I'm A Survivor

September 24, 2014  •  5 Comments

 

      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. 

 

                              


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5.Kara L(non-registered)
What a precious, brave little boy. Beautiful photos.
4.Joaquin y Carmen(non-registered)
Ricky you are really a big hero, a good hug
Joaquin y Carmen Zapien
3.Rick(non-registered)
These are beautiful photos, Nathan. They do exactly what all photographers strive for, honesty.
2.Jennifer Peterson(non-registered)
This made me cry. Thank you so much for sharing this story and the pictures. I'm so glad you choose them as the finalists of the contest. Yayyyyy Ricky.
1.Brenda Hernandez(non-registered)
These pictures are so beautiful. I literally got chills from looking through this shoot. My heart swells up with pride to know this warrior child! Some people don't believe in miracles, but I see one in everyone of these pictures. Thank you Serrato Studios for capturing our courageous boy Ricky. He is such an inspiration!
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