Courtesy Noelle Mills Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the United States since 2005. Its tremendous amount of damage is estimated to cost $180 billion in repair costs. Fortunately, there is light at the end of this tunnel.
During this treacherous time, a family and their 10-day-old newborn from Orange, Texas were rescued from the floods by two brothers named Cris and Clint Sanford. The Chimeno family boarded the brothers’ rescue boat and they were transported to safer grounds in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (On the note of rescue and survival, here are six proven skills to survive any emergency.)
Courtesy Noelle Mills What was even more incredible than the family’s rescue was the fact that their newborn, Hope, was experiencing all of this with just 10 days of life under her belt. It was then that Cris’ wife asked the Chimero family if they’d already done a newborn photoshoot, to which they responded that they hadn’t even had time to think about it. The Sanfords then connected the Chimeros with their photographer friend, Noelle Mills. Then the perfect idea sparked: to do Hope’s photo shoot on the rescue boat that saved their family. (Speaking of photographers, did you hear about the woman who saved foster kids with her photos?)
With Harvey causing so much turmoil, this heart-warming photoshoot sheds light on the beautiful things that can come of even the worst of times. “I knew the photos would resonate, but would have never dreamed to this level,” Mills told Reader’s Digest on the success of the photo shoot. “I am just honored to have been a small part of this family’s journey.”
Speaking of heart-warming stories,you’ll want to read how this father and son rescued their entire community in the midst of a hurricane.