d4daustin.org | austin charity photographer

It’s almost time, I’ve also been tying up loose ends with the Dealing for Duchenne fundraiser that is this coming up Saturday at the UT Golf Club.  I know Julie and the other co-chairs have been working so hard to get ready and it’s going to be SO worth it!  It’s not too late to get your tickets, it’s going to be an awesome night, famous people, casino gambling, an auction, all for a great cause!  I am donating a full session to the silent auction, I can’t wait to see who wins it!!  More than anything, I can’t wait to see Tim, Laura, Timmy and Andrew surrounded by love and people helping them make a huge step toward finding a cure for Duchenne.

Tim sent me some great links for some of the media that has been covering the event.  Check it out:

Radio interview Tim did on 104.9 the Horn

And here’s Julie and Kristen on TV this morning.

Sally Brown’s Radio Interview from today.

KEYE is airing a sweet story with Mrs. Sally Brown, Mrs. Julie Applewhite and Timothy tomorrow during the 4pm hour.

There is also a feature on the cover of West Austin News, if you see one, pick it up!

Jason, Ty and I will be going to the event while my mom stays with the littles, super excited!

Not sure what this is?  Click here!

2010-04-29T23:02:25-05:00April 29th, 2010|Charity Work, Client Work|

I want to live.

Laura and Tim are in the fight of their lives.  Every day.  They are fighting to save their son.  Working, looking, praying for a cure for Duchenne.  Sadly, there are thousands of other families, just like them, who have a son with Duchenne, fighting the same battle.  They are fighting time.  And my heart aches for them.

Duchenne is fatal.

There is no cure.

But there is hope.

I knew from the moment I was asked to photograph this family that they would change me.  I knew I’d learn a lot about Duchenne, something I knew very little about.  I knew I’d come home and hug my children tighter, appreciate the smaller moments a little more.  I knew I’d cry proofing their photos.  More than anything, I hoped I’d be able to give them something they can cherish.  There were several goals in our time together, first to photograph them with Mack & Sally Brown (who are hosting the Dealing for Duchenne fundraiser) for photos to be used on the invitations and at the event that will take place this spring.  I later visited the family in their home to get some photos of their everyday life and casual moments.  All in all, there are over 300 proofs and several slideshows serving several different purposes.  I thought I’d share a few of them here as well….

Slideshow #1:  I Want To Live

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Slideshow #2 Chance For A Lifetime
[featuring music by Catchpenny Band]

Dealing for Duchenne is a casino event so we had some fun with playing cards.  Let’s just say that MC and I did 52 pickup a few times 😉

Funny story, as you can imagine, there are security measures involved in going out onto the field.  We were out there quite awhile and when it was time to head back inside we discovered we’d been locked in.  So while we waited to be released I stole a few moments away with just Tim and Laura.  I’m so glad I did, these are faves!

While I was capturing the top 2 shots, MC caught the bottom two, which I absolutely love.  Moments for just Mom and Dad are few and far between but this is just about the sweetest “interruption” I’ve ever seen.  High 5 MC!

And a few shots from the session at their home….

I can hear the little boy belly laughs….can you?

I know that wonderful things will happen as a result of this event and I am so very proud to be a small little part of it.

Do you want to help Timmy and thousands of little boys like him?  Find out more:  www.dealingforduchenneaustin.org www.cureduchenne.orgWhat is Duchenne?

2010-02-22T19:49:50-05:00February 22nd, 2010|Austin Photographer, Charity Work, Client Work|

at home | austin family photographer

Timmy is back!   Going to UT and photographing Timmy and his family with Mack & Sally Brown and having the run of the field was so much fun (for all of us!).  But I wanted to give this family something more.  I spent the afternoon today with them at their home in an effort to capture real, everyday moments of their family.  Casual, fun, just being themselves, doing what they do, loving their boys, running around, exploring dirt and rocks and sticks, going for a walk, sippy cups and hugs.  And I’m so glad I did, it was such a nice way to spend an afternoon.  I didn’t think Timmy could steal my heart any more than he already did.  I was wrong.  Last shots of the day….

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Big belly laughs are the best.  Yeah, it was fun.  If you’d like to know more about how you can help Timmy and find a cure for Duchenne, please read this post.

2010-01-31T21:00:45-05:00January 31st, 2010|Austin Photographer, Charity Work, Client Work|

Thinking of Alex | Austin Photographer

With all of this talk of cancer research and MD Anderson and kicking cancer to the curb, Alex has been on my mind a lot.  I know many of you were touched by his family and their story, so I wanted to post an update with his permission.  Alex celebrated his birthday on the 4th and I left him a happy birthday message.  I was so, so sad to hear the news that cancer has spread to his liver and he has started another round of treatment.  I know they can use all the prayers we can possibly send their way as he fights for his life.  So if you are the praying kind, please keep Alex, Danielle, Lexi and Austin in your prayers.  I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them this week.  They are such a beautiful family and meeting them changed me.  I’ve said it before, but they truly did.  They changed me personally and professionally.  The letter I received from Danielle’s father after their session will remain one of my most cherished possessions (if you can call it that).  It means the world to me, truly.  Alex LIVES, and CELEBRATES and APPRECIATES.  He’s inspiring to so many.  You can view the slideshow that we did from his session that tells his story by clicking here:  MY NAME IS ALEX.  And a few images from their session earlier this year….

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We are praying for you Alex.  You and your entire family.

[ you can read how I came to know this family here.  click here too. ]

2009-10-20T16:27:51-05:00October 20th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

Giveaway Winners!! | Austin Photographer

Are you sitting down?  You’ll never guess how much we raised.  I’m still in shock over it all.  Shock.  No really, it’s amazing to me that just a few people can spend a little time on a weekend and do something GOOD.  It sure does make all my other weekends feel very unproductive.  Can you imagine what a difference place we would live in if people would just DO something.  Anything!  Use your talent, use your skill, use your time, just DO something.  It feels awesome.  I feel so good that so many people showed up for this event, gave with their hearts and that so many people entered this giveaway.  The number is big.  BIG.

Our grand total…with the Little Monsters Bash and the Mini Giveaway is……

$3800!!!!

THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS!

I’m jump up and down excited over it!  Jump up and down with me please!!

This includes a VERY generous donation from a certain someone (not sure if you want me putting your name out there so I won’t) of $1,000, THANK YOU!  Thank you to everyone for the $10 donations to the $1,000 donation and every single person in between, THANK YOU!  Every dollar counts and I cannot wait to send everything off to MD Anderson in Jon’s name!  Speaking of Jon, here is a quick snap Ty took of Jon, MC and I at the fundraiser.

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Now….you wonna know who won the mini right?

First, let me say this, everyone showed up in such a big way, I decided to do the same…..so I’m giving away not one, but TWO mini sessions.

And the winners are:

#56 Stephanie M

#19 Laura G

Ok, so MC says I need to explain how I did this so that everyone will know it’s all fair and square!  Each person who donated $10 was entered into the giveaway.  If you entered $20, you got two chances, $30, you got three, etc.  I went through the donations as they came in and added them to a spreadsheet assigning each person a number starting with one as I went.  So say Joe gives $20, Joe gets number one and number two on my spreadsheet.  Got it?  Good!  I then went to random.org and told it to choose a randon number between those numbers assigned.  So there ya go!

Stephanie & Laura, please contact me using the blog contact form above so we can chat about details!  I can’t wait to work with you both!!

Again, thank you all for your generous donations!!!!  I hope these funds help another family kick cancer to the curb!

2009-10-20T13:48:29-05:00October 20th, 2009|Announcements, Austin Photographer, Client Work|
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