Ashley + Eric + Madelyn

Well friends, this is going to be a bit of a longer post so bear with me.

On May 16, 2017, Ashley and Eric's lives changed forever when they welcomed their little girl Madelyn into the world. I have to say, she is absolutely perfect and was blessed with two incredible parents. Just being around Ashley and Eric, you can see and feel how happy and in love they are not only with each other, but with Madelyn – their eyes just sparkle when they look at her. When it was just the three of them together in the calm and warmth of the outdoors during our session, everything was right in the world...even when it's not.

What should be the happiest time of their lives is now plagued by Ashley's battle with breast cancer. It makes me sad and angry and sick to my stomach. No one should have to battle cancer, especially a new mom.

But after knowing Ashley for an hour, I can tell you one thing is for certain: she is an incredible woman. She has the heart of gold and is so happy, positive and upbeat. It's admirable. On top of that, she has her husband, she has her family, she has her friends and she has little Madelyn by her side battling this terrible illness with her every day. From the outside looking in, beating cancer is about having the right attitude, outlook and support, and she has it all.

I would have dropped everything to take pictures of this family. I am beyond honored I was given the opportunity to capture Ashley and Eric with little miss Madelyn. I know I can't cure cancer, but I can give Ashley, Eric and Madelyn something they'll have forever, and it means the world to me. 

As I leave you with photos from this session, I just want to say always hug your loved one's a bit longer, don't worry about the little things in life and soak up moments that make you feel alive. Ashley's story touched me. I am praying for this family every day and hope these photos can always be a source of happiness in their lives.