Jodi’s Journey

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I first met Jodi nearly two years ago now when she welcomed to the world her first born Ruby. Little did we know at the time that Jodi was going to be facing the fight of her life just under 18 months later. Her story is sad, shocking and inspiring ALL in one and I’m so glad that she is sharing it with the world.

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Jodi and Ruby from their newborn session January 2013

Here is Jodi’s Story in her own words

My name is Jodi and I am a 25 year old wife of Aaron and mother to Ruby.   I had noticed a lump in my breast for quite some time and made a few trips to the GP only to be told it was nothing to be concerned about.      After a few months and some persistence I managed to have it investigate further. On Thursday 11th June 2015 I received some of the most devastating news ever. I was told I have Breast Cancer and would need to have my right breast removed. As you can imagine this diagnosis was heartbreaking for myself, my husband and all of our friends and family.

I had to start chemotherapy immediately as my cancer was quite large and aggressive.I have since finished 8 rounds of chemotherapy, thankfully with not too many adverse side effects. I will continue to have a treatment called Herceptin for the next 10 months and will also start on hormone blockers for the next 5 years. I am so blessed to have had such a fantastic response from the treatment so far. My tumour is no longer visible in any medical imaging so I am really hoping they do not find anything on a microscopic level when they remove my breast and send it to pathology for testing. I feel so blessed to have had such an amazing response and am forever grateful to my friends, family and even people I do not know personally who have shown me such love and support.

The next stage of my treatment is surgery; I will have a mastectomy and auxiliary clearance of all of the lymph nodes on my right side in January 2016. Following the surgery I will have radiation treatment and upon conclusion of that I will have reconstructive surgery.
I have traveled along this journey really well so far however my outcome may not have been so positive had my cancer gone unnoticed for much longer. It had already moved to my lymph nodes but thankfully that is where it stopped.

I feel blessed every day that that the cancer had not moved any further in my body but still astounded that I was dismissed the way I was. I really want to be an advocate for everyone I know and those I don’t to never give up!! If something in your body doesn’t feel right – Please DO NOT STOP until you have been heard and are 100% happy with your care. Take it from someone who has been there.
In true form, I am quite stubborn and motivated to lead a normal life and kick cancer’s butt! I am also very passionate about raising awareness and helping others in any way possible. This is the reason I will walk 60kms in 2 days along with some of my nearest and dearest. Our team, ‘Jodi’s Journey’ will walk in honour of my journey and the many that have been on this ride before me and sadly those who will need to take this path after me. I feel so inspired by this Weekend to End Woman’s Cancers which has put a fire in my belly; I will feel so proud to cross the finish line knowing that we have helped to make a difference.
The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ benefiting Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is a 2-day, 60-kilometre walk or 1-day, 30-kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Perth. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m ready to do something bold and powerful in effort to end women’s cancers once and for all. We have a fundraising target of $18,000 to raise which will enable us the privilege to participate in the walk in April. I ask you to take a stance with me and join this life-saving adventure for all women. Be a part of my very personal journey – by giving, by walking with me, or simply by sharing my story with your circle of influence. Don’t stand back and think about what you could have done – take that first step today! Take a chance with me – we have the opportunity to change thousands of lives, beginning with our own.

If you are interested making a donation towards ‘Jodi’s Journey’ please follow the link below, click on one of my team member and hit donate now.

http://www.endcancer.org.au/site/TR/Events/Perth2016?pg=team&fr_id=1190&team_id=7518

Thank you, Jodi
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Jodi wanted to celebrate her last chemotherapy session with a session that captured her sense of freedom. Together with Hayley Raelene Makeup Artistry who helped surprise Jodi with full makeup I think we managed to bring her vision to life.

To follow Hayley Raelene Makeup Artistry on facebook click here https://www.facebook.com/hayleyraemakeup/?fref=ts

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To follow Jodi’s journey on facebook, follow this link https://www.facebook.com/Jodis-Journey-1708933749319543/?ref=bookmarks

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An incredible young lady who really inspired me. Her determination is inspirational to everyone around her and her attitude to how she looks at life is amazing. One thing that I urge you all to do is listen to her words wisely – “If something in your body doesn’t feel right – Please DO NOT STOP until you have been heard and are 100% happy with your care. Take it from someone who has been there.”

Thank for sharing your journey to date Jodi. You were a pleasure to shoot with your beautiful family and you have inspired me to further the gift of giving by starting a special project to get stories like yours out there to the public to educate and inspire.

Follow this link to learn more about my NEW Be Inspired Project and maybe think about nominating someone you know who inspires you. https://kristyleephotography.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/be-inspired-project/

Kristy xx

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***Be Inspired Project***

I am so super excited to announce a project that has been in my thoughts for a long time. As a photographer I aim to capture special moments in peoples life, it’s why I do what I do and I love giving back to the community. Over the years, I have donated sessions to people in need, people who have had a hard time and these sessions have always warmed my heart and just made it so clear to why I love photography.

The Be Inspired Project is a project that is dear to my heart and aims to touch those who follow it.

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What is it?  Each month I will be selecting a person (or a family etc) who is inspiring the community in some way, inspiring those around them or are in a momentous time in their life and have a story that needs to be told. I will be working with other local artists to create a shoot designed just for the nominee.

Nominations will be open to anyone who is willing to tell their story and share it in the form of photos and blog. You can nominate someone on their behalf or you can nominate yourself, everyone will be considered. Shoots will be located from my studio in Warnbro and other local areas depending on the type.

Please use the contact form below to nominate, include full details of why this person inspires you and deserves to be part of the project. Please double check your email and phone number are correct to ensure I can get back to you.

Kristy x

 

Poppy the Princess

Perth SOR Newborn Photographer

I must admit I LOVE the fact that I get to meet these precious bundles so soon after birth. BUT I also must admit that I often sit there thinking about family members and loved ones from overseas or interstate who are yet to meet the beautiful little baby that I am photographing. And this one shoot was one of the ones I really felt it because My these two are our beautiful friends and I have met Kendall’s family who live interstate and just knew how much it would be killing them waiting to meet this adorable new little addition to the Dann Family.

So THIS blog is for all those interstate family member who are yet to meet her. She sure is a pretty little Princess……….

Kristy xx

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10 FREE PHOTOSHOOTS!!!!

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What’s it all About?
I hear it all the time – when I lose the weight, when I feel better about myself I will get some family portraits or glamour photos done. Sad thing is so many people say this and years and years go by and they never reach their goal so they never have any photos done. Leaving years and years of forgotten moments left uncaptured.

I know it all too well because this is me. As a Mum of 4 and a photographer I have plenty of photos of my children. But as for photos of me with the children – I have not had professional photos taken in years, maybe 10 years which kills me. This is because I have been putting it off until I lost the weight, and felt better about myself.
So over the past 12 months I have been working on this and I am so happy to say that I am getting close to my goal weight and I have set a date (early Spring) to get some family photos done – including me!
So with this in mind I have decided that I want YOU to join me in reaching your goals and get ready for that photoshoot. Anyone who joins me and is 100% committed will receive a FREE, yes FREE photoshoot and Package worth $750!!!!
All for getting healthy and feeling better about yourself, being coached and 100% supported along the way.
Whether you have weight to loose (no matter how large or small the amount is), or if you want to gain energy, lean muscle and tone up, whatever your goal happens to be, I have a solution to help get you to a place where you are comfortable and confident, a place where you would be happy to get in front of the camera.

 

My Story
Just over 12 months ago I was feeling stuck. I was tired all the time, I had no energy to do my job or keep up with my 4 children and I had an expanding waist line. I was stubborn and insisted that I could do it myself but after months and months of trying I final decided to look into this ‘nutritional cleansing thing’ that our friends had been talking about.
Little did I know this company and products would change my life in more profound ways than I ever thought possible.
The first 30 days seen me lose 6.7kg and 64cm but that wasn’t the best part, I also realized that I was actually getting a good night sleep and I had some extra energy throughout the day. My body was finally receiving all the nutrients that it needed and was thanking me for it.

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I was seeing some other amazing benefits that I was not counting on like I was feeling calmer and dealing with stress better which has always been my downfall. Plus I was seeing some amazing results from family and friends who had joined us and made my heart sing knowing that by sharing this with them they were changing their lives.
Today I sit here at 20kg down (see progress shot above), with a renewed passion for life and most important to me a renewed passion for helping others.
I have around 10-15kg left to lose and I am committed to doing so in the coming months. Let’s do this together!!!

If this is you, please don’t go another day, month, or year being stuck in the same spot.

So how can you be in it to win it?

Get in contact with me and let’s get you on our way to better health and ready for that long awaited photoshoot that you have been putting off which you will receive for FREE!

Must be committed for a minimum 3 months (getting healthy takes time). For full conditions please fill in the contact form below and include your details. Please make sure you add your full details so you don’t miss out!

Kristy xx

Emerson Pearl

Newborn Baby Photo Perth

It’s that time of the year for photographers everywhere! Christmas is upon us! And to top of an already busy time of the year I have had lots of babies born with 3 in the studio this week alone. I love meeting these ‘new’ little people, with every one believe it or not showing parts of their personality already within the first few weeks of life! Little Emerson Pearl is a little doll! She is already showing signs of being a sweetheart and she had the most luscious lips! Named after her Grandmother, she also wore her pearls in some of our photos which I love! Sentimental items just add that personal touch to sessions. Mum also brought along her little tutu and crown that she got before she was born. She is going to be a little princess ❤

Kristy xx

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Capturing ‘that’ moment – The Sakal Family Maternity Session

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One thing that I ADORE about outdoor sessions is that it is far easier to capture a natural moment than it is in a studio environment. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for studio photography and I love that too but for different reasons (hence why I have a studio). BUT magic really does happen when you place people together like Leah, Dinko and little Scarlett together who are so obviously totally head over heels in love with one another and let them do their thing as their interaction is what I LOVE.

As a photographer it’s so easy to fall into the trap of posing our clients to get ‘that’ shot but what I am realizing as I grow and learn more about my style is that the moments in between getting ‘that’ shot are usually the ones I fall in love with as THEY are the ones who tell the story.

Enjoy this beautiful blog post of this stunning little family who are expecting baby number 2 in 4 weeks! Can’t wait!

Kristy xx

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Having your own baby? Head to my website to get full details on having your own maternity session. Bookings are essential xx

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Clint, Alycia and little Jaxon x

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So this blog is a bit different to my normal blogs as I’m writing this blog to build awareness for a condition that until recently I had never heard of.

After a normal pregnancy with no complications, little Jaxon was born with an extremely rare condition called ‘Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus’. The Giant variety is as rare as 1 in 500,000. 1 in 6 are at risk of developing a melanoma. It is a BTN (Bathing Trunk Nevus) and takes up nearly half of his little body, and is accompanied by satellite nevus around his body. At this stage he is completely normal healthy little boy but will be monitored closely by specialists. Although heartbroken for their little man, Alycia and Clint have taken it all in their stride as they pack up and move to Melbourne so little Jaxon can have the best care possible.

Here is a link to the support website where you can get behind and support the research and support the families.  http://www.nevussupport.com/

I would also like to thank Alycia and Clint for letting me capture their precious little guy and share their story with you all xxx

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