“Somewhere between what she survived, and who she was becoming, was exactly where she was meant to be. She was starting to love the journey. And find the comfort in the quiet corners of her wildest dreams. They say people don’t change……Well, she wasn’t always this way. Even if she didn’t change the entire world, she would change her part of it. And she would affect the people she shared it with. A butterfly whose wings have been touched, can indeed still fly. Whether something was meant to be, or meant to leave, didn’t matter as much anymore. She would soak up the sun, kiss the breeze, and she would fly regardless.” J. Raymond
Wendi was given less than 1% odds of survival after contracting sepsis a few years ago. She was just a handful of months out from the hospital when I first met and photographed her lovely family. I have now photographed them multiple times and I’m in awe of her and Jay each time. During this recent session in Lake Tahoe I showed Wendi the back of the camera at one point so she could see what she looked like. She said, “Oh wow! I’m starting to look like myself again” and it seemed as though she lit up more than usual, as if a breeze rushed over her and awakened her soul. To hear those words and see this sweet mama as she walks this next step in her journey, I am overcome with gratitude. Helping her get back to herself in any small way makes my heart fuller than ever as a photographer.
Wendi…..you and your sweet family will never know how many hearts you have touched. You are such an inspirati0n to so many. I love documenting your story of perseverance and love. You are truly such a gift!
Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! I’m Stephanie, a family and newborn photographer in Portland, Oregon focused on emotive images with connection and soul. I want all of my clients to feel something when they look at their images. I want to tell your authentic story. I love telling the story of motherhood with movement in images. I love golden, dappled light and the way it dances and bounces around on my subject’s skin. I love airy images as well as moody images and I continuously dip my toe in whatever moves me for the day which is so important.
Although my studio is located in Portland, Oregon, I offer studio, outdoor, in home and travel sessions. Studio sessions are available for newborns, sitters and expectant mothers. My studio offers beautiful, natural light creating special memories with an organic and airy feeling. I also offer the use of an incredible studio wardrobe, taking the pressure off of you so that you can enjoy the experience without having to worry about shopping for your entire family. I would love to be invited to capture your family memories and I promise to help make the process fun and relaxing.