This photo session with my daughter was short, but very special. The day I was in labor with her my mother-in-law, Gail, came to my room with this little pink bear she bought in the gift shop. When you push it's belly it plays the "Happy Birthday" song and has a little Happy Birthday ribbon around its neck. Sadly, Gail passed away after a very brief battle with cancer when my daughter was only 9 months old. Lyla was her only grand child and they really loved each other. She always brought a smile to Gail's face, even on her worst days at the end. Lyla reaching the milestone of 1 year old was met with both joy and sadness at the fact that Gail wasn't there to celebrate with us. I wanted to photograph Lyla with this little bear so that it was like Gail was still a part of the celebration.
This is my favorite photo of Lyla and Gail from the day she was born.
And this is one of the last photos I got of the two of them together.
Hi there! I'm Mandy.