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

and

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|

10 on Tuesday | Cedar Park Photographer

1.  All our kids woke up at 6 am this morning.  Two, and I’ll let you guess which two, were screaming.  By 8 am, Teagan announced “Momma!!!!!  I so grouchy”  LOL!!!  It sounded so funny coming out of his mouth!  But he was right on, it was true!

2.  I love the way Taryn says “armadillo”…..”arm-a-jello”.  We try and work it into family conversation daily.  No easy task, try it sometime.  Totally worth it around here.

3.  We’re having our family photos taken this weekend coming and I haven’t even given a first thought to what we are going to wear.  If I were to stop and think about it, I would totally panic!!!  Anyone want to dress us???

4.  A photographer friend, Nicole, posted this recipe on her facebook feed the other day.  We tried it tonight and it was sooooo delish.  Definite hit at our house we’ll be having again and again.

5.  You know what babylegs are good for?  Dressing up a broken arm.  For real.  T’s cast is scratchy and rough and a quick little babyleg to cover it up and voile!  Stylin’, soft and it stays dry if it starts to rain when we are out and about.

6.  My latest etsy purchase…..this.  It came today and I love it!

7.  I really wanted to buy these too but showed a bit of restraint.  Honestly, restraint only goes so far….cause I bought this too.

8.  I updated the For Sale page to add some Pottery Barn Twin Size Bedding.  There are a few other things still available if you want to take a peek.

9.  Clients, if you’ve placed your order recently, check your email & watch your mail!  Jase and I pulled a late night last night and all orders have been completed, packaged and are shipping out tomorrow.  Finally all caught up in that regard.  I’m working on this little cuties proofs now and then watch for the halloween fundraiser photos, lots of those coming!  I also have lots of personal and family stuff to share, including photos of baby jack, our trip to the pumpkin patch and even a little tea party from way back when we visited my mom.  Lots to share, just need more hours in my day!!

10.  Ah, I’ll be in big trouble if I don’t post at least one fundraiser photo.  What to post?…..What to post?  This cute little bumble bee caught my eye 😉

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2009-10-13T20:27:12-05:00October 13th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work, My Family|

the outtakes are out of control | austin baby photographer

It’s a bit crazy around here.  3 crazy kids and running a photography business during the busiest time of the year can be pretty overwhelming.  All of you photographers out there know what I mean and are whispering ‘amen’ under your breath right?  Every year, it never fails, you pull a bunch of all nighters, live off of coffee and mountain dew (I’m looking at your Jodie), plant your kids in front of the tv a little more than usual, call on family and friends to help you just make it through.  Meanwhile, your husband is just hoping and praying that someday, eventually, his wife will pull herself out of the mess and pile of work and re-emerge again in some sort of recognizable form similar to the person he married.  A few photographer friends have looked at me with the all knowing, are you crazy doing a fundraiser NOW?!, it’s OCTOBER!! look in their eyes.  So why on earth have I added more to my plate during this time of year by doing a charity fundraiser????  I’ve asked myself that several times too.  Here is the answer.

1)  It’s a good cause.

2)  I love it.

but most of all….

3)  Because it makes me laugh.  And laugh.  And laugh some more.  The outtakes keep me going.  I mean, can’t you just hear her thoughts….”this is soooooooo humiliating…..mom…..seriously”  HA!  How can you look at this and NOT LAUGH?!

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dear grumpy peacocks mom, don’t worry, we got a happy one too!

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To all those who participated in the fundraiser, if your child provided us with an outtake, you WILL be getting more than one photo!!  The much needed comedic relief between client proofing and packaging orders is keeping me going better than coffee or mountain dew ever could!

2009-10-12T08:30:44-05:00October 12th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

the happiest pumpkin i’ve ever met | austin baby photographer

my session this morning had to be rescheduled and i know there is a certain momma out there who was pretty bummed about making that phone call.  and since i just so happened to see them yesterday at the fundraiser, i thought i’d come post her little cuties fundraiser photo since she’s not getting a sneak peek tonight.  i can’t even tell you how excited i am to photograph their adorable family.  when it was their turn yesterday, they plopped their little guy down and he immediately did this….

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so happy!  i can’t wait to have more time with him next weekend!  oh!  and tomorrow, i get to meet up with these 2 cute chubby guys….this week is gonna rock!

2009-10-11T20:19:45-05:00October 11th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

2nd Annual Life in Motion Photography Little Monsters Bash | Austin Photographer Lyndsay Stradtner

I am so thrilled and proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Life in Motion Photography Little Monsters Bash was a HUGE success.  It was a wonderful party with TONS of cuties running around in their costumes.  Thank you to everyone who came, donated, partied, brought food, shuffled kiddos, etc.!  Thanks to each one of you we raised $1,700!!!! Seventeen hundred!!  In just a few hours on a Saturday morning.  That’s HUGE.  Every single penny is being donated to aid in cancer research at MD Anderson Hospital in the name of Jon Urban.  Jon is the husband of my dear friend and mentee MC, and we just couldn’t think of a better cause to donate funds to this year.  If cancer has ever touched your life, you know that treatment can be lifesaving, and every single dollar donated to research helps!  I can tell you that it feels so amazing to do something meaningful.  To do something that matters.  No matter how busy we are, no matter how tired, nothing feels better than doing something good like this.  Nothing.  I am so proud and thankful for each and every person who came out today, thank you for making it happen!!!

A slideshow of all the cuties in costume is forthcoming, but word on the street is that there are some :::::cough cough MC, et al cough cough:::: hitting refresh every 5 seconds or so waiting for a teaser.  I just couldn’t decide who to share…..way too tough of a choice.  So I let my husband choose.  And I shouldn’t be surprised, after all, they did win tonight!

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Cuteness overload.  I think there is only one thing left to say….

HOOK ‘EM!

2009-10-10T23:26:10-05:00October 10th, 2009|Announcements, Austin Photographer, Client Work|

Benefit supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

My friend and mentee MC is participating in Team in Training and we came up with a fun and easy way to raise some money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a very worthy cause. Cancer touched our family this year, Jason’s dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The word cancer is scary, and when it finds it’s way into your family, it changes things in an instant. We’re so lucky and thankful that Jason’s dad was able to beat it, is healthy and strong today, without facing chemo.  There are so many people out there fighting cancer, and every single penny counts.

As a way to help raise money, MC hosted a halloween costume party and I donated my photography services. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended and so generously donated! It was a wonderful success and lots of fun! Here are a couple of the cute kiddos who came to play….first up, MC’s little monkey….he thought I was pretty funny!

quite possibly the cutest little lady bug in all of Austin….

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these two are making their second appearance here on the blog, mini session clients (and he graces the front page of my website)!  I so want J to be Taryn’s bud and his mom tells me that while I was working, he and T were hanging out in the air jump thingy.

oh.my.word.  i can’t even take in all this cuteness.  mom sat him down, he looked at me just like this and smiled big.  dream baby.  so, so happy.

TOUCHDOWN!!

and look how big ms. calla is!  and she’s quick too, i could barely catch her….

never fear, mr. incredible is here!  and just in case you can’t tell, the fists are him flexing LOL!

the little mermaid and her octopus sidekick.  i’m totally amazed that her mom MADE the mermaid costume!  it’s seriously gorgeous, i’m impressed!

made me giggle….

The entire Stradtner clan was there but I decided to spare my own children the torture of being photographed.  We had a great time, I think it’s safe to say that MC throws a great party!!  I love doing charity work, it sure does feel good!

If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, please click here.

2008-10-26T21:30:31-05:00October 26th, 2008|Client Work|

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.