Amelia and her fight against Neuroblastoma - 1st Holy Communion at Corpus Christi Catholic Church March 18th

by Robert Whetton 22. March 2010 11:58

I have known about Amelia and her condition for a couple of months now, ever since Julie Arthur filled me in about it all, and how she wanted to give Amelia a fashion shoot. But Amelia became too ill and the shoot never happened.

Late Tuesday night Julie sent me an SOS on Facebook asking if I was available on Thursday to help her photograph Amelia's 1st Holy Communion. After all that Julie had told me about Amelia how could I say no?

After speaking to Julie about timings and where everything was happening, I was happy when she said that Father Denis had given permission to shoot through the whole ceremony. For some reason, I kept thinking back to Father Ted and wanted to call him Father Dougle instead of Denis, but after saying over a couple of times, Denis stuck.

After meeting with Amelia I have to say she didn't strike me as an eight year old child who has Neuroblastoma. She is very bright and happy, everyone around her is the same, if it wasn't for the fact that I knew about her condition, I wouldn't have said she had cancer at all..

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer



Father Denis informed us on the day that Amelia didn't like a lot of attention, so I long lensed the ceremony, only breaking out the wide angle for the group shots.

Throughout the Cermemony Amelia had the support from her family, friends and school.

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Some of Amelia's friends had written prayers for Amelia and read them out.

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Amelia's cheaky year group photo.

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer



Amelia is a great kid, at 8 she's been through more that most have will in a lifetime. She is so upbeat about everything and seems like nothing will get her down. All of her school friends were very supportive and caring it's great to see.

Seeing something like this certainly helps put your own trivial matters into place and how lucky you actually are.

It was an honour for me to attend the Communion and I wish Amelia and her family the best.

Update: Amelia's Funeral

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Project 365 Sunday update #8 & 9

by Robert Whetton 15. March 2010 02:33
Appologies, time for blogging doesn't seem to have been my friend of late. But here are the past 2 weeks of my 365.

Wandering through the local forest I bumped into Mark walking the family lab, Day 60.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 61 leaves. I thought the texture on these dry leaves warranted a photograph.
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Random dangly thing from my mums summer house for Day 62.
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Day 63. Looking around for interesting textures, this is bark from a dead fir tree.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 64. I stumbled upon some broken glass, different colours etc. I just thought the way the light was hitting it gave it a nice look.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Out with the 28 1.8 for Day 65. seeing how close I could get to some grass.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


One side of one of my Dumbbells on Day 66.
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Day 67, FOCUS on Imaging, NEC Arena Birmingham. 50D test image. Gareth Heesom let me borrow his 50D so I could give it a test run while we were wandering around FOCUS. I cranked the ISO to the highest setting 12,800 to see how it handled noise, and to allow me to see what I needed to do to reduce the amount of noise in the image while capturing, I think I still have a way to go before I can make ISO12,800 as clean as the 20D @ ISO3200.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 68. Bird of Paradise.
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Day 69. Chinese Lantern.
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Day 70. Random flower in the conservatory.
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Day 71. Yup another random flower, don't ask me, I'm no botanist..
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Day 72. Max got my dad to build him a ramp. This was the most air he managed to grab. Although I should have been shooting at a smaller aperture to capture more of him in focus, I still like it.
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We spent the day at Crufts. This English Setter didn't make it though, but he had such a great look about him, I had to ask the owner if he minded me taking a shot. He had a great temperament as well..
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iPhone armour - Bitznfix

by Robert Whetton 5. March 2010 14:00
So I got my iPhone 3Gs just after Christmas and bought a cheap cover for it on ebay. Having seen the past accidents that people have with their iPhone, I am well aware how easy it is to break the Apple phone.. I've dropped it a couple of times now while taking it from a pocket to answer an incoming call or to update with a tweet..

Chris at Bitzinfix hooked me up with some armour for my phone, granted it does make the iPhone that much chunkier, but that doesn't bother me. Max even said it looked cool when he saw it. I do like the fact that it covers all the connection ports to stop gunk getting in.

I've had the armour for 4 days now, and it doesn't get in the way of using the phone for all my usual tasks, checking e-mail, Twittering, ebay, phone, games. How much does it protect the phone? well I'm not about to start throwing it around to find out, but I'm not as worried as I was before about it taking a tumble...

Here are some photographs of it.
iPhone armour from BitznFix. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

iPhone armour from BitznFix. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


The armour comes in a variety of colours, blue, pink, black and white.

If you're not too bothered about your iPhone not looking like an iPhone any more, this is worth a tenner in my book.

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Project 365 Sunday (Monday) update #7

by Robert Whetton 2. March 2010 01:31
59 days! has it really been nearly 60 days since I started this?! Amazing how time flies..
Yes I am aware that I said I would have the shots up by Sunday, but 1 day off isn't too bad?

What's that? more studio set up shots? Yeah well I have no control over good old English weather.. Mid afternoon snack for Day 53, I busted out the studio strobes instead of using my 580EX. Much higher Depth of Field with these bad boys..
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Tools of the trade, Day 54.
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Day 55 my Noisettes photo pass.
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Fun on Day 56. Seeing how high my studio strobes sync with my 20D - 1/320, pretty good, I can see I will have to look into getting a battery pack for these for using out of the studio.
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Caught short again. Day 57 another doodle, photographed.
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Reversed 28 1.8 for Day 58.
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I sware that Robins know when they have a camera pointed at them! Day 59 posing Robin.
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