These two, the camera loves them. We were blessed with gorgeous light tonight and a lot of laughs. This big family was so fun, I didn’t even have to break out my jokes, they entertained me!
I was so excited when this family contacted me to let me know they were expecting again. Ms. H. is a graduated baby planner and I absolutely loved capturing her first year. She’s grown so much and just has the most sweet little personality. This little one will be arriving soon and I absolutely cannot wait to see her as a big sister!!
Most of you will recognize this sweet family and my friend Timmy. Each fall I make sure this beautiful family is on my schedule. Each fall they try so hard to pay me and each fall I refuse. They deserve photos. They need them. You might think that’s a selfless thing for me to do. It’s not really. I get SO much enjoyment and inspiration out of this family, I get a glimpse at the beautiful way they parent, the way they love with all their hearts, the way they embrace each day and moment as the gift that it is. My time with them each fall helps to ground me, remind me of what is important, after a crazy busy holiday season rush. No, it’s not selfless, it’s selfish. I’m honored to know them and get to capture them each year. The boys have grown so much since I first met them. Timmy participated in a trial this year and I have to say, he looks so great. And of course this family is throwing themselves in to finding a cure for Duchenne. They are working so hard for Timmy and all the little boys with Duchenne everywhere. In fact, tomorrow is a big day! Tomorrow Tim with run his 7th Austin Marathon tomorrow for all boys with Duchenne. He’s raising money for his cause and if you are inclined, I’d love it if you would DONATE HERE. Tim was also recently featured in RunTex, you can read that article here.
And a few other things on the CureDuchenne homefront that Tim recently shared with me:
- CureDuchenne ended up winning the Cadillac challenge and now they will be receiving coverage in 4 major Texas markets, promoting a Text for the Cure Campaign. Locally Tim was able to record an announcement about the 3rd annual Champions to CureDuchenne event on April 27th, 2012 at the UT Golf club. The announcement should air the last couple weeks of February on KVUE 24/3. So keep an eye out for the ad promoting the event this month.
- Mack Brown was able to record a PSA again this year for the event and I believe these will be airing through Time Warner this year in March and April. Please also keep an eye out for his PSA and share with your friends as well.
- Recently Tim was selected to participate in a consumer review committee that is reviewing 26 new research projects that could lead to treatments or therapies for Duchenne boys everywhere. It has been exciting and thrilling for him to see the amount of effort researchers are putting toward this disease. The Dept. of Defense is funding $4Million dollars toward the top projects that are selected at the end of the review. While the projects are promising, they could use about $22Million more dollars to fund them all. Therefore, please keep praying for the dollars to appear in order to promote these cutting edge treatment into the trials that will ultimately extend the lives of our boys!
Every single dollar counts. Please consider supporting Tim and CureDuchenne here! I’m sorry I can’t be there tomorrow Tim, we are definitely cheering you on!
FUN! That is the first word that comes to mind as I sit down and write this blog post. I won’t lie, holding a charity event, in the middle of my most busy time for work, feels a little crazy at times. Especially right before when everything needs to be done and just right. But, I had a huge helper this year, Ty, and boy did he ever rock it out. The biggest change, we moved it out of someone’s home and into a bigger venue and oh man, I’m so glad we did! My assistant that helps me with birthphotographers.com found this place and it was just perfect. Well, except for the really dusty floors, but its a barn, what are ya gonna do?! So many little details I didn’t have time to capture, we had treats and games, monster bowling, a monster toss, hopscotch and color a monster. My dear husband spent hours drawing monsters on old backdrop paper and it was hit! I have to say thank you to Jason and to Ty for all their help leading up to the big day. And of course, Vanessa, Tiffany, Thersea, Lynda and Amy for their help the day of!
So yes, it was busy and crazy and FUN….but it also had a really big purpose….to raise money for CureDuchenne. My sweet little friend Timmy, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I’ve worked with their family in the past to help raise money and awareness through much larger events. They are a family so close to my heart and I knew who I wanted the money from the Little Monsters Bash to go to this year. CureDuchenne funds research to try and save this generation of boys, as Duchenne is a fatal disease. My sweet friend deserves every chance at a full and happy life. So while there is a part of me that thinks I’m crazy to take on so much during busy season, there is a bigger part of me that wants to help. And it is so worth it.
I want my children to grow up with an example of what it looks like to give of yourself. Past just writing a check. I want them to see it, watch it closely, I want charity and community to be so present in their lives that it is palpable within the four walls of our home. I want them to run for their piggy banks when someone is in need and not think twice. I want them to know that when they give of themselves, even when it isn’t convenient or easy, it will bless them in ways they never imagined. In fact, next year, I want to have a bucket for the children to donate their dimes, so they can experience giving too. Dimes for Duchenne! Clients, I hope you’ll start saving your dimes with your children for next years bash, we’re already saving ours!
My sweet and generous clients raised over $1,200 this year. I am so very thankful for each and every donation, you guys are absolutely amazing! If you would like to make a donation, in any amount, even just $1, we would appreciate it so much! You can donate here. If you do, please let me know so that I can add it to our event totals!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Now, on with the cuties in costume!! Here they are, be prepared for some majorly cute little monsters!
My old website was super outdated, embarrassingly so. Most of the photos on my old site were between 2 and 6 years old. I considered just keeping my blog and ditching the website, but I wanted a place for my clients to always see my best foot forward, to view my work and to keep myself comfortable with being able to share family snapshots and simple little stories of our every day life here on my blog and not worry about those things being the all important first impression for a client. Having a dedicated website gives me peace in knowing I can post whatever I want over here. I bought a new one in January and started to build it. And then I got busy and I’d work on it maybe 15-20 minutes a week. It is finally, FINALLY, done and I am so excited to share it with you! It is a much better, more current, representation of my work, my style, my clients, me. My hope is that it is simple, easy to use and let’s my work speak for itself. I still have a few photos to move around, a few things to tweak, but in the meantime, I hope you like it as much as I do!