Seattle Gold Hope Photos | Meet Torin! 

As many of you know, I am a volunteer photographer for The Gold Hope Project, a non-profit organization that provides free photo shoots to families with a child who is currently fighting or is a survivor of cancer. Recently, I had the privilege of photographing a fighter named Torin and his family for TGHP.

In 2009, Torin was diagnosed with a brain tumor called diffuse leptomeningeal PNET. He has been on a tough road fighting this cancer, with treatments that have included chemo and radiation, but he remains an amazing and kind young man. Torin regularly volunteers his time teaching a little boy with a neuromuscular disorder how to master computer games such as Minecraft. Torin also enjoys reading and is an amateur novelist, working on his third novel! So impressive!

I met Torin and his family for his photo session in Seattle’s Seward Park on a beautiful summer day. Below are some of my favorite photos from Torin’s session with his family. I especially love that they included their dogs in the photo shoot. 🙂

If you know of a child who is currently fighting cancer or who is a cancer survivor, please contact The Gold Hope Project today to give them the gift of photography!

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Saving Great Animals’ Bark Benefit 2016!

A little over a week ago, I had the privilege of photographing Saving Great Animals‘ Bark Benefit, which was an auction to raise money for their foster animals. It was a great evening at Pickering Barn in Issaquah, with lots of items in both the silent and live auctions. There were many local sponsors, including the Seattle Seahawks who sent their players Cassius Marsh and Kevin Peirre-Louis, Blitz, and the Sea Gals! In the end it was a very successful and fun night with nearly $90,000 raised!!

Below are some pictures of the event…

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Great job Saving Great Animals! You put on a really fun event! Thank you for choosing me as your photographer!

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Henrik’s Gold Hope Photo Shoot | Seattle

As a participating photographer with the Gold Hope Project, I am pleased to show you my photo shoot with Henrik and his family. If you don’t already know, The Gold Hope Project provides free photo shoots to families with a child who is currently fighting or is a survivor of cancer.

Henrik is a fun and courageous young man, who has been through a lot. In May of 2014, Henrik was diagnosed with brain cancer after a tumor was found. Currently, he has a mixed cell tumor, and one type that will not respond to treatment and is inoperable. Henrik has gone through three brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. His tumors are monitored with MRI’s every 3 months, and he will have an MRI at least once a year for life.

Despite an immense emotional and financial tole, Henrik’s family has a love that SHINES. Even their little fluffy pomeranian, Mini Munch, provides comfort and is a distraction for the challenges Henrik faces each day. Some of Henrik’s day to day challenges include fatigue, terrible headaches, and spots in his vision.

Below are my favorite images from Henrik’s session. We met at Grand Avenue Park in Everett, WA. It was an incredibly bright and warm day for April in the Pacific Northwest and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. It was beautiful!

If you know a child who is currently fighting cancer or one who is a survivor of child cancer, please contact The Gold Hope Project today to give their family the gift of photography.

 

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AmberApril 12, 2016 - 5:59 pm

What a sweet and special family! You really captured some great moments Ally. I will keep this family in my prayers. You are so courageous Henrik!

Seattle Pet Photographer | Meet Asher!

Over the the past 6 months, I’ve had a few volunteer opportunities. One in particular is photographing for a local dog and cat foster organization, Saving Great Animals. I’ve really enjoyed my experience photographing for them, and I’m very excited to photograph their upcoming Bark Benefit this weekend, featuring Blitz, the Sea Gals, and some Seattle Seahawks players! I will post more about that next week, but for now I would like to put the spotlight on sweet, Asher.

Sweet Asher is looking for his forever home. He is up for adoption in the Seattle area, and he has the most amazing, soulful eyes. Below is a description of Asher from Saving Great Animals’ website:

“Meet Asher!

This darling little boy has the cutest face and a lovely personality to match! Asher is about two years old and loves his people.

Darling button eyes melt your heart.  He is small and very soft! A darling mix of terrier and chihuahua.

Asher has been through a lot and really wants a person to himself. He is learning to have better manners with other dogs but does have jealousy issues. Asher is nervous around kids so we would prefer a kid-free home for him.

He warms very slowly to men and after a few days, with love and giving him space and treats, he is in. He is not the type of dog you can instantly pet and just needs a little time and then loves it. He is then a very snuggly boy. Loves his walks, car rides, such a doll.

Something happened in his past so his foster is working on him being lightly touched on his backside and neck to get him comfortable.  Making tons of progress.  He is good with cats.

A calm home where he will be doted on is the ticket.  He is precious!”

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Apply to adopt Asher HERE 🙂

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Seattle Photographer | Tulip Festival

Did you get an opportunity to see the tulips this year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival? We visited recently for just an afternoon and it was absolutely amazing. We were blown away by all of the rich, vibrant colors. The fields seemed to go on for miles. I hadn’t seen so many tulips before!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was first started in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, and it has been a huge hit ever since! Thousands of people visit it every year! Unfortunately, it will close tomorrow for the year. If you haven’t seen it yet and have an opportunity today or tomorrow, I hope you’ll make the trek up to Mount Vernon to see all of the fields!

For more information, click HERE to visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Website.

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