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.

2010-12-04T21:08:41-05:00December 4th, 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|

Dealing For Duchenne | Austin Photographer

Meet Timmy.

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Timmy is bright.

And curious.

He has a big smile and an even bigger heart.

Timmy is about the sweetest thing I’ve ever met.  He immediately stole my heart with his beautiful eyes and inquisitive nature.

Several years ago, Timmy was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscluar Dystrophy (DMD).  What’s that?  Yeah, I didn’t know either.  So I started researching, and reading, and crying.  As a mother of two boys, how could I have NOT known about DMD?  1 in 3,500 boys has it.  Over 20,000 babies per year are born with it.  And there is no cure. No cure.  How can that be?  The number one genetic killer of little boys.  And there is no cure.  Let that soak in for a minute and it will hit close to home.

Timmy’s parents did what any parent would do, they hit the ground running and began to fight for their son.  Their efforts led them to Mack & Sally Brown at the University of Texas. Timmy and his family touched their hearts in a big way.

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When Coach Brown won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, he donated the award of $10,000  to Cure Duchenne.  But he and Sally didn’t stop there! They will be hosting the First Annual Dealing For Duchenne Casino Night fundraiser here in Austin on May 1, 2010.  They know that every penny, every effort, brings us one step closer to saving little boys like Timmy.  Little boys who are usually wheelchair bound during their childhood, many of whom won’t live to see their high school graduation.  As I was photographing Timmy today, I couldn’t help but wonder why?  And think about how unfair it is.  And I know that those thoughts aren’t a fraction compared to what his family goes through.  My heart truly goes out to them.  I spotted this sign in the hallway today and when I stopped to take a photo of it, I heard Timmy’s dad walk up behind me and whisper “I’m counting on it…..”

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These are just a quick sneak peek of a few of the images we captured today.  A huge thank you to Timmy and his family, you are truly an inspiration!  I can’t wait to see you again.  Thank you to Mack & Sally Brown for your time today and your big hearts and kind spirits.  Julie, for all your hard work and coordination, I know the kids had a blast at the stadium and having full run of the field too!  And MC for assisting me today.  I’ll be sharing many more photos of this beautiful family in the near future!!

You can click here to learn more about DMD.  If your heart calls you to help find a cure for Duchenne, please click here.  Every penny counts!

HOOK EM!

2010-01-23T00:46:28-05:00January 23rd, 2010|Client Work|