Sunday, March 25, 2012

Team Angel | Orange County Photographer

Meet Angel and his family.  Angel is a strong spirited courageous little boy currently waiting for 5 organ transplants.  I had the opportunity to photograph this family as an assistant to my good friend Ani from the Ruby Jane Foundation.  Experiences like this are always eye opening, humbling, and a good dose of perspective.  If I ever question why I am a photographer, this is exactly why; you can never have enough photos of the ones you love the most, and I really truly believe that.

Here is a quick peek at their family photo session, more photos to follow.  Can you feel the love?  I can.

You can follow Team Angel here on Facebook.

This is Angel's story as copied from his Facebook page:

"Angel was born prematurely weighing 1lb 7oz. Most of his small intestines were removed in the first weeks of life creating the need for an alternate form of IV nutrition called TPN. Angel was adopted by his parents when he was 3 years old. In July of 2008 at 8 years old he underwent a liver, small intestine and pancreas transplant as a result of liver failure from TPN. In October of 2009 his transplanted small intestine went into rejection and was removed 2 months later - requiring him to be on TPN again.

In the last 2 years, Angel has had some very good days, weeks, and months. But he has also seen days and months filled with pain and suffering.

At this time Angel is dealing with various complications from his first transplant as well as damage to the transplanted liver as a result of TPN. He has severe portal hypertension (blood pressure in/around the liver) that is requiring dilation of the vessels around the liver, painful ulcerative colitis of the large intestine resulting in loss of blood and requiring blood transfusions, a damaged heart, and failing kidneys.

February 4th, 2012, Angel went into full cardiac arrest and required CPR at our home. He had a virus and a cough and his immune compromised body could not handle it and went into septic shock. He was on the high frequency oscillating ventilator for a few days and in very critical condition. Within a few days he was moved to the "conventional" vent and extubated a few days later. He came through with what seems to be 100% mental status and is recovering but the crisis put his liver into end stage failure. He is listed with the highest possible score for transplant at this time. He will need the transplant in the next few months to survive.

Angel is a fighter. He has a lust for life and wakes each day with purpose and fervor. He is a kindhearted and fun little boy who is always happy. He is an imaginative boy who loves Star Wars (Clone Wars), video games, action figures, Praise/Worship music, and comedy. He loves to laugh and often uses laughter to relieve stressful situations."

I am offering mini sessions to help support Team Angel on March 31st.  Please contact me if you would like to sign up for a session at

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