We Have A Winner!

First, I want to thank all of you who submitted entries in the “Giving is Awesome” contest.  This decision was SO HARD!  With every email that came in, my heart broke.  I wish I could do photosessions for all of them.  After a great deal of thought and debate, though, I decided I need to do a photosession for Bobbie Harsch!  Here is a little bit about her story:

“Imagine that you and your husband are anxiously awaiting the birth of your first child.  You are thinking of all the things you will do together as your little family grows –and all the pictures you will take to try to remember every moment.  Then imagine that just two months before your baby’s due date, your husband, the love of your life, suddenly and unexpectedly dies — leaving you to bring this new life into the world without him.  It’s hard to imagine — but it happened.  It happened to Bobbie Harsh who, even with the love and support of family and friends, is still, for all intents and purposes, “on her own” as she and little Dylan try to make a family of two.  If anyone deserves a professional photography session, it’s Bobbie and little Dylan.  As Bobbie works to sustain their life together, without her husband and with the medical and funeral expenses that accompanied his passing, and the medical expenses that accompanied Dylan’s medical complications after birth, professional photography is not really in the budget. 


Bobbie lost her husband, Zachary Lee Harsch, when he died suddenly of an internal infection at the young age of 28. Zach passed away about a month after Christmas this year. He never got the chance to meet their son, who is now just shy of 2 months old. Bobbie named her son Dylan Zachary Lee Harsch, after his father. From the time Dylan was born, he was having health problems. Almost immediately after his birth, he was moved to Children’s Mercy because he needed abdominal surgery. He was also on a ventilator for the first week of his life. After doctors removed the ventilator, they inserted a nasal cannula to give him oxygen support. Dylan was fed only a TPN and lipid solution for eight days after he was born. When he finally got to have breastmilk, it was through a tube in his nose that went to his stomach. He didn’t get to go home until three weeks after birth. “


Bobbie, I’m so sorry to hear about your circumstances.  I really look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to capture cherished memories of you and your son Dylan.  You will receive a photosession, all digital images on CD, a DVD slideshow, 11×14 print, and 3-8×10 prints.


I also want to thank Paige and Jill for reaching out and taking the time to nominate Bobbie Harsch.  You will receive a comlimentary photosession as well! 


And since this is a photography blog, I can’t end a post without sharing some kind of picture.  Here is one from our vacation to Colorado last year.





  1. paige said . . .

    ahh im so excited! bobbie and little dylan need this so much. thanks for choosing them :)

    Posted June 20, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  2. kamee said . . .

    I love this so much Jen. You are good and nice and that picture of Nicole…breathtaking!! ;)

    Posted June 25, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

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