Meet Tim, Jamie and their beautiful children, Carter and Taylor.  I’ve known Jamie before either of us had children; which sometimes feels like a past life.  We provided speech and academic services for children with special needs.  Thanks to social media, I’ve been able to witness Jamie and Tim grow their family.  Our little ones even had a playdate around the time my husband and I first moved to California.  About this time last year, Carter was diagnosed with Leukemia.  Having a child with cancer is definitely something you don’t plan for and as a mother, my heart broke to hear the news.  Again thanks to social media, I followed Carter’s journey as a Leukemia Warrior.  Carter had a lot of victories and continues to receive treatment.  I’m grateful I had the opportunity to take some photos of this beautiful and courageous family.  While I wish I could say that the shoot was full of rainbows and laughter, Carter did have a rough time at the beginning.  HOWEVER, with pep talks and the example of her sister (check out Taylor’s gorgeous eyes), Carter was motivated to throw some flashy smiles my way.  I’m so proud of him; even some adults have a hard time changing their attitudes!  One of the best moments was when he posed with his Beads of Courage.  He had multiple necklaces, full of beads.  Each bead represented a part of his journey; a dose of chemo, a lumbar puncture, poke, hospital stay, etc.  He was so proud of them, as he should be. If you want to follow updates on Carter, you can check out this facebook page or the hashtag #carterstrong

Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Portrait of a father carrying his daughter at the beach.
Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Black and white | Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Black and White | Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo
Beach Family Portrait Photo Session | Edenk.photo