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Meet Miss Lily | Wauconda Photographer

I am so excited to share these images of Miss Lily. I have known about Lily for some time now, and it finally worked out that she was in town so I could photograph her.

There are many reasons why Miss Lily is so special. That infectious laugh she has….her ability to hop like a frog….and her toughness at a mere 2 years old.

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Miss Lily has Retinoblastoma, a rare childhood cancer of the eye. She has gone through a lot since she was diagnosed 9 months ago. Her affected eye was removed and she was fitted with a new eye! She goes in for check ups every couple months to continue to monitor, and as of last month she was declared cancer free!!!
It is interesting that many cases of Retinoblastoma are detected through photographs. You know how when you use your pop up flash on your camera, and you get the dreaded red eye? Well, someone with Retinoblastoma will instead have a “white eye”….or a white glow where you would normally see a red glow in the pupil.


So now that Miss Lily was in Illinois, we found a time to meet up at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. It was a chilly day (considering it was in the 90’s the day before!), but we had a ton of fun running around the park, looking at the wildlife and hopping like frogs.

I dare you not to smile after seeing these.

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  • Angie Wallberg

    Lily sure is a hero! She has gone through a lot this past year, but you have captured her spirit, Britt! These are lovely!

  • Gilda Vincent

    You did a wonderful job of capturing Lily’s essence!

  • She is so adorable! Wonderful job!

  • She’s beautiful and I feel like I can hear the laughter when looking at these images.

  • What a gorgeous child!

  • Deanna

    Oh my gosh! How cute is she!!! I love her excitement!

  • Oh my gosh she is adorable!!! totally made me smile!

  • Beautiful images~crisp, clean, perfect! And that little girl is such a sweetie~I can feel her joy :)

  • What a sweetheart! She looks like the happiest little girl in the world :)

  • What a beautiful little girl, her personality is shining through these photos, SOO adorable!!

  • Judith

    Wonderful pictures. So uplifting!!! Lily has a wonderful life!! We all fall down. Lily has jumped back up and she is gleeful and ready to fly. Fly little butterfly! Brit… I was already impressed after seeing beach shots of your folks and family. You have a wonderful eye and you bring forth the spirit of your subjects.

  • You sure seemed to capture the essence of this little girl. It looks like she had fun!

  • Emily

    Such a great job!! My daughter looks so happy in these pictures!! Glad she was cooperating :) Thank you!! I love them!

  • Sarah Gray

    Lily has been an inspiration to us all; these pictures just show her personality shining through!

  • Karen Dill

    Received all the photos from our session with Britt! They are so beautiful, I cried. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for capturing sweet Lily, our hero, in such caring, loving photographs. Love, Mimi

  • Thank you. Its nice to see she is happy. Our baby was just diagnosed. Please have mommy contact me to share her story with me, maybe I can find some comfort there.

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