Alice’s Haircut | A Love Story

It’s no secret that my daughter, Alice, loved her long hair. We all did! It was the most beautiful curly hair with natural golden highlights and baby ringlets around her face. In some ways, that crazy hair was part of her personality. And for the longest time, Alice refused to cut it.

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Here’s Alice, pre-haircut, with her sassy long braid, crazy curls escaping out the sides.

We talked often to Alice about cutting her hair. We said she could just get a trim, we told her it would grow back even longer and thicker, we talked about how it would be easier to wash and brush.  She just wasn’t interested. She loved that hair.

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Alice, a couple months before the haircut.

But as her hair grew longer and longer, I began trying new angels. I didn’t want to cut her hair any more than she did, I loved it too, but it was beginning to get in the way. One of the options I discussed with Alice was Locks of Love. She had a lot of questions, but decided at that time that it wasn’t for her.

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Alice twirling with her long hair.

Well, life has a funny way of nudging you in the right direction sometimes. Alice had the opportunity to spend a couple weeks with my grandma, Gigi, who has cancer. Gigi is a survivor. When she was first diagnosed, she was not given good news. We were told she didn’t have much time. And even though I was devastated at the thought of losing her, I knew in my heart that her time wasn’t up. Gigi knew it too. She went through chemo therapy, surgery and many medications that took a toll on her body but kept her alive. She lost her hair.

Alice watching Gigi brush out her wig.

Alice watching Gigi brush out her wig.

Alice was not even born yet when my grandma was diagnosed with cancer. At that time, my wish was that my strong, beautiful grandma, who took up so much space in all of my childhood memories, so much room in my heart, would live to know that I’d named my first daughter after her. Alice, a name that means noble and sweet.

Four generations of love

Four generations of love

Four years later, we are lucky to still have our Gigi. One morning, not long after Gigi’s visit to Miami, Alice told me it was time to cut her hair. She asked if she could send it to Gigi.

My Alices at the beach

My Alices at the beach

My little Alice, sweet and noble. When I explained to her that we could help another person like Gigi by donating the hair to Locks of Love, she said she wanted to do that. I took her to the hair salon and we showed her how much hair she’d need to cut off. She said fine. I felt like I might cry.

Measuring out the 10 inches we needed to donate.

Measuring out the 10 inches we needed to donate.

After double (okay, triple) checking with Alice, we took one last look and got started with the haircut. Alice’s first haircut!

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At first, Alice seemed a little shocked. I mean, that was a LOT of hair to cut off and this was her very first haircut ever. She kept turning her head side to side, examining her new hair. After a quick blowdry and style, she was happy with her new do. It suits her, don’t you think?

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My baby’s new haircut.

On our way home, Alice was a little quiet. She said she missed her old hair, but she didn’t cry about it. She simply told me, “Mommy, I want to write on the note that this hair is from Gigi.” This girl takes my breath away.

Alice writing a note about her Gigi on the Locks of Love donation form.

Alice writing a note about her Gigi on the Locks of Love donation form.

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Alice’s hair donation

Today we mailed Alice’s hair to Locks of Love. We hope that someone might find some confidence and comfort from this small donation that was given with so very much love from someone with a very big heart.

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Alice’s beautiful short haircut.

Do I miss her long hair? Well, if you know me, you know that I am a fiercely sentimental person. For me that wasn’t just hair. Alice’s babyhood, her first steps, her tantrums and first laughs, her toddler memories were tangled up in that mess of curls. She looks older now, more mature, more of a little girl. But she will always be my baby (and she says it’s okay if I call her that forever) and I have never been more proud of the person she is. She says she misses her long hair, but we remind each other that it will grow right back and that we are so lucky it will. My beautiful girl has never been more beautiful.

Besides, I kept this…

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p.s. If you’d like to leave a comment for Alice, I will read them to her. She has enjoyed sharing this special experience.

 

Elodie - hi Eliizabeth,

Would you mind tell to Alice that she is an incredible little girl and that kindness and generosity are two amazing qualities.

I send you some kisses France.

Kate - What a wonderful story. It made me teary eyed <3 Long hair or short, Alice is truly beautiful inside and out. No doubt you've told her so already, but you must be so proud of her. She certainly lives up to her name, noble and sweet.

Kelly R - Alice! You are such an awesome person! Your heart is so full of love and it’s inspiring to others.
Oh, and your new hair cut makes you look like such a big girl… And absolutely beautiful!

Elizabeth Gelineau - Hi Elizabeth! This is such a moving and inspiring story about your daughter! Tell Alice I said well done! :)

Mickie DeVries - elizabeth I love this! Alice, what a brave, beautuful, caring girl you are!

Editor - Thank you so much. I will read this to her in the morning :)

Editor - Aw, thank you SO much for writing :)

Editor - Thanks, Kelly :) She loves that she looks like a big girl now.

Editor - Thanks, Elizabeth, I will tell her!

Editor - Thank you, Mickie :) I will read this to her in the morning.

Luanne - Alice is a wonderful little girl. Her heart is bigger than words can say. hugs to you Alice,

Editor - It sure is :) She is very excited to see you guys in a couple days!

At The Beach | Miami Family Photographer

Oh my goodness, I don’t know where to start. I loved this session so much! I did little Julian’s newborn photos last year and it was really special to see him as a one year old! He is SO cute and looks so much like his parents now. Plus, he let me hold him and helped me take a few pictures:) I’m glad I got to see this amazing family again and that we we had such a beautiful night for beach photos! You really do have to love Miami in November.
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Sara - What a fun family session! He’s too cute!

Jamie F. - This session looks like so much fun for the family. I love how happy they all are. Just beautiful.

Michelle - Beautiful beach photos. How lucky they are to live near such a beautiful place. Great job.

kimberly - What a fun session! Great work and I bet they loved them!

Megan - Beautiful family photos on the beach! I love these so much!

Megan - oh wow, the backlighting is amazing!!! I love these!

Allysha - I am such a lover of sun flares, the beach and beautiful family photography. You have captured your client exceptionally well, all of the images are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Anna - Stunning! I love the light and location and what a good looking family. They must be very pleased with their family photographs.

Brittany - Wow! This is a stunning beach session, Elizabeth! This family is adorable. The light is pure perfection… and my favorite has to be the sandy baby foot!!

Miami Family Photographer | One Year, Happy Family

I can’t believe it’s been a full year since I photographed this ADORABLE little girl as a newborn. At her six month session, she was calm, relaxed and happy.  I couldn’t believe how different she looked!  Now, at one year, she is really showing off her sunny personality!  She is just so sweet.  I mean, look at that smile:)

 

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Her big sister has changed a lot in the past year as well!  She was a rambunctious little two year old when we first met, then she was a proud big sister at our next session, and now she’s a confident, talkative and happy little three year old.  She is pretty cute, right:)

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To say that I’ve enjoyed photographing this family over the past year is an understatement.  It has been a true pleasure getting to know them and watching them grow.  They have such a wonderful connection with each other, and so much love.

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And here are just a few more… because really, there’s nothing like a sister:)

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Haley - Oh my goodness, the joy you captured in these is just amazing! I love them all!

Family of Eight | Miami Family Photographer

I’ve photographed little Sophia and her parents a few times, so I was excited when her mom asked me to do this session with the whole big family. Yes, it was a challenge, but it was FUN. The kids were super cute and there was so much love. All of these personalities make up a very lovely family.

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Luc | Miami Newborn Photographer

Little Luc… I mean, the photos speak for themselves, he is truly an adorable newborn!  From his spikey hair to his squishy little lips, Luc is just full of cuteness.  I loved the connection between this little guy and his parents.  He definitely knows he is loved and made himself right at home in their arms.  I have a feeling he spends a lot of time there:) This family really made their photos special and I’m glad I could be a part of it.  Here he is…

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Brit Chandler - These are so precious! I love lifestyle shoots with newborns <3 His hair is too cute. Thanks for sharing!!

Melanie - What a beautiful newborn session in Miami! I love his hair so so much!

Michelle - Beautiful lifestyle newborn session. I love the variety of shots. Great job.

Natalia Haire - Love all the images! So precious!

Jamie F. - What a gorgeous session. I am in LOVE with his hair.

melanie - Oh my goodness. That is an adorable newborn! I LOVE these pictures.

Megan - I seriously love this lifestyle newborn session!!!! It is perfect!

Emily - Look at all that hair! Soooo cute! Love these newborn photos!

Amy - What an adorable baby! And such precious moments you’ve captured!