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Party On

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

April 18th started as a temperate Sunday morning, with dark skies looming overhead. This was the day we would have our mini-sessions at the park–our (Portrait) Party For Layla.

Layla Grace Marsh was a sweet 2 year old girl that lost her battle with cancer in April 2010. Her story captured the hearts of people across the country.

How would we honor her memory? The plan was simple; ten boutique photographers across Houston provide affordable mini-sessions for children with 100% of session fee proceeds going towards the Layla Grace Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. Participants give a session fee “donation,” and receive a 20 minute photography session and an 8×10 print. Getting back while giving back–easy, right?

Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Rain started pouring down by noon that day and only a few photographers were able to shoot before the deluge. Luckily I was one of them, photographing almost all of the children on the schedule. And what little beauties they were! We had so much fun being silly and chasing each other around. Even the Channel 2 News crew came out to do a story on the event (gasp! I was so nervous!).

For those who were not able to be photographed, the rain-out date had been set for the following Sunday.  It was a perfect day for Houston area photographers to shoot children in locations all over the city.  Thanks in part to our excellent media coverage, the event was a huge success!  Sadly I was not able to participate then.

But don’t worry, I’m hosting another date on Sunday, May 23rd. Yay! I’m am almost completely booked, so if you’d like to take part in an awesome opportunity to raise money for childhood cancer research, please click the banner below to get redirected to PartyforLayla.com to book your spot. Currently, there are no plans to make this a monthly event, but if we’re lucky, it might be a yearly thing. We’ll just have to see. So sign up and support the cause. Let’s party on!

(Psst, If you’re on Facebook and “like” the photos, tag yourself! You know you want to.)

Be a Part of Something Big

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

There was once a little girl named Layla Grace.  She lost her battle with stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer at age two last month.  Her presence here on earth was short, but her legacy will endure.  And I know she will help start a change.

Have you ever wished you had the power to do something that could make a change?  I am a huge advocate for causes, mainly children’s causes–specifically, children’s cancer.   So it is an honor for me to be part of something big.  And you can help too.  Give back while getting back and join us in a Party for Layla this Sunday, April 18th. 

Backstory
Being an avid Facebook junkie, I followed a blog link that my friend Christie Lacy posted on her page.  What I read really hit home with me.  I heard my own personal emotions and struggles with childhood cancer echoed in the voice of a mother watching her baby die.  I prayed for her, and thought about her family often. 

On the morning I opened Christie’s email about Party for Layla, I was overwhelmed.  I knew God had a hand in this and we were just a small part of the big picture.  Christie’s email detailed a wonderful opportunity for a community to honor Layla Grace while getting some portraits back in return.  A portrait party with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Marsh family and their cancer research foundation to fight Neuroblastoma.  Click on the blog banner above to find out more.   

It is so important to cherish every moment with your children and family.  Its also especially important to capture that time with photographs. 

Now if only the weather would stay nice…

 

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