cuts for cami.

a couple of weeks ago i had the honor of photographing a fundraiser held for the sweetest, most beautiful but more than anything, very courageous little 4 year old. in july little camryn carver was diagnosed with Acute B Cell Lymphocytic Leukemia. a couple of saturdays ago they held a fundraiser and "kissed" her hair goodbye. it was so amazing. so many people came and showed so much support for this amazing little family. there wasn't a dry eye as she shaved her daddy's head and then he shaved hers. my favorite quotes from her that day were, "who needs hair anyway", as she shaved her dad's head and after her head was shaved she looked in the mirror and said, "i love it". so adorable. its astounding to me how somebody so small and perfect can be so strong and have to take on such a tremendous disease. she was smiling the entire day. it definitely put my life into perspective and was such a humbling experience. thanks carver family for letting me document this day for and for helping me realize how special and fragile life is. xoxo



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169 comments:

Allen and Suzie said...

What a cute brave little girl! The pictures tell the story perfectly, you did a great job!

galbfam said...

You did such an amazing job jen. how could you have a dry eye looking at them. She is such a brave little girl..

Dana Willis said...

I peek at your blog from time to time and I had to comment!
Love this! I think you captured the mood and the people well! She is adorable!
Brought a tear or two to my eyes:)

Whitney. said...

This is an amazing post Jen. I am crying my eyes out and the courage of this little girl and her family. You captured it perfectly. These pictures will forever be cherished.

KJ and John John said...

Amazing! I love it! What an amazing family!!!

* Sky * Jausi * Capree * said...

What an amazing little girl! And how amazing are you for capturing this special event for them!

Andrea said...

Love these Jen. What an awesome thing to be a part of. I've been reading her blog lately, what a sweetheart.

Every Little Thing Photography said...

Such a great story and captured so well. I have a daughter almost this same age and it just breaks my heart knowing what she must be going through. I am gonna post a link to this on my FB :)

Lauren Alberts said...

I have been looking forward to this post for a while. I was fb stalking and saw the entire family thanking you for what you did for them on this special day and eventually found her blog, been following ever since. what a beautiful family with a beautiful daughter! thank you for supporting such a great cause I will try to get as many friends as I can over here to comment :) you are so sweet

Ashley said...

tears are dropping as I type. What a gorgeous little girl and so strong! I am amazed at her strength and postive attitude. My thoughts and prayers are with you carver family! Jen I love all of these pictures you always capture magic!

Carroll's said...

Jen amazing pics. They are such a great family, the ENTIRE family. I could not help but cry my eyes out and think what a brave little girl they have. Carver family we love you guys!
Jen what treasured pics will be remembered forever. XOXO

Kelsey Bendixen said...

You are so awesome for doing this! Such a beautiful courageous little girl and family. I wish them the best of luck. And I love all the pictures, what a treasure for them to have!

kelly anne said...

aw so cute... that little girl is so brave! amazing pictures!

Justin.Bethany.Alice said...

How awesome! She is so adorable.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing Jen! What an amazing experience. She is such a little doll :)

Deborah said...

Oh my goodness - what an amazing little girl!!

Ali and Josh Holt said...

What a strong little girl. She is such a doll!!! Great pics Jen!

Brooke said...

Wow. What a story. I bawled my eyes out. It's very touching and you did such a great job Jen. You truly are so talented.

Kati said...

Simply beautiful.

The Adventures of a Blondie Mommie said...

What ana amazing beautiful idea! I absolutely the love the pictures- such a talented photographer!

Maura said...

These are beautiful Jen. Thank you for sharing their story.

Sarah Halstead said...

Beautiful job! This pictures are amazing and show the emotion so well. She is one brave little girl.

WeeMasonMan's Mom said...

Wow, what an event! Looks like they had a great turn out! The photos are awesome and really capture the feelings of that day really well!

Mandy said...

What a BEAUTIFUL little girl!!!! I am so touched by her courage.

Karina said...

what an amazing little girl, you did an amazing job Jen, such sweet pictures

Baby Dreams said...

Such sweet pictures and a darling, brave little girl. I wish the best for Cami and her family :)

di said...

Beautifully done Jen! Thank you from Cami's proud Grandma Di-Di.

mon cherie ♥ said...

I love the pictures. You are so talented. Prayers for Cami!

Sumer Lovin said...

What a strong little girl!!!

Natalie Carver said...

AMAZING story and AMAZING pictures! You did such a wonderful job! Thank you for donating your time! :) I love these pictires of this whole event!

Misty Wing said...

What a strong amazing little angle

Kendall K said...

Beautiful pictures Jen. And such a beautiful little girl.

Stacy and Ryan said...

Wow, what a cute little girl! This just breaks my heart! Your pictures are wonderful.

one of these days were gonna set this cirus down. said...

Beautiful pictures! and such a brave little girl! Throw in another dollar for me!

*~The Last Family: Nick Felicia and Rylee~* said...

i couldnt stop cying and i wasnt even there waht a brave and sweet little good i wish this family the best!!!

jessica.adams said...

What an incredible event, and what an absolutely ADORABLE and inspiring little girl. Great job, Jen.

Malerie said...

seriously, so cute.
i love it. they are an amazing family!!!
makes me feel bad for complaining about things in my life!

{davis family} said...

seriously such a stunning little girl! I got goosebumps just looking at all these beautiful pictures. What an amazing and inspirational family! perfect!

Brandon and Vanessa said...

What a brave little girl. so amazing. good work

Pat Carver said...

There really are no words to describe how incredibly precious these pictures are to me. Thank you forever and ever.. You really are an amazing photographer. Thank you Jen!

Whitney and Garrett said...

these pictures are beautiful! they bring me to tears, you did a great job capturing this monumental day in their lives.

B&L Watty Family said...

Amazing photos! Thanks for what you have done for this amazing family!

Marielle said...

Pat & Chelsea- we LOVE you guys & want you to know that we are totally praying for your sweet family right now. You are amazing & it is such a blessing to know you guys. These photographs are priceless & I'm sure that not one person who has looked at them didn't cry. Cami is so strong & she gets that strength from you guys! Love, Sam & Marielle

Jordan said...

I should not read stuff like this while I'm working...people are walking by my cubicle and wondering why I'm bawling...

What an incredible experience to be a part of and I know Cami's family will forever cherish these pictures!

Erinn said...

What a wonderful event for a courageous little girl. Cheers to you!

Heather said...

ohmyword. I have my own 4 year old little girl. I cannot even imagine. What an amazing family. those pics are worth WAY more than an thousand words!!!

Britney said...

This looks like such an amazing event! You are sweet to be apart of it. You captured every important moment.

What a sweet little girl, and amazing parents...

Brandi said...

Wow. This is an amazing little girl and great photos! We could all take a lesson from her! Thank you for sharing!

Teea Lamb said...

These are amazing! You have done a wonderful job capturing the special moments. You are very talented! What a cute family, and such an adorable little girl.

Jon & Jen said...

What an incredible experience to be apart of something like this. To see how much love and support surrounds this family and beautiful little girl is such an amazing thing. Great job Jen. These photographs will be cherised forever.

Amy Oh! said...

Such an amazing day. what wonderful pictures. well done. :)

Bobbie Jo said...

Such a great and hard day! Jen you truly captured all the precious moments! I must of missed you I went later that day. Love that little cami!

Michael Orton said...

She is such a beautiful, amazing little girl. My heart goes out to her family. I cried reading this post.

Mallory

Iverson Family said...

How brave. Beautiful pictures and what a great way to help donate money! I had cancer when I was two and was bald also. I am now 25 with two kids. Our God is a God of miracles, I am proof!

Jessica said...

WOW... YOU ARE AMAZING! IM IN TEARS!

jenny said...

beautiful pictures.

Katie said...

These pictures are amazing. And the blog set up with the song is so inspiring! Thank you!

Amanda said...

We had the privledge of attending Cami's fundraiser. She is so cute and had the best attitude. Its amazing the example children can set for adults. Amazing photos!

Kris said...

Love the pictures!!! What an awesome thing for you to do! Prayers going up for the family and that brave, beautiful little lady!!!

Holly Light said...

What a beautiful little girl and what an amazing event you captured. Great job Jen.

Tara said...

These pictures sure do an amazing job sharing the details from that day. great job and what a beautiful little girl!

Mallory Hurst Photography said...

Cancer DOES suck, but this most certainly does not. ;) You captured a truly spectacular moment in human history, spectacularly. I've drawn a little piece of strength for my day after seeing this.
Brava.

The Parks Fam said...

Wow!! Now that i'm done bawling I can leave a comment! :) of course I want a dollar donated to Cami too! Amazing pictures Jen! Loved every single one. and LOVE the CArver family!

Jamie said...

Wow, what a neat family! I teared up just looking at these beautiful pictures.

Dane & Whit Nelson said...

AMAZING. This absolutely made me cry only to see the smile on little Camryn's sweet face. Such an inspiring family who I love! Always in my thoughts Carver's!

linds said...

Such a great cause, wonderful photos and you captured it beautifully :)

toyler said...

What a beautiful brave little girl.. Thanks for sharing you did a great job.

karlamsmith said...

My heart hurts for Cami and her family. Your pictures tell a perfect story.

BOBBI said...

Amazing! This is one of the most touching things I have ever seen. What a precious little girl.

Jared and Lindsay said...

I personally know this family and they are truely the most amazing people I know. There is nothing they cannot accomplish, and when they do something it is all out. Especially when it comes to supporting eachother. You have captured it so beautifully and they will always remember you for it. Love the Carvers and am honored to call them my friends.

Robin said...

Great photos! You did a fabulous job at capturing all the little details of the day. As well as ll the great faces there too.

Heidi Gardner said...

WOW!! Amazing photos! She DOESN'T need hair to be beautiful! What an amazing little girl!

lakeelers said...

Beautiful pictures, brave family

Don Christensen said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the window into something simply amazing! I am humbled and I am greatful!

DANIELLE said...

Wow! I came over here from Marielle Hayes Photography, and I'm so glad I did! What touching pictures! I'm a little teary now. Thanks for sharing these and God bless that little family!

Amy Jo said...

What a beautiful little girl! I totally teared up just looking at the pictures. You did a fantastic job of capturing the emotion. Thank you for sharing something that made me a better person just by looking.

Sara said...

These pictures really captured all the emotion of the day. I think it is great what you did for this little girl and I know it is truly appreciated by the family.

Crazy Walker said...

What a great cause! Thank you for sharing. You might have to fork out quite a bit after I post this on FB!

Photo's by Shan said...

Beautiful job Jen on documenting this for this special little girl. She is absolutely beautiful!

Lusi Morhayim said...

great job!

nicilee said...

What a wonderful documentation of the day! She is such a beautiful little girl and you were able to capture so much in your pictures. Bless her and her family on this journey they are on.

Mr. and Mrs. James said...

I LOVE these photos! Thank you for sharing them!

Love me, Hate me, Whatever... said...

This is amazing...I love how all the people came out and supported this family. Pictures are great..and the girl is great!!!

Aunt Peg said...

What courage, love and compassion! Make's me feel ashamed for whining over the small insignificant problems in my life. Truly inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

Summer Miller said...

What a beautiful girl and a wonderful thing to do!

Robyn said...

Wow! Your GORGEOUS pictures do so well at telling the story!

Mrs. Doc Handsome said...

Beautiful pictures and a beautifully brave little girl and family.

Katrina said...

such an amazing story, she is so beautiful!

The Howick Family said...

What an amazing job you have done capturing this special event! OUr thoughts and prayers are with this special little girl and her couragous family!!

Nancy Wright said...

Your photos told the whole story so beautifully. I know this family and they are absolutly amazing.

Matt and Brooke said...

These pictures are so good, this brakes my heart..what a sweet, brave little girl..she is beautiful!

Hillary said...

Such a sweet family! You did a great job Jen!

Ryan and Helen said...

awesome. great job!

studiocharm said...

What a beautiful family and amazing images to document a special day. Very inspirational!

Laura said...

She is so beautiful. I think she rocks the bald look! My Aunt had Leukemia and is now clinically cured. Stay strong little one, hope and time will help you get through this.

Jen Bird said...

Simply beautiful! What a sweet story!

kristin said...

what beautiful photos to capture such a special, hard day. they really do tell the story so well.

Amber said...

What a courageous little girl! She is so much stronger than most adults out there and you did a great job capturing her personality. My heart goes out to her and her family!

Nicole Lawrence said...

Yup. I'm crying and it's 2am. Great job, Jen. Such a brave little girl and family. My heart goes out to them.

jensam said...

these photos are amazing! and what a brave cute little girl.

Amy said...

Gosh Jen! Not many words spoken on this post, and I'm crying like a baby!! :) Beautiful job and BEAUTIFUL little girl!

Denise said...

With tears in my eyes, I thank you for sharing with us such a sweet, strong, little girl! God Bless...

LaB├╝rvenich Photography said...

Amazing!! Seriously! you did amazing at capturing the moment!

Nikki said...

Omg these made me cry! I will be praying her Cami and her family. She is one strong brave little girl. Great shots you captured the moment very well!

Heatherslife said...

Wow what a beautiful little family. Thank you for sharing this with us and for giving a little of yourself to help her situation.

Jessica Reeves said...

What a cute and amazing little girl! I will keep them in my prayers! Great pictures!

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Dancin' It Up said...

It was so nice of you to come and take great pictures of this family! This event was so great and we had an outstanding turn out! We cant wait for CUTS FOR CAMI next year!

Shannon said...

The pictures have so much meaning and depth ti them . A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND PRECIOUS GIRL!!!

Dancin' It Up said...

you did a wonderful job capturing this moment, Amazing photos of an amazing family over coming those trails thrown to us!!

Katie Bradshaw said...

Amazing pictures and story. What an amazing event to do for such a great family. Our thoughts and prayers are consitently with the Carver family.

Ric and Meagan said...

This was such an amazing event. I am so glad that you could capture such precious moments. The pictures are amazing!!!

Kaitlin Phelps said...

This is amazing. You did a wonderful job, and the pictures capture her story beautifully. Such a strong and brave family.

Kathryn said...

Beautiful photos, and a beautiful family. Priceless!!

Brad and Marci said...

What a great experience everyone made that moment. A picture is worth a thousand words and in this case it worth a thousand tears! Cami is a great example of to strength to a lot of people.

Ashley said...

Jen- Amazing photography for an amazing family!! AWESOME JOB!!

Wade and Brooke said...

Wow! Jen you did an amazing job! She is such a special girl! Thanks for sharing! My thoughts and prayers are with you Carver family!

Eyrealm said...

Wow what incredibly touching pictures! What an eye you have to capture those precious moments! Thanks so much for doing this! This little girl and her parents as well as as all who attended are a tribute to the goodness of humanity!

Julie Eyre said...

go cami,
wish we could have been there!

Charity said...

beautiful photos. tear jerkers! i am pat's cousin and have been charmed by cami since she was born. i think she just keeps getting cuter, bald head and all! pat and chelsea - you're amazing!

Brooke Zes said...

what a touching way to tell a special story like this - through beautiful pictures. may the carver's find some peace and comfort at this time.

Susie said...

The pictures are wonderful. You are very talented. We love Chels and her family. It was fun to see my 2 nieces and their kids in your photos.

Allyson said...

Brought me to tears. Amazing work.

bjahlstrom said...

That is very emotional.

Tyler and Aubree Anderson said...

Beautiful story, beautiful pictures.

kara jayne said...

amazing. thank you so much for sharing.

Sunderlands said...

What brave little girl! No dry eyes here!

Tiffany said...

Beautiful.

Saren said...

We sure love Cami and the whole Carver family. What amazing examples they are to me and my whole family (they're my cousins).

Saren said...

We sure love Cami and the whole Carver family. What amazing examples they are to me and my whole family (they're my cousins).

missy. said...

i teared up througout the pictures! what a beautiful, brave little girl. you are fantastic.

Shannon said...

What an awesome thing to do! I wish that family all the best! What a beautiful little girl!

kori said...

i love the pictures! they are amazing.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Lots of tears here- what a brave little girl.

Mike and Corissa said...

Great pictures of a great event! I do not have the privilege of knowing Cami, but I had tears in my eyes too!

Megan said...

Such beautiful capturing of such a tragic thing. What a sweet little girl!

Chels said...

simply beautiful. her strength and spirit is beautiful.

Jonah and Aja said...

really well captured with nice music along with it. it makes my heart hurt to think about how much it takes to get through this. Carvers are made of tougher stuff than most of us.

brittanimae said...

So beautiful. The girl, and her courage. Good job, Cami!

sarah said...

I am one of Cami's wish granters with the Make a Wish foundation and I heard about this fun hair cutting shin dig when they came in for Cami's wish declaration! Darling photos.

Jody said...

Wonderful post, thank you

Tony Carver said...

Gets me every time! Awesome pics. So much love in that family!

Krystle said...

Such beautiful pictures! You definitely captured the energy and love that was there!

Jen Hill said...

Beautiful pictures. I don't know Cami or her family but they will be in my prayers!!

Megan said...

These pictures are beautiful. What a brave little girl!

Noah said...

Beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for supporting pat and chelsea and cami!!

Waggoner Family said...

She is darling. I have been following her story on her blog...You are amazing!

Matthew and Sara said...

i teared up just looking at the pictures!

Candice & Brent said...

I love this little family! Go Cami!

eyre blog said...

thank you so much for capturing this so beautifully for those of us that couldn't make it. what a precious angel.

Antique Autumn Photography said...

So touching and so beautiful!

drreber said...

Wow I think I will go hug my little 4 year old...

Sarah loves it all said...

Crying. This event you captured is so beautiful and poignant. I will be praying for this little girl.

Callie said...

What a brave lil' girl and so adorable! You did an awesome job Jen capturing every special moment of that memory! I couldn't help but cry when I read and saw the pictures! My heart goes out to them!

MonkeyKnits said...

You captured this event beautifully... I can feel the love and the support as if I were there. Great job!

The Shupes said...

What a neat story, it always makes you think about how blessed you are when others have to struggle like that. How neat that you could capture those special moments. God bless that sweet little girl and family.

mandy said...

What a beautiful little girl and wonderful photographs you captured. Thank you for sharing. Love, thoughts, and prayers being sent in behalf of this precious little family!

Tara said...

She is darling! Loved the photo series!

Corrie said...

oh not much makes me cry at 11am but that did. what beautiful photos........so moving and captured it all perfectly

Corrie:)

Christa said...

amazing..little kids shouldn't have to go through this... stay strong cami!

shawni said...

We love Cami!!

Angela Cloyd said...

Jen, amazing job. I can't imagine how emotional that day must have been. There are a lot of comments here! Congrats on building such a great following on you blog! You are an amazing person. Again beautiful job capturing the day.

Rachel said...

beautiful

Tara said...

These pictures are amazing. What a strong little girl {and mom}.

Shane and Geana said...

You are an amazing photographer, adn she is such a brave little girl.

AFE said...

beautiful pictures of a very brave little girl.

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

Wow, so sad - this made me cry so much but what a lovely family with so much love and support, the pictures were taken with such great care and thoughtfulness, thanks for supporting her cause with all the comment love!

Gwyn said...

Very moving pictures, thank you for your help in supporting this beautiful family.

Lovers said...

What an amazing story! I can't imagine having to see your child go through that! God Bless their family and good luck to them!