community involvement

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I’m all about giving back, and making people feel good, especially when they really need it.

A portion of proceeds from all my sessions go towards helping me provide family and documentary photography services to families who are dealing with life altering diagnoses. If you know a family who deserves professional images and may not otherwise be able to afford them, you may nominate them by writing to me with their story and contact information.

Of course, I have an inspiration for such an idea, and that inspiration is the story of Jaidyn and her mom Jaime, and how their lives collided with Andrew and Lilee-Jean.


Luxe Photography Uplift & Inspire Community Involvement ProgramJaime, Andrew, Jaidyn, Lilee-Jean and Haven’s Story

August 2011, at the age of 3, Jaidyn Lyric was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. In seconds, life was turned upside down when she began a 2.5 year treatment plan consisting of, bone marrow biopsies, chemotherapy, steroids, lumbar punctures, hair loss and a lot of sleepless nights. It was a very long road, with many ups and downs, but Jaime and Jaidyn made it through. It was on that road, however that Jaime met Andrew,  a single dad who was in the same position, fighting along side his daughter Lilee-Jean who was diagnosed Oct 2011 with Glioblastoma, a very rare aggressive form of brain cancer. Lilee, like Jaidyn, went through many painful procedures, a very risky surgery and months and months of chemotherapy. But together, they created a support system for their two very brave little girls, while they both went through things no, child should ever have to face.

It was in January of 2012 that an MRI showed that Lilee-Jean’s chemotherapy wasn’t working anymore, and a new tumor was growing. It was then that Andrew and Lilee-Jean’s mom decided to start palliative treatment to try to make the best of the days they had left with Lilee. Jaime and Andrew had to take a step back from their relationship at this time as things had become very intense in Lilee-Jean’s treatment. It was during this Jaime learned that she was pregnant, and her and Andrew had another little girl due December 2013. In September 2013, things took a turn for the worse and Lilee-Jean tragically lost her battle, and earned her angel wings.

While things were very stressful and everyone was running on high emotions, Jaime’s pregnancy became high risk and she was put on bed rest days after Lilee-Jean passed. At 26 weeks pregnant Jaime was fighting to keep this little baby girl safe and in her belly. At 29 weeks her water broke, but still she was able to hold on a little longer. I had heard about Lilee-Jean’s story through social media, and it was at that time that Jaime contacted me to see if I could do a last minute photo shoot of her and her family before the baby was born. It was the last thing Jaime wanted to check off on her list of things to do before her baby was born, and she was hoping and praying she wouldn’t go into labor until our session had been completed. October 9th I went to their home and was able to capture the love they have for this baby. It was just two days later that labor started and very quickly Haven Lilee Rayne entered this world in the wee hours of Oct 12, 2013. At 31 weeks 5 days, 3 lbs 6 oz 16 inches long, Haven Lilee was born a fighter, with inspiration from her two big sisters, zero complications and a head full of blond hair. She spent 47 days in the NICU but came home to be with her sister and has been thriving, growing, and amazing doctors ever since.

 Jaime and Andrew were not in a position to pay my commission to have their session done. Obviously with all the stress and tragedy in their lives so fresh, they had not been able to work. I wanted to be able to provide them with photos of this fragile time in their lives, and so I gifted their session and images to them. This inspired me to to this for others.

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