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1.  Dealing for Duchenne in Austin.  Amazing.  Very cool night.  I feel so blessed to have been a part of it.  At one point, Jase I were surrounded by Texas royalty, he turned and looked at me and said “how did weeee get heeeere?!”  HA!  Yes, a little surreal to say the least considering we’ve only been open here in Austin for under 2 years.  A lot of money was raised for a very good cause.  I will say, and this is difficult for me to admit, that I felt very proud when Timmy’s slideshow played for the crowd on the big screen.  I get very nervous in big crowds in general, but when it comes to people viewing my work, I’m not sure why, but feelings of success are difficult for me to grasp.  I put so much of myself into my images and get so attached to my clients, my work, that it feels a bit vulnerable to watch other people view it.  Yes, I hide behind the computer quite a bit.  I do all online proofing, so I rarely ‘see’ others looking at my work.  And while there was a part of me that wanted to crawl out of my own skin at the thought, about midway through the slideshow presentation, I looked away from the screen and at the large audience.  And I saw people crying.  Women, grown men, my husband, tough football players, moved to tears by my take on Timmy’s story.  It was a very proud moment for me that through images, people were able to connect.  I’m honored to have had the chance to get to know the Revell family and tell a small part of their story.  I hope the money raised helps Timmy and all the other boys with Duchenne.  I don’t think I realized just how close they are to finding a cure.  Very close.  But they need help.  And money.  Every penny counts.

2.  I know I’ve said this before, but if you are a photographer, give.  Of yourself.  Of your talent.  Of your gift.  It will change who you are and what you see in those you photograph every day in ways you could never imagine.  It doesn’t have to be a large event or a big organization.  Just find someone who needs you, needs photos, needs a smile.  You won’t regret it.

3.  There was a little bidding war on the silent auction item I donated (a full session with images).  In the end, I decided that if both parties donated the funds for the final bid to Cure Duchenne that I would do them both, so two sessions it is!  Thank you to both families for your donations, I can’t wait to do your sessions!!

4.  Fun Ty facts about the evening:  he wore cowboy boots for the first time in his life, he ate enough fruit kabobs to know the waiter by first name, he was tickled to no end that there was a rootbeer float bar, he was bummed he couldn’t bid on the Mack Brown signed football at the auction, he loved taking a photo with Bevo, he introduced himself to Ricky Williams, said kabob waiter introduced him to Quan Crosby, his eyes almost popped out of his head when Mack Brown looked at him AND smiled, I actually think he might have stopped breathing for a brief moment.  Or 5.  Yeah, he had a blast and didn’t stop talking the ENTIRE way home.  I’m so glad he got to go with us.

5.  Best moment of the night….right when we arrived there was quite the media circus outside the UT Golf Club.  Tim and Laura were doing an interview and a family member was walking around with Timmy.  As we approached, I heard Timmy say “Where are we going?…..What is over there?….Why???…..Where is the cannon?”….and I knew, I just knew what was coming out next before he even said it…..”Do I get to shoot it?!”  LOL!

6.  The second half of our weekend was filled with my mom and a little getaway to San Antonio.  I love that city, it holds fond memories as Jason, Ty and I took one of our first trips together way back when.  This trip, we surprised the kids with the news the day before we left, stayed on the Riverwalk (always amazing), ate yummy food and went to the Alamo.  I loved watching Teagan at the Rainforest Cafe….hilarious as he pointed and exclaimed “I in a TREE, there a MONKEY over der!”  The next morning we all hit the zoo and we all loved it.  Taryn was in heaven, she’s such an animal lover.  Teagan too.  Their little legs must have walked for miles and miles.  They each got a little disposable camera to take photos of their fave animals.  Taryn loved it.  Teagan kept looking through the view finder backwards so I’m pretty sure we have at least 23 photos of his eyeball.  But he didn’t care.  The butterfly exhibit was out of this world.  Taryn loved the blue (azure a la fancy nancy) ones.  They frolicked around and landed right on us.

7.  More zoo pics coming soon.  One day.  Maybe.  Yeah, who am I kidding, they will land in a folder and wait until I’m not busy.  HA!

8.  I FINALLY bought a new stroller today.  I’ve been meaning to do it for months and just never did.  We’ve been using the same uber cheap Chicco stroller that we bought right after hurricane katrina for almost 5 years.  It was in bad shape to put it nicely.  We have a double stroller that I use a lot but I also wanted an easy, single, lightweight stroller just for Teagan.  I bought this one.  Simple.  Love it.  So does Teagan.  He was a happy little camper when we went for a walk tonight after dinner.

9.  I need to buy Teagan another carseat too.  I want to move his present one in to Jason’s car and get him a new one for the van.  Mostly because I’m sure Jase is tired of moving the darn thing back and forth between vehicles, but also because now it’s not as comfy as it used to be and now that Teagan and Taryn are in the van and no longer right next to one another, he lost use of her cupholder.  It makes him ca-razy to get anything on his blankie, crumbs, a little bit of a drink, anything.  Sure, it can stink to high heaven, no biggie, but a crumb, forgetaboutit.  Cause for freakout.  Have a carseat (with cupholder) that you love?  Feel free to plug it in the comments!

10.  My mom went home today.  I miss her.  The kids miss her.  Leaving is always so hard.  On all of us.  July is right around the corner, right?

Alright, enough jibber jabbering, I have to get back to work on this little beauty’s birth photos…..

2010-05-04T22:04:01-05:00May 4th, 2010|My Family|

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|

for timmy | austin photographer

When I went to UT a few weeks ago to photograph Timmy and his family we had a ton of fun out on the field.  At one point as we were moving about, Timmy grabbed my hand, looked up at me and said “Where’s the BAND?!”  Totally made me smile.

And this photo, I’m pretty sure it is the only one Timmy cared about that day.  As we were taking shots on the 50 yard line, a helicopter flew over us.  Like most 6 year old little boys, Timmy loves helicopters and he quickly pointed and told me to take a photo of it.  I swirled around, not ready.  He ran over and said “Let me see!  Let me see!”  I was afraid I had missed it but we zoomed waaaaaaay in and I caught a speck just before it zoomed beyond the jumbotron.  Timmy asked to see that photo a few more times that day and then when I returned to their home for a followup session over a week later, he hadn’t forgotten and asked if the helicopter was still in my camera (it wasn’t, oops!).  So, I give you, THE most important image of the day   😉

2010-02-10T22:13:06-05:00February 10th, 2010|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|