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A few more moments with Mason

“If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up–lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.” — Maya Angelou Over […]

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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou Today was the first time I entered the NICU since Chance was born. Today I met 2 day old Mason for the first time. Mason also has spina bifida. When I arrived he was laying […]

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August 3, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Rebecca Lukens - Precious! Beautiful pictures!

August 3, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Hillary Lovell - Your photos made me remember our NICU experience with Zoe so much. I agree…I don’t think anyone can truly understand unless they’ve been down this road before! Great job on the photos. That mom will cherish those forever!!

August 3, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Gian Carlo - This are an amazing collection of powerful documentary images. Is a heart cringing feeling that send shivers to the viewer while warming the heart and feeling and faith and love only a mother can feel. You can feel the love by which this images were taken.

August 3, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Erin Moya - Thank you for these photos, Amanda! I’m so glad these moms have someone like you. It makes me wish I was still in Orlando and able to be a part of this community. I wish I had someone to talk to when I was going through all of it, and I’m glad you’ve been able to help and reach out to so many families facing these new challenges. And, as always, beautiful photos!

August 3, 2011 - 11:45 pm

Ken Frazier - Amanda, I’m Mary’s brother and I just wanted to say this was a beautiful blog and the pictures are very touching. I got to spend a little bit of time with Mason Monday evening several hours after his first surgery. I appreciate the time you’ve taken with my sister and Mason, it has been such an impact for her with the support and information so she (and the rest of us) have a grasp on the challenges and the hope we face. Thank you, Ken

August 4, 2011 - 12:10 am

Nadine - “Lead me by your truth & teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” -Psalm 25:5

So very sweet to have captured Mason opening his eyes for his mother for the first time.

August 3, 2011 - 10:27 pm

This Week’s Rundown– Keeping Spina Bifida “Relevant” | Holdin' Out for a Hero - [...] her third child, who was diagnosed with spina bifida. I can now announce happily that Mary’s son, Mason, has entered the world.  He is currently in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unite (NICU), so I ask that we all keep him and [...]

Support Chance in Orlando’s 1st Spina Bifida Walk n Roll

“It’s not how much you accomplish in life that really counts, but how much you give to others. It’s not how high you build your dreams that makes a difference, but how high your faith can climb. It’s not how many goals you reach, but how many lives you touch. It’s not who you know […]

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My 1st Littlest Hero — Justin

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  —Maya Angelou At the end of the summer I received a request for my first Littlest Heroes Photo Session. The Littlest Heroes Project is a volunteer effort I joined this […]

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October 17, 2010 - 10:51 pm

Lora - WOW!! These are unbelievable and more than worth the wait. You are an amazing photographer and an amazing person. My entire family enjoyed the time we spent with you and I am extremely excited as I have not been able to get Justin to smile like that for a picture in a long time. You have an amazing gift and a loving heart… don’t ever forget that.

October 17, 2010 - 11:13 pm

Tracy - WOW! Those are some AMAZING photos! I wish I lived in FL so you could be our photographer! I know what Justin and his family go through day in and day out and I KNOW they appreciate you taking the time to photograph them.

Simply beautiful photography.

October 17, 2010 - 11:23 pm

Meri - These pictures are incredible. You can see the love this family has for eachother…you can see the strength in Justin’s eyes. You have captured moments that this family will treasure forever! You are a blessing for taking the time to really get to know the spirit of this family! Wonderful job!!

October 17, 2010 - 11:25 pm

Wendy - GORGEOUS PICTURES!!!!!!! I’d be honored to have you photograph our family anytime…if you’re ever in AZ, let me know :) Your talent is amazing!!!!!

October 17, 2010 - 11:34 pm

Laura Houston - B E A U TI F U L
These pictures are beautiful. I love this family and love that you took these wonderful pictures for them.

Your photography is a gift – thank you for sharing it.

October 18, 2010 - 12:18 am

Heidi - Wow! Beautiful! One wonderful photo after another! You are a talented photographer, who has given this this family an incredible gift.

October 18, 2010 - 6:19 am

Reyna Maher - Ah WOW. These are gorgeous photos of a beautiful family. Amanda, nice job. Lora is a friend of mine and I am so glad that she and her family got to participate in this photo shoot with you. Thank you for showing them off like the “Rock Stars” that they are to me.

Have a wonderful day.

October 18, 2010 - 9:31 am

nicole - What gorgeous pictures!! You have such amazing talent you can see the love and the beauty in every single picture. This is one wonderful family and you captured that in every single shot…WELL DONE!!

October 18, 2010 - 3:37 pm

Misty - Awesome! I just love every single one of these photos. You did a wonderful job photographing this beautiful family…and an even more wonderful thing by participating in this Littlest Heroes project.

October 18, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Hallie - What beautiful pictures! You have captured the essence of this family! Darling children. Darling parents. What a special gift for anyone dealing with diabetes – or any disease. Thank you so much for lifting up this family’s spirits through your art! Great job!

The winners of the photo sessions to help Wrenn!

I’m excited to finally announce the winners of the 2 photo sessions. We put the names in a hat of those who donated to help Wrenn’s family and the kids picked the winners randomly. Rather than spoiling the surprise I’ll let you all check out the impromptu video the kids and I have made to […]

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