ENTRY #11 - WILLOW TONACCHIO

  We walk through our own journey and experience and sometimes forget the power in camaraderie. This next little girl has a mother that I like to refer to as "Mighty Michelle." This woman is a power house of passion. After a couple of my first shoots Michelle reached out and expressed her interest in wanting to help with "1in700" in whatever way possible. She designed several logos, cuts, and colors as options before we even had our initial conversation! I was so impressed at her immediate dedication. It was obvious to me that this woman is pouring herself into raising awareness. I was completely inspired by the excitement I could hear in her voice. She knew this would help the project and was determined to make it happen. From that moment forward she quickly became a confidant. I would Facebook message her throughout the day, giving her sneak peeks at what was to come on the blog and sharing all the details of our day. As the months progressed our friendship showed potential for such a fluid business relationship as well! With the "1in700" shirts profits, Michelle donates the proceeds to making this book possible all while raising a 2 year old. Needless to say, this woman is quite the super hero. I can count on her to keep me organized alongside with Twanika. Without those two, I'm sure my head would have spun off by now. 
  It makes so much sense to me that such an amazing person like Michelle would give birth to the beautiful (inside and out) Willow. The eyes on this beauty are hypnotizing! As all cleftie eyes are to be honest. When she looks at you, she really LOOKS at you. She has a commanding presence when she trots into a room all starry eyed and full of smiles. Her voice is like soft music to everyone's ears. You can't help but say "awwwwwe" when she starts talking to you. Although she may be blissfully unaware of the journey that lies ahead of her, Willow has the support and love she will need to shine her light for the cleft community. 

   Little Weaving Willow is the name of Michelle's custom design business. Named after her best friend and love of her life, her daughter Willow. Willow's father serves in the U.S. Navy, and currently he has to live elsewhere because of his job which can be really tough. Coming from a military family myself, I understand that our troops have to spend extended periods of time away from their loved ones. That's one of many sacrifices they make for our country, so we salute you Mr. Tonacchio! And we will take great care of these two until you can make it back.  

****I DID NOT TAKE THIS PHOTO****

****I DID NOT TAKE THIS PHOTO****

  I had to include some photos from Michelle's Facebook because I have yet to get Mr. Tonacchio in front of my camera. What's so awesome, is that he actually does some photography for the military, which is beyond cool because I am looking forward to picking his brain on photography advice. This entire family is very obviously destined for greatness, you can see it in their individuality. I could not be more grateful for these wonderful additions to the "1in700" family. 

Right when I walked up the escalator with Twanika, Willow ran right up to greet us. Michelle had been showing her our photos preparing her. Her excitement almost made me cry! 


Right when I walked up the escalator with Twanika, Willow ran right up to greet us. Michelle had been showing her our photos preparing her. Her excitement almost made me cry! 

  She was also SUCH a trooper when the news was there. We had Mike Grady (photo journalist for Channel 9 News - Denver) come interview Michelle and I on the progress and arrival of "1in700" in Colorado. 


  She was also SUCH a trooper when the news was there. We had Mike Grady (photo journalist for Channel 9 News - Denver) come interview Michelle and I on the progress and arrival of "1in700" in Colorado. 

  Twanika let Willow wear that necklace once and then had to start searching for another one, haha! That crystal quickly became Willow's. 


  Twanika let Willow wear that necklace once and then had to start searching for another one, haha! That crystal quickly became Willow's. 

  Denver would not have been the same (or possible) without Michelle/LittleWeavingWillow. It exceeded all expectations because we came together as a team during that trip. From the incredible BTS photography/video work Twanika Jett is doing to the fundraising and consistent organization Michelle brings to the table, I am MORE than happy. We took a massive leap and boy oh boy was it worth it. 





TO ORDER 1IN700 T-SHIRTS: SEND MICHELLE A MESSAGE AT www.facebook.com/littleweavingwillow AND SHE WILL HELP PLACE YOUR ORDER :) I will also post your photos on the blog and Facebook! I love seeing all of those posts so don't forget to tag me!