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!