This is the lovely Eliza, and her session was very special to me. You see, I hadn't met Eliza or her mom prior to the session. They won the model for a day (Bella Luxe) session in a silent auction that was going to benefit a cause very near and dear to my heart. My childhood friend Jan, (Janette for those who met her later in life but she will always be Jan to me!) has been battling Leukemia. Jan is a young mom of two boys, happily married to her high school sweetheart and suddenly this dreaded disease rudely interrupted her life. Jan has undergone not one, not two, but three bone marrow transplants which I can happily say has now fully taken hold! She is such a bright ray of sunshine in the lives of everyone who knows her. SO when I figured out that I would be spending time in Utah over the summer and therefore could donate of my time and talent for her auction I didn't hesitate.
That's why this session meant so much to me. I got to meet a wonderful young lady, and her sweet mom that provided her the opportunity for the shoot. And at the same time I was able to help raise some funds for the financially bogged down family of a dear childhood friend. Eliza's sparkle is so similar to Jan's it was almost eery, but I was so happy to share that experience with her!