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A PICU Photography Session - Congenital Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

“Though she be but little, she is fierce”

                                            -William Shakespeare

I have such an inspiring PICU photography session to share with you all today.

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to head over to the PICU at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH and photograph sweet baby Emma and her amazingly strong family. (If you missed the first part of her story, be sure to check out the Detwiler family’s maternity pictures that I shared on Monday)

Emma is a 9 month old beautiful little girl who has been through so much in her young life. You see, while still in utero, she was diagnosed with PA-IVS & Hypoplastic Right Ventricle (HRHS), which is a rare congenital heart defect. Since her birth back in November, she has been on the long road to recovery and has triumphed through many surgeries and procedures, including a heart transplant back in February. She has been through so many ups and downs and endured many set-backs and complications. And yet, she continues to be strong – she continues to fight. I’m happy to report that Emma keeps improving every day and is just about ready to move out of the PICU and into rehab with the ultimate goal of going HOME!!! As the Shakespeare quote that has become Emma’s motto says… Yes, she may be little, but she is FIERCE.

I know that the last 9 months of ups and downs and unknowns have not been easy on Emma or her family, but I want them to look back on these photos and remember how strong they all were. How much they have been through together and how family, faith, and love can get you through even the most difficult times. I’m so thankful to have had the chance to give Emma and her family memories of her triumphs and I can’t wait to photograph them when they finally return home as a family.

If you want to find out more about Emma’s journey or for information on how you can help Emma and her family… visit the Team Emma Strong Facebook page or their Children’s Organ Transplant Association page at cotaforemmad.com. I know the family will appreciate all the thoughts and prayers they can get!

Thank you, Detwiler family, for choosing me as your photographer – I hope these photos will be a great reminder of how strong you and your baby girl are <3 .

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital - Cleveland, OH

PICU Photography Session

PICU Photography Session

Baby Emma - In Hospital Photography

Baby Emma - In Hospital Photography

Baby Emma - In Hospital Photography

Congenital Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

Baby Girl in PICU - Cleveland, OH

Congenital Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

Big Brother Saying Hi to Baby Sister in the Hospital

Baby Emma - In Hospital Photography

Congenital Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

Baby Girl in PICU - Cleveland, OH

Baby Girl in PICU - Cleveland, OH

Baby Girl in PICU - Cleveland, OH

Musical Therapist - Cleveland Clinic PICU

Baby Girl After Successful Heart Transplant - Cleveland Clinic

Baby Girl After Successful Heart Transplant - Cleveland Clinic

Baby Girl and Dad in Hospital Photography

Baby Girl and Mom - In Hospital Photographer

Baby Girl and Mom - In Hospital Photographer

Heart Transplant Baby - Donate Life - Cleveland Clinic

Heart Transplant Baby - Donate Life - Cleveland Clinic

PICU photography with sibling

PICU photography with sibling

Congenial Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

Congenial Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

Congenial Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

Congenial Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH - PICU Photography

Congenial Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH - PICU Photography

Congenial Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH - PICU Photography

PICU Nurse with her patient - Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH

Big brother smiling in hospital

Family Photos in Hospital - PICU

Family Photos in Hospital

Family Photos in Hospital

Family Photos in Hospital

Family Photos in Hospital - PICU

Family Photos in Hospital

Family Photos in Hospital

Family of Four - In Hospital Photography

Congenital Heart Photographer - Cleveland, OH

Dad and Baby Girl in Hospital

Mom and Baby Girl In PICU - Cleveland, OH

Mom and Baby Girl In PICU - Cleveland, OH

Black and White Photo of Baby in the PICU

 

If you or someone you know is going through a similar journey, please contact me about a PICU photography session, I would be honored to tell your story ❤️

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  • jenny g said:

    Every single image of their family story here made me well up with tears and pulled at my mama heart strings for all of the right reasons. Life is beauty-full, and what a gorgeous and important time of their life that you got to document for their family for generations to come. :)

    • ashley said:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Jenny. Life is definitely beautiful <3

    • ashley said:

      Thank you, Megan!

  • Diane said:

    What an amazing job you did capturing this precious family and the love they have for one another!

    • ashley said:

      Thank you so much, Diane!