2019 Memorial Princess Sessions

Fairyography announces the TENTH annual Sabina Hartley-Burke and Ava Jane Gibson memorial princess sessions!

Ten years. I can’t believe I started this event 10 years ago. Thank you to each and every person who has nominated a family to come be a part of this special place in my heart. Because of you, I’ve met 52 special girls. That’s pretty astounding.. 52 girls facing things regular people can’t imagine. 52 families with lives changed forever with a diagnosis. But when you think about it, every family has lives than change forever thanks to their children, diagnosis or no. And that’s what the Memorial Princess Sessions are for me.

They’re a way to celebrate not only what makes us all different, but what makes us all the same. Each of these girls IS different.. but they all have families who love them, they all have things they like or don’t like. They all have a zest for life. And every single one of them is more than their diagnosis.That’s why this is so important to me. Each special child that I’ve met is more than what people see (or don’t see). These kids are excluded from so many things just because they’re different. I was bullied as a child because I was tall. Imagine what these kids go though with medical tests, surgeries, doctors.. and then add bullying on top of that. It shouldn’t happen. This event is my way of not only making these girls feel like the special, wonderful people they are, but also making it NORMAL for everyone else to see that too. The more we show and include the unique, the less different and more approachable they become.

Join me this year is making the 10th annual event even bigger than it’s ever been.

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. Only this year it’s not only girls! Girls, boys, and family sessions will be taking place this year! Also, girls that have had a session in the past are welcomed back.

2018’s winner was Teagan, who had Spinal Muscular Atrophy. https://www.fairyography.com/blog/meet-teagan-memorial-princess-2018/

2017’s winner was Kaylee, who has severe epilepsy. https://www.fairyography.com/blog/meet-kaylee-memorial-princess-session-winner-2017/

2016’s winner was Quinn, a mermaid with a brain tumor. https://www.fairyography.com/blog/meet-quinn-memorial-princess-session/

2015’s winner was Lexi, who is living with severe cerebral palsy. http://www.fairyography.com/memorial-princess-sessions-meet-lexi/

2014’s double winners were Arden, who is living with mitochondrial disease: http://www.fairyography.com/memorial-princess-winner-1-meet-arden/ and Marianna, who is fighting Leukemia: http://www.fairyography.com/memorial-princess-winner-2-meet-marianna/

2013’s winner was Marti Love, who is battling a brain tumor: http://www.fairyography.com/meet-marti-love-memorial-princess-winner-2013/

2012’s winner was Magen, who lives with a chromosomal deletion: http://www.fairyography.com/finally-athens-child-photographer/

2011’s winner was Kylie, who was born premature and has triumphed over Leukemia: http://www.fairyography.com/memorial-princess-2011-winner-meet-kylie/

2010’s winner was Chloe, who has Down syndrome and has triumphed over Leukemia: http://www.fairyography.com/winner-of-2010-memorial-princess-sessions/

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 a family that has a little girl(s) between the ages of 18months and 12 years old for fairy portraits, but for family sessions or boys they can be any age.

Send me an email to heather@fairyography.com sharing why you think the person you are nominating should be THE ONE for this totally awesome package. Include parents’ or guardian’s contact information. I speak with each child’s caretakers to talk about the event and what they can expect.

Each family who qualifies is offered a session and a print credit. I’d like to offer larger print credits for these families or even entire packages with albums in the future. Your donation helps to sponsor these families to receive photos they treasure.