Ivy’s Story

Stories like Ivy’s reminds of my “why”, my purpose behind the lens. Ivy has been a client of mine for several years. I met her when she came in for a holiday portrait session with her eldest son, Grant.


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Earlier this year Ivy had reached out to me in regards to my Motherhood Portrait sessions. She had let me know she couldn’t participate, however she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. My heart sunk as I read her email as I went over my in my mind that it has been less than a year since I photographed her newest addition to her family.


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I immediately contacted my friend Tracey Ross from Life in the Beauty Lane to put together something special for Ivy. A few weeks later, I surprised Ivy with her very own motherhood portrait session in the privacy and comfort of her own home. During this time, Ivy also had family visiting, so we took the opportunity to photograph their families as well.


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Fast forward to the present, about a week ago, I went to Ivy’s home to capture her fall family photos. While speaking with Ivy during her shoot, I asked her how things were going; she told me that she took a turn for the worst.


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People, I share Ivy’s story with you to encourage you to exist in photos, not just for yourself but for your family, your children, extended family, for your legacy. It doesn’t matter if you have gained weight or thin you do not photograph well. None of those excuses you can come up outweigh that life is short, moments are fleeting, and the future is unknown. But if you are reading this I ask that you pray and send kind thoughts to Ivy and her family.

Anika Fatouros is Westchester, NY based newborn, maternity and family photography. Love our work feel free to follow us on Instagram or facebook. Interested in booking a session, contact us.

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