they make my heart smile

So filled with love and grace and their hearts are just so, so big.  I first met them last year as a part of a fundraiser with Mack & Sally Brown to benefit Cure Duchenne.  I was lucky enough to get to help tell their story last year and am honored to do so again this year.  We’ll be doing a photo shoot in a few months to prepare for the big event.  Seeing them again tonight was meant just to capture a few fun and easy family shots before the holidays and it made my heart smile.  Timmy is 7, just lost a front tooth, is so energetic, curious, busy!  Andrew has grown from a toddler to just the sweetest little boy.  I am so thankful to have this family in my life.  As we have gone through a tough 6 months with Teagan being sick, they have been supportive, prayerful and have sent thoughtful messages to us.  One just last week reminded me to “take it one day at a time and love him as God created him” and it came at just the right time, exactly what my heart needed to hear, what a huge blessing.  We haven’t been through nearly what they have faced, they certainly understand where we are with Teagan and know the pain of facing a challenge with the health of your child in a huge way.  I hope they know we are holding their family in prayer, just as they have ours.  I had to give up and put aside most of my charity work when Teagan got sick, but this family is just one I couldn’t let go of and had to make work.  I needed to see them, give them big hugs, play with the boys and capture photos that show just how beautiful they all are. I will continue to do so and I will help in any way that I can to help them find the cure so many boys with DMD need.

Tim is preparing to run his 6th(!!!!) Austin marathon in Timmy’s honor!  If you’d like to support him in raising money to fight for Timmy’s life, you can do so here.  I will be posting more information about the event this spring with Mack, Sally and Champions to Cure Duchenne as we get closer!

ps.  Timmy, thank you for the special gift you gave me tonight.  I let Taryn and Teagan play with our new Seagull frog tonight and they love him.  Tomorrow I’m going to take him back and put him in a place of honor in my office to remind me every single day what a special little boy you are and how very blessed I am to know you and your family.

2010-12-04T21:08:41-06:00December 4th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Charity Work, Client Work|

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!

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2010-04-29T23:02:25-06:00April 29th, 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.

2010-01-31T21:00:45-06:00January 31st, 2010|Austin Photographer, Charity Work, Client Work|