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Superhero Cake Smash ~ First Birthday Photographer

Over the last two years, I have had a lot of clients who have become friends, and a lot of friends who have become clients.  The Musto family, is the latter.  In my previous career I worked with Chris, and we both had weddings and our first children about the same time.  When he and his wife Maureen were expecting Baby #2, a boy, I was both envious of their ability to buy blue clothes and excited to take some newborn images of a boy after a pretty long girl streak.  Anthony was born perfectly healthy after a complication free labor and delivery, and they took him home to begin life with his big sister Mary Cate.

Then, the unthinkable happened.  After Maureen noticed what looked like Anthony having a seizure, they rushed him to Albany Med to find that he had, in fact, had a stroke.  The next ten days were spend in the NICU assessing his condition, questioning the future, and trying to determine what, if any, long term affects he would experience.  Once he came home, we did finally get to do his newborn session.  And even though he was still medicated to control his seizure activity, I could clearly see he was one of the sweetest babies they could have been blessed with, and that he had a bright future with an amazing family regardless of his medical prognosis.

Last week was Anthony’s first birthday.  He has met all of his major milestones, and even proven the doctors wrong on a few things.  He has appropriately been dubbed a “superhero” by family and friends, as he has shown more strength and determination in one year of life, than some will ever experience. I know that he has inspired me, and hopefully will inspire you too.

I have included some of my favorite images from his newborn session, as well as his First Birthday Cake Smash.  For more information on Child Stroke Awareness, please visit

To Chris and Maureen, THANK YOU for allowing me to document this amazing year in your lives.  You are the best parents Anthony could have ever hoped for.

One year later….

While in the NICU, Anthony was given this book by the staff.  It’s pretty fitting for what he has been through, and he looks like he will be reading it any day now!

L~ F~:

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