Earlier this year, I heard about an awesome, not-for-profit organization called “Inspiration Through Art” through another photographer. I was very intrigued and immediately applied to be a ITA participating photographer. Inspiration Through Art is an organization that connects special needs or terminally ill children and their families with photographers willing to provide a free session to capture precious childhood moments for a family in need. Upon applying for the position, I read that once approved, my contact information would be listed with other local photographers for families to choose their own photographer when they were approved for a free session; so there is no guarantee that I would ever end up doing a session, but I still wanted to take part in this program.
Then in June I was contacted by Carolina to take photos for her son, Eddie. But it wasn’t just Eddie I would photograph. I would also capture precious memories of his older sister Elisabeth and his service dog, Zeppelin. I don’t think I could have met a more deserving family for my first ITA session.
Eddie is 6 and has many different issues. In fact, he had a seizure the day we first had our session scheduled. We rescheduled a couple of weeks later, and even then, as I confirmed my appointment with his mom, Carolina informed me that Eddie had 2 seizures the week of our rescheduled appointment, which was uncommon. I said a little prayer for Eddie and his family, not just that he could make it to the photo session, but I can imagine how difficult it must be to go through these tough times–for Eddie and his family.
Eddie’s older sister, Elisabeth has type I diabetes; but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from her playful, lively personality. She loved to be in front of the camera and figuring out poses; most of all she loved exploring and showing me everything she found at our session!
The kids also have a beautiful and sweet service dog, Zeppelin. Zeppelin wasn’t too interested in the photos, but he definitely was interested in the treats he was promised :)
And the unsung heroes…(not pictured) their parents, Ed and Carolina. Ed serves our country and his family in the military. Due to his particular service in the military, Ed is only home on the weekends.
Through all this, I could tell that this is one close-knit family. Each one willing to help the other. I admire their courage and strength and pray that God continues to bless them and keep them. Carolina and Ed—thank you so much for choosing me to capture these precious memories for you and your family :)
For more information on Inspiration Through Art, click here.