Oksanah // Ronald McDonald House Portraits

Oksanah and her parents were our third shoot for Ronald McDonald House. And just like the others, our time with them was incredible, and showed us what true strength, courage and love are.

This beautiful little girl just celebrated her first birthday last month, and has been waiting on the list for a heart transplant. I can’t even fathom that. Not just for Oksanah, who is going through a struggle that most adults could never understand, but for her parents, who are there beside her. However, this girl has so much fight in such a small body that it is incredible. And her parents cherish every single moment they spend with her. Seeing the three of them together was beautiful.

I know I get really mushy about these sessions, but really, how can I not? The common thread between all of them has been unbelievable amounts of love. Not sorrow, frustration or regret, but happiness and love. I never have to prompt smiles, or direct interaction, because they truly are happy just to spend time together. We learn so much every time we are lucky enough to meet such incredible people. 

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This was Oksanah’s first time in the sand. Isn’t that such an amazing moment to get to photograph? 

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We got to spend a few minutes at the end of the session taking some shots of mom and dad alone, a pretty rare thing these days!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing these images! We really enjoyed creating them. And if you are looking for an organization to support, like I always say, Rob and I are beyond proud to be working with Ronald McDonald House. We’ve been able to see firsthand how hard the staff and volunteers work to better the lives of others, and it’s inspiring. 

Lauren :)

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