Lauren Reynolds Photography, LLC

Hope for Harper

Meet Harper Elle Howard, an 18-month-old little girl who should be a busy toddler by now…into everything and entertaining her family with those precious toddler antics. But she is not. She has trouble holding her own head up, can’t sit unsupported, crawl, talk or walk. As her mom stated in a recent interview, “she is an 18-month-old trapped in a 2 to 3-month-old’s body.” She was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects less than 300 people world-wide and doesn’t even have a name. You have probably never heard of it; I hadn’t. It is referred to as CDKL5, the gene that it affects, and it causes intense seizures, sensory issues, gastrointestinal difficulties, visual impairment, scoliosis and severely delayed developmental growth.

That’s the bad news, but certainly not the end of sweet Harper’s story. The good news is that there is Hope for Harper and hope for better treatment and a cure to CDKL5! Harper’s family has found a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Boston to study the disorder, improve treatment and, ultimately, find a cure. They are diligently raising money in hopes of meeting their commitment of $100,000 by December 31st so Harper’s study can begin in January. They are about 25% there, with only 2 1/2 months to go. Would you consider visiting this page to contribute to this worthy cause? I just did, and I hope you will too!

Penny, you are an inspiration to me and an example to all mothers. The tenacity with which you and Dustin are fighting for and believing in Harper is so beautiful and encourages me to be a better mom to my two little ones. I pray that people’s hearts and lives are touched (as I know mine has been) as you continue to tell Harper’s story and fight for a cure to CDKL5.

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bright eyes

No sleepy heads this time! Miss. R showed off her beautiful bright baby blues with pride at our Mini-Session last weekend. Isn’t she just the cutest?!?

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Refreshing love

You might remember this beautiful family. I met up with them again at my holiday Mini-Sessions, and they are still just as beautiful and in love with their baby girl as ever!

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the busy little bee

Miss. G was busy, busy, busy at our Mini Session this past weekend, as any inquisitive toddler would be! She was so excited to explore her new surroundings and had the cutest giggle as she had me chasing her all around the park. At one point, she paused and I captured that adorable doll-face of hers as she looked right at me. I smiled at her and said, “I got you sweet Miss. G,” to which she just burst out laughing. Oh, you gotta just love a sense of humor like that! 🙂

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  1. Elizabeth Godyn says: Our Miss G sure was a busy girl at our shoot and when we left i said to my husband "if she got one picture from that shoot I will be amazed"! How wrong I was... you blew us away. We were just hoping for a decent Christmas photo and instead got a beautifully shot story of our family --sans Charlie our dog of course who wasn't havin it that day. I believe it was your warmth that set the tone for our shoot so thank you for making us feel welcomed and comfortable. We can't wait for you to photograph our newest family member arriving in January. Again,Thank you for your patience and professionalism. on 10.8.11 @ 11:36 pm

happy feet

When the mother of these adorable children filled out my session questionnaire for their upcoming Mini-Session with me, she wrote the sweetest most detailed things about each one of her four children. Her thoughtful words were such a testament to how she treasures each one of them for what makes them uniquely “them.” She told me that she just wanted to “capture the kids having fun together and their sweet spirits…and if there’s time, I’d love to have a shot of all of their feet.” Are you kidding?!? Of course!

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  1. Holly Smith says: Oh wow! I am speechless... They are just gorgeous! Thank you Lauren, and you did exactly that - you captured their sweet spirits and them all having so much fun together. We will treasure these pictures for many many years to come. And you gotta love those little feet! :) Thank you! on 10.6.11 @ 7:58 pm

natural beauty.

Sometimes I am just simply blown away…and she was every bit as fun, gracious and sincere as she is beautiful. Look out world, she’s coming your way!

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A beautiful album for a beautiful family.

I. love. albums. I love them not only because they are the best way to preserve family photographs and memories for generations to come, but also because each album I create is a reflection of you. From the cover carefully chosen to compliment your style, to each page custom designed to weave the photographs from your session into a story…the story of where you are as a family *right now.* And I love it that the albums I offer can be casual, funky, fancy, timeless…or all of the above.

This beautiful family chose one of my favorite covers to date — black and silver snake-skin with a silver accent strip. How fun is that! And would you even believe it if I told you that they didn’t think they were photogenic?!? Umm….what?!?

I’d say they win the prize for being one of the most photogenic families I’ve photographed to date, and their love for each other just radiated that day. They are so in love with their little family of three, and I’d have to agree that it looks pretty darn good on them!

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Oh how this one . . .

from my session with these two cuties yesterday is making me miss my own little sister. May you two grow to always treasure each other and to be the best of friends!

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  1. Linda Kalebic says: Lauren, you make me want to stand up and shout " those two little girls are mine" my granddaughters. You captured the sweetness in them I always see. Your photography is amazing. Makes me excited to see more. Thanks. Linda on 09.19.11 @ 7:15 am

    • LRPhotography says: Thank you, Linda!! They are such precious little girls -- can't wait for you to see them all! on 09.20.11 @ 8:21 am

the “fun” session

If I had to describe this session in one word, it would be “FUN!” Mr. G was such a fun little guy, and we had a great time together playing games and exploring during our session. And I loved it that his parents were up for anything! They certainly contributed to the “fun factor” too!

We started our session off in a funky urban area of Dallas for plenty of color and texture.

And then we headed over to a nearby field for some family snuggles, tickles and more two-year-old exploration.

And if my calculations are correct, Mr. G should be a big brother very soon! What fun the newest little M is in for! 🙂

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  1. Sarah McCaffery says: Love the variety you got with both an urban and natural setting! Great colors, too :) on 09.16.11 @ 3:42 am

sweet baby snuggles

Hands down, *this* is what I miss the most about having a baby. Those sweet, tender moments between parent and child of complete dependence, total adoration that are so abundant those first few months of life. Those moments when your baby snuggles up and everything else melts away. You forget about everything you *should* be doing, because all is as it should be, and nothing. else. matters. Miss. R was certainly in a snuggly mood while I was with her at her session late this past Spring, and what sweet moments we captured to preserve these precious days for this family.

Our session was right before Father’s Day, and what a beautiful gift this baby’s daddy (and granddaddy) got on their special day. I just love it when my clients choose to preserve their family memories and stages in this way. I know they cherish it now, but I also know its sentimental value will only increase as their snuggly little baby grows into a busy toddler, playful child and beautiful young lady…all entirely too fast!

And luckily, Miss. R didn’t doze the *entire* time I was there. She did perk up, play and show us those beautiful blue eyes. I’ll be seeing sweet Miss. R in about a month at one of my October Mini Sessions, and I can’t wait to see all she is up to these days!

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  1. Sarah McCaffery says: Oh Lauren - this is so beautiful! I love both the session and the album! I'm sure the family will treasure these images forever. on 09.9.11 @ 7:21 am

  2. Erica Sledge says: It's been a while since I've been over to your blog. All I can say is WOW! Absolutely amazing. on 09.28.11 @ 11:20 pm

  3. bright eyes | Lauren Reynolds Photography, LLC says: [...] sleepy heads this time! Miss. R showed off her beautiful bright baby blues with pride at our Mini-Session last [...] on 10.11.11 @ 7:40 am