Shannon + JJ | Anniversary Session

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Where do I even begin??

Today, I have been moved and touched by a true angel.  The below images were photographed – THIS MORNING!  After getting to know Shannon + JJ, I felt compelled to squeeze this blog into my jam-packed day!

Shannon first contacted me months ago regarding her upcoming wedding anniversary.  She and her husband, JJ, have chosen a different movie theme the last three years to commemorate their nuptials (what a FAB idea!).  This year – The Notebook!  After seeing pictures of JJ, I was shocked that they had not already attempted this film, you see…JJ looks-a-spittin-image of Noah!  So much so that I kept (accidentally) calling him “Noah” during our shoot!  YIKES!  But dang…he really does!

Okay – now on to my sweet, sugar-filled Shannon.  She is 32.  She has Ovarian Cancer.  Diagnosed –  two months ago.  While vacationing in France, she started experiencing abdominal pain (an abnormal type feeling).  She chalked it up to being in a foreign country.  Upon returning home, she met with her GYN at which point they discovered a grapefruit sized cyst.  That’s right – GRAPEFRUIT SIZED!  Initially, the doctor told them not to be concerned, however after elevated blood work came back the truth was revealed – Stage Two Ovarian Cancer.

What gets me…she JUST had her annual checkup in April.  Now six months later, she has cancer??  WHAT??!!  So, I had to ask her – “how did they miss that?”  She replied, “They don’t test for it, and that is why it is called the SILENT KILLER.”  WOW!  I believe that is something that needs to CHANGE and if there is any one person that can do this, Shannon is going to persevere!  Click here to learn more about Ovarian Cancer.

Please keep Shannon, JJ and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  Tomorrow morning marks her first Chemo session.  I pray that these images are moments that she can reflect back on during these tough times ahead.  Stay tuned to her story here.

A very special THANK YOU to our amazing team this morning:

Aundrea at Duke Mansion, Kymm with Who’s the Fairest (makeup), Mandi with M3 Salon (hair) and Lindsey Thorne (styling)!


Ummm…hello, NOAH!


The signature color for Ovarian Cancer is Turquoise.  How about these YUMMY shoes they found at Nordstrom – DELISH!!


A word from Shannon…

“We can not get enough of these pictures.  The journey leading up to today has been so amazing.  I am so glad Lindsey, that you picked Kristin to be your wedding photography.  Had you not, we would never have met each other…none of us.  Because of you and your creativity, we too chose to go with a 1940’s theme.  Lindsey, I looked so forward to our shopping trip and then to meeting you, Kristin.  You are such an inspiration!  You are wonderful to work with and really, I hope you rest easy knowing how wonderful you have made my day…both of you.
This whole experience has been such a deterent from everything and has aided tremendously in keeping me upbeat.  I am very anxious for tomorrow, but I know it needs to be done and I will be better soon, very soon.  I just wanted to make sure ya’ll knew how much today truly meant to me and how much I appreciate and love everything:)  XOXO ~ Shannon”

tara mauldin - what a super touching story, and my prayers are definitely with this couple. and yes, he totally looks like “noah”. you knocked it out kv…much love…t :)October 16, 2009 – 11:28 am

Laura Gainor - Kristin, these photos are amazing (as usual for you!) And the story you told is so touching. Thank you for sharing. I will be thinking of Shannon and JJ.October 16, 2009 – 11:45 am

Dayle - Beautiful pictures, Shannon is gorgeous, “Noah” is a doll…and I want Lindsey to shop with me! That lace dress is fantastic!October 16, 2009 – 6:23 pm

Jill Kromis - Wow these turned out amazing. As you can see Shannon and JJ have an amazing relationship. She is a wonderful – strong woman/friend. I know these pictures will comfort her in the long, challenging days to come.October 16, 2009 – 11:28 pm

Jill Delmastro - Truley beautiful, couple and shots, thanks for posting this I have an ob appt soon, I will be sure to aske about this,and I am no spring chicken! Dang he does look like Noah~!October 19, 2009 – 10:28 am

Natalie Whittaker - What can I say! Wow is the only words that come to mind. You both look absolutely gorgeous and the photography is beyond words amazing. Thank you for sharing. I wish you both the best through your long road ahead an look forward to reading and seeing more magnificent pictures as you begin your journey and victory over this devastating disease. I wonder what theme you will pick for next year. Such a great choice for ’09 as you both truly look the part. I look forward to seeing those as well!October 20, 2009 – 9:01 am

Alyse Woodward - Such a touching, incredible story. The railroad pictures are my favorite. Wonderful job Kristen!October 22, 2009 – 10:57 pm

Elena - Beautiful pictures!October 25, 2009 – 9:46 pm

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