AnnaLee is just about to graduate from Vallivue High School! Its a little crazy to think that almost 10 YEARS ago, I was graduating from the very same high school! It is amazing how fast time flies— it really feels like yesterday.

To say that AnnaLee and I had fun on this shoot would be a major understatement. I can’t wait to show you the fun stop-motion video that we made. (disclaimer: Ampersand Studios does not claim to know a thing about video, hence why it is taking me SOOOO long to edit it!) But HELLO, look at this girl! Amazingly beautiful with the sweetest personality around. And, that hair…seriously!? Of course with locks that long, we had to play a little towards the end–which honestly are some of my favorite shots because I know how much fun we had making them!


I hope that AnnaLee doesn’t mind me sharing, but something really touching about this gorgeous, seemingly perfect girl is that she doesn’t get to go straight to college after high school like most kids her age since she is in need of a kidney transplant. I am going to re-post these words, since I feel like she describes the story best:

“Two years ago a girl was playing basketball and during practice hurt her foot. She pulled tendons and ligaments in her foot and had to wear a boot for a while, but the doctors noticed something wrong with her blood pressure, it was way to high.The doctors didn’t know what was going on with her body and why her blood pressure was that high. Being that high could cause many things to go wrong in her body. They ran a whole bunch of tests to pinpoint the location of what was causing it. After a heart ultrasound, blood work, and kidney ultrasound they had pinpointed the problem. It was the kidneys. The doctors did a kidney biopsy and found out that she had kidney disease and failure of the kidneys. She was put on several different medications. She takes about 16 pills a day, to try and slow down the progression of the disease.
In January of this year that girl was told she is needed a kidney transplant, the doctor would like to do it by August of 2013.The disease had progressed enough that the girl needed to start the process of finding a donor. The doctor would like to have a live donor. I am sending this message out to all of you today because I am that girl. I need a kidney transplant in August of this year. I am 18 years old and graduating high school in May. If you or anyone you know would like to donate, please ask to be my friend on facebook and send me a message. I will give you a number to call. You have to be 21-60 years of age to donate. I know this is asking a lot of anyone to donate, but if you would consider doing this I would be eternally grateful. Please share this with your friends and family.

Thank you so much. Annalee Swenson”


AnnaLee and her family are most certainly in our thoughts and prayers, and may they be in yours as well.


AnnaLee Class of 2013 // Senior Portrait Photographer




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  1. Annalee Swenson

    April 15th, 2013 at 10:45 pm


  2. Carolyn Swenson McCloy

    April 22nd, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I hope all goes well and that a donor becomes available soon!

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