A very special session . . .

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This is Natalie.  These photos were taken by her dad.  In my last post I mentioned a special session that I had in Columbus.  This little girl stole just my heart.  I ask Natalie’s parents if I could share their letter on my blog and a few photos of Natalie’s first moments after birth.  Her story is very inspiring . . .

Hello,

My sister came across your blog recently and forwarded the link to me because she was so impressed with your photos. My husband and I have been trying to decide how to go about getting professional photos of our daughter Natalie who will turn 1 yr old soon. She has come a long way this past year after she and her brother were born 16 weeks early last September. Being so premature, they were both very sick and Andrew only lived for 2 days after his birth. Natalie spent 110 days in the NICU and endured countless medical procedures and 2 surgeries. Needless to say, she is a tough little girl and we are so proud of her. Due to her fragile lungs we were unable to leave the house with her all winter and going to get photos taken at a regular childrens photography place still makes us nervous due to all the germs! She is also behind developmentally and has some vision problems including strabismus which makes it difficult to get a photo of her when her eyes are straight ahead.

However, we have taken hundreds of photos of her ourselves and we think she looks beautiful in all ofthem! You can check out some of them on our blog which we started after her birth to keep everyone updated about her progress. Sorry for the long message but I wanted to explain our daughter’s history and let you know that while she may not be the easiest child to photograph, she is a sweetie and has the most wonderful smile. After seeing your blog my husband and I both thought you would be the type of person who could take wonderful pictures of Natalie. We live in Columbus but are willing to come to Cincinnati to have photos taken. We hope you have time in your schedule for us and look forward to hearing from you soon!  

 

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September 14, 2007 - 10:25 pm

Jodi Kinasewitz - This is such a touching and inspiring story! The parents are so blessed to have Natalie- their little miracle and Natalie in turn is so blessed to have parents that love her more than she will ever know. Beautiful pictures!

September 15, 2007 - 10:45 am

Barb - Wow! How tiny this little one must have been! This family has been truly blessed to have such a wonderful little girl who is definitely a fighter. I bet she will always be one tough cookie! Look out Del and Jeanne for those teenage years :o)

September 17, 2007 - 7:10 pm

Cathy Garlitz - Melissa, This story brought tears to my eyes! You have a special talent, and the poses deliver exactly what I expected. A loving beautiful baby girl, special parents, and a tremendous support group. Keep up the great work, I love reading your blog. Best of the best to Natalies family!

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