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Daniele Rose Photography Blog--Camarillo & Ventura County Newborn and Family Photographer - Part 9
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  • I believe in happy families, dinners together,
    and that when it comes right down to it,
    the little things are really the big things.

    In the whirlwind of parenthood, from the
    sleepless newborn nights to the busy days
    of scraped knees and Band-Aids,
    your memories are the only things
    that last. Revel in them.

Little Angel {Ventura Newborn Photographer}

Wow…I knew this post would be difficult, but in sitting down to try to write it I’m finding that is almost impossible to get started.  I guess I’ll just start at the beginning, the first time that I heard of this inspiring and lovely family.  It was during the winter, maybe February or so, and I was sick.  So sick that for the first time in my life I completely lost my voice.  I.could.not.talk.at.all.  My hubby and I were sitting on the couch enjoying our quite evening (both because the kiddos were tucked into bed and I had no voice!) and watching the news.  A story about a little girl and her fight with cancer came on and my remote-wielding, tivo-loving husband started to fast forward through it, sensing it would be very sad.  I on the other hand wanted to watch it, but being that I couldn’t tell him to let it play I grabbed the remote from his hand and hit the button myself.  For the following few minutes we both sat there speechless as we watched a heart wrenching story about a beautiful little girl named Allison, who at only17 months old, lost her battle with a rare form of leukemia.  When the piece ended I sat there in silence with tears streaming down my face.  I looked over at my husband, who was of course also saddened by her story, at which point he said “thanks for making me watch that” in an oh-so-sarcastic tone.  But you know what?  I’m glad that I made him watch it.  I’m glad that I watched it.

I was so upset that I couldn’t contain my tears.  I’m not sure why a story about complete strangers shook me the way it did, but for the next couple of days I couldn’t stop thinking about Allison and her family.  I decided to check on the news channel’s website to see if I could find a link to learn more about them, and I did.  I found a link to their blog and read through it crying uncontrollably once again.  Hardly able to see my computer screen I remembered something they had said at the end of the news segment.  They said that Nicole, Allison’s mom, was told that it would be unlikely for her to be able to have any other children because of medical problems that she suffers from.   Even though this was the case she did become pregnant again, and she and her husband were expecting another child, a girl, who was due in the summer.

I’m not typically one to reach out to complete strangers, but somehow after reading their blog, hearing their story, and feeling such pain at the very thought of their loss, somehow they no longer felt like strangers.  I decided to contact Nicole and offer to photograph their new daughter once she was born.  I really thought that I probably wouldn’t receive a reply, and that she would most likely think it was strange that I would even offer given that we didn’t know each other.  But she did reply!  And she was thrilled with my offer…and I am thrilled that she accepted 🙂

Meet Caroline…Allison’s beautiful little sister and her kind and lovely parents…

 

Newborn baby photography in Ventura County
Newborn baby photography in Ventura County

Newborn baby photography in Ventura County

Nicole’s orange bow is in honor and memory of Allison.  I think it is perfectly placed in this photograph.

Newborn baby photography in Ventura County

Although their story is sad, it brings about promise and hope.  Hope of new life and lives saved by their beautiful daughter Allison, and her brave battle with cancer.  Almost 2,000 people have been inspired by her story and joined the National Bone Marrow registry in her honor.  Out of the over 13 million people on the registry, there was one perfect match for Allison.  ONE.   Unfortunately her disease took over and she was unable to receive her transplant.  But maybe YOU could be the one perfect match for someone else.  If you would like more information about becoming a donor please visit http://www.marrow.org/.  And, if you would like to honor Allison’s memory and become a donor you can do so by visiting http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/Join_Now_Sponsored/join_now_sponsored.html.  Follow the onscreen instructions and enter promo code: AllisonsGift when prompted.  This link allows you to share the gift of life free of charge and will be valid through August 31st.

Personally, until this morning I had been hemming and hawing over whether or not I should sign up myself.  But in reading Nicole’s blog about Allison again to get a little background info for this post I saw that Allison’s middle name was Danielle.  Is it a coincidence?  Probably, but maybe…just maybe it is a sign.  A sign that I am the ONE perfect match for someone out there.  Or maybe the fact that you just happend to stumble upon this post today it is a sign that YOU are the ONE.

To Nicole and Shaun:  Caroline is perfect and it has been such a blessing to meet you guys and be able to capture this special time in your lives.  I hope that these images bring a much deserved smile to your faces!  Thank you for allowing me to share your story!

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Serendipity {Ventura County Child Photographer}

We had planned to shoot this session in the strawberry fields, but as rare July rain started to pour down on two little girls in a wagon (and some pricey camera equipment!) we made our way to the nearest shelter.  That shelter happened to be tented raspberry greenhouses, inside of which was some of the most beautiful light I’ve ever seen.  And some of the most delicious berries, too!

Child photography in Moorpark California.
Ventura County Children's portrait photographer Daniele Rose.
Raspberry greenhouses make for great portrait lighting.
Raspberry picking in July at Underwood Farms.
Summer berry picking and photoraphs at Underwood Family Farms.
A child eats sweet red raspberries at Underwood Farms.
Child portraits at Underwood Farms in Moorpark, California.
Sisters picking berries at the Underwood Family Farms.
A little girl smiles during her photos on the farm.

Maybe it is my long time desire to shoot for Country Living (couldn’t this be a featured spread?), but I have to say that this is right up there with some of my all time favorite sessions.  Thank you to Underwood Family Farms…what a great place for a photo shoot!  And, to the Mamma of these two gorgeous little girls, thanks for trusting in my creative vision.  I hope you love these as much as I do!

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Meet Madeline {Camarillo Photographer}

Lovely baby, lovely Mama.  I think her perfect little lips are beyond precious.  And Mom…you’re glowing! 

Baby curled up on a beanbag during her newborn portraits.
A baby being held by her mother during her newborn portraits.
Baby posed in a basket during her newborn portraits.
 A big congrats to the *M* family.  She’s perfect!

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Sweet & Silly {Ventura County Child Photographer}

I had such a hard time choosing which images to show in this sneak peek…there are just SO many that I love from this session.  The first birthday is a perfect time to have professional portraits taken.  Little ones are brimming with personality, full of smiles, and many are starting to take their first wobbly steps.  Who wouldn’t want to document that?  Miss Anabel is no exception.  She is silly and sweet, has a smile that can light up a room (or a park in this case!), and possibly has the cutest little chubby thighs I’ve ever seen.

A one year old baby during her smiles and laughts during her portrait session.
A mom and dad play with their one year old daughter during her child photo shoot.
A toddler takes her first steps during her child portrait session.
A one year old girl smiles for the camera during her professional portraits.
 Thanks so much to the *S* family for patiently waiting for your sneak peek…it was so hard to choose!  I’ll be in touch when your full gallery is ready for viewing.

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Photogenic {Thousand Oaks Newborn Baby Photographer}

 Some people are just naturally photogenic, and I can tell that little Miss Ava is going to be one of them.  I know exactly where she got those great genes…remember this beautiful mama’s maternity portraits?  Well, Ava is the very loved baby who is lucky enough to be welcomed into their gorgeous family.  Isn’t she just absolutely beautiful?

Black and white images of a newborn baby girl.
A newborn baby smiles during her newborn portraits.

  A big congrats to the *H* family.  I look forward to watching your little ones grow!

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