I've gone to write this a few times

but I don't know where to start.  I want to talk about Ava, the daughter of a fellow Australian photographer, who died last week after managing to trap herself in their car. The circumstances were freakish, horrifying, and could happen to anyone. Little Ava battled for a few days, but her little body didn't make it.

So, as an awareness campaign we're trying to educate families on the importance of teaching your child how to get out of a car, or to just get attention by honking the horn. If Ava had known either of these things she'd be here today. All cars seem to be different in how they lock, so investigate how a child could get out, or whether your car's horn works when the ignition is off, and teach your kids what to do. Ava had sneaked into the car to play and then couldn't be found until it was too late. It happened that easily.

Last weekend was Ava's funeral, so to commemorate her passing we released balloons. The wind whipped them out of their hands so fast that we didn't get much in the way of photos, but these are for you Sheye and family. Our thoughts are with you.

Simone Hanckel Photography - Ava
Simone Hanckel Photography - Ava
Simone Hanckel Photography - Ava

xo Simone