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December 07, 2010 by Victoria Strong

Yesterday we had our holiday family photos taken with Jennifer Foster of Z's The Day Photography and Design. Well, family photos really as we have never had professional photos done specifically for the holidays before. Over the last three years we have had the honor of working with some incredibly talented and amazingly kind and generous women -- many of whom I now call friends. I LOVE having professional pictures taken. They are truly my most cherished possession; I literally have all of Gwendolyn's photo CDs in my grab-this-if-there-is-a-fire bag...and there isn't much else in there. They started right after Gwendolyn's SMA diagnosis and since then we have tried to have Gwendolyn's photos taken about every six months. I remember each photo shoot, where we were at that specific moment in our journey with Gwendolyn, how she was feeling that day, how Bill and I were, and so not only do I cherish the images of my little girl, but the memory captured and frozen in time for me to hold onto.

I'm not writing all this to say look how gorgeous we are -- although, seriously, wait until you see how GORGEOUS Gwendolyn is -- but to remind or encourage other families going through a difficult time to think about professionally documenting the journey. There are several organizations that help cover the cost of this for families facing infant loss, terminal illness or special needs (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Inspiration Through Art(formerly the Littlest Heroes Project), and The American Child Photographers Charity Guild are three), and there are also many photographers who are willing to help families with the expense by either donating their time or giving a discount. Cost should not be the reason you do not have professional photos of your special family. Ask. Tell them what you are going through. Or if you are a loved one or friend, consider giving a photo shoot as a gift. I promise, you will cherish your images, too!!!

So click on the link for a sneak peak of our latest photo shoot with the incredibly talented Jennifer Foster of Z's the Day Photography. We LOVE them and can't wait to see the rest from this fun day. Gwendolyn was a tad shy at first, which was funny, but Jennifer's easy-going personality (and the felt parrot on her camera) soon helped Gwendolyn warm up to her normal model self smile Jennifer has already been very generous, but is also donating print credits to us if you leave a comment on her blog post. (Isn't that cool!)

And just for fun -- click below to see the photo shoots we have done over the years. I get a little weepy looking back at them, but my heart also feels so full. We love our little butterfly!!! And we LOVE the amazing photographers who have documented our life with her!!!

In order from most recent to oldest:

Kacie Jean Photography - view blog post June 2010 or view slideshow

Katee Grace of Belle Innocence Photography

Meg Fish Photography - read blog post October 2009

Kacie Jean Photography - read blog post May 2009

Katee Grace of Belle Innocence Photography - read blog post February 2009

Emily Hart Roberts Photography - read blog post October 2008

Talk About It

The pictures are all gorgeous...what an amazing photographer. The black and white picture of you and Gwendolyn is simply stunning. I can see that one enlarged (BIG) hanging up on a wall. LOVED THEM ALL
Posted by Melodie on 2010-12-07 15:39:06
Beautiful pictures. You are a most beautiful, inside and out, family. --Mari
Posted by Mari aka "Thorney" on 2010-12-07 16:32:02
I loved all the shots! I'm so glad sheis still loving her beanies! Absolutely stunning!
Posted by Penny on 2010-12-07 17:04:04
So beautiful!
Posted by Kristen on 2010-12-07 18:38:05
Tears...of joy of course! These pictures are awesome! G's beautiful blue eyes are just bursting out of these picture! Thank you so much for sharing!
Posted by Jaime Gooden on 2010-12-07 18:58:41
In one of those shots of Gwendolyn, I thought she looked like her aunt Elizabeth. smile What lovely photos of all of you!
Posted by Kelly Gillespie on 2010-12-08 06:14:27
Great pictures! I had to share because when I read your comment about the "take everything with you bag" in the event of a fire it made me smile! I do that too so it was refreshing to see it! When we travel anywhere I take all V's pictures for the past 6 years that I have on disc as well as the tapes from the video camera! Maybe a little much but it's what matters most so it will remain by my side! What's an extra suitcase?
Posted by Debby St. Onge on 2010-12-08 11:26:58
Oh my!! BEAUTIFUL!! I love the one in the yellow jacket. Her braids remind me of her momma's. Your photographer is awesome!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2010-12-09 15:51:53
You are truly the most amazing and beautiful family - and your love and grace and goodness just shine right out of the pics! Gwendolyn is luminous!!
Posted by Sheri on 2010-12-10 12:12:56
Beautiful pictures. You are a most beautiful, inside and out, family. --Mari
Posted by Marisol Perry on 2010-12-21 18:11:09

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