What a fun session with Danielle the other day.
It’s not easy for her to be pregnant but you would never know it by these images. She’s stunning and radiates love and happiness. I remember when I was pregnant, many moons ago, the last thing I wanted to do was be photographed but boy, I wish I did to look back at that special time in my life when things and my body were going to change forever.
When I photograph I enjoy making people feel beautiful and I hope to capture that beauty in my portraits.
I can’t wait to meet baby Benjamin and photograph with his big brother Sam.
Thank you Danielle for making my job so easy, I love them all!
I’ve been working hard to finish the Faces of MARC portrait project that I created in memory of my sister Jane who was involved with MARC most of her adult life. I photographed 183 people and tomorrow I will hang the 20 – 30×30 canvas gallery wraps on their walls in honor of all these amazing people. I’m so proud of this project and feel my sister channeling through me as I worked on all these portraits. Janie loved having her portrait done by me. I was her private paparazzi and I always captured something wonderful.
I miss her smile and her sweet voice..
“MARC, Inc. embraces the philosophy that all people should live, work, and play in their community, making friendships and contributions consistent with their skills and abilities. MARC, Inc. ensures access to and maximization of presence and participation in Connecticut town life, opportunities to develop and exercise competency, opportunities to make choices in the pursuit of a personal future, and good relationships with family members and friends, with respect and dignity.” MARC,Inc
Please join me on Tuesday July 28th for
and the unveiling of the entire project.
Below is the banner that will introduce the Faces of MARC exhibit.
Please join the Alemany Family
Janie’s Dance Party
in memory of our sister Jane
Tuesday, July 28th
rain date the 30th
6:30 till 8:30
151 Sheldon Rd, Manchester
on their green ~ bring a lawn chair
151 Sheldon Rd. Manchester,CT
Arrive early at 5:00 in the main lobby
will be unveiled.
Forming relationships with my clients is the key to my success as a portrait photographer.
I’ve know Christie Kochefko since she was a young girl. Below is one of the portraits I did back in the day. I’ve been very fortunate to have photographed her many times through out the past years. She was so excited to share the news of her engagement and asked if I would photograph her wedding. I haven’t done many large events since I changed to digital format in 2004 but I knew I couldn’t say no to my girl Christie!
Meeting Kevin and photographing them together for their engagement session clinched the deal.
The wedding was on Sunday, May 24th at Fairfield University. What a beautiful place to photograph and we lucked out with the perfect weather.
Congratulations Christie and Kevin!
May your life together be full of love and happiness, Enjoy!
“The bond between mothers and their children is one defined by love. As a mother’s prayers for her children are unending, so are the wisdom, grace, and strength they provide to their children.” George w. Bush
This quote is perfect for this years group of Mothers Who Inspire.
My life experiences are the motivation for this photographic project. I have a deep respect for mothers of special needs children stemming from being raised alongside my sister Jane, who was born with Down Syndrome and as a grandmother of a granddaughter diagnosed with Autism.
I am compelled to celebrate and capture that unending love.
It was an honor and privilege to photograph these mothers with their children. Thank you for letting me into your world for a brief moment and sharing your stories with the community. The event last Saturday was extremely emotional and uplifting for all who witnessed it. I hope to find a way to share each mothers complete story in my blog or on my website or even in a book.
“I would like to thank Lynn for pulling this exhibit together and taking the time to recognize moms like me and all the other beautiful moms and their special children. When Annalee was a baby I chronicled every ounce she gained, every inch she grew, every tiny little milestone she achieved. I wrote letters to her telling her how much I love her and what she meant to me, all my hopes and dreams for her to be happy and to know love. I keep them all in her baby journals which are tucked away in her hope chest. As she got older and things became less fragile but more complicated and busy, I stopped tracking every little thing. Participating in this exhibit has made me stop, look at how far we have come and appreciate all that we have.
The photos capture so much love — what a wonderful gift you have given me.
Thank you Lynn Damon!” Susan and Annalee
Below are all the final portraits that were chosen by each mother for the exhibit.
my daughter Kate and grand daughter Gianna
Stephanie and Tyler
Lindsey and Andrew
Carolyn and Cary
Molly and Natalie
Bobbi and Alex
Maggie and Matt
Susan and Annalee
Jeannine and Ethan
Holly and Caroline
Sarah and Richard
Lindsea and her twins, Leila and Lexia
Melissa and Matthew
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate these mothers and your generous donations to
We raised a little over $1,000 and you still have time to donate.
Happy Mothers Day to all!
Photographing Natalie with her mom for this years Mothers Who Inspire exhibit was so much fun. She did everything I asked and was so quiet and agreeable, maybe she was scared of me:) I love all the images when I got her to relax and be herself. She was right at home when Molly brought out her favorite knapsack, her basketball and soccer ball.
I look forward to meeting the rest of her family on Saturday because I know they are one big happy family!
Below is a small piece of Molly’s story:
“I have never considered myself a mother who inspires. I do, however, consider
myself a mother who loves unconditionally. We could not be more proud of our
family, of all of our daughters. We could not be more proud to be a part of a
community of families raising exceptional kids. When you truly love someone
unconditionally, you know that the path you imagined your life would take or the
path you imagined your child’s life would take was just one way to dream. The
path you actually take is so much more intense, so much more meaningful and so
much more filled with love, pride, fear, hope and truth.”
“Natalie is a miracle and she makes this world a better place. The unconditional
love she receives from her family is a reflection of the love she gives and we hope
the world will more and more became a place where Natalie and her peers are
embraced and celebrated.”
The exhibit is only 2 days away.
Thank you Molly and Natalie for being a part of this years project.
I’m so excited to share all these beautiful images with the community.
I’m exhausted but so worth the late nights getting things ready.
See you on Saturday between 2:00 and 4:00.
It was my pleasure meeting and photographing Holly and Caroline for this years Mothers Who Inspire exhibit. I love getting to know these special children and I have a gift when it comes to photographing and capturing their inner beauty. Holly told me that Caroline knows everybody and should be the Mayor of Glastonbury, which I agree totally!
The ones that don’t know her I recommend coming on Saturday to meet her in person. She’s so out going and personable.
You just can’t help but love her.
Below is a small piece of Holly’s story:
“If you have had the pleasure of meeting Caroline, you would have never believed that she was non-verbal until age 5. Caroline uses her voice to solicit information from everyone she comes in contact with. She thrives on making new friends.
Each new friend brings out Caroline’s amazing memory.”
“Caroline was a special surprise in so many ways. She has enriched our family’s life. Caroline has taught me that anything is possible. As far as being a “Mother that Inspires,”I try to pass on my experience with Caroline to other mothers. Caroline is my hope for endless possibilities.”
Please join me this Saturday, May 2nd from 2:00 till 4:00 for an exhibit you won’t forget.
Thank you for all your support!
I met Bobbi and her son Alex at last years Mothers Who Inspire exhibit. They saw the news segment on Channel 3 and they had to come and I’m so glad they did. I knew I had to have them in this years exhibit. Alex is a big history and science fiction buff and he loves to read. He brought his books to show me and his framed copy of the Gettysburg Address.
He is an inspiration to all children on the Autism spectrum. Bobbi counsels new parents whose child has been diagnosed on the spectrum. Her manner is so calm and kind, she’s perfect for the job. I wish we knew her when my grand daughter was diagnosed.
I’m so honored to have met them and photograph the love they have for each other.
Below is a small piece from Bobbi and Alex’s story:
“When I reflect on how I feel about my amazing son, so many thoughts and words come to mind but there is one word that describes him best. That word is……..Courageous.
“I was recently asked how I felt about being the mother of a child with special needs and my response was simply that I feel like the luckiest mom in the world that God blessed me with this incredible gift. Alex’s love is unconditional and complete and he inspires me every day to be a better mother and person. To quote Alex….”I don’t mind being called special needs mom because the first word is special and that’s what I am”. Yes you are buddy and I love you with every piece of my heart.”
Please join me on Saturday, May 2nd from 2:00 till 4:00 for this years Mothers Who Inspire exhibit.
You’ll get to meet Bobbi and her courageous son Alex.
I’m so happy to have photographed Carolyn and Cary for this years Mothers Who Inspire exhibit on May 2nd from 2:00 till 4:00 at the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury. Please join us and meet all these amazing mothers and their special children. Every story is heart wrenching and very inspiring. I’m so proud that my photographic work can educate and bring joy to the community.
Below is a small piece from Carolyn and Cary’s story:
“We sat him on the carpet in the living room. He needed pillows to keep him up straight. We left toys around him but he seemed uninterested. No crying no smiling no eye contact, no affect, not the sparkle you see in him today! We sat there getting to know his background. Watching him and feeling confused. Then Chris rolled him the ball. He erupted in a fit of laughter and pushed it back. Whatever we saw in that moment sealed the deal. Chris and I looked at each other and said “he’s ours”, we needed him and he needed a family.
He needed us!”