“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!

Ellington Town Hall Mural of Oakridge Dairy Cows – Ellington CT

Last week was very exciting for me as an image I took of our “Ellington Cows” was being installed in our town’s First Selectman office. Carl from The Ellington Printery, was able to print the image on a special type of wall cloth. The mural which stands 52″ X 87″ makes quite an impression when you walk into the office. It’s what we love in our small town…our cows! I’m sure many of you have passed these cows feeding along Hoffman Road at the Oakridge Dairy Farm formerly know to many of us as Bahler Farm.

These are a few of images to show the process of installing a cloth mural this size. It was a challenge but Carl is an expert in his field and together we made it happen! A big thank you to our First Selectman, Lori Spielman who loved my image and wanted to display it.

Please take a few moments and read the history behind this wonderful farm…”Oakridge Dairy Farm“. Thank you Seth Bahler, head of the farm’s management team for sharing with me information about your farm.

The folks at Oakridge Dairy LLC, are excited to say that they are here for the long term. The farm started over 100 years ago with a few cows and a small piece of land bought by the Bahler family. Many people know them as “Bahler Farms”.  However, in 2014, they merged Bahler Farms into Oakridge Dairy to simplify the business structure. Today they are milking 1800 cows 3 times a day and farming 2800 acres of land. There is great passion for agriculture here in Ellington and it has been passed down for many generations. The farmers are very fortunate that the ground work has been laid with great animals, good land, and a super team of people. They want to continue to create a quality farm product in unity with our community.

Through the past 30 years they have seen many farms dwindle in this area. Even though their surroundings have made it tougher, Oakridge has still been growing. They are in a very unique area surrounded by many people and these people need food.  If you take an average American’s milk consumption, it would mean they are feeding more than 300,000 people a year right now.

Their employees are very important to them. Each one adds something that defines who they are at Oakridge. They are one of the leading farms in our area and they will continue to improve and grow.

Oakridge Dairy LLC objective is to provide quality farm products in unity with our community. Over the next year, they are looking to build a new dairy site that will help them reach their goals. This project will take their 100 year old existing dairy farm to the next level by building a new dairy site. The main focus for this project will include sustainability, efficiency, education and growth. Oakridge is more than just a farm. They are farmers feeding the people of the world and we should all be very grateful for them.

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The Oakridge Dairy Farm cows of Ellington, CT. This beauiftul wall mural is being installed by Carl of The Ellington Printery.


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Carolyn B. - April 28, 2016 - 8:43 pm

How very exciting! Love your cows and I really enjoyed learning about your Ellington farms. Seems like a great town.

Anne Ciccio - April 29, 2016 - 7:55 am

Congratulations! I love the photograph!

CT HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER ~ SENIOR MODEL REP FOR ELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

It was very exciting and quite humbling to receive so many senior model rep applications for Ellington High School. I truly enjoyed reading through each and everyone one and interviewing each candidate. It was very hard to chose and wish I could have chosen everyone. However, I could only chose one.

It is with much pleasure that I announce that I have chosen the beautiful, sweet and athletic Shannon Maguire to be my Senior Model Rep for Ellington High School Class of 2017!

I’m thrilled that she will be representing Joyful Reflections Photography. Shannon will soon be receiving senior rep cards with a special gift for you when booking your Ultimate Senior Portrait Session. So this year, “Go beyond that traditional yearbook look and do something extraordinary and unique…just like you!” Let your spirit shine! I will be begin Spring sessions shortly so contact me soon!

Thanks again to everyone who applied and Congrats Shannon I look forward to working together…it’s going to be an a great year!

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