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November 5, 2012

Love. Hope. Celebration. {Twin Cities, MN | Family Portrait Photographer}

A little over a year ago, I took this picture.

The boy in this photo, who was nine when this was taken, is afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  I photographed him and his whole family that day.  This particular photo was meaningful for all of us - those shafts of light reminded his mother of God's protection.  I am honored and humbled to know that this gave people hope and comfort, and really grateful to know such a family.  I don't think I've ever taken a photo that is as special and meaningful as this one. 

Well, more than one year later, this young guy is now eleven years old.  And, I'm thrilled to report, he is responding really well to treatment and still is able to spend much of his day on his own two feet.  He does use a wheelchair at times but he is not yet confined to it, and he is still able to do some of the things that every other eleven-year-old boy does.  This is a good thing for a boy afflicted with DMD, which is a very rapidly progressing form of Muscular Dystrophy.  These happy moments are important memories for them.

So, for this year's photo shoot, we really wanted to celebrate the miracle and the joy and all the good things going on.  Such a loving, positive family.  I had so much fun with them.  

Here is one of my favorite families, celebrating their blessings.  And now they've given ME a blessing, too - the chance to spend time with them.  We laughed a LOT during their photo shoot.  

To learn more about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or to help, please visit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
 



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12 comments:

  1. Wowohwow, these are soooo beautiful, Leslie! The connections, love and emotion you captured just make me feel like I was there. I know they will treasure these!!!

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  2. Leslie, I adore this session! oh my!! What a beautiful family and you have captured them, the connections and emotions perfectly. My favorite though is of him and his dad walking in the field. Brought tears to my eyes.

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  3. These are simply divine. Such beautiful treasures for this family - such raw joy and connection. And the colors are just perfect. BEAUTIFUL.

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  4. So incredibly beautiful - you've done an amazing job of capturing the love and happiness between them!

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  5. Wow - what a difference! And how wonderful to see him standing like that. But that black and white close up of him touched me straight to my heart. Just gorgeous.

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  6. Oh Leslie these are gorgeous. I remember the wheelchair image (so beautiful) and it's wonderful to get such a positive update. Beautiful connections captured. You are a talented lady!

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  7. Leslie, these are wonderful! You captured the light beautifully, and did an amazing job for this sweet family!

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  8. what a sweet family and beautiful images (beautiful story too!) These put a huge smile on my face and I can imagine that mom & dad are blown away!

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  9. I can literally feel the love this family has for one another in these photos. Fantastic work!

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  10. These are gorgeous Leslie! I remember seeing that first shot, and I am so glad to hear that he's responding well to treatment!

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  11. These images are just gorgeous, and what an inspiring story! I love the sweet family connections you captured and the beautiful colors:)

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