As the huge waves of people poured into Eastridge Church, there was a loving and welcoming vibe all around that could be felt. Old friends, new friends, family members who hadn't been seen in years, and strangers alike had all come together to celebrate the life of a man who made lives better for all of those around him
Jeremy was not a person would not leave an impact on a person, no matter how short of a time was spent with him. A few months back, our photographer Jess had the honor of photographing their family while at Jeremy's care facility. Jeremy and his wife, Amy, along with their twin daughters Macy and Maddy, and their son Morrison. You can read all about Jess' visit here. During our Birthday Party (which can be found here) for his daughters, the girls were a direct reflection of what a wonderful person Jeremy was, and what Amy is as well. Loving and kind-hearted, it was wonderfully refreshing to see young women that were so strong and caring, despite everything that they were going through.
Looking around the church foyer, I noted all kinds of beautiful small details. Photo collages showing some of the best times of Jeremy's life were taped all around for us to admire, and small postcards asking people to write down their favorite memories of him.
As the church doors closed, the soothing and beautiful sound of a ukulele echoed through the entire building. Jeremy loved Hawaii, and a family friend honored his service with her talents by helping service guests fully immerse themselves with not only loving visuals placed around the service, but allowing them to hear the music he loved so much. Looking around, the church was standing room only, in fact, the auditorium doors had to remain open as a spillway for people as there wasn't enough space in the auditorium itself.
When the service began, guests were urged to stand and sing along with songs that were beautifully performed by close family friends. As the songs went on, the mood in the room softened from the excitement of seeing familiar faces, to more focused and somber as people reflected on their memories with Jeremy.
The service itself was beautiful. Friends and family members spoke with lots of tears, but also lots of laughter. It was very apparent that not only was Jeremy a great guy, he was so, so loved by everyone.
As the service came closer to an end, we heard from Jeremy's children. Heart-wrenching and beautiful, their speeches (and a poem) were so precious and a perfect tribute to Jeremy's legacy.
When the service was over, we stayed for just a few minutes to watch people show their love and compassion for the Farrara family. Embraces were long and loving, and when I peeked over to the seating area, I noticed Morrison having a playful tickle fight with his great uncle Mark. It was the perfect end to the event, watching such joy and love resonate.
Jeremy Farrara is someone who was clearly incredibly loved by all whose lives he touched. His legacy lives on through his beautiful family, and being a part of this celebration of life was something that I will never forget. Thank you to the Farrara family for having me, it was an honor.
Venue: Eastridge Church in Clackamas, Oregon
In the bustling metropolis of Portland, Oregon lives a superhero that is out to save the world. Of course, every superhero wants to do just that, but this one saves the world in a very different (and important) way. Meet Golden Girl. She's one amazing lady who flies all around the world to educate and protect children with cancer!
13 year old Lexy is one phenomenal little girl. She has been battling brain cancer since she was just 14 months old, but she has never let that stop her! Upon entering our studio, Lexy shook hands with everyone introducing herself as well as Golden Girl. We had a custom designed costume by the ever awesome Everfan. When we spoke with Scott, the owner of Everfan, we presented him with everything Lexy envisioned for golden girl. She didn't have a ton of instruction besides "Gold and Sparkly". While this isn't a huge order and normally pretty easy, there was one hurdle; Lexy is blind. She was not born blind, however, it was an unfortunate after effect of one of her eleven brain surgeries in her short little life. So she knew what sparkle looked like, but unfortunately could no longer see it. How were we to make sure that Lexy knew that Golden Girl was everything she had envisioned, without her being able to visually see that?
Scott and his team take challenges in stride, however. He created an out of this world costume that had a sequin cape so that Lexy could feel the sparkle of Golden Girl. We topped everything off with a pair of glitter shoes, and made sure Golden Girl was sparkly as could be! Of course, every super hero also needs a gorgeous golden tutu, too.
Once Lexy was all dressed up, we headed outside for a rare Oregon winter day that it wasn't pouring rain along with her big brother who had chosen to be the Black Panther. Once the camera started clicking, these kids absolutely nailed the poses and put themselves into character perfectly!
Our time with Golden Girl is one we will never forget. Lexy is an amazingly strong little girl who does not let ANYTHING stop her! Keep it up, Golden Girl! We cannot wait to see what you accomplish!
Special Thanks to: Everfan
Photography: Kylie and Halsey
Hair and Makeup: Lauren
Dylan, our little star, and his family were nominated by a new neighbor for an Embrace Session this last fall. A week before he was due Marcy (mom) and Eric (dad) were told that Dylan's diaphragm muscle had not closed and the contents of his lower abdomen were restricting his lung development. Marcy's delivered Dylan on August 11th and he was transferred to Randall Children's Hospital - NICU where he received care for a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).
Every child has a story, but every story is vastly different. For Baybeblue, her story consists of a lot more mountains to overcome than most children, but you would never know that by looking at her beautiful face.
Baybeblue has a rare genetic disorder called CDKL5. The genetic anomaly was first identified in 2004 and causes seizures within the first two years of a child's life. She also battles Cerebral Palsy, Osteopenia (a condition that includes bone loss), and Epilepsy. Needless to say, this sweet girl fights an absolutely amazing fight on a day to day basis.
When we first began speaking to Baybeblue's mother, Cynthia, she told us that Blue loves unicorns and all things girlie. We immediately got to work to put together this session for a girl that so deserves it! Kim from Oregon Dream Ponies came out with her own personal pint-sized unicorns and helped to truly bring the magic to our studio.
As we spoke with Cynthia during planning to get to know her amazing daughter a bit more, she mentioned that Blue has a best friend named Maddie. Maddie is a very inspirational young lady that the world could learn a lot from. Maddie has no disabilities of her own, and she looks past all of Blue's limitations and simply loves her just the way that she is.
Blue's story is one of struggles that no one should have to face, but through it all this sweet young lady handles it with extreme poise and grace!
When a hero is born, their powers are not always something that are immediately obvious. For 7 year old James, his super hero strength was revealed once his long battle began.
From a young age, James has had to fight harder than most children. The struggles he has gone through are something that no child should need to face, but you would never know that by looking him. This firecracker of a little guy has an infectious smile that could make the palace guards in London chuckle.
Of course, behind every super hero lies a strong mentor. Aurora, James' mother, is the epitome of what a hero should be. Strong, beautiful, and fearless, Aurora faces every battle right alongside her little boy and conquers it. It was obvious that for their Inspire session, she was destined to be Wonder Woman.
Throughout the session, James' infectious laugh filled the studio space. He had an absolute blast being Ironman, and Mom had a great time as well! For a few hours, they got to escape their reality of constant hospital and doctors visits and just had a great time being together.
We had an amazing time with these two real life super heroes and were honored to be a part of a few hours of their lives.
Photography: Kylie and Halsey
Hair and Makeup: Tiffany
I have loved the famous quote "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain" for as long as I can remember. It embodies so much strength, and I could not think of a more fitting description of Maddy and Macy.
You may remember these two sweet young ladies from our blog a few weeks ago. Their father, Jeremy, is on hospice care due to cancer. These girls have endured things in life that no one should ever have to, but you would never know that when you talk to them.
Macy and Maddy are going through an obviously unspeakably difficult time. So when we found out that the girls' 16th Birthday was just days from when Jessica photographed the hospice session for their father, we got to work on a distraction for them.
After we worked some of our C+C magic, Dave and Busters kindly donated a Birthday party for Macy, Maddy, their little brother Morrison, and their step mother, Amy. The girls were also able to bring 14 of their friends with them.
The Super Girl theme was more than fitting for these amazing young ladies. With the help of Bella C Parties and Fancy That, we were able to deck out the tables to really make them feel just as "super" as they truly are!
After Dave and Busters, we treated all of the girls to a movie night, just like they'd wanted.
The night was filled with fun, food, lots of games, and most importantly- an endless supply of love. We were so happy to be able to give Macy and Maddy a night out to just be teenagers and enjoy themselves. We could not have done it without the help of Dave and Busters, Bella C Parties, Fancy That, and Cakes by Rae.
Happy Birthday, Maddy and Macy. we are so honored to have been able to do this for you two! You deserve it!
Special thanks to-
Party donated by: Dave and Busters
Cake donated by: Cakes by Rae
Centerpieces donated by: Bella C Parties
Party Supplies donated by: Fancy That
We are so thankful to our amazing vendors, they make what we do possible. When I was scrolling on Google a few months ago, I came across a company called Everfan. And as they say, the rest is history.
Scott has become a great friend of the foundation and has made some amazing new things in the works possible. His team has been available at the drop of a hat to give kids these incredible custom superhero costumes.
A few of you may remember Malakai's Epilepsyman session a few weeks back. Scott designed that costume based on a drawing by Malakai himself. Because of Everfan, we were able to make this little boy's dreams come true. We are so looking forward to working more with Scott and his team!
What is your business?
EVERFAN - Everfan creates custom costume accessories that engage people in uplifting play in order to inspire wonder and happiness.
Where are you based out of?
How long have you been in business?
What inspired you to work with Capes and Crowns Foundation?
We are always looking for unique organizations to partner with. After coming across Capes & Crowns Foundation and learning about their mission and seeing the kids they were impacting, I knew I wanted to reach out and see how we could help.
What was your favorite part of working with Capes and Crowns Foundation?
We love designing custom costumes for kids that help bring their imagination to life. Imagination is a true superpower and its inspiring when you see the impact it has on kids. Having Capes and Crowns Foundation capture this through photography is a powerful thing and we love being a part of the process.
Who is your favorite superhero or princess (or other character) and why?
I grew up collecting X-Men comic books and was drawn to Colossus - he was never the main guy but was a team player and turning into metal was pretty cool.
How can anyone interested in your services contact you?
Everfan.com or 229-234-1222. While we specialize in superhero capes, we can make any costume accessories someone is looking for. We are slowly expanding our product line and love to work with anyone who has a random idea they want to see created.
Thank you again to Scott and the entire Everfan team! You all have been so wonderful and we cannot wait to work on future projects!
Written by: Halsey
Featuring: Everfan www.everfan.com
Dexter is a three year old Hero, well he's one of my heroes ;-)
I met Dexter's mom in 2013 through photography connections and we have remained great friends since. When she learned of Dexter's heart defects she took immediate action, preparing for their journey after Dexter joined us earthside. I've had the opportunity to document just about every milestone of Dexter's life. Mindy has always embodied incredible strength, her love for her son is so apparent. Dexter has been through multiple surgeries and procedures and every time he amazes staff with his kindness and ability to stay positive despite all the activity around him.
This last surgery was a big one and Dexter hasn't had the fastest recovery this go around. Mindy and Derek (his parents) being very active in the cosplay community had made connections with the Portland Superheroes coalition in hopes of bringing a superhero out to see Dexter while he was in recovery. I knew I needed to get over to the hospital to capture this amazing meeting!
The incredible volunteers at the Portland Superheroes Coalition went above and beyond, Spiderman came swinging in with such incredible gifts for Dexter and his brother. Dexter even hopped out of bed and sat up for a while which is something they really wanted him to during recovery.
The entire visit was just so awesome, The Portland Superheroes coalition often works with programs like make a wish and I am so thankful I was able to document this visit with such a deserving family. Thank you to all the volunteers for everything you do for the community and these awesome kiddos.
Please be sure to check out what they are up to and how you can support their mission.
- Jessie Clark
Today I had the opportunity to go visit an incredible family; Jeremy and his wife Amy, along with their 3 sweet kiddos at his care facility in Oregon. 9 months ago, Jeremy was diagnosed with a brain tumor on the left side of his brain. The position that the tumor is located in is inoperable. The tumor is classified as Glioblastoma multiform Grade IV. Glioblastoma multiform is a very aggressive cancerous brain tumor. He is now in the care of a wonderful private care facilities who continues to bless him and their family during his time there.
I am so thankful they invited me to take some photos today. His two girls just had a big birthday! We chatted about homecoming, the big dance and school, Jeremy was in great spirits while his girls chatted with him. His little guy even dropped in for some pictures, what beautiful smiles! I should also say, GO Ducks for Jeremy! Thank you so much for having me out there.
"Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?" Ariel said it the best. Dreams are something that every child has, and we are all about making dreams a reality at Capes and Crowns.
When G told us that she wanted to be a mermaid, our whole team went to work on planning the perfect session for this sweet girl. G suffers from a condition called Alopecia Universalis. It is a condition that causes complete hair loss on the scalp and body. Because doctors do not know for certain what causes it, there is no treatment for AU.
When we initially got in touch with G's mother, she told us that G wanted to include her baby cousin, K. How sweet! We love involving the whole family in these sessions as it is so important to really give everyone an escape from their day to day lives.
When we got to the park where we heard there was going to be a mermaid sighting, Kylie got to work on G's makeup. I bet you all didn't know that Kylie is not only the founder and a photographer, but she's a pretty great makeup artist, too!
Kylie added perfect mermaid touches to help G realize that she really has been a mermaid for her whole life, she just didn't know it!
As we were getting ready, G's cousins K and C were running around and playing. It was a park, afterall! But like any toddler, they found the most joy in the pop up changing tent that we brought along with us.
Once we finally managed to wrestle K into her mermaid costume to match her cousin, G (if you have an almost two year old, you know that I literally mean "wrestle") we were off to the beach!
When we got to the water, Kylie immediately got to work positioning G and really helping her hone in her "Ariel" that was within. And once that camera came out, G really WAS a mermaid!
As the evening went on, we were able to convince K to sit with her cousin for at least a few photos. I am thoroughly convinced that whoever made DSLR cameras able to have 1/4000th of a second shutter speed, they had a toddler.
The sun began to slowly dip behind the mountains and we were wrapping things up, when we saw something else. Our beautiful mermaid had emerged from the water and was now resting on the dock!
At the end of the night, G had a huge smile on her face and she could not stop talking about becoming a mermaid. This is what our team lives for, and to make G so confident in herself and be able to give her a little bit of time all about her to help her embrace how gorgeous she is, that's something that cannot be put into words.
Thank you so much to G, K, and their families who came out for this session. We had such a great time with all of you!
Photography: Kylie and Halsey
What Our Clients Are Saying
"How do i put into words what Capes and Crowns meas to my family? In August they did a photo shoot for my Stepdaughter. She was going through a really hard time adjusting to a recent custody change and with her ADHD and Anxiety she was having a hard time expressing her feelings. Kylie took a small idea and ran with it, bringing Audri's Aurora and Bell dreams to life. She was so patient and made everything feel effortless. Thank you Capes and Crowns for being the calm in a storm our little girl was caught up in, for an entire day she forgot about the turmoil she was caught up in. she still talks about it to this day that "it was the greatest day day of my life! i really looked just like the princesses!". you made her dreams come true that day and really helped us all come together in a time that we really needed it! i can never thank you enough."