Robertson Family Christmas

It was great to spend time with the Robertson family again for some Christmas photos.  As I’ve mentioned before, as a MOMS Club, we try our best to offer any help we can to this wonderful family.  As we all know, unpacking all those Christmas decorations and getting them up is quite a task, so a few of us got together for a Mom’s Night Out to “Deck Heidi’s Halls”.  With some teamwork, we got the tree up and decorated around the house.  We all had a lot of fun and we’re going to be there soon to help take it all down again.

Please enjoy a few highlights from our session.  We were able to get a few of Lily with her eyes open and a few smiles.  But just like other children, she made me work for them.  We sang Elmo songs and played crazy greeting cards, but it was all worth it.

Please read more about Lily’s story here or follow their family blog.

Robertson Family

Many of you know that I am a stay at home mother.  To remain sane, I joined the MOMS Club.  I’ve meet so many wonderful women through this group.  And I’m very thankful to have the pleasure of getting to know this family.  This is Heidi Robertson, her husband, Brett, and their two lovely daughters, Lily (age 2) and Kate (age 7 months).

On July 27, after many months of doctor appointments, tests, and struggles, Lily was diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD).   A paragraph from Heidi’s email to family and friends explains her situation best:

It is a genetic disease and not contagious.  Brett and I both carry the recessive gene for it, and have found that Kate is also a carrier, but doesn’t have the disease itself.  In this disease, Lily lacks the ability to process a certain lipid called sulfatide.  As a result over time these sulfatides build up in her body and cause a breakdown of the myelin sheath which protects her nerve fibers and her nervous system stops working properly.

Basically, over the next couple of years, Lily will continue to regress physically, losing her eyesight and hearing along the way, until she becomes paralyzed and eventually comatose.  Most kids who have late infantile stage of this disease, like Lily, have a life expectancy of about 5 years.  There is no known cure or treatment for this disease.

It is beyond devastating news and, as a mother, it is something that none of us should ever have to face.  I’ve always known that Heidi was a strong woman.  She’s very organized and a definite go-getter, but her strength and faith throughout receiving this news and watching her work through all of the challenges have completely amazed me.

As I mentioned above, Heidi and I are members of a MOMS Club.  MOMS stands for Moms Offering Moms Support and that is exactly what this group has been doing for the family.  We babysit Kate, run errands, hang out with her, bring her meals…basically anything that we can think to make life a little easier.   I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this terrific group of women.  If you’re interested in following Lily’s story and learning ways that you can help ease the burden on this family, please visit their blog.  Heidi and others have updated it with tasks and/or meals that you can do to help the family.  Our MOMS Club will also be filling their freezer with meals and snacks, so that the family does not have to worry about preparing meals and is still able to eat healthy.  If you would like to participate in this, please let me know.

I was honored when Heidi asked me to photograph their family and I hope to be able to help them document more of sweet Lily’s life and help share her story.  Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.  Here are some highlights from our session.

Summer Mini Sessions

Hi Friends,
I just wanted to take a few minutes to give you an update on what’s happening with Kristina Rose Photography.  It’s definitely my busy season and I’m feel like I’m constantly playing catch up.  But I’ve had many new clients and some wonderful returners.  As always thanks for your support.

 Booking 2012 Sessions:
If you are interested in a session, I have a few spots left from July to August, so please shoot me an email to set one up.  Another popular time is Fall and once again this year, I will be offering Fall Mini Sessions.  Information on those sessions will come out at the beginning of September.

Summer Mini Sessions in Marion, VA
June 23 -24
Marion is my hometown and I have many loyal clients in that area.  However, for the past year, I have been unable to offer some of the mini sessions and such that I have previously to that area.  So I am going to offer Summer Mini Sessions in Marion only.  The location is
still to be determined.  Please click here to sign up for one of the available sessions.  If the sessions are booked and there still seems to be an interest, I will try to open more time slots.  The cost will be $45 and includes a print package.  More information on pricing can be
found on the 2012 Pricing List.
Once again, thanks for you support and I hope that each of you enjoys the beautiful summer!

2012 Easter Mini Sessions

I am happy to announce that you may now sign up for the third annual Easter Mini Sessions.  These have been a huge success over the past two years and I trust this year will be no different.  Please note the following details concerning this year’s sessions:

  • This year, I will not only have a live bunny, but I also plan to have some baby chicks!
  • The sessions are scheduled for Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 in Christiansburg in my home studio.  If there seems to be a need for more spaces, I will make them available.
  • You must pay a $45 deposit to secure your space within 3 days of booking.  You may either pay via paypal or email to inquire about mailing payment.
  • It includes a 20 minute session, approximately 10-15 professionally edited photos from which to choose, and a print package,
  • As always, I will offer the high resolution CD of all you images for $40, you may pay for that before your session via paypal by choosing the $85 payment.
  • Sign Up Today!

Thank you for your continued support!


Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

It was so much fun to hang out with all these beauties and see them get all girly.  Here are some of my favorite highlights.