Giving Really IS Awesome/ Gainesville Photographer

          At the end of last year I announced the Giving is Awesome contest here on the blog. Perhaps you remember the story of Mia and her battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Click here for the full post. Even though Mia won the photo session in January, her constant fight with her disease had her in and out of the hospital for the majority of this year. Mia had contacted me and was so greatful for the opportunity to have family portraits done, but she knew she did not want to be in a wheelchair at their session. So with that determination, Mia has fought hard and when we met last week at the Thomas Center for their photo session, she was walking completely unassisted. It was absolutely wonderful to meet such a loving and caring family, whose trials and tribulations this past year and a half have brought them so much closer together. Mia’s positive outlook on everything is infectious, and I had a huge smile on my face the entire time I was with her and her family.

          Giving truly is awesome. I felt like a million dollars. If you know anyone that might be a great candidate for the Giving is Awesome campaign this year, please feel free to share their story with me. I will make a formal announcement on the blog as it gets closer to the holiday season.

          And- since giving is SO awesome- I am going to be doing some giveaways this week. I will be posting several sneak peeks and information posts this week, and for those readers who leave comments on the blog I will be giving away some prizes in the form of discounts on prints and a FREE SESSION! So- start leaving comments and win some prizes!!!blog001





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          • what a touching story!

          • Jean Hill

            Love all the photos! The mom and son is so touching, and mom with her daughter made me think of my own daughters and how much I love them (you!)! Every photo captures the love this family has for each other. I am sure they will love them too!

          • julie

            great pics, i’m SO happy she was able to get pictures and you are great to do this for them!!

          • Jaime, this story is so touching! I didn’t realize you did this contest and will definitely be keeping it in mind for friends and others who I think would be a good candidate for it. – tiffany thomas

          • Kristina Patten

            I agree Jean, the picture of mom and son is very sweet. I teared up a bit too! Nice shots, were they done at the Thomas Center?

          • Thanks guys! This session was really amazing for me to be able to do- and what a wonderful and totally deserving family. I am so excited to participate in Giving Is Awesome again this year.

            @Kristina- these were taken at the Thomas Center.

          • Mary Huszcza

            Such a sweet story and the pics are, once again, beautiful. I must have missed this b/c I don’t remember the contest. I’ll certainly keep it in mind as I work with special needs kiddos and their families.

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