When Peggy contacted me for pictures, I couldn't have been more excited. I had followed Eddie Pauls story from day one. (My sister and Peggy are close friends). I was heartbroken for her and for their family when I heard he was diagnosed with leukemia and was starting treatment immediately! Just months before this, he was a happy, healthy little boy, playing soccer, enjoying school….just living life.
So crazy how life changes in an instant.
I asked Peggy to tell me some of his favorite things because I really felt a need to make this session fun for him and do something different. Her response could not have been more perfect! She said he loves legos, he loves building things and he really really loves fighter jets…and in her words, my favorite part of her response was "He's a pretty cool kid"…he had me hooked right there. I knew this would be fun!.
I initially thought of using the lego idea…then the jets came to mind. My brother flies on private jets for work sometimes so I contacted him. He contacted the flight company they use and got me in touch with Mr Matt Hillman with Landmark Aviation. OMG he was AMAZING! He called me, we set it all up to be able to use the airport.
Peggy didn't even tell Eddie Paul where they were going, just showed up for the session…the look on his face was priceless! He immediately walked over to the fence with me and explained to me the difference between planes and jets and what those loud noises were! Matt met us there and they had a huge package of such cool stuff for EP at the airport! Pilot jackets, toys, hats, all kinds of awesome things! Then Matt took us through all the hangers, let Eddie Paul start up a jet and even drive it around the airport! It was such an AMAZING day. Watching the pure happiness on his face was all I wanted to do. I didn't even take as many pictures as I thought I would because I was so wrapped up in watching him, listening to him talk and ask questions and just the pure emotion of the day! We all wore our Eddie Paul bracelets and took pictures and to top it off (my favorite part!)….when we were leaving we talked about the Lego movie, I turned on the song "Everything is awesome" and Eddie Paul was holding hands with his mom and dad as we were walking out and they started singing and skipping and I caught a few shots and this just made the day so very very "Awesome"……it was our theme song for the day for sure!
EP, I had an AMAZING day with you. I've never done a session before where I've felt so much emotion the entire time. I've never wanted a day to go so perfectly in my life. I know the joy on your little face is something your parents needed right now too. I'm so glad we did this, I'm so thankful to everyone that helped out and I can't wait to do another session to celebrate your remission and end of treatment!!! Your such a strong little boy and such an inspiration to so many people!!! I'm so glad I got to spend this time with you!!