Harper (R). She had an amazing spirit with piercing beautiful eyes that oozed happiness. She is a happy little baby who is excited about the world around her. She likes to smile and wiggle and just absolutely loves kisses :). One smile from her and you are consumed by her glow and all of your worries melt away. And then there is LaShae. Inspiration can come in so many different packages. This time, it came in the form of a 6 month old little girl who has proven her strength and the power of the human spirit. After facing several challenges since childbirth, she has grown despite the odds and continues to inspire her parents everyday.
LaShae was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida which is a condition that effects some vertebrae over the spine to not develop fully while in the womb. She underwent surgery literally 24hrs after she was born. Although she has and will continue to face challenges in her growth and development, amazingly she continues to exude strength through it all.
I know I speak of these girls as if I've known them for years when all I did was spend an hour with them them photographing their beautiful little faces. But the truth is, I learned so much from that one session with them. It was much more than ooogling at their cuteness. They drew me in with their energy, strength and amazing personalities; they reminded me that anything is possible. A special thank you to their parents Shaneka and Rod for graciously welcoming me into your home to photograph your lovely family and sharing the story of your two amazing little girls. I see where Harper & LaShae get their strength from; you are all an inspiration!
To learn more about Spina Bifida, I invite you to check out these links for more information (thanks for the links Shaneka!):