Sikeston Senior Photographer - Ben

Meet Ben!  Ben is a 2014 graduate who will be studying classical guitar performance at Indiana University.  

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I asked his sister Caroline to tell us a little more about Ben and this is what she had to say.  

My little brother is so incredibly talented, and the best thing about his talent is that it comes from God and he acknowledges that.  Benjamin not only studies to become a better musician, but first to honor The Lord by turning his gift into something greater than he can offer back through worship.  What a blessing it is to have a brother who is such a faithful worker of the Gospel!  
Ben is not only an extraordinary musician, but also a young man of extremely high character.  You don't come by many guys like him, and I couldn't be more proud to call him my brother as well as my very best friend.  

Blessings to you Ben as you start your year at Indiana University!  

Cape Girardeau Family Photographer - Lori - The Superhero Project

I'd like to introduce you to Lori, our featured Superhero this week!  

The Superhero Project is a personal project I'll be doing for children with special needs.  I was inspired by by friend Renee at Little Earthling Photography.  The goal of the Superhero Project is to have these children see themselves as the strong, amazing individuals that they are.  

Rescued from a cardboard box when she was 8 weeks old, Lori Lancaster's life is a true miracle.  

 They quickly said "Yes,". After 13 months of paperwork, Lori made her way to America. , Lori now has a cochlear implant and is working with several therapists. She has become a fluent Signer and loves life. Currently, her only spoken words are bye, mama, purple, and Apple- but that never slows her down. She is super excited to enter kindergarten this year and continue gymnastics. She is an inspiration to many and has stolen the hearts of her big family.

 As a tiny baby, she arrived at a Chinese Orphanage where they discovered she was profoundly deaf. She was blessed to be sent to an orphanage with a strong American influence.  Long story short- she found her way into the hearts of the Lancaster family who chose her as their sponsor child through the orphanage website. Within days, the Lancaster's from Sikeston we're asked if they were willing to move past sponsorship and onto adoption. 

 They quickly said "Yes,".   After 13 months of paperwork, Lori made her way to America..  
Lori now has a cochlear implant and is working with several therapists.  She has become a fluent signer and loves life.
Currently, her only spoken words are bye, mama, purple, and apple, but that never slows her down.
She is super excited to enter kindergarten this year and continue gymnastics. She is an inspiration to many and has stolen the hearts of her big family.

If you know a child with special needs, please contact us so they can be a part of The Superhero Project!  

Cape Girardeau Family Photographer - Amelia - The Superhero Project

I'd like you to meet Amelia, our featured Superhero this week.  

The Superhero Project is a personal project I'll be doing for children with special needs.  I was inspired by my friend Renee at Little Earthling Photography.  The goal of the Superhero project is to have these children see themselves as the strong, amazing individuals they are.

We first met Amelia 4 years ago at the  annual Shriner's Hospital Christmas party here in Cape Girardeau.  She was the youngest patient at the party.  
I asked her mom, Varina, to tell us a little bit about Amelia.  

Amelia was born in July of 2009. Immediately it was pressumed she had Bi-lateral hip displaysia (both hips dislocated). At 2 weeks of age it was confirmed. By the time Amelia was 12 months old, in 2010, she had undergone 3 hip procedures.  Bi-lateral closed reduction of the hips and Bi-lateral open reduction of the hips (each hip was done 2 weeks apart). In the fall of 2010, fresh out of her cast she suffered a broken femur of the left leg.

 "I'm Amelia the Super Hero and I can FLY!"  

"I'm Amelia the Super Hero and I can FLY!"  

 And yes, she was still flying!  

And yes, she was still flying!  

In November of 2010, over the Thanksgiving holiday, Amelia was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She is insulin dependent.
In March of 2011 Amelia underwent a femural osteotomy of the right hip, due to it not wanting to stay in place. She currently has a surgical plate and screws in her right leg.
In August of 2012 she suffered HUS ( hemalytic uremic syndrome). It was/is believed that she contracted an ecoli infection (food bourne) which shut her kidneys down. She was hospitalized for 1 month and received hemodialysis for 9 days and received 4 blood and 2 platelet transfusions.
In 2013 it was discovered that Amelia suffered from bladder reflux which caused her to have chronic bladder infections. This year, June, on a trip to the east coast, Amelia became ill and was hospitalized for 10 days. They never found what made her sick but discovered that she suffers from an immunoglobulin difficency which means she can get sick everytime something goes around. And when she gets sick she has the potential to become "hospital sick".
She is facing yet another hip surgery in her future, first to remove the plate and screws and also to undergo a pelvic osteotomy  to deepend her hip seats.

 This was right after she tried to tell me there was a snake crawling up my reflector.     

This was right after she tried to tell me there was a snake crawling up my reflector.  

 

Amelia has made strides. She has been walking for 2 1/2 years. She has started riding at Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship in Oak Ridge this past winter and spring. She is one of the most cheerful children I have ever known. I know for sure she is my hero!

 A little time with mom!     

A little time with mom!  

 

Cape Girardeau Family Photographs - The Super Hero Project - Emma

I would like to introduce you to Emma. Emma is kicking off our new project called The Super Hero Project.  

The Super Hero Project is a personal project I'll be doing for children with special needs.  I was inspired by my friend Renee at Little Earthling Photography.  The goal of the Super Hero project is to have these children see themselves as the strong, amazing individuals they are.  

Emma is a 4 year old girl with a sweet & loving personality. She was born with a cleft palate & 2 forms of craniosynostosis- metopic and sagittal. After 2 major surgeries, before turning 1, she still has a lot of catching up to do. She is non verbal, wears corrective bracing for scoliosis, and ankle braces as she learns to stand on her own. With the support of her wonderful physical, speech, and occupational therapists- she is progressing and reaching new goals! Emma loves attending preschool at clippard elementary, playing with friends, reading books, and swimming.

This is Mr. Cory.  Emma LOVES Mr. Cory and looks forward to her therapy sessions with him.  

If you know a child with special needs, please contact us so they can be a part of our project!  

Cape Girardeau Photographer - Fashion Friday - Senior Photography

Welcome to Fashion Friday!  

What is Fashion Friday?  One of the most asked questions during our pre-session consultations is 'What should I wear?'  Well, Fashion Friday is here to help answer that very question!  

One of the biggest trends I'm seeing in senior photographs is CONVERSE!  All colors!  So much fun in the summer. Or grab a pair of white hi-top Chucks and pair them up with a cute skirt

Not sure where to shop?  Downtown Cape has a couple fabulous boutique stores!  

Check out Philanthropy located at 407 Broadway.  They carry all the latest and greatest in fashion AND 10% of every sale goes to charity!  They support both international and local charities.  How great is that?  

http://www.philanthropyfashion.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philanthropy-Cape/244903615616251

Check back next Friday for another great fashion tip to help you get ready for your senior portraits!  

Cape Girardeau Photographer - PROM 2014 - Senior Photographer

PROM 2014!   

What an exciting time!   Spring.  Prom.  Graduation.  

Iliana and Nick went to St. Louis for the ARCHE Homeschool prom last weekend.  They made stops all around downtown St. Louis to take photos and then headed to Bevo Mill for dinner and dancing.  After that they spent the night at the Festus YMCA for an all-night prom party.   A big thank you to the parents for chaperoning their special night!

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Win a 16x24 print from your 2014 Family Session!

   

Let's ring in 2014 with a BANG!

We are giving away a 16x24 print to start off the New Year!

All you have to do is share this blog post on Facebook and ask your friends to check out our work.  Tell them to be sure and mention that you sent them.

The person who sends the most new 'likes' to our page before JANUARY 3, 2014 will win a 16x24 mounted print from their session.

If you book your session before  JANUARY 3, 2014 you will also get a bonus DVD of your session with all of your images set to music!

Here are a couple sample videos to watch.  This is definitely something your family will treasure forever!

THE BRUMMEL FAMILY

THE DAVIS FAMILY

 

 

Cape Girardeau {Family} Photographer - The Tyler Family

It is indeed an honor and a privilege to introduce you to the Tyler Family. Their story is truly amazing. Their continued faith and commitment to serve God should be inspiring to all of us!

Here is their story:

On June 5, 2003, 11 year old Andrew Tyson Tyler had a massive heart attack resulting in a severe brain injury. His parents suddenly found themselves parenting and caring for a beloved child with special needs. Ed and Becky, along with nine year old daughter Hannah Lynn and countless family members and friends, lovingly cared for Andrew 24/7 for the next 16 months. Three years after Andrew passed away, the Lord introduced their family to a special needs orphan in Vietnam. On July 4, 2004, they returned to American soil with their newest family member, Samuel Tyson Tyler. He had no hands or feet, but plenty of determination and spunk. Samuel's motto: "no hands, no feet, no problem!" Two years later, the Lord blessed them with 10 year old Lottie Lynn from China. Lottie works very hard to overcome her deveolpmental delays, cp, and icthyosis. She has made great progress and continues to blossom! In June of 2012 three year Duke Tyson Tyler left his orphanage in China where he was one of three hundred to be the fifth child in the Tyler family. His deformed left hand and arm has not slowed him down one bit!

People often tell the Tylers that they are extraordinary people. But the truth, the Tylers are VERY ordinary people serving an extraordinary God.

Cape Girardeau {Senior} Photographer - Molly

Today we are featuring Molly from Webster Groves High School in St. Louis.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT SO FAR?
My biggest accomplishment is establishing the "Change-up Childhood Cancer" benefit softball game through my high school team.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?
My dream job is a cake baker and decorator.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION?
I plan on going to college to study Architecture and Spanish.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP?
I love shopping at J.Crew, Antrhopology, and Forever 21.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food are tacos.
Where is your favorite place to hang out with your friends?
I like to hang out with my friends at sporting events.
What is your favorite song/favorite group?
My favorite song is A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans. My favorite singer is Adele or Tim McGraw.
What is your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory or Bones.
What are your favorite hobbies or what do you do for fun?
I like to play softball and lacrosse. In my free time, I enjoying cooking and baking, painting, and reading a good book every once in a while.

Thanks Molly and Dana for coming all the way from St. Louis for your senior photos!