To Those Who Protect and Serve…the UTILID phone case is for YOU!

Police officers…Security officers…Military officers…FireFighters…anyone who has the need to carry a badge and credentials this cell phone case is for YOU!

This cell phone case is the perfect solution for carrying any type of badge. It allows you to carry your phone, ID, credentials and even a little cash and/or credit cards. The UtilID cell phone case is made in the USA and who doesn’t love that!  It is currently for the iPhone 6 and 6S but will soon be available for other cell phones.

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Let me introduce you the the gentleman behind this product, his name is Jeff Angell and he is from my small town of Ellington, Connecticut!

Jeff was a police officer for 17 years, but is now retired from Law Enforcement. For many years, he knew what it was like to not only carry his badge but his agency credentials as well. He also became aware of the need for proper identification as a basic necessity while off duty. If you are in this line of work,  you know your wallets take a beating from carrying a badge and pockets are overstuffed unless you carry a separate ID holder. The choice to leave your credentials in your car or at home is not a option. Can you imagine a day without your cell phone? So it became clear to Jeff there was a need for the perfect badge storage and access solution…thus the UtilID badge cell phone case was born. Congrats to Jeff on his innovative idea!

He’s on his way to success and I wish him the best. Thank you Jeff for the wonderful opportunity to work along side of you photographing your cell phone case and it’s packaging. It was a true pleasure and I look forward to more commercial shoots for the new phone cases as they become available.

To learn more about the UtilID and to order yours today head on over to Jeff’s site here.

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Fundraiser Success for Children Without Hair Non Profit Organization

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I was beyond blessed with the outpouring of love and support Peyton Holden and I received for our fundraiser to bring awareness to others about Alopecia. With the Special Person Mini Sessions I offered we raised $225.00 which will be given to the non-profit organization “Children With Hair Loss“.

Through these sessions I was introduced to some amazing people and began friendships I believe will last for years to come. For instance, Amy (the mom) and her daughter Caitlyn in the image above. I was so honored to meet them both and photograph these two very special ladies who both have Alopecia and for the very first time in Amy’s life she took off her wig to reveal the true person she is to all the world.  Here’s Amy’s story in her own words…

For those who know last year I took a big step (in my eyes) for my daughter Caitlyn on “National Daughter’s Day and told all that I too have Alopecia. Well, I decided to take another BIG step. Caitlyn has been asking me why I don’t go out in public without my wig on. To be honest, I’m not as confident or as strong as she is. Only a few have seen me “all natural” and thank you for loving us the way we are.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank my wonderful and supportive hubby, David Hathaway and Catherine Cella of Joyful Reflections Photography in helping me in my decision to show the world the real me!

I was so proud of Amy and as you can see she is just one amazingly beautiful women with or with out hair. I would like to give a big thank you to Stacie Amanna of TranscendentCT for the wonderful gift of free makeup she gave to Amy and Caitlyn for their special session.

I would like to also share Caitlyn’s story in her own words. My name is Caitlyn. I’m 9 years old and I have Alopecia. I lost my hair at 6 months old. I’m going into 5th grade! My family and friends have been really supportive. My friends have told me that they prefer me without my wig. They say we like you better without it. If you wonder if I ever wear my wigs I do not because I feel like it’s not the real me! My hobbies are playing soccer, reading, playing with my friends and just having fun! Thank you to all my family and friends who support and allow me to be me.

From the bottom of my heart thank you all for helping to make this fundraiser a success! I hope you have all been touched by the stories. Enjoy some of the images below of the families that gave toward this fundraiser through the special person mini sessions. I hope you truly have more appreciation for those who live everyday with Alopecia.  God Bless.

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This is Amy with her beautifully made all real hair wig. I love it!

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This is beautiful Peyton and it was her wish to bring awareness to others with Alopecia. Please read more about Peyton and our goal together to raise money to help children without hair be able to acquire wigs. Thank you Peyton…we did it!

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Amy Hatheway - August 8, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Catherine, I can’t thank you enough for these beautiful pictures. It certainly was a tough decision to make but you made it very easy to show me “all natural”. Caitlyn and I can’t thank you enough and so glad we were able to share our story!

Sarah H. - August 9, 2016 - 7:47 am

Catherine, these are amazing individuals and such beautiful work. I was not aware of Alopecia and through your blog posts I have learned more. Thank you for sharing. You have a big heart.

X kendra - August 9, 2016 - 8:46 am

Beautiful pictures, and such an honest candid post. Thank you

“Special Person Mini Sessions” Fundraiser For Children With Alopecia

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Whether you are bald by an autoimmune disease or by personal choice you are still fabulous. It is the quality of your character and soul that makes you YOU! And that is a beautiful person and special person. This is me and I have Alopecia. My name is Peyton. I am 12 years old and have alopecia. I was diagnosed in January of 2016, and by April of 2016 I lost all my hair. I enjoy basketball, riding my bike, hanging out with my friends, playing with my dog Finn, listening to country music, and bacon cheese burgers! Just because I don’t have hair it is not going to define who I am or stop me from what I love doing. Although my story is a short journey…my journey with Alopecia has just begun.

These are the words of a beautiful young girl I met last year while photographing her school portraits. At that time, Peyton had long gorgeous blond hair. Her mom and I are friends of Facebook and around February I started to see images of Peyton on Facebook and it seemed to me that she was losing her hair. I thought the worst…Cancer. I did not want to ask her mom Shannon what was happening because I did not feel it was my place.

Then 3 weeks ago on a Tuesday night I clicked over to Shannon’s Facebook page and her profile picture showed bracelets saying, “Someone I love has Alopecia.” I had heard of it but wasn’t quite sure what it was. So I immediately did about 2 hours of research on this autoimmune disease. I heard a voice tell me you have to do something for this very sweet girl. So I thought why not special person mini sessions and raise money to help children with Alopecia.

I called Shannon the next day to talk with her about Peyton and propose my idea. She was very touched and said to me, “You’re not going to believe this Catherine, but Peyton came to me just last night and asked if you could take professional pictures of her.”  Wow…I thought, “This is a God Moment!”

I have always been grateful for my talent of photographing people and have always asked God to use me in ways to bring joy to others through my images and to give him the glory. So Gods hand was in bringing Peyton and I together for her special photo session. As you go through the images you will see that she is just the most beautiful young lady.

I spoke with Peyton before our photo session and she shared with me her wish of bringing awareness of the terrible disease to others and to raise money to help children with Alopecia acquire wigs.

I am excited to announce Joyful Reflections Photography’s first Mini Session Fundraiser with 100% of the $25.00 session fee going directly to the non-profit organization “Children With Hair Loss”.  

Children With Hair Loss provides quality hair pieces to those who need it most. To all children who have medically-related hair loss. Their mission is to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they may want and need. Helping children to improve their overlook and empower them to face the world with renewed self-esteem.
So Joyful Reflections Photography is giving you the perfect opportunity to have Mom, Dad, a grandparent or any other special person in your life be professionally photographed with you or your children while helping others.  
If you are interested in one of the special sessions and would like more details about this wonderful opportunity, please contact me at Catherine@joyfulreflectionsphotography.com.
No child should go through this…let’s together make a difference!
I would like to give a big shout out and thanks to Lisa of Lisa B Salon in Vernon Connecticut for teaching Peyton and her mom about applying makeup when you have no hair. Lisa did an amazing  job on Peyton.  I would also like to extend a big thanks to Helena of Perfect Princess Events also of Vernon Connecticut for making the stunning fresh flower crown that Peyton is wearing. Thank you for your generous donations. 

 

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Karen W. - May 26, 2016 - 3:20 pm

Peyton sure is a lovely girl and your images beautiful. I wish you both the best in your fundraiser.

Renee - May 26, 2016 - 3:55 pm

Peyton you are a very special and brave girl. Don’t ever let anything stand in your way. You are so beautiful with or without hair. We look forward in taking part in such a wonderful fundraiser. Catherine you are such a talented kind soul. You have made all of our photo shoots comfortable and fun! I wish you the best of luck and fun with each and every session!

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