Nicole is an extraordinary young woman indeed. This high school junior has a serious, life-threatening disease. She’s doing well now, but was very, very sick in the fall.
Nicole wears this pendant on her necklace: B+, Be Positive. From what I have leaned about Nicole and what I observed when I was photographing her in the studio, this is not just a nice idea for her – it’s a way of life. She is one confident, courageous and determined young lady. I’m sure her attitude has made all the difference in carrying her through these last few months. Nicole got her pendant from an extraordinary organization, The B+ Foundation, Inc. Check out their great work in supporting kids with cancer.
When she got her diagnosis in September, she cried in the doctor’s office, but has not cried once since.
Nicole is always smiling. This, of course, makes the photographer’s job easy. She was a joy to shoot with and has a wonderful easy and relaxed way about her.
I did catch one expression that was not an open smile. The family did not choose this image as one of their favorites, because it is so unlike Nicole NOT to be smiling. But I liked the picture because it shows her self-assurance and strength. Her blue eyes and gold nail polish are pretty awesome too!
You can read more about Nicole’s story on the Blythedale Children’s Hospital website, Nicole’s Miraculous Recovery. Be sure to see Nicole’s video at the bottom of the article.
The evening after our shoot, I got a note from Nicole’s mom, which read in part:
” It was the best medicine to spend 2 hours at Nicole’s photo shoot. I could tell Nicole felt really at ease with you. The pictures are so beautiful. Thank you so much for taking time to create a beautiful keepsake for her. I have lots of photos from this time — of Nic goofing around, of her getting chemo, with groups of friends — but none that truly capture her inner glow and spirit, which you have so artfully done. She came home and was bursting to tell her friends about her adventure. Moments like these are precious to me. I know we will always treasure Nicole’s photos.”
This is why I’m a portrait photographer. It’s a true blessing for me to take pictures of – and to get to know – inspiring people like Nicole. She and her family are in my prayers – this day and always.
Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.