Mark is a warrior! A heart warrior, that is :) This little fighter faced open heart surgery shortly after his first birthday, to repair a large atrial septal defect. He came through it like a champ!
Before that, though, his mom asked me to document his first birthday by capturing some pictures of him pre-surgery, and tasting his first cake. He wasn't sure about the cake at first, but he got the hang of it pretty quickly. I <3 this little guy, he is pretty awesome. (PS Do you remember him from his newborn session last year? He was the squishiest newborn I've ever seen... ahhhhh, so much chunk! <3 http://www.catandfiddlephotography.com/mark-washington-dc/)
Want to learn more about congenital heart defects, and provide support to those brave children and parents dealing with them? Check out Mended Little Hearts, they are a fantastic organization dedicated to support, advocacy and awareness.