I don’t question why God sends me the clients He does, but for this session, I did…
I have clients from all walks of life. I love the diversity of my clients and how even though they are all different, I get to capture their families for who they are and they can have images that show the love they share. I pray that God sends me clients I need to have to bless them with images that they can cherish for years to come. But, this year when I was thinking over my goals for 2019, God spoke something to me for my business. He told me to capture the His faithfulness, His love, and the stories of hope of His people. When Heather sent me a message for a beach session, it was not like my normal messages. She told me that she lost her daughter, Adalyn, at 8 months old and everywhere they go a beautiful pink and purple sunset follows them and it reminds her of her sweet baby girl. She wanted to capture this with her family as they traveled from Michigan to Gulf Shores, AL. I, of course, wanted to do this for them because I knew God was sending me a story and testimony to share. Before I continue with how much I adore this session and how amazing it was, let me share a little about Adalyn with you all and the amazing things the West family is doing with Adalyn’s legacy she left here on earth.
On September 21st, 2016 Adalyn West was born. It was the most special moment of her parents lives. Shortly after birth, she started struggling to breath and her oxygen saturation was lower than it should be. The family’s lives turned upside-down at that moment. Within a couple of hours, Adalyn was transferred to another hospital, and there they discovered her heart condition. They would discover over the next days and months, that Adalyn had Scimitar Syndrome, a very rare type of Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return. Even though she had a laundry list of diagnosis, you would never know it by looking at her. There was something special about Adalyn…there was this light surrounding her, and they call it her sparkle. It was undeniable, and something you couldn’t ignore. She also had a way of looking into your soul, with her big beautiful blue eyes. This amazing little girl, with her bright hairbows, perfect little nose, eyebrows that could hold their own conversation with you, and a beautiful smile that could light up a room, was the most courageous fighter in all the world. She had 3 open heart surgeries, five heart catheterizations, numerous MRI’s, CT scans, and countless procedures. She was their little hero. She taught them the most important things about life in her 8 months than most people learn or experience in a lifetime. On May 18, 2017, they had to say their earthly goodbyes and they promised Adalyn that they would fight in her name for other children with CHD.
With all of this said, this brings me back to this session. I don’t question why God sends me the clients He does, but for this session I did. I did because Adalyn’s story and THIS SESSION literally touched my soul. And normally I’m not one to use these terms. This family was so kind, loving, and incredibly in touch with the present. Bring present with one another was so apparent with them, it’s rare to see this today. They are so affectionate and even the children was in tune with the strong amount of love. You could sense it. I captured this family exactly as they are. Once you see these images you will know exactly what I am talking about. The pinks and purples the family are wearing are significant. They wear these colors in memory of Adalyn’s full and beautiful life. I thought it was so important to note that because I feel like these colors add something so special to the images below.
As far as Adalyn’s story goes, she showed me last night. Yesterday was completely overcast here at the Gulf. I was devastated driving to the session as I wasn’t able to provide the sunset photos Heather was wanting. I told her I was going to add a overlay background because I was so sad I couldn’t give her what she was wanting for Adalyn’s story. You guys aren’t going to believe this…. the last five minutes of this session… the clouds moved out and a sunset came out. I kid you not, A SUNSET CAME OUT WHEN WE HAD NOTHING BUT CLOUDS ALL DAY LONG. God and Adalyn gave us such a gift last night. The last picture is of that sunset with Adalyn’s Dad, Mom, and Little Sister. I appreciate the West Family for allowing me to capture their family vacation, and not only that but to share Adalyn’s story.
I want to share with you all that if you would like to read more about Adalyn’s legacy and the amazing things the West family are doing to carry on her life and also to make awareness please see the links below to get involved. The West Family does many acts of kindness and works to help others who are also going through the same things they have. Please visit the link below to find out more about how you can get involved!