After a great year with my business, I decide to run a little contest in December to give something special to a family who might need a little pick me up. I didn’t have a lot of rules, I just asked that people nominate someone they thought could use a little joy in their lives, someone who they thought needed a little photography in their day.
One of my blog readers, Eileen van Hoek, nominated her friend Annette Russo with a beautiful letter. Annette – an inspiring woman who should get supermom of the year award! After her own battle with Lymphoma, Annette and Anthony got news no parents ever should ever have to – their only daughter had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Samantha is in her second year of chemotherapy, and is finishing up in November 2010. Expect a party. BIG.
Samantha (or Sam to her mom’s chagrin), is one of those 13 year olds going on 30. She is as strong as her mom, beautiful inside and out, and just as sweet as can be. I’d really encourage you to take a look at her blog, written updates by Annette, to see all they are going through and how much this family stands together. They are truly amazing.
Meeting them, you would never know what they are going through. I tried to keep our session as casual as possible so it would be fun and the kids would look back on it as a good day.
Here are some of my favorite images Russo family. It was an amazing honor to photograph you all!!
My favorite of the day – Nicholas didn’t really want to take another picture, but to his credit he did it for Sam because when I told her my idea she thought it would be fun. It was! (well, to me anyway!)
Beautiful mom and dad – I really wanted to get them laughing and had to make them do a bunch of ridiculous things… still got my laughing shot even though I had to embarrass them!
The cool, collected and incredible Samantha. She wanted this tree shot, so we took it!
and another cause she’s just too pretty and cute.
Noah and his very cool hair.
Oldest Nicholas and youngest Alex.
And we can’t forget Buddy too!!
Thank you so much for being fun, cool, strong, sweet, polite and charming. It was a pleasure working with all of you!