09.02.2011 Marielle

Kaitlin. Dancing in the Rain.

She has a plaque on her wall that says, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” That says it ALL. In February, Kaitlin was diagnosed with stage four Leukemia. And if you know Kaitlin, you know that she is not only dancing in the proverbial rainstorm, but she is jumping in the puddles & wearing the cutest rain boots you’ve ever seen. Kaitlin is by far the most amazing, beautiful & bravest 15 year old you will ever meet. I feel so lucky to have been able to photograph her during her journey. Kaitlin blogged about her experience & it brought me to tears. I am so lucky to have been able to do this photo shoot!

Kaitlin-you are such a beautiful person inside & out. I feel so lucky to have been able to capture your stunning beauty-thank you for being on of my favorite people I’ve ever photographed! I’m praying for you each & every night, girl. XOXO, marielle.

This is by far one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever taken…

Never underestimate how beautiful a field filled with mosquitoes can be!

Kaitlin wanted me to photograph her scarves because they’ve become a big part of her wardrobe…

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Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

Comments (7)

  1. Susan

    Marielle, these photos take my breath away. Kaitlin, keep smiling and keep strong. You are beautiful.

  2. AMAZING!! I agree with my whole heart with what Susan said! This girl is so very BEAUTIFUL! Kinda reminds me of Izzie Stevens from Grey’s! Stunning art work!

  3. Jen Reeder

    Looking at these inspiring photos brought me to tears. She is Beautiful. The artwork is beautiful and the model is beautiful.

  4. Luci

    Thank You Marielle for truly capturing Kaitlin’s spirit. You are such a beautiful person inside and out!

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