Miracle Moment

© randy dannheim

Miracle Moment

Uploaded: August 27, 2008


My mom was diagnosed with terminal inflammatory breast cancer 10 months ago and given 3-6 months to live. About the same time as the diagnosis, my daughter and my niece found out they were expecting. My mother vowed to stay alive long enough to hold these babies in her arms. This is a shot of her holding the 2nd of her two new great grand daughers. She is the strongest woman I know. Image was taken using two flashes, one as a slave attached to a white umbrella. Canon 420EX and 580EX11 as a master. minor adj. in CS3.

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 145.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Philippe Vieux-Jeanton August 27, 2008

This a great, great image.. #987658

Tammy D. Ferren August 27, 2008

Hooray for such a strong, determined woman! A beautiful example of strength in adversity for these two new babies! Beautiful image..inspiring story! God bless. #6378897

Brenda A. Ferns August 27, 2008

This is a beautiful image. This is one that will be cherished forever. #6378901

Jean B. Hall August 27, 2008

Wonderful story and wonderful photo. What a beatific smile on the face of the little one! #6378905

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. August 27, 2008


KARU. #6379074

randy dannheim August 28, 2008

Thank you all for your kind commets. The moment is what makes this image. #6380658

Susan Heath September 07, 2008

Hello, my friend. Randy, this is absolutely the most beautiful portrait I have ever seen. Amazing beauty - bless these angels. #6424800

randy dannheim September 07, 2008

Thank you Susan. #6425370

Donna La Mattino Pagakis September 10, 2008

Awe, what a keepsake Randy!!! I will keep your Mom in my thoughts and prayers. Beautiful! #6438535

randy dannheim September 10, 2008

Thank you Donna. #6438573

Jean Lechleiter level-classic October 17, 2008

What a touching and beautiful story and image! So well captured! #6616936

Susan Heath January 24, 2009

Revisit of one of my all time favorites of yours. Hope you don't mind - it is still simply beautiful! Beautiful angels. #7080036

randy dannheim January 24, 2009

thank you Susan, mine too. #7080097

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