Welcome Avonlea


This past fall season, Geoff and I carved out some time together to ask ourselves some big picture, deep questions related to the existence of our business.  Beyond taking pretty pictures, what was our purpose?  How does that purpose play out practically?  After a lengthy conversation, we decided to construct a mission statement…words that would come to define the very heart of our business.  This simple activity has provided so much meaning and direction as we move forward as photographers and business owners.

The Schultzes exist to create art that matters and to genuinely care for people.

This past Tuesday afternoon, living out our mission statement was taken to another level.  I was so very blessed, honored and privileged to photograph the first few hours of the life of the most precious baby girl – Avonlea.  I think it’s safe to say that my photography has never mattered more than it did on that day.

Avonlea is a very special baby.  Around 6.5 months of pregnancy, Avonlea’s parents – Melissa and Brian Powell of Project Life Photography – were hit with the news.  Avonlea was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 13.  Trisomy 13 has been described as “not compatible with life”, so you can imagine the devastation Melissa and Brian have been facing for these past months.

Sweet Avonlea, however, is very much alive.  Thank you, God, for this baby.  We can rest knowing that her life – no matter how long or how short it may be – will be used in incredible ways and will touch many people.  I know that for me, I will forever be changed in knowing her.

Music: You Are Mine ft. Holley Maher

Artist: Spencer Combs

Licensed by: The Music Bed

Cheyenne Schultz

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  1. Holly says:

    I love it! I couldn’t stop smiling 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Life is beautiful. This is so beautiful.

  3. tara mauldin says:

    this is one of the most beautiful videos I have ever seen…you guys did an incredible job. definitely on track with your mission statement. xoxo

  4. Traci says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing and please keep us posted! Thoughts and prayers with this precious family!

  5. Candice says:

    Perfection. Congrats to the Powell family. Avonlea is precious.

  6. Noelle Munoz says:

    So incredibly beautiful. Everyone deserves to have the memory of the happiest days of their life preserved this way. How beautifully you captured these precious moments of love. 🙂

  7. Debra Roberson - Central Christian Church, Jonesborough, TN says:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing video. It was so awesome to see Avonlea and how beautiful she is. We will continue to pray for her and your family. Much love to you and your family.

  8. Renee Hensley says:

    She is beautiful and you and your family are still in our prayers. Your video is such a beautiful story of a families love, you can see the joy on your faces.

  9. Shelly Mangiacotti - Central Christian Church, Jonesboro, TN says:

    Oh how our entire church have prayed and continue to pray for this miracle baby. Thank you for posting this, now we can see the Miracle only our GOD has done!

  10. suzy lowe says:

    Having walked through this same story myself in September of 2012 I can tell you those pictures are priceless as the are all you have to stop time in the few hours you have your child.

  11. David says:

    Your little lady may only be with you for a season, and it is heartwarming to know that no matter what, you realize that she is because of a Reason.

    Praise be to God.

  12. Darla Majilang says:

    Sweet Avonlea,
    James 5:13-16 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    3 John 2″Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosperity.


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