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It is such an honor to be a photographer for the non-profit organization, Inspiration Through Art. The mission at Inspiration Through Art is to help provide and capture memories for families who have a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life-altering disability. It TRULY makes my heart happy to be able to give back in this way.

A few words about little EJ, from his mother:

“After being born just 1 month early but only weighing 2 lbs 13 oz, Eric Jason (EJ) Tran spent the first 5 and 1/2 months of his life in the NICU at a major children’s hospital in Pennsylvania. Aside from his failure to grow at a normal rate, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease among other diagnosis such as PVL, hypothyroidism, anemia, and oxygen dependency. But none of these stand in EJs way to fight for his life! He is currently in the process of being evaluated for a kidney transplant, but thankfully is not in an emergent need for one at this time. He will be starting dialysis sometime in June 2012, and we can only hope and pray he will be deemed eligible for a kidney transplant so his name can go on “the list”. Ej’s blood type is B+, and we knew from the very beginning that wasn’t just a coincidence, but more a slogan to live by: Be Positive.”

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Heather Cortez

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  • Such an awesome shoot! I love his smile! You can tell he has a zest for life and won’t let anything stand in his way. The picture of his feet is just so stinking cute.ReplyCancel

  • absolutely precious! what a gorgeous mama and baby!! love the b&w’s too! just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • These are beautiful! Such a handsome little man. Stay strong EJ!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing story, amazing little fighter EJ, amazing mother, amazing shoot. I love the one where he is nestled against his mother. :) what a precious, beautiful little guy. praying for a kidney transplant!ReplyCancel

  • What a handsome little guy and beautiful momma! Such a sweet session!ReplyCancel

  • These are so beautiful. You did a wonderful jobReplyCancel

  • What an amazing story and gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle

    Just beautiful! It’s obvious mama and baby adore one another ~ And I LOVE the little feet!ReplyCancel

  • what a touching story and a beautiful baby boy! (and of course a gorgeous mama!!!)ReplyCancel

  • These are so wonderful. What an amazing gift to give to someone! Love the relationship between him and his mom.ReplyCancel

  • These are so precious and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • oh i LOVE these! he is the cutest little thing– and these photos just ooze joy. wonderful job!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda, these are beautiful! Wow, you did such an awesome job- great post!ReplyCancel

  • Eftyhia Pepe

    Love all of these! You can almost hear the joy from them!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, such a beautiful little guy! You captured those perfect! When you have a child with special needs the love is greater, and this is also shown in the pictures :-)ReplyCancel

  • I love that you give back to others! More photographers need to participate in these kinds of programs. Beautiful session!!ReplyCancel

  • so wonderful, nice of your to help :)ReplyCancel

  • MY God. What are beautiful family. Amazing photographs.ReplyCancel