Giving Back

Awhile ago I had a little contest on facebook to celebrate that 200 people "liked" my photography page. I had people nominate a deserving kid for a free photoshoot... and I got so many great nominations that I cried. There were some really amazing stories... it was so hard to choose!

I ended up choosing Emmee... a five year old girl with Down Syndrome. She's had multiple open heart surgeries. I saw the scars on her little chest during our photoshoot. But do you know what I saw, even more than the hard things she's gone through? I saw a little girl... who had SO much joy in life. A little girl who blew kisses from the bottom of her heart! A little girl who liked to put pez candies in her mouth and spit it out as soon as she saw a fresh pez candy. ;) A little girl whose mom AND dad came to the shoot because they were so excited... and you could see their love for that cute little girl.

The problem is this: I did this to give something back... to say "thank you" to everyone who has supported me and loved me and helped me with my photography journey. But guess what? I got so much out of meeting Emmee, that I STILL feel overly blessed. I will never, ever be able to give enough to be even. :) Thank you, Emmee, for showing me your sweet love and letting me be part of your life!



  1. Mindy, you're awesome! And, that has got to be the most adorable little girl I've ever seen! And, that's saying a lot because I have a pretty cute girl myself! :) I bet you had a blast with her!

  2. I almost cried going through these! So special! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  3. oh my gosh she's adorable!! my niece has downs and there is just something special about those little downs kids.