I Believe In Miracles

March 25, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to meet a lovely and brave little girl named Hannah and her amazingly sweet mom Shelly. Hannah was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer at the young age of 13 months. After almost 5 full years of trying to cure her cancer, her doctors have decided that traditional medical treatments will not cure Hannah. Her family is praying for a miracle. If you are reading this story and believe in the power of prayer please join me in saying one right now.

I wanted to share with you my experience when I was photographing sweet little Hannah. Her mother Shelly is just such a strong and beautiful person. She is actually the sister of one of my Belly to Baby clients. You might remember the beautiful blonde mama to be? Maybe you might remember her beautiful newborn Baby “S”? Anyhow, not only did Shelly arrive with Hannah but her whole family came to the beach session for support. Hannah’s grandparents, two of her Aunties, one of her Uncles and her sweet little cousin. I really cannot explain the sense of LOVE that I felt between them. But it was very evident that there was a very strong bond between them. They were there for EACHOTHER.

If you are interested in reading more about Hannah or donating to help Hannah and her family please visit her site. You can also keep to date with her Facebook page… Hannah’s Helping Hands.

Hannah wasn’t feeling very well the day of our shoot. But she was such a great sport! I was so honored to photograph Hannah and her family and am very happy to share a few shots from her session.

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38 Comments

  • Jen Gasper · Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:42 PM · Link

    These are beautiful and moving! I just adore the light in a couple of these – almost like Heaven is shining down and wrapping them in it’s warm and light. Prayer said for this beautiful little girl and her family!

  • Sylvia Borgo · Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:52 PM · Link

    These are glorious images, Clarice. You can plainly see the pride and the love shared between mommy and daughter. I’m sending my best thoughts and wishes to this family.

  • Jamie Siever · Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:53 PM · Link

    Oh, Clarice. Thank you for sharing Hannah’s story with us. What a beautiful family. I love how you captured them!

  • amy lenhart · Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:56 PM · Link

    what a gorgeous little girl….beautiful family.. praying for healing for little hannah

  • Detra · Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:56 PM · Link

    Hannah is gorgeous! I lovet he full lips, the porcelain skin! Praying for a miracle. What a blessing for her to have such a strong Mom!

  • Donna · Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:04 PM · Link

    What a beautiful little girl. She and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Liz · Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:12 PM · Link

    Clarice, these are just amazing. So beautifully done, so much emotion. Hannah is such a sweetheart! So beautiful and so blessed to have such a loving family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you sweet, sweet Hannah!

  • Laura Morita-Yeun · Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM · Link

    Oh, how I love the light. What a sweet, brave little girl and wonderful family. I will pray for Hannah and her family. Cancer is a beast, and I am so sorry they are having to go through this.

  • melissa · Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:20 PM · Link

    Beautiful Beautiful little girl! I will be saying prayers for her and her entire family. I love the light in these, it is shining down just for her!

  • Holly Olsen · Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:49 PM · Link

    You captured this family beautifully!! Hannah is beautiful and I can see her mother’s love for Hannah in her eyes. Beautiful work!!

  • Wende Trew · Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:38 PM · Link

    Those are sooo beautiful!! I will keep this family in my prayers! Just gorgeous work Clarice!!

  • Carrie · Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM · Link

    These images are so beautiful, and special Clarice. Love the warmth of the sunshine on your beautiful subjects.

  • ShellyS · Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:46 PM · Link

    Wonderful images of a beautiful mother and her sweet daughter with the glow of heaven shining down upon them. Cancer is a cruel monster that tries to rob you of hope, but I believe in miracles!

  • Stacie · Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:46 PM · Link

    Oh, these are beautiful. She is gorgeous, and I hope she gets her miracle. Cancer is just an evil disease.

  • Maria · Posted March 25, 2011 at 7:10 PM · Link

    Beautiful, hopeful, warm images for a deserving family!

  • Jeni · Posted March 25, 2011 at 8:19 PM · Link

    rich, warm and beautiful. Praying with all of my heart for her miracle.

  • Jennifer Chaney · Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM · Link

    Oh wow… the photos are just beautiful. And their story breaks my heart. I’m sending some prayers along, too. :)

  • JoNell · Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM · Link

    These are beautiful photos & will be cherished. Hannah is a gorgeous, brave, girl. It makes me sad she is fighting cancer. I pray with all my heart she is blessed with a miracle.

  • Christie · Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:56 PM · Link

    Ah, lots and lots of prayers for sweet Hannah and her family. These photos are gorgeous and a treasure for sure. You can see that she sure loves her mama lots.

  • Kristy · Posted March 26, 2011 at 12:23 AM · Link

    Thank you Clarice for these amazing pictures. I am so proud of my sister, my niece and our entire family. It is crazy to think that we had the conversation about I much I value pictures of my family. These will be treasured forever. We are so blessed that you were able to be there to share in these moments!

  • Brandi-lee · Posted March 26, 2011 at 1:38 AM · Link

    What a moving shoot, and such a gorgeous family. I love the sunlight in these, it’s like God is wrapping her up with the warmth and letting the sun kiss her cheeks. I will be praying for a miracle!

  • Anna · Posted March 26, 2011 at 2:44 AM · Link

    Beautiful Clarice!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to this sweet little girl and her family xxx You did an amazing and perfect job xxx

  • Jaidean · Posted March 26, 2011 at 8:08 AM · Link

    Beautiful little girl and images! Sending many prayers her way!!!

  • kristin · Posted March 26, 2011 at 8:20 AM · Link

    Oh wow these are absolutely amazing…I love how you captured the warmth, I’m sure they will be thrilled with these! My thoughts and prayers are with Hannah and her beautiful family!!

  • tabitha · Posted March 26, 2011 at 12:48 PM · Link

    These are simply gorgeous. I love the one of them walking on the beach.

  • Kelly Mack · Posted March 26, 2011 at 8:32 PM · Link

    Beautiful images. So touching. Thinking of Hannah and her family.

  • Gail Montgomery · Posted March 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM · Link

    Oh Clarice! These images are incredible! I love the use of light and awesome interactions! I’m praying for a miracle too!

  • beth · Posted March 27, 2011 at 7:11 AM · Link

    Saying prayer right now. Beautiful touching photos … mom will love these.

  • Megan · Posted March 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM · Link

    WONDERFUL work! These are so beautiful and touching.

  • dsr · Posted March 27, 2011 at 6:04 PM · Link

    What a brave beautiful girl. The pictures are such a treasure. Thinking good thoughts for Hannah and her family.

  • Verity · Posted March 27, 2011 at 6:42 PM · Link

    What amazing photos of such a special little girl. My prayers and hopes for a miracle are with her and her family.

  • ashley · Posted March 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM · Link

    Gorgeous! Just incredible light and warmth and love:)

  • Danielle Frank · Posted March 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM · Link

    What a beautiful girl. Keeping her in my thoughts.

  • Kara Layfield · Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:37 AM · Link

    Such a beautiful little girl!! I will definately keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kathleen · Posted April 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM · Link

    I love this session. The lighting is magical.

  • Leah Jent · Posted April 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM · Link

    What a beautiful, sweet family. Praying for them.

  • Nancy/Amma · Posted April 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM · Link

    Thank you Clarice for the beautiful memories we will all have from that night on the beach. Your pictures of my granddaughters and their Mommies are so treasured. You captured very serene moments for our family. I know, because Papa and I were there watching. God bless your talent.

  • Orange County Newborn Photographer · Posted August 7, 2011 at 7:38 AM · Link

    [...] of you may remember Hannah from back in March when I had the opportunity to photograph her. She was the sweet little girl that [...]

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