A couple weeks ago we took the boys to visit Walt Disney World for the first time (and based on the cost, it might be their last time for a while!). The trip also included the first time the boys were on a flight (which is rather ironic considering Daddy works at Southwest Airlines!). Overall, we had a blast at Disney. It surpassed my expectations and even with long days spent at the parks and being part of a group of 13 family members, everything was smooth and relatively easy the entire trip. No major melt downs, no complaining, no 'Why could you possibly be crying in the happiest place on Earth?!' comments...the boys did amazing! For the first time EVER I quickly culled and edited the photos (all 400 of them) AND made a photo book. Disney really is magical even after the trip! :) If I lived in Orlando, I would be all over having Day in the Life Disney photo sessions. I LOVE how mine turned out!! I will spare you from looking through 400 photos, so here are just a couple favorites from our trip.
Last year I photographed Trisha's family to document her baby turning nine months old. Those photos are some of my favorites from an in-home family session. I even noted on Facebook that older daughter, Adrianna, was the muse of the family. Fast forward a couple months and I notice the photos on Facebook are showing Adrianna usually with a bandana and eventually noticing she is losing her hair. I nervously asked a mutual friend if this precious little girl I had just met was sick. Come to find out that Adrianna was diagnosed with alopecia and even was just fitted for a custom wig. Being that I can't do much to help, I offered Trisha to take photos of the day she got her wig because even though this probably isn't how Trisha imagined life with a 4 year old, it is still worthy of being photographed and preserving those memories for when Adrianna is older.
One of my favorite things about being a documentary photographer is being able to see how different families act and witnessing those family dynamics. In the hotel room while Adrianna was getting her wig adjusted, I certainly saw how much Trisha and Derrick love their little girl. Every time I looked at Derrick, he had a smile across his face as he looking lovingly at his little girl. Trisha diligently paid attention to every detail of how to put on the wig, what products to use, and how to take care of the new hair. She seemed to have the same 'mom worries' but on a different scale: 'does this wig match what her hair used to look like?' 'what WOULD her hair have looked like now?'...all things that a mom would think about when trying to provide the best for their child. Of course Adrianna was a typical 4 year old- sweet, funny, fidgety, and seemed to care more about her reward of Chick-fil-A than the new hair.
The wigs were from a company in LA, called Farrell Hair Replacement, and the lady who helped Adrianna was the sweetest and most patient lady. She was amazing! Here are some photos of the big day!