Memorial Princess Sessions

Memorial Princess Sessions

Sabina lost her battle with a brain stem tumor on May 31st, 2007. She was eight. Ava Jane Gibson lost her battle with a heart defect on August 5, 2009. She was three. Before each of them left this world, I was lucky enough to meet them for a princess photo session. Since then, I’ve felt like it’s something I have to do for another deserving girl every year.


You know, sometimes it is hard to believe in Fairy Tales. There are times in life when we want nothing more than a magic wand and a little pixie dust to take us to a happy place! We know that there are some people that you would love to do that for too. Now, where do YOU come in? Let’s be honest; no one loves anything more than hearing the good, fabulous, things people have to say about them or their children. Whether it is that they have triumphed over troubled times, are fighting health issues or that they are just an amazing kid who deserves a little something special, people LOVE to know that other people feel that way about them. So, it is up to YOU to nominate!

I accept nominations from August 1st to August 31st every year, sessions take place in September and October. You can nominate a girl or sisters between the ages of 18months and 12 years old who has a medical, genetic, or social hardship.

2015’s winner was Lexi, who is living with severe cerebral palsy.

2014’s double winners were Arden, who is living with mitochondrial disease: and Marianna, who is fighting Leukemia:

2013’s winner was Marti Love, who is battling a brain tumor:

2012’s winner was Magen, who lives with a chromosomal deletion:

2011’s winner was Kylie, who was born premature and has triumphed over Leukemia:

2010’s winner was Chloe, who has Down syndrome and has triumphed over Leukemia:

See past Memorial Princesses (and fairies) at

HaasLexiMPFT-23 The shoot was difficult to accomplish due to Lexi's challenging muscle tone, but the result looks effortless and completely magical--totally a testimony to Heather's patience and expertise as a photographer. Heather captured Lexi's beautiful spirit perfectly!
FerlandMPFT-28 We have never won anything. When we found out Magen was the Memorial Princess we were so touched and honored I was reduced me to tears. We have beautiful unforgettable pictures of Magen that shows her inner joy & happiness. I know she will most likely have shorten life span and will be very thankful to have photographs but we try not to dwell on it but take one day at a time. They are my absolute favorite pictures we have of Magen. It was so hard to narrow our favorite pictures down. Every time I see those pictures I think how thankful we were to have them and how much I love them.
Fowler And even though is nonverbal you could tell she so loved the dress Mrs Heather picked for her. I watch heather as she did her magic with my heart.. It's like she knew Faith even though she had only meet her for a few short hours! The way she understood Faith was amazing! The end result was breath taking! Who wouldn't want this kind of memories of their daughter's childhood? But when I saw the final results they where so much more than I dreamed! She turned the middle of the woods and my sunshine into a true fairytale .... Pray I get the chance to have them done again one day. 🙂
Gibson She was dearly loved by her big sisters, and I have photographs that capture how precious that relationship was.  I have a photo of all three girls hanging in my bedroom and I look at it everyday when I lay down to sleep and when I wake up.  She died unexpectedly and suddenly shortly after the photographs were taken, and I am so grateful for all of the photographs I have that remind me of her infectious smile and the mischevious look in her eye (like when she wanted to crawl around hooked up to a 24 hour feeding pump, which could be very messy!).    She would have been 9 years old this year, and I miss her everyday, and having beautiful pictures of her brings me some comfort on days when I miss her more.  All the pictures help my daughters, who are now 12 and 13, remember their little sister and understand a little more the journey that their sister had on this earth.