Story. Thank you for sharing! you captured them so beautifully. (tears!)
(03.06.13 07:23 PM)
James said:
the silhouette shot of the family it just fantastic. James
(03.07.13 01:44 AM)
Liz Turner said:
I just stumbled across your website whilst searching the web for tips on baby photography. So glad I did. The story of Davy Jean is so hearwarming..and yes it did bring tears to my eyes. And.....I love all of your shots. REally fantastic and something for me to aspire to.
(03.09.13 12:49 PM)
Clipping Path Service Provider said:
Absolutely beautiful! Looks so much fun! The photography is stunning!
(03.11.13 02:46 AM)
Asian Wedding Photographers said:
Your work is amazing! Your style is very creative. The walking down the aisle with motion blur photo is spectacular!
(03.12.13 10:18 PM)
Clipping Path said:
So Ni.......... c......e Photography. look great
(03.29.13 01:07 AM)
Alina said:
This post is beautiful. I love the pictures during the birth. I don't think a lot of people capture that moment during the pictures. I really enjoy the angles you chose to take your pictures at, they're just lovely!
(04.10.13 08:25 PM)
Anonymous said:
Really a nice story. Some photos tell the story perfectly. Amazing photography. Thanks for sharing.
(05.13.13 02:52 AM)
Mostafizur said:
Great article.Thanks for sharing.
(06.20.13 09:11 AM)
Ashraf said:
Excellent Post. Thanks for sharing
(08.04.13 06:20 AM)
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It's that time of year again!!! Time to post all of my FAVORITE images from each portrait sitting, engagement session, and wedding!! Truly, these posts are my favorite to feature, I love going through an entire year of work looking back on what was accomplished and what I can do to keep on top of my personal game for the next upcoming year.

First up: BEST OF 2012...PORTRAITS!

Wow! What a WIRL WIND 2012 was for portraits, and what AMAZING portrait clients I had! After going through all 40 sittings I shot last year, I'm SUPER excited to show off some of these images for the FIRST time! There were so many portrait sessions that deserved to be featured, but due to time limitations I wasn't able to post everything. So here's a look at 2012, PORTRAITS!

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Looking forward to all the portrait clients in store for 2013! Up next: Best of 2012....Engagements!
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Malinda said:
Love love love! Your perspective and ability to capture incredible moments is a true gift:)
(02.12.13 05:39 PM)
James said:
you've had an amazing 2012..... I really love the second to last image of the baby in black and white close up...perfect
(02.13.13 04:24 AM)
Simon said:
Beautiful work!
(02.13.13 07:04 PM)
Leah said:
You.are.amazing. I can't wait to be photographed by you! Some day....
(02.17.13 12:15 PM)
samantha said:
Love your use of lighting in the photos and the creative angles. It is always fun to look at other peoples work and see their creative eye! I also love the interaction you capture between everyone in the families and engagements!
(02.19.13 08:18 AM)
Mandy said:
*sigh* Another gorgeous photog full of SKINNY people! Just goes to show that fat people aren't beautiful, nor photogenic. They never show up on photographer's sites for advertising, and (except for one woman in the background) neither make the cut for the "favorite images" of 2012.
(02.22.13 10:38 AM)
amelialyon said:
Mandy, thank you for following my blog! I have to be honest, I am a little frustrated that you seemed to have "jumped the gun" with this comment. If you looked through all of my posts, and some particular ones lately, you'll notice that I photograph and feature people of all shapes, sizes, race, etc. All you really need is love, it doesn't matter what you look like, if there's love and I can see it through my lens, that's what makes a great image, it's the emotion. Also, in my "best of" posts I've included my favorite images from EVERY portrait session I shot in 2012, I didn't leave even one portrait session out. Also, my clients choose me, I don't choose my clients. I hope this reply finds you well, may I suggest that next time you giving others the benefit of the doubt before jumping to conclusions. Take care sweetie. -Amelia-
(02.23.13 04:33 PM)
Amanda said:
Love all the emotion and character in these images! I'll keep saving my pennies so I can fly you to Austin or I can bring my family to CA! These are fabulous!
(03.09.13 09:09 AM)
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