Nearly 1 in 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect.
My beautiful baby niece, Arianna, was born with a congenital heart defect on Nov 16,2015. Her arrival came a few days earlier than anticipated. I ended up flying unexpectedly, from Regina,Sk to Edmonton,AB for her delivery with just the clothes on my back and my iphone. For a photographer Auntie to be without her camera wasn't ideal, but I was so very happy to get the chance to meet little Ari, that I didn't give it a second thought. I documented her arrival as well as I could with my iphone, and took photos of every moment , including her first family photo with her Mom and Dad, in the neonatal intensive care unit at Stollery Children's hospital.
Arianna rocked her first surgery, recovered at lightning speed and surpassed every expectation in her recovery. She was even able to go home with her Mom and Dad. Unfortunately God had other plans for our perfect little princess, and he called her to heaven far too soon.
Ari passed away 1 day short of her first month of life. The pain of losing her was and is still indescribable. How my sister and her husband face each day I will never understand, but they are truly the strongest people I know. Ari couldn't have had more loving and wonderful parents. The photographs of Arianna are so important. Memories captured forever.
Shortly after Ari's passing, I knew I wanted to do something to help others in a similar situation, as a way to honour Arianna , share her story, and keep her memory alive.
With that, I give you
I am offering my photography services, at no charge, to any family expecting a baby with a Congenital Heart Defect. I will come to you( within a day's driving distance of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and photograph your precious family in hospital at your convenience. If you would prefer to be photographed after you bring baby home, that works too. The images will be provided to you within a few days via digital download or on USB drive. They are yours to enjoy with my very best wishes for your baby.