A tribute to London-Sweet Butterfly | Pure Bloom Photography | Tampa Child Photographer

A tribute to London-Sweet Butterfly | Pure Bloom Photography | Tampa Child Photographer

I normally don’t do extremely long Blog posts but this story is an amazing one….brought on by tragedy but transforms into the blessing of a new life and I am honored to be able to tell it through pictures. I was approached by a friend to do a session for her 2 nieces. While talking about what we wanted to do in the session, she told me their story. After hearing everything, I knew exactly what we needed to do! It just ALL came together. Please take a moment to read through the story, so eloquently written by Lyric and Logan’s Aunt Donna……(get some tissues too)

Sweet Butterfly

Here you see two beautiful little girls.  The oldest is Lyric and the youngest is Logan.  These two sisters are connected by blood, tragedy and the blessing of a new life.  There was another angel born before Logan. Her name was London.  London was like a butterfly that emerged from her cocoon and lingered for only a short time.  Then, without notice, she spread her winds and took flight.  Her beauty was measured to none.  Everyone blessed to set eyes on her were instantly touched and their lives were forever changed.  Her eyes were mesmerizing and everyone who looked into them was totally engulfed.  Unbeknownst to those who loved her most, she was only to be on this Earth for a short time.  While taking a nap, she suffered a heart attack.  She was, as the doctor stated, that “one in a million”.  London Nicole Chappel was called to glory on 08-17-2013 and my family was almost destroyed with grief.  The pain of losing a child is too much for anybody.  During this period of disbelief, my niece informed the family that she was 5 months pregnant.  It was a blessing in disguise.  Because she was a wonderful mother, I knew that she would not allow her grief to be carried onto her unborn child.  She put her faith in God and carried this child with the utmost safety.  But, nearing the last couple months of the pregnancy, she started having health issues.  She was admitted to the hospital before Thanksgiving.  Here is where the story gets puzzling….. London was born on 11-29-12.  London spent 5 days in ICU, she aspirated fluid, she had to be given oxygen, would not eat and had a heart murmer.  Due to the stress on the pregnancy with the new baby, the doctor informed my niece that they needed to take Logan early.  Before they could get her prepped for surgery, 3 Emergency c-sections came up.  Logan had to be taken a month early, she spent 5 days in ICU, she aspirated fluid, was given oxygen , wouldn’t eat, possessed a heart murmur and yes, Logan was born on her sister London’s Birthday at 12:34am.  At 12:35am, while 5 members of my family were waiting on word of the delivery, Lyric started singing “Happy Birthday to you!” Although this was very strange and surprising, it was clear to me that the baby had been born. Logan looked so much like London, it was uncanning! I still remember the day I took some pictures of London to the funeral home. It was so difficult for me. I felt pain and sorrow for my niece, DJ, my mom and my sister. When I finally went outside and sat in the car….I felt so overwhelmed with grief and sorrow that I could not put the key in the ignition to start the car. I remember while sitting there sobbing deeply, a beautiful black and yellow butterfly flew in front of my windshield. Oh so slowly, and oh….so gently.  I remember wondering why this precious creature was hovering there in front of me.  When it eventually settled down on a bush that was in front of the car, I felt a gentle nudge and a few seconds of somber peace. It didn’t last….the thoughts of London’s eyes, her smile, her smell, and her precious innocence took over. I started crying so hard, I could not see. I didn’t even see the funeral’s personnel member who had come outside and then immediately return to the building to grab some tissues. She didn’t even startle me when she opened the car door to give me the kleenex. She was so nice and kind. I remember her saying “I am sorry for your loss…she is so beautiful”  Every day that I was able to walk outside me door for about a month, I would see one butterfly….it was black and yellow. I don’t know what message I was supposed to gather from this, but, you’ve got to admit, it is an interesting experience.  I still look up at the sky from time to time and I ask God to let her know that I love her and that I miss her.  And lastly, I ask God to please tell her that I am keeping my promise to her…..I am and will always look out for her sisters until my last breath. I promise…… After some real soul searching, London’s parents did not allow their grief to cloud them from doing the most unselfish thing. They agreed to donate this little angel’s organs.  What we have been informed of, is that her heart went to a baby and her kidney’s went to a 59 yr old. For such a short life, she has definitely left her mark on this earth and saved two lives!  This is my Tribute to my dearly departed niece London……you will ALWAYS be in our hearts.

London Nicole Chappel

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Tampa Newborn Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography | 7day old Jackson

Tampa Newborn Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography | 7day old Jackson

I just loooove little baby boys. They are so sweet and laid back. Baby Jackson did amazing with his session and I just wanted to share a few of my favorites from his session. Natalie + Felipe welcomed this little guy into the world and he is so loved by his mommy and daddy and big brother! Check out their amazing Maternity session HERE:
Can’t wait to see little Jackson grow!!
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Erin & Daniel | Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Erin & Daniel | Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Every once in a while, I am blessed with a session that restores my true love for photography. Every session is important to me but sometimes I have those moments where I think “this is why I do this” This is why I love photography. It captures those moments in your life. This mama had an older son, Daniel and a one year old little girl named Erin. Shirley told me that she didn’t have many pictures of Erin and this was her first professional photo session! (unfortunately I didn’t know her when she was born! LOL) She had also told me ahead of time that Daniel, her older son, was Autistic and he may not cooperate with doing a session. After hearing this, it made me really want to give this mama pictures with her babies! She is so consumed with the care of both children, it has been hard for her to get pictures done.

I am very aware of autism and how hard it is sometimes to connect with them. I have learned that the MOST important thing is to relax and not try to FORCE anything. I immediately bonded with Daniel. There was NO “say cheese” , NO “posing”, NO “you have to look at my camera” and in turn, he did look at me!  He laughed with me….he hugged me, I loved it! First, we started the session and he was very calm. I sat with him and just talked to him. He showed me his Nintendo DS and he let me take his pictures. I was so excited.  After we did a few shots of him by himself….it was Erin’s turn.  I even think Daniel was a little upset when I stopped taking his pictures! lol My attention had turned to erin…and he didn’t like that at first….but he was okay when I showed him some pictures on the back of my camera.  Then we let them all sit together and got some family shots 🙂

Erin was so calm and sweet…. just a sweet gentle spirit. It’s like she knows what her mom has to handle and she just goes with the flow! She was just so gorgeous too!! I am in love with this entire session.  Not because of the beautiful shots (even though I love them!) It is because of the amazing interaction of them together that she will have forever, and that fills my heart with joy!

Thank you Shirley for letting me be there to capture these memories for you and your babies!

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Tampa Child Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

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Baby Jackson | St Petersburg Newborn Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

Baby Jackson | St Petersburg Newborn Photographer | Pure Bloom Photography

This was by far one of my favorite sessions ever. I just love ALL the images so much…Baby Jackson had the prettiest skin ever.
Although I am not big on using a ton of props, we had to incorporate a little FSU into the session. I was told Daddy was giving
the thumbs up in the background during that set up 🙂
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Jackson’s Mommy and daddy live by the water and that was his nursery theme so we added the boat……
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