Just a few pretty photos of my younger sister Brenda! I took these at our church after our niece’s baptism. I loved the stone wall and asked Brenda to pose for a few photos. She has served as my model in the past quite a few times — she’s very photogenic and look at those eyes!
I am really missing photographing during my favorite (and usually busiest) time of year. I took some time off and have only scheduled a session here and there so that I can spend more time with family this fall (to read why, see here).
I am running my first 5K as part of the Four Season’s Parkway Run & Walk event on September 30th which supports the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)!
I have mentioned my daughter Emily in previous posts here and here. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in May 2010 when she was 5 years old. At that time, doctors told us that almost 90% of children with ALL are cured. Although she had a long journey ahead, which included 26 months of chemotherapy, we felt certain that with those odds she would be cured. We were shocked when we learned she had relapsed in October 2011. She had to begin a new treatment regime which consisted of 4 months of heavy chemotherapy and was scheduled for a bone marrow transplant in February 2012. Unfortunately, she relapsed again in February just two weeks before her scheduled transplant. Doctors tried another round of chemotherapy but was unable to get her back into remission. They told there wasn’t much more they could do because they didn’t think giving her more conventional chemotherapy would ever get her back into remission.
We were not ready to lose Emily and we were not giving up. We took her to CHOP and enrolled her in a highly experimental phase I clinical research trial. Emily was the first pediatric patient in the world to receive CART-19 cells. Emily’s own T-cells (a type of white blood cell) were removed from her blood and then in a lab were ‘trained’ to recognize and kill cancer cells. Once the T-cells were trained they were infused back into Emily’s blood. Although three adults were previously treated with CART-19 cells and had positive results doctors weren’t sure how or if the cells would work in a child. On May 10, 2012 we found out the CART-19 cells worked! They had killed all the leukemia cells in Emily’s body and she was in remission! Today, September 10th, marks 4 months since she has been in remission.
We know we would not have the time we have now with Emily if it wasn’t for the CART-19 trial and the brilliant and amazing doctors who took care of her. We think about that every single day. We saw firsthand how CHOP saves lives every day.
Our family’s motto is “We Believe”, so we named our team “Team Believe” for the Parkway Run & Walk. Please help us support the Cancer Center at CHOP — join or donate to Team Believe! http://giving.chop.edu/goto/KariW
Have you been interested in scheduling a photo session for Fall/Holiday Family Portraits? If you donate $50 or more to Team Believe you will receive a 30 minute photo session plus one 8x10 photo of your session for FREE! Just make your donation online (please make the donation in your name — if you check anonymous I cannot verify who it is) and send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know you made a donation of $50 or more. I will then be in touch to schedule your session! Sessions will take place the end of September through the middle of October. A limited number of sessions are available. You will also receive discounts through my online ordering system for any additional photos/products you order! I am SO excited to give back!
Emily, now 7 years old, is doing fantastic and started 2nd grade two weeks ago! You can read more about Emily’s story on her Facebook Page: Prayers for Emily (Emma) Whitehead or Caringbridge.
Although I am not scheduling any sessions for several months due to my daughter’s illness, I was recently able to find some time to take maternity photos for my youngest sister Lindsey. Lindsey is due with her first baby in May! I was so excited for this session! Here is a sneak peak of a few photos:
As I was going through some of my sessions over the past year or two and cleaning out old files, I noticed I had quite a few sessions with brothers. I love sibling photos (I have three sisters, 2 step-sisters, and 2 step-brothers myself!) Here are a few of my favorite photos I’ve taken of brothers. My favorite is the last photo — it was towards the end of the session and they wanted to play in the mud puddle so I thought “why not?”. I clicked the shutter just as the youngest accidentally flicked mud on his older brother!
I love when clients ask me to take photos at their home. It’s always a little bit of a challenge for me because I never know what the lighting will be like, what backgrounds will be available, etc. It is also really fun because I know these photos will be unique and very special to the family because they are so personalized. I was lucky this day because we had an old barn as a great backdrop plus shaded woods in the backyard!
Due to my daughter’s illness I am not scheduling any portrait sessions until summer. My 6-year old daughter Emily has leukemia and will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant in February. The new year was going to bring a lot of changes to KWP — it was going to be an exciting year. I hope it still will be but it will be delayed until the second half of 2012! Until I am scheduling and posting new sessions again, I plan to post my favorite photos from years past. I also plan to share my favorite photos of Emily.
If you would like to follow our journey you can do so here: http://www.facebook.com/emilybrookewhitehead
We are hoping for a healthier, happy new year!
Tom, Kari, Emily & Lucy
Ashley and Jerry are newlyweds and wanted some Fall photos taken. We met at Black Moshannon State Park at the very end of Fall. We got there just in time because within a few days the leaves had all fallen off the trees. I love photographing at Black Moshannon — there are so many different places to go!
We started off with some traditional shots…
Then a few fun shots…
I took these photos back in October (I’m that far behind in blogging!). It was a perfect day with a gorgeous mom-to-be and the photos were taken in a fabulous location. I had such a great time taking these photos — this couple is so sweet and they were so excited for their first baby — I’m glad I had a chance to meet them and photograph them! I just took photos of their newborn in December (photos to be posted soon!) — he is soooo adorable!
I’m going to try to get caught up on blogging all the recent sessions I’ve done over the past few months!
Below are Alex and Noah. I took holiday photos of these two last year too — I was so glad to take their photo again this year!
Last year I photographed these two and I was so happy that they returned this year! I love seeing how the kids change from one year to the next. We had a VERY windy and chilly day outside for the photo shoot!