Monday, September 16, 2013

A Boy in Boots...

A blog with a quickness + lots of pictures = My kind of blog post...

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine (and my boss!), sent me a text about an awesome new location she had found for me. If anyone truly "gets" me and my excitement for a new spot, it would probably be her!  While we have so many super gorgeous locations in Louisville to shoot on, I always enjoy finding unturned soil. So a few days later, we drove to the spot with 2 of her 4 babies in tow and played :)

Here's the result:

Looking for frogs...

He got his momma some flowers :)

Bird watching...

I couldn't leave this peanut out :)

Holding butterflies!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to anyone who wants to take me to a new location :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

She believed she could so she did.

I began working with Vashta several years ago at a restaurant here in town. She was all young and fresh out of high school, and I was all...well...younger than I am now :) For all of you restaurant/bar employees out there, those shifts get looooong. And sometimes boooooring. This girl made those kinds of shifts fun :) We laughed crazy hard A LOT and griped about customers and coworkers together **insert PSA: Servers and bartenders complain....sometimes. About customers and coworkers mostly.....sometimes. Take no offense. It's more of a pastime to make the shifts go quickly and seem more entertaining. As long as you're nice, courteous, and respectful, you need not worry! Oh, and please leave a nice tip. These are truly some of the hardest workers you will ever meet. Well, some of them!** After a few years, I left the restaurant industry to raise my babies and pursue my long term goals, Vashta had a baby of her own, and she moved back up to Pennsylvania to raise her daughter.

In March of this year, Vashta had a seizure. While in the hospital, the doctors discovered a large tumor in her brain. Ten days later, they were performing brain surgery, where they removed most of the tumor. Less than a month later, the pathology came back as being Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade III brain cancer. She began localized radiation treatments to the brain, as well as oral chemotherapy Monday - Friday for six weeks. Once finished with that round, she was able to sneak in a visit to Louisville with her family. 

This is where I come in :)

A few years ago, before Vashta moved away and before I was doing photography full time, I did a very quick session with her and her daughter one afternoon. 
Circa 2011

When I heard she was coming back to Louisville for a week, I knew I needed to get both of them back in front of my camera. And better yet, her fiance' flew into town right before the session. So what I thought was just going to be mommy-daughter portraits turned into family portraits :) Perfect.

If there is anyone in the world who could fight this, it's this woman. Her spirit, her attitude, her drive, and her motivation will get her through this ailment. No doubt in my mind. Fight like a girl, Momma. Fight like a girl.

I've always joked that this could be my baby. But seriously, you guys. She could totally be my baby!!

Oh, her laugh!! I am laughing right now just thinking about it!!!

*I found out at the end of the session that these two have set their wedding date for this October! They haven't had any engagement pictures done yet, so we had to snap a few (despite his hatred for modeling!).



Vashta's tumor has not responded to the standard treatment and has now come back full force. She is in need of a new treatment that very few places offer. Please show Vashta and her sweet little family your support and donate to her treatment, if at all possible.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Floating lanterns? Yes.

Early in July, I was contacted by a mother-of-the-bride who was to be married that same month. She had taken on the task of finding and hiring the photographer for the wedding. She found me through my oh-so-awesome hubby with whom she worked and, with that, we had a date :)

I cannot even begin to express how magical this evening was. You could seriously *feel* their love for one another. With a fabulous sense of humor from everyone involved, a close knit group of family and friends, a spectacular country venue, and some gorgeous color choices to tie it all together, we had a wedding. A wedding that I was proud to be a part of.

Their ceremony was held in this amazing garden, where the sun fell perfectly behind the house.

It was just a tad warm out there!

They were SO much fun!!!

Did I mention how much fun these two were? Because they were REALLY fun!!

They thought long and hard about it...

And then this happened!

For each guest at the wedding, a donation was made to Jill's Wish, an organization helping families minimize their financial struggle while they battle cancer. And that in the picture would be Jill :)

Floating lanterns. Yes. In every way. Just yes. GORGEOUS.

Congratulations!! And thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!