When my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in February 2016, I was glad we had had our portraits taken by a professional photographer friend of ours for years. We ordered framed prints of our art and proudly covered the walls in our home. Sadly, my best friend and soulmate passed away in January 2017. And today when I look back at those images, I am reminded of the wonderful life we had shared for 25 years. In October of 2016, we had an appointment with one of my husbands neurologists. My husband asked the question I couldn’t. “How long do I have?” The answer was gut wrenching, “three months.” That night, I contacted our photographer for one last session. She dropped everything and met us the next day. The weather had been awful earlier that morning but the sun broke through the clouds for our session that afternoon. Those images are the only images that I have not had printed. They are raw with emotion. Sadness. Tears. They are not images I want to display on my walls as I want to remember the good times. But I have them and I look at them occasionally. Please don’t forget to print and proudly display your memories on your walls. Someday, they will mean something special to the person left behind.

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    Flu is currently widespread in the nation and sadly 30 children have so far been reported as having lost their lives. Newborns and pregnant moms are at a higher risk from flu complications. When you hire a newborn photographer, do you think to ask if they have been vaccinated? You should. A professional newborn photographer knows that at the very least they should be vaccinated with the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) or Pertussis (whooping cough) and Flu vaccines, the same as a neonatal nurse. We are photographing newborns between 5-14 days after birth, when your baby is not fully vaccinated. Allowing your precious little one to be photographed by someone who is not fully vaccinated is putting your baby at risk. Don’t hesitate to ask this question when you are hiring a newborn photographer.

    Here are some helpful hints regarding surviving baby’s first cold and flu season.

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