living organ donation and the emmott family {fort lauderdale lifestyle photographer}

Recently, I found out that Neil, the father to one of my favorite families, has end stage renal disease which is the last stage of chronic kidney disease when the kidneys permanently fail to work.  I photographed the wonderful Emmott family for the first time about 7 or 8 years ago, when Cameron was only about 3 years old and Mackenzie was not even born yet.  I instantly adored them, and always felt close to Lisa, who is such a great mom, down to earth and so easy to talk to.  Through the years, I truly enjoyed photographing these two adorable and sweet red headed girls with their parents, and the images were always full of love and closeness.  But, now years later, Neil is sick, his kidneys are failing and the projected wait for a deceased donor kidney is seven years.  Neil does not have seven years to wait, and I want these girls to enjoy their dad for a very long time.

I went to the Emmott house this weekend to document the family together, in their own home, their own space and with all their love.  While I definitely want the family to have these images of them together, I also had an ulterior motive.  I am hoping that someone will see these images, see how close this family is, hear their story, and will then look into the possibility of living organ donation.  Living organ donation is when a person donates a kidney or a part of their liver, lung or pancreas to the recipient in need.  Many times, a family member donates the organ, but in Neil’s case, his family members have been tested but not approved to donate a kidney.  What I have learned and what I find amazing is that there are altruistic organ donors out there – people who chose to donate organs to someone they do not know in order to save a life.  In this world where we are always hearing about how horrible people are in the news and reading about terrible things in the world, there are still people who do beautiful things each day, including becoming someone’s real life hero by donating an organ and saving a life.  So often, we feel like we don’t make a difference in the world, but living organ donation is a way to make the most incredible, beautiful, life-saving difference in a family’s life.  Neil needs someone to make this difference for him and for his family.  If you are interested in learning more about living kidney donation, please visit this link – http://www.hopkinsmedicine. org/transplant/living_donors/index.html.  Additionally, Neil’s wife, Lisa, has been through the donor process, and she is more than happy to answer any questions you may have.  Lisa can be reached at findakidney4neil@gmail.com or 954-205-0067.   To learn more, you can also visit the family’s Caringbridge site at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/findakidneyforneil.

Please share. A conversation can save a life.  

I hope that this story will touch someone who may be interested in learning more about becoming a donor for Neil or for another person in need of an organ transplant.   Thank you so very much.  xoxo

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dani’s bat mitzvah {weston bat mitzvah photographer}

This was such an awesome, fun, wild, loving bat mitzvah, and we were so excited to be there!  I love the Shapiro family and absolutely adore Dani.  She was so lovely, poised, and happy on her bat mitzvah day, and it was mirrored in all of her family and friends who were celebrating with her.  Thank you for inviting me to photograph Dani’s day and be a part of your family celebration!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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Synagogue – B’nai Aviv

Venue – Weston Hills Country Club

Photographer – Alison Frank Photography

Assistant Photographer – Heather Coronel Photography

DJ Music – Rock With U Entertainment

Room Decor and Design – Amazing Events

Videography – JC Video Productions

 

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amaya {fort lauderdale teen photographer}

Beautiful Amaya in the city.  We explored Fort Lauderdale, FAT Village, and all different nooks and crannies of the city.  Amaya and her family came in from NJ, so this was her destination bat mitzvah preshoot, and she was such a natural.  I was so happy to meet all of them and get to know them during our photo shoot.  Wishing Amaya an amazing bat mitzvah in the next few weeks!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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ethan {fort lauderdale teen photographer}

Walking around downtown Fort Lauderdale with Ethan, we looked for the grungiest places to shoot. We found brick walls, alleys, graffiti, and more, while his mom kept an eye on us, making sure we were safe.  I loved hanging out with them during this adventure, getting to know Ethan, who is so easy going and sweet, and definitely fun to photograph.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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abby’s mitzvah {plantation bat mitzvah photographer}

Abby’s bat mitzvah day was so special, not just because she shared her day with the congregation of Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, but also because she did so with such grace and confidence.  Abby is a beautiful girl, with a huge heart and friends and family that clearly adore and love her.  Her party that evening felt like a close celebration of friends; everyone was happy, dancing, and it felt like one big family.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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Synagogue and Venue – Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El

Photography – Alison Frank Photography

Assistant Photography – Heather Coronel Photography

DJ Music –  Galaxy and Rosalee at OMGG Events

Room Decor and Design – Lane with Dalsimer

Videography – Mady Films

Catering – VIP Catering

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