Cancun Wedding - Russian & African American Beach Wedding

Amazing couple and an AMAZING destination!!! Met this bride and groom and one of her friends weddings and it was an instant click.  I photographed Maria & Ian's engagement portraits and from there the ball began to roll.  

The day was absolutely beautiful...and hot but we had an awesome time in Cancun at Moon Palace.  We photographed and partied and became a part of the family by the time the weekend was complete.  I thank my second photographer and ride or die Patrice Mason for accompanying me on this destination wedding to Moon Palace Resorts and Spa.  

WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW I CAN CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY! 

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

FIELD OF DREAMS - CLYBURN ARBORETUM SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION

Hey everyone!  I am back.  You know life sometimes just gets hectic and you have to take a step back.

This Senior just graduated and I am super proud of her.  We had an amazing session in Maryland and she was just lovely.  I wish her all the best as she moves forward.

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW I CAN CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY! 

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

STYLED VINTAGE AFROCENTRIC BRIDAL - MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Sometimes you just find someone who has a style that is all their own and that is the case of The Working Beauty.  I can't even tell you how we met but I just love to collaborate with her and come up with different looks.  I mentioned to her a vintage bridal shoot and she said she had the perfect dress.

We met in DC and she put on her famous head wrap and it was a WRAP!  I think she said the dress was $7, the headwrap was from curtains and we threw in some silk floral for the bouquet and there you have it! MAGIC!

You can catch Ms. Janelle on social media under her business name @THEWORKINGBEAUTY.  She does style clients and has vintage clothing on had to sell.  Don't miss out if you are looking for something different and unique!

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR UNIQUE & AMAZING PORTRAIT EXPERIENCES!

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

VALENTINE BRIDAL INSPIRATION - MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Stepping out of your comfort zone is sometimes not that easy but the other day I did and drove out to Bealeton, Virginia and spent the afternoon with a group of creative young women and we turned out some amazing portraits.  Great Marsh Estate was the setting and Brittany was our leader of this amazing Valentine theme session that she coordinated.  Once I was home and started seeing all the images from the 7 different photographers, I then started thinking about a question that I see on a lot of social media groups.

Why wedding photography is so expensive?

Well I guess expense is relative to ones budget and the importance of the item.  Often you are paying for all of our creativity, knowledge and not let's forget our time management skills to keep your payment where you want it!  Oh and let's not forget you want these images for years to come and to pass along to your kids.  Yes photographers have equipment that costs and our time to be with you for 8 or more hours and oh yes the time going through the 2500 images from your event that we need to shift through to give you what is presentable, but we do a lot more!  I know personally I am often the only person in the room that knows how to get the bride in her gown.  I also, make it a point to meet the staff at the venue to keep your event on schedule to provide you with the best images...to prevent the conversation of "Do you want to pay for more hours?"  You are also paying for our professionalism and to get your images in a timely manner and not 2 months down the road. (No shade). I have heard from many brides..."I never got my images." or "I wish we would have spent more on photography."  Face it, there are tons of photographers out there but make sure you are selecting someone that values the importance of your day and isn't going to miss your first kiss as husband and wife.

Click on the links of our amazing vendors from this shoot:
Invitations: @sugarquillcalligraphy
Gown: @katherinesbridalboutique
Bride Hair & Makeup: @yisellsmakeup
Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: @sarahkhanartistry
Rentals: @mainstreetweddings
Venue: @great.marsh
Jewelry: @leljewelry
Baker: @scoutsbakeshop
Florist: @westvirjeni

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW I CAN CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY! 

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Wedding Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

COUNTRY MEETS CITY IN WASHINGTON, DC - MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

St. Aloysius Church was the setting for this low key wedding with some great family and friends. The bride was the simplest bride I think I will ever meet in my life!  She wore a Hailey Page gown with no train and Keds.  The bride and groom decided to do a first look before the ceremony and then it was on to the wedding on the party bus they rented.  There was one for the party and then later the guest arrived in another.

The family was amazing and the bride handed out boutonnieres on the sidewalk and then applied he lip gloss right there on the sidewalk as she knelt down!  She didn't even want to carry the flowers but we made her as she walked down the aisle with her father to her soon to be husband.  The church was gorgeous and we had some time before the ceremony to walk and take some individual photos after all the formals.

Ceremony was performed by a cousin and the sanctuary was just beautiful along with the acoustics of the room.  The I do's were down and the bride ditched her bouquet before she walked back down the isle.  Family photos with the extended family and then back on the bus to the reception.  

Check out the photos from Abigail & Chris's city wedding!

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW I CAN CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY! 

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Wedding Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

BANGIN BIRTHDAY BEHAVIOR - CELEBRATION BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS

There are two great days in a person's life -
the day we are born and the day we discover why.

I LOVE birthdays!!! I celebrate mine the entire month and I let everyone know it is coming up!  A while ago I decided to focus on birthday sessions and offer them to anyone who wanted t kick off their day with a glam portrait session.  Most people think only milestone but you can have a portrait session for whatever birthday you wish...or all of them!  These sessions are customized for you and you can come with a concept and color and we can build it around your wishes.  Teens and adults are welcome and some children depending on the age.   

Tamlynn came through to celebrate her 23rd birthday and had a blast.  All she had to bring was her balloons and everything else was taken care of.  She is a native of South Africa and is here for work.  We had a great time talking about South Africa and her wanting to have her birthday photo session to celebrate her time here in the states.  She came with her bestie and that made it even more fun for the two of them.  I think this is what they needed to kick of the celebration!

Check out the video from her session and some of the images!

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR UNIQUE & AMAZING BIRTHDAY PORTRAIT EXPERIENCES!

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

ENGAGEMENT RING EXCHANGE CEREMONY - MUSLIM EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Culture, culture, culture!  Love it and everything surrounding it.  The bride called me to come and photograph the ring exchange ceremony in Virginia and we hit is off immediately.  She wore a pink all over lace tea length gown that she had specially made for the evening.  On the table you could see all her jewelry displayed for the wedding on Saturday at the home of her cousin in Virginia.

The ring exchange happens before the wedding and is a change for both of the families to get together before the big day.  The mothers and family gathered in the living room and the moms handed the rings to each of their children to place on their fiance's hand.  The moment was very celebratory and filled with love.  All of the parents, siblings and cousins were there to celebrate this joyous occasion.  After the ring exchange we snapped a few portraits and then we were ushered to the food.  The food was a full spread of Middle Eastern cuisine and I was not allowed to leave until I ate.  The aunt made sure of this and I could not be disrespectful for I complied and loved every bite.  

See some of the images from the evening below:

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There is nothing like seeing a baby being born.  Now, if you know me...you know I have no children and I have never been in the room during a birth.  However, I have a bunch of friends with children and I have a motherly way about me and know what to do with children and how to take care of them.  So with that being said, I was called to come photograph this session because I knew the mother of mother of the patient!  I walked in and she was ready to start pushing...PERFECT TIMING!  I told you I know what I am doing!  So in between taking pictures I coached and counted and held legs and fed ice chips! It was sooooo exciting!  I felt like Miranda Bailey (Grey's Anatomy).  When it came time for the baby to come out and the doctor came in and things got intense I was right there with my camera and I didn't miss a moment! I tell you it was the most amazing thing EVER! I can't wait until the next birth session! It was just amazing to see a life come into the world and to be apart of it with the family.

See the images below!

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR UNIQUE & AMAZING BIRTH PORTRAIT EXPERIENCES!

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Birth Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT WITH BASIC INVITE - DMV PREMIER PHOTOGRAPHER

I recently had the pleasure of working with the amazing staff at Basic Invite.  They are the newest company to offer a unique and personalized invitation service based out of Utah. They offer amazing customer service with user friendly designs on the web that are easy to customize in minutes.  If you need an invitation for a special occasion or a big announcement they have it and are able to help you with their modern, classic or traditional designs. Oh and I almost forgot, you can customize the shapes of the invitations as well.  There is just so much goodness on this site! Some other things I love about the site are:

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Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what I feel sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what I feel is drew me to them.

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Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.  You can order invitations online here! 

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as they are with their invitations. You can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. Oh and you can get them lined in a variety of ways as well!  Want to see? Try to order invitations here and check it out!

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I think this is one of the coolest features ever and it is the Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.  No more calling and stalking people for their addresses!

We all know graduations are around the corner and invitations are needed. Foil - Foil graduation, invitations and holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.  Order your invitation to a party here!

Basic Invite has Over 250 Christmas card and holiday card designs so you can get a jump start on your designs for next year. 

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51  

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BALTIMORE MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY - FALL OUTDOOR GLAMOUR

Revisiting some of my sessions that I didn't get to post and this was one of my favorites.  A glam maternity is always liberating for a mom to be!  I think it gives women a chance to just let go and have fun right before the big day...at least that is what this mother said to me.  The chance to be outdoor and just to relax and just be was a great feeling.  She came out and was gorgeous with her hair and makeup and then her outfit just topped of the looks.  Once hubby jumped in and the couple shared their excitement for the new arrival it was a wrap.

Check out the images from the session with Ayo and Keinde!

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR UNIQUE & AMAZING MATERNITY PORTRAIT EXPERIENCES!

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Maternity Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

SAN ANTONIO SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY - AROUND THE TOWN SHOOT

So proud of this young lady right here!  I met her when she was just 3 years old and now she is 17 and getting ready to graduate high school.  She has turned out to be a respectful, polite, intelligent, god-fearing person and I just love being around her!  oh and her sense of fashion is off the charts!  Her mother has done well raising her and I just couldn't wait to get to San Antonio to take her portraits.

We started the day with makeup  and hair and then off to the Alamo for some quick shots. We then headed to the rooftop of the River Walk parking center for a couple of clothing changes and then to Hemisphere park.  We then concluded the day at the Hayes Street bridge to get the view of the city skyline in the cap and gown.  A first class session for a first class girl!

Check out the images from Iyanna's shoot below!

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR UNIQUE & AMAZING SENIOR PORTRAIT EXPERIENCES!

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Senior Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES NEEDED - FREE ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Hello and Congrats on your new engagement!! 

Catherine Rae Photography is looking for 5 couples in the DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia area that just got engaged over the recent holiday season.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? 
Couples that are not afraid to be affectionate in front of the camera
Couples that love to get dressed up
Couples that have a sense of style
Couples that can think outside the box  
Couples that love to laugh and have fun!!!

YOU WILL RECEIVE:
1 hour outdoor photography session
1 digital/print image
watermarked gallery
(option to purchase more images)
preferred booking for wedding photography
$200 discount for wedding photography if booked by 2/14/18

Click here to apply for a FREE session!

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Click here to apply for a FREE session!

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

MARYLAND SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER - NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLED SHOOT!

One thing I love is being around teens because they keep you young and up to date on the latest!  This year I decided to try something different and shoot a styled New Year's Eve shoot with a group of Maryland teens at the DC City Center.  These girls were super excited for this chance to get dressed up, brave the 22 degree weather, come and floss for the camera.  We had a great time despite the frozen toes and fingers at the end of the session.  I thank them for coming out and hanging with me for the session and I will see them later in the year for their individual sessions.

Take a look at some of the favorites from the session!

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Want to know more? Click here to find out more about our unique & amazing senior portrait experiences!

Miranda Drummond is a published photographer in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  Her portrait sessions are conducted on location and in her studio in Alexandria, VA.  She also travels around the US and abroad for many of her sessions as well.

If you would me to be your Senior Photographer, please reach out!  I'd love to meet you, get to know you and capture your best images.  For pricing and availability, please do not hesitate to reach out!

EMAIL: INFO@CATHERINERAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

PHONE: 240-339-5176

TESS & LEIGHTON'S BEACH WEDDING - MARYLAND PHOTOGRAPHER

     Where do I begin with these two?  Well first off I have grown to know and love them over time and it all started with the surprise engagement session that Leighton planned for Tess on the beach last summer.  Now if it is anything with these two the locations are always an ADVENTURE!  The proposal was at Assateague Island on the drive on beach and if you didn't have 4x4 you couldn't get to the location.  That should have been a hint for me then...LOL.  On to the engagement session; where we went somewhere way out in the mountains of Virginia! Yes, we got amazing portraits and we had a great time and I learned even more about the two but yes, it was another hike.  
     Then they start planning the wedding!  I couldn't wait.  I knew it was going to be amazing and gorgeous.  Tess was so excited and Leighton was as well.  Tess found her dress immediately and it was the first one she tried on....blush pink!  Oh but wait where was it going to be?  DC, Maryland or Virginia...none of the above!  They picked the Outer Banks in North Carolina and yes it was another drive on beach!  Let the adventure begin!!!!  The weekend was overcast to say the least with a mist all weekend but it didn't stop these two love birds and their friends and family from having their beach wedding.  The weekend was filled with family, wine and flowers.  Tess was a DIY bride and did a lot of the decor herself.  We sat on Friday night and put bouquets togethers and had a great time.  The morning of started with hair and makeup and load of family portraits and first looks with the dads.  
     Once the wedding started, so did the rain, but everything went ahead.  Umbrellas went up and the vows went on as planned.  The I do's were exchanged and sealed with a kiss and we were on to the party.  Formal portraits were taken and then the bride changed into her less formal dress and the guys changed out of their tuxedo vests to their floral shirts for the reception.  A informal reception with good old fashioned bar-b-que was the meal and the dance party got under way! All in all I think the guests had a great time and the bride and groom are now sharing in their happily ever after!  Best wishes to them and I look forward to watching them grow!

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HAWA & JUSTIN FRAZIER - MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

May 20th was a perfect day for an outdoor Liberian-American wedding ceremony at Lucien Manor in Berlin, New Jersey. I have know the bride and groom for quite some time know and was eager to partake in their big day along with the family who I have learned so much about.  The wedding ceremony was a traditional ceremony with the gorgeous bride and handsome groom. The vows were sweet and tear filled. The first kiss was full of love and passion.  The couple then transitioned to their reception at Lucien Manor, with full formal and plated dinner.  Then half way through the ceremony the couple acknowledged the bride's Liberian family root by having a wardrobe change.  This is when the party went through the roof.  We had money dances, a grand march and also a tribute to the mother's where all the women danced around them in a circle to the song Sweet Mother to honor them for raising their children and all they have done for the families.  It was a great wedding and I wish Hawa and Justin nothing but the best in life!

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Holiday Mini Sessions 2017 - Maryland Photographer

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Survivor Saturday w/ Stacie C. - Maryland Portrait Photographer

Happy Saturday!!!  Today Stacie is sharing her story on her diagnosis and her survival.  Stacie came ready with her glam outfits and ready to go.  Her son was with her and he had a good time watching his mom get the glam squad treatment that she deserved.  He was her personal cheerleader on this day!  Stacie was so sweet and I am glad that I could provide this service to her!  Everyone....Meet Stacie!

1. What type of cancer were you diagnosed with and when?

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 29 Jan 2015. 

When I went in to initially speak to the doctor, she assumed I was a stage 2. I spoke to the plastic surgeon who made a double mastectomy sound like the "boob job" I'd always wanted.. I did extensive research to learn that even with that kind of surgery, there was still a chance of recurrence. I opted for a lumpectomy. The surgery went well, and I waited for the pathology report. My parents and I sat in a small room to be told that 18 out of the 24 lymph nodes they removed were cancerous putting me at stage 3C instead of the 2 that was assumed in the beginning. It was like the wind was knocked out of me. All I remember asking is if I was going to die. Because there were so many nodes involved chemo was in my future. I started chemo April 29th, and it wasn't too bad to start. The horrible part is the shot that you have to take for the white blood cells. I've never felt that kind of pain, ever: and I've had two children. Chemo for me lasted 4.5 months, and it sucked. Some days I could meet my Soldiers for lunch (I'm Active Duty Army), and other days I couldn't even get out of bed. I took my last chemo treatment June 28, and drove 10 hours to PA for my grandmother's 103d birthday party June 29. I wasn't missing that for anything. 

After chemo I had 6 weeks radiation therapy which made me very very tired but I managed to go to work. I remember on the last day walking out the hospital after ringing the bell thinking "now what"...

It's been 19 months since I ended treatment. I'm learning to adapt to the physical side effects from the partial hysterectomy (the cancer was estrogen fed), and the hormone blocker I will take for the next 10 years. My eyebrows grew back, so I'm happy about that. Mentally, I feel like I was in a dream.. and I say dream instead of nightmare because I came out of that year the best person I've ever been. I learned what is important and that faith will see you through the darkest days. I learned to live life to the fullest and love on your people as often and as hard as you can. Tomorrow isn't promised.

2. How old were you when you were diagnosed? 37

3. What/Who helped you get through your treatment?

I was a single parent to two, so my mother and father flew in from MD and Ca. to help me with treatment.

4. When were you deemed Cancer Free?

I use 11 Mar and my cancer free date

5. What did you do to celebrate that special day and your anniversary day?

Last year, I went to Dominican Republic, not sure what we will do this year.

6. Do you have any special charities that you are involved in or host as a survivor?

I am not involved in any charities, yet

7. What advice would you give to someone that is just being diagnosed?

To anyone who is newly diagnosed, I would tell them to have faith. Have faith, and ask for help if you need it. I would also tell them you don't realize how strong you are until you are faced with a beast like caner. But, you can do it. NEVER EVER EVER give up!!

Survivor Saturday w/ Judith Fitzgerald - Maryland Photographer

Great Saturday afternoon to you all!  Today's survivor and newest Catherine Rae Photography family member is Ms. Judith Fitzgerald.  Judith is amazing and had the best personality.  We clicked immediately and had the best time during her session.  I love being able to meet new people and getting to know them through this process.  Her love of life and cupcakes had us laughing the entire session.  We celebrated her birthday the next Saturday and in this short meeting I know we will continue to be friends with each other.  Everyone please meet Judith and share her story so that it might bless someone else.

1. What type of cancer were you diagnosed with and when?

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Stage 1A on February 6, 2016.

2. How old were you when you were diagnosed?

I was 52 years old when I was diagnosed.

3. What/Who helped you get through your treatment?

My faith in God is what helped me through the diagnosis, the lumpectomy, the radiation treatment, and the medication treatment. My family, as well as my friends who are breast cancer survivors, have also helped me through the process.

4. When were you deemed Cancer Free?

I was deemed Cancer-Free April 5, 2016.

5. What did you do to celebrate that special day and your anniversary day?

I had a Celebration of Life PINK Party at the Rusty Scupper and every year on or around my birthday, I will have a Pink Party Celebration.

 

6. Do you have any special charities that you are involved in or host as a survivor

I participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk as a Survivor. I am also a member of the Eydies' Angel Club, which is a part of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 

 

7. What advice would you give to someone that is just being diagnosed?

Never miss a yearly Mammogram. If you do not have insurance, there are several organizations (i.e., American Breast Cancer Foundation) that fund Mammograms and Biopsies (if needed). Don't let the lack of insurance be an impediment to getting a Mammogram. 

Survivor Saturday w/ Charelle Barnes - Maryland Photographer

Hey everyone!!  It's Survivor Saturday and today I bring you Mrs. Charelle Barnes.  She came to the session with her son who was so attentive to his mother and so sweet.  Charelle's personality is larger than life and she knows how to have a good time.  I have been doing these sessions for a while now and I have not had one with a person that has been given a terminal diagnosis.  Hearing Charelle's story really touched me and to see her still working and taking care of her family was inspiring to say the least.  Please read her story and keep her and her family in your prayers.  Please meet Charelle...

1. What type of cancer were you diagnosed with and when?

I was diagnosed with cervical cancer on May 10, 1994 just less than 2 months shy of my 21st birthday. I didn’t know what cervical cancer was or how you could get it. My doctor scheduled my surgery date less than a week later. After having surgery, I was advised that all the cancer had been removed, but I would never have children. I was devastated because I was so young and all I ever wanted to do was get married and to be a mon. As it turns out, I got pregnant and had my first child on April 23rd, 1995. I tried breast-feeding my son, but he would not latch on. When I went in for my six-week check-up, the doctor found a lump and recommended testing. After all the testing was done the results came back that I had breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy this time I had to have chemotherapy and radiation. Between all that, I got married on July 7th, 1995. After finishing radiation, I was told I was CANCER FREE. In early 1996, I started not to feel well but I didn’t think anything of it. Went in for a check-up and he doctor was concerned because my blood counts were a little off and I told him how I’d been feeling and the pains I was having in my chest. He ran more test and I was told my cancer had returned. It was a Stage IIIB, like I really knew what that meant. The oncologist recommended that I get a double breast mastectomy. I had no one to talk to because there was no one my age going through or had gone through what I was going through. I talked with my husband and he said I’m behind you whatever you decide I’m not going anywhere. I prayed about it and decided not to have it. My doctor was furious but the decision was mine to make and live with the consequences. I was scheduled for surgery and started chemotherapy shortly after. I was going in to have my bloodwork done to get my 2nd chemo treatment and was told I was pregnant. I gave birth to my second son on December 31st, 1996 and immediately started back on chemotherapy.

In 2010, at the age of 36, I was told my cancer had metastasized to my lung, stomach, bone, and brain. My cancer is now terminal. In 2012, the doctors gave me a year and then less than 6 months to live. I’ve out lived that time frame. I’m still here; I’m still fighting.

2. What/Who helped you get through your treatment?

My family, especially my husband, and my relationship with God. (and not wanting another taking my place😀)

3. What did you do to celebrate that special day and your anniversary day?

I've only celebrated once and that was when I celebrated my 20th Warriorversary. I went out to lunch with my bff Shay and her mom Ms. Jackie and we had brunch with a cake.

4. Do you have any special charities that you are involved in or host as a survivor?

Shay Sharpe's Pink Wishes

5. What advice would you give to someone that is just being diagnosed?

Keep God first! Do not tackle this battle alone. Make sure to have the most important people around you that will pray for you, encourage you, and most importantly help you. Be your own advocate. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.