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National Infertility Awareness Week | Yorkville IL photographer

I wanted to post today in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (April 21-27).

Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the United States.

Infertility is a disease. 1 in 8 couples endure painful, invasive, and expensive medical intervention, just for the hope of having a child.

There’s a chance you know someone with infertility. Let them know you support them. Do not let them suffer in silence.

National Infertility Awareness Week

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Light it Up Blue | Yorkville IL children photographer

Not that long ago I posted a few pictures of little Alex and his parents on my blog, but I never shared their story. I feel like today is the perfect day to share it with you.

The first time I took pictures of Alex was when he was 5 months old. I remember like it was yesterday! We kept in touch with his mom, Laura, and talked about getting together once again. Almost 3 years had passed by and we still hadn’t set a day for our next session. I know people get busy and life just happens, but in Alex’s case it was an Autism diagnose. But that wouldn’t stop me! This loving caring family was in need of pictures, and it seemed only fair, and felt right to donate a session and digital files!

I asked Laura what would be their perfect image from their session and this is what she wrote me: “He probably won’t connect much with the camera, but there may be times when he might glance over at you… and I would be so happy to get one of those rare moments on camera. His eyes really do tell a story and if you are lucky enough to get a shot of him looking at you, I’d want to blow it up the size of my whole wall so I could look into those eyes every day :)”.

I went into this session knowing that I won’t stop taking pictures till I capture Alex’s eyes. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous about it. To my surprise Alex gave me the most precious eye contact. And to make this story even sweeter… he gave his mom the first ever kiss on his own and I was able to capture all of these beautiful memories!

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children photographer Yorkville

I’m so blessed that I had this opportunity to meet such a beautiful family! Since our last session my relationship with Laura has turned into a wonderful friendship. And Alex is my new buddy too :)

I made these two bracelets as a gift and to show my support for my friend Laura and her family…

autism awareness
autism awareness

Did you know?
Facts about Autism:

• Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
• Autism prevalence figures are growing
• Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
• Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
• Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
• Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
• There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Ways to give – please visit this website.

Light it Up Blue!!!

Barbara - Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! Wishing the best to Alex and his family

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