There has been plenty of talk of angels in our home over the past month and a half. Aslyn, especially, imagines her sister, Valentina, as an angel living it up in Heaven; beautiful and whole. I know this because when she draws our family…..this is how she portrays her and I love it. It just so happens that one of my very best friends has a daughter, Mia, who is Aslyn’s very best friend. Aslyn and Mia share more than Moms who are best friends….they also share loss. Mia and Aslyn both lost their baby sisters before they even made it to Earth. Before Mia was born, her sister Lillian went to Heaven at about the same age as Valentina. What makes our bond even stronger and our stories more interwoven is that we buried Valentina right beside Lillian. My best friend Sarah and I know that they are having the best time hanging out in Heaven. We tell our children that often and it provides us a joy and comfort that is indescribable. With Sarah’s styling, I wanted to create a series of images where Aslyn and Mia could pay tribute to Valentina and Lillian by portraying them just as we envision them; prancing through Heaven praising God and basking in His glory together.
I decided to start to share some of my One Day. One Lens images on my blog! Here are just a few over the past few weeks. From here on out I will start to share weekly. I started this personal project last year to force myself not to miss the details that present themselves around my little munchkins and our daily lives. As a photographer, it is easy to just perform scheduled shoots for work and then fail to capture our life! So- here is to etching into memory the details that make life rich!!“]
One of my very dearest friends is about one of the most breathtaking pregnant ladies I have had the opportunity to photograph. Here is a quick sneak peek at a few of her images.
LOVE LOVE LOVE when I finish a shoot and know that I accurately captured the spirit of a child…or children….well, twins to be exact, in this case! These images fully portray the spunky, lively essence of these sweet twins. I am crazy about this shoot! Here are just a few favorites from the day.
My best friend since second grade had her second little bundle of love! Honestly- this is the type of shoot that gives me chills, makes me feel euphoric and reminds me how blessed I am to be able to do this job every day! Love these girls!
I discovered the amazing cause of International Crisis Aid Heartland at a luncheon a few months back. I chose to capture a few images for this organization to highlight the cause and also to feature the bracelets that are a major fundraiser for the organization. Please see the information below to find our more about what ICA is doing in our community and beyond!
“Sex Trafficking is sweeping the globe like a virus that feeds on innocent lives. It is not just a problem in foreign countries…it is right here in AMERICA & right in our own backyards. ICA HEARTLAND is a nonprofit that is fighting this battle head on.
Bring awareness through education about the realities and implications of sexual human trafficking of young women and girls. Generate funds through multiple fundraising and partnerships within our community. Bring forth change for the lives of the innocent who have no voice.
International Crisis Aid HEARTLAND is a partner of International Crisis Aid, a nonprofit relief organization based in St. Louis Missouri. ICA HEARTLAND is committed to help open our first U.S. safe home in St. Louis for AMERICAN GIRLS. We currently have 6 international homes and have rescued dozens of girls, some as young as 4 years old.
● 1.2 million children are being trafficked every year; some young as 4 years old.
● The average victim is forced to have sex up to 40 times a day.
● Almost 300,000 AMERICAN children are being prepared for sexual exploitation.
● The average age for AMERICAN girls are first victims of sex trafficking is 12-14 years old.
● There are girls as young as 5 & 6 years old in the U.S. that are forced to do sexual acts for the
the economic gain of their pimp.
● Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation.
● The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 BILLION.
● ICA Video link below:
It is our mission to bring hope, restoration, and healing to both international and American girls who have been trapped in the growing national epidemic of sexual human trafficking. This page is designed to help bring about that awareness and promote upcoming fund raising events.
For more information about ICA and human trafficking, please visit our websites:
To directly contact us in the Southeast Missouri Area, please email us at:
COMING SOON — Stay in touch and updated by following ICA HEARTLAND’s BLOG on ICA’s WEBSITE: crisisaid.org
Or you can contact the STL office at: