Jules and Brooks (8.5) / by Julie Cruz

Jules is an amazing (single) mother, super talented fellow photographer, 1st grade teacher, and friend who was diagnosed with stage 3 follicular lymphoma back in September. Although Jules has lymphoma, you would never know. Her attitude and beauty just glow, and you can tell that she makes sure to live each day to its fullest and not let this illness bring her down. As I mentioned, she is an extremely talented photographer, so as always, when shooting for other photographers (especially really good ones!), I was a bit nervous. Hopefully I captured some memories of her and Brooks that they will be able to look back on for years to come. Brooks is 8.5 years old and is such an awesome little guy. He hammed it up for me like nobody's business. This little guy will be the most amazing husband and father one day, because Jules is doing the most amazing job raising him. He is so sweet, such a good listener, well mannered....and of course so darn adorable! We ended the session poolside (which went from full sun to half shaded in literally 2 minutes - haha)....but Brooks had fun doing cannonballs. I'm going to post photos out of order, since I want to start with one of my very favorites (and yes, there was lots of kissing going on, because I was taking FULL advantage that Brooks is still at an age where he is ok with kissing his mommy (in front of a stranger, and being photographed, at that!) ;) hehe)....