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Danielle's Journey: Cochlear Implant/St. Charles Photographer/Jheart Photography

I met Danielle when she hired me to capture her wedding day in 2015. The day was beautiful filled with family, friends, and so much love. With their laid back personality’s and Deven’s ridiculous humor, they quickly became a few of my favorite people and friends. At their one year anniversary shoot Danielle shared with me, she could not hear out of one ear and only half of sounds in her other due to a genetic condition. I was shocked. I had many conversations with Danielle and had no idea. I mean, I was with them for 8 hours on their wedding day! She told me she is a master lip reader. Talk about being impressed!

In January 2017 I got the amazing message all photographer’s want from their wedding couples, Danielle and Deven were expecting their first bundle of love. On Friday the 13th of October, adorable sweet Harrison joined the world. Harrison was perfect. After a long pregnancy of gestational diabetes we celebrated his arrival with donuts! One of the greatest gifts about having children is getting to hear all the sweet sounds they coo, first words, and cries when they need you, Danielle was missing this. She could hear him cry in the opposite room or at night. As a mother of 4, I couldn’t imagine this. As a new Mom, Danielle decided she needed better, for her son. So she sought out on a cochlear implant journey.

“I couldn't hear my son cry in another room. I couldn't have conversations in various social settings. I'm an autism teacher. I couldn't understand my students when responding to questions. I couldn't hear police sirens, tornado sirens, rain hitting the roof, thunder, insects, and so much more.”

Dante, Danielle’s Dad received his implants in July 2015 and April 2018. Growing up with the obstacles of having a parent that couldn’t hear, Danielle knew she wanted different. His journey inspired her to go for the cochlear implant. Despite the unknown and possibly long recovery, Danielle this to have a better relationship with her son.

“On my wedding day, 6/13/2015, I picked out a song for my dad. The lyrics were perfect. As we danced, my dad couldn't hear the words to the song. The song that I picked out just for him. 

My dad and I didn't have a close relationship, due to his hearing loss. We couldn't communicate well with each other and have deep, meaningful conversations.

My dad is in his mid-50's and just now experiencing the hearing world. I didn't want to wait 30, 40, or 50 years to hear. 

This is my reason. My son. I want to hear my son as he learns to talk. I want to hear him cry. I want to hear him say "mama." I want him to come to me to have conversations about his day, his friends, and his love life. I want to hear the words to the song he chooses for his Mother-Son dance.

Harrison is my reason for this journey.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Danielle went in for her surgery. Everything went perfect, she felt amazing, and she rocked recovery. On November 28, 2018 she was activated. Bringing along her biggest supporters, Hubby, Harrison, Mom, and Dad, (plus a news crew so she could share her story with others.) When she reached out to me, I knew I couldn’t miss this. Getting to see her hear Harrison talk for the first time, was a moment I will not forget. There were definitely tears and lots of smiles of joy. Dante stated, “This is a great journey for her to be on and I know she will do well”.

On day 2 of being activated, Danielle started to hear things she never heard before.

“I was sitting in my classroom. All alone. I kept hearing the strangest noise, but couldn’t figure it out. After 5 minutes of looking around my classroom trying to figure it out, I realized it was my clock ticking. A sound I never heard before. "

Today included hearing the ticking of a clock, hearing the keys on my laptop as I typed, and leaves crunching underneath my feet.”

How amazing is that? The simplest sound like crunchy leaves, brought her joy!

I love that I was asked to be apart of this journey and these three amazing people’s lives. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes Danielle.

Danielle is sharing her journey publicly to hopefully inspire others to have the courage and strength to have better. You can follow her journey on Facebook here. Below I have posted the news article on Danielle as well as some information on cochlear implants.

KMOV story: Here

Cochlear Implant information: Here

Danielle’s Surgeon: Here

Cormier Family - Jameson 4mth/St. Charles Photographer/Blanchette Park St. Charles

The Cormier family has been with Jheart since Austen was born and watching her grow into a kid really has me in a fit of giggles. Now with the addition of Jameson, her pinchable cheeked baby brother, I almost can't handle editing their albums. His looks of "What in the world have I gotten into" and her free spirit had me laughing so hard I had to video flipping through the images to their Mom! All laughs aside, Jameson is perfection. A chubby, bald, cheeky smiled bundle of perfection. Can you believe the flowers at Blanchette Park in St. Charles??? I love what they have done with the garden area! 

 

Maverick Creek Session/St. Charles Family Photographer/Brommelsick Park

I don't think I will ever get tired of taking pictures of Mr. Maverick. This time in a creek with frogs, rocks, lemons and strawberries! His scrunchy nose smile makes me laugh and giggle every time! Brommelsick Park in St. Charles is turning out to be a great new spot for sessions. 

Hopefully this cutie makes you smile!

St. Charles Family Photographer/Jogerst New Addition!!!

I had the joy of meeting and working with the Jogerst family while Katie was pregnant with Mr. Nathan. This time I was welcomed into their home for an adorable family session with now 3mth old Mr. Nathan and spunky big brother Nick, who always reminds me I should be working out more, esp in the cardio department! 

I love this session and the cozy feel to their home. If you have been a JHP follower, you also know I am a huge sucker for doggies in family pictures....

 

St. Charles Family Photographer/St. Louis Family Photographer/Stephens Family

Despite Mr. Grant showing up with pants covered in water, from an exciting ride to the park, the Stephens family were a joy to capture. Mom says he is a serious little boy so smiles weren't easy, but as soon as Mom & Dad started the tickles all was well! 

Lafayette Park is really starting to look gorgeous with color! I can not wait for all the spring colors to emerge!!

St. Charles Photographer/St. Louis Photographer/MacKenzie 6mth

I absolutely can not believe how quickly my milestone babies grow. MacKenzie has grown into the best cheeky baby I have ever seen. Big sister Annie is also a rockstar with baby sister. I love that I get to see this family every few months to capture these moments and check up with them! Indian Camp Creek Park is such a beautiful location and excitedly starting to turn green!! This was an session that helped me get out of this never ending winter doom....It made me hopefully Spring will be here soon! Now time to check out those cheeks!!

 

St. Charles Family Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Amber, Travis, Kenz & Landon - Quail Ridge Park

The Irvin Family has always been a great joy to capture. Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville has been amazing this season, I absolutely love shooting there. I honestly can not believe how grown up and beautiful Miss Kenzie is, I think I first took her pictures when she was 7 or 8! Landon is an such a ham. I always know he is going to make me laugh during our session. This family always does amazing things in front of the camera that it makes my job that much more fun. Plus I think Amber needs to become my personal stylist. Her outfit choices are always so so good!

Irvins I hope you have an amazing holiday season & I can't wait to see you next year!