A Session for Hazel {Utah Child and Family Photographer}

I have rewritten this post three times. It’s very hard to find the right words when talking about childhood cancer. So I’ve decided I’m not going to. It’s enough for you to know that my childhood friend’s daughter Hazel has fought and is winning, winning, winning! But at the time of this session that I begged my friend to let me do, she was still deep in the trenches of her battle. I bet you could never guess looking at this session which one she might be. I have never seen so much love, friendship, joy, and happiness from anyone as I did from Hazel on this night. Hazel smiled, laughed, danced and twirled. She giggled with her sisters and snuggled with her family. She held my hand over and over again, walking and talking with me like old friends, even though she hadn’t ever met me before. She even invited me to lunch when I came back to Utah to visit at our shared favorite restaurant (and we did have lunch there a couple of months later!!). I was blown away.

So here’s to all the fighters out there. Here’s what hope and joy look like. Love you Hazel. Thank you for teaching me so much, and for loving a new friend.










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July 16, 2017 - 8:41 pm

Melissa Anne - These are some of the most lovely photos I’ve seen. Your work is stellar and your friend is very lucky to have such a good friend in you. ❤

July 16, 2017 - 8:42 pm

Melanie - What a great session! I’m so in love with that blue dress and the way you used that location is impeccable!

July 16, 2017 - 8:48 pm

Janice - Wow! These are amazing!! The lighting and color are perfection. This is beach photography at it’s finest. Well done!

July 16, 2017 - 8:50 pm

Kathleen Odenthal - Wow! What gorgeous portraits! Im sure this family was super happy to see the finished product. Everything is so well done, from the posing, to the wardrobes, to the composition- kudos!

September 8, 2017 - 3:52 pm

Cindy - Beautiful photos! Any idea where they found the turquoise dress?

September 14, 2017 - 2:50 am

erin - Thank you! We rented from Rainey’s Closet! Well, they donated most of them for sweet Hazel and her sisters to use. But I wouldn’t rent from anyone else! They are very sweet over there!

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