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Abigailís Make-A-Wish Trip

  
 
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Last year my then-2 1/2 year old great niece Abigail was diagnosed with brain cancer. After multiple surgeries and radiation, she is doing pretty well today but needs to go 10 years before remission is declared, so itís one day at a time. Last week she was treated to a Make-A-Wish trip at Disneyworld and my wife & I were honored to be chosen as the guests. I took the energy of my angst about this tragedy and poured it into photographing the little princess, recalling the photojournalism style of my newspaper photo days years ago.

This remarkable 3 1/2 year old is absolutely changing my life. I hope you glimpse her beautiful spirit in this set. Thank you sincerely for viewing.

Best,
Ross





The Little Princess

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    60mm    f/2.8    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






Face Painting Tickle

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/160s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






Even Disney Gift Shops Are Magical

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    25mm    f/2.8    1/100s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  






Nighttime Bubbles Fun

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    33mm    f/2.8    1/80s    12800 ISO    0.0 EV  






Proud Dad With His Beautiful Girl

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/125s    160 ISO    -0.3 EV  






A Castle For A Princess

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    29mm    f/2.8    1/800s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






Daisy Hugs Rock

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/250s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






Mickey Welcomes Tiny Hands

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/125s    5000 ISO    0.0 EV  






I Gotta Be Free!

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/250s    320 ISO    -0.3 EV  






Tired But Gracefully Composed

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/80s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






Day 1 Excitement At Make-A-Wish Villa

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    58mm    f/2.8    1/80s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






Just Need A Quick Nap

  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/1250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Feb 20, 2023 at 09:58 PM
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Nice set.


Feb 20, 2023 at 10:16 PM
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She looks like a happy child. You captured her emotions well.


Feb 20, 2023 at 10:42 PM
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Ross the pictures came out fantastic. She is a beautiful child. Her energy and happiness permeate the images.

I will once again pray that one day you and she will sit with her children on your laps and share the pictures and tell stories from your trip to the Magic Kingdom.

Steve



Feb 20, 2023 at 11:21 PM
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RustyBug wrote:
Nice set.


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percolated wrote:
She looks like a happy child. You captured her emotions well.


Thank you so much @RustyBug and @percolated for viewing and commenting!



Feb 20, 2023 at 11:44 PM
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1bwana1 wrote:
Ross the pictures came out fantastic. She is a beautiful child. Her energy and happiness permeate the images.

I will once again pray that one day you and she will sit with her children on your laps and share the pictures and tell stories from your trip to the Magic Kingdom.

Steve


I really appreciate you my friend!




Feb 20, 2023 at 11:45 PM
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Great set, Ross. I know the professional side took over in order for you to get these wonderful memory makers. Ten years is eternity when one is waiting for remission, but I know personally it flies by. Steve said it best.

My favorite image is the second. As I gazed, my emotions swung from joy to sorrow and back.



Feb 21, 2023 at 12:09 AM
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You accomplished what you set out to do, brilliantly. A very emotional set. Well done.

óPeter.






Feb 21, 2023 at 06:25 AM
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Absolutely wonderful series. I'm praying that Abigail makes a full and complete recovery.


Feb 21, 2023 at 07:34 AM
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Ross, thatís a beautiful set👍🏻 Abigail is full of energy and has an incredible smile. I will certainly keep Abigail in my prayers for a full recovery. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful set and the backstory makes it powerful.


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A princess, indeed. Wonderful photos, and best wishes for a long, healthy, and happy life for Abigail.


Feb 21, 2023 at 11:56 AM
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GoodEgg wrote:
Great set, Ross. I know the professional side took over in order for you to get these wonderful memory makers. Ten years is eternity when one is waiting for remission, but I know personally it flies by. Steve said it best.

My favorite image is the second. As I gazed, my emotions swung from joy to sorrow and back.


@GoodEgg, your thoughtful comments are so meaningful to me, thank you for expressing what you did! I am honored by you taking the time. It sounds like you or someone close to you understands this journey well. I do not feel equipped to fully love knowing the risks, but I hope that I can. Right now Abigail has become just about the most important thing in my life.

Thanks again,
Ross



Feb 21, 2023 at 01:15 PM
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Beautiful images, beautiful child. May God continue to brighten her life.


Feb 21, 2023 at 01:43 PM
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Prosophos wrote:
You accomplished what you set out to do, brilliantly. A very emotional set. Well done.

óPeter.

Thank you so much Peter! It's really meaningful to me that you feel emotion from Abigail's images ❤️ Thank you for saying so.



Feb 21, 2023 at 02:33 PM
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spoupard wrote:
Absolutely wonderful series. I'm praying that Abigail makes a full and complete recovery.


That is very valuable @spoupard, thank you!



Feb 21, 2023 at 02:34 PM
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keepclicking wrote:
Ross, thatís a beautiful set👍🏻 Abigail is full of energy and has an incredible smile. I will certainly keep Abigail in my prayers for a full recovery. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful set and the backstory makes it powerful.


My friend, really value your feedback. Giving you a virtual man-hug!



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Feb 21, 2023 at 02:35 PM
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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
Beautiful images, beautiful child. May God continue to brighten her life.


Rajan, I'm grateful for your gracious comment, thank you!! 🙏🏽



Feb 21, 2023 at 02:37 PM
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Gorgeous child!


Feb 21, 2023 at 08:47 PM
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Thank you for the background story. Itís the stories that make photographs powerful. Well done. Give my best to your great niece and her family. 👊🏻👊🏻


Feb 21, 2023 at 09:40 PM
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mudlake wrote:
Thank you for the background story. Itís the stories that make photographs powerful. Well done. Give my best to your great niece and her family. 👊🏻👊🏻


Thank you so much!



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