Early this summer, Serrato Studios held a booth at the Escondido Street Faire and offered a free photoshoot to the most unique photo idea! We got some great entries but it wasn't until Cynthia Martinez entered our contest and shared the story of her son, 'Smiley Ricky' that we chose our winner. Ricky Martinez is now 12 years old, but for the last three years had been battling a life-threatening disease called Aplastic Anemia. This rare blood disease has had Ricky in and out of quarantines, children's hospitals, and put through countless blood transfusions. Through prayer and encouragement from friends and family, Ricky stayed positive throughout the process; even after two bone marrow transplants. Ricky's blood cells are now back to normal and he is now enrolled in the 7th grade! With a much brighter road ahead of them, we went to the beach to make some new memories for them with our first ever "recovery" photo shoot.