The girls had another modeling gig for Lindi's Custom Designs over the weekend. This time I had the idea for a church setting, since they are called "flower girl tutu dresses"
Aptly, we drove to Churchtown....
Ok technically this isn't a church...but it looked like one! It's the Caernarvon Historical Society building, and there was an old cemetery next to it. The church I wanted to use had an event happening, but I liked this little building and it worked out great.
It was locked so we couldn't take a look inside...
My oldest daughter came home from college last week....which now makes her a college senior! She's a criminal justice major at Messiah College and will graduate a year early.
We went up to the Lititz park for a quick photo session
As we were finishing up I realized I was missing something over my shoulder--my camera bag! Now my bag is very large and a very red Epiphanie camera bag...hard to miss..and I had no idea where I left it. It had two lenses and Susannah's iPhone in it! Fortunately, there was a friendly neighborhood cop patrolling the park, and Susannah thought she could see him in the squad car holding something red. Sure enough, he had it and was using the phone to locate the owner. (And the cop turned out to be the husband of our adoption social worker so good thing we are not in the process of a home study or she would really know I am a ditz! At least I didn't forget a child...!) Friendly neighborhood cop to the rescue!
Part 2 of the shoot we did inside where I am creating a "mini studio" with some backdrops. I always prefer shooting outdoors but sometimes it rains or is cold so it's nice to have an indoor option. Plus, I do some boutique modeling sessions and we often need more of a studio look for those shots.
The dog and the little sisters got in the shoot too!
We shot the photos at Lititz Springs Park, one of my favorite venues...and since it was a beautiful day the park was quite crowded...Natalie was the envy of every little girl who saw her! She had a little entourage, no lie...this one group of girls were positively drooling (and annoying their mother lol!). They even followed us for awhile. Natalie definitely felt like a princess in this dress.
My photos of Natalie are going to be part of a medical display for a year in Dallas!
Yesterday we took our youngest to Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia for a follow up appointment with her hand surgeon. For those of you who don't know her history, Natalie was born with a deformity of her left arm: ulnar deficiency with an absent thumb, as well as a fused elbow. In October, 2010, Dr Kozin (one of the country's top pediatric hand surgeon) moved her index finger to become her new thumb. He actually had the surgery filmed, to be part of teaching presentations (I have no interest in seeing this video!) and has used some of the photos I have taken of her in powerpoint presentations at conferences. He has also had the hospital photographer film her at various follow up appointments to demonstrate how well her new thumb is working.
This one I shot just two days after her cast was removed and she really looked at her hand for the first time and touched her fingers.
The entire team loved this photo-- Dr Z even had it saved on his phone
These photos are now going to be part of a display at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX for a year, documenting the history of thumb pollicization and the amazing outcome this procedure can have for kids like Natalie.