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July 3, 2008

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I am a loved, incredibly imperfect, storyteller of life, love, and joy. Photographer to some of the most genuine and beauty-filled people in KY.
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What a crazy month June was! It absolutely flew by. Here the summer is almost half over and I haven’t even stepped foot into a pool. I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and do a blog! I know you missed me 😉 Well, get comfy because this is a long one 🙂

I can’t resist posting just few more from the Booker wedding.

Miss Lila. Just around 5 lbs at the time of the shoot. She was just so tiny. I don’t think she loved me being there moving her around, but she loved my bean bag 🙂

LOVE this nursery!!!

Hendrix is such a good big brother!!! He even put her bassinet together!

The same day I photographed little Miss Lila in Louisville, Bret and I drove to Covington, KY for one of my very best friends wedding! Amy and I were roomies for most of my college days. We got our very first apartment together. We had so much fun that summer! That is also the same summer Bret and I started dating. Amy and our other roomie Kristen were actually the ones who gave Bret my phone number! Words can’t express how happy I am for Amy. She deserves this more than anyone I know. She’s one of the sweetest, funniest, and quirkiest 😉 people I know. I was so proud to be one of the ladies chosen to stand beside her on her big day. Everything about that day was perfect and beautiful…well, except for our shoes 😉 The reception was at this beautiful place overlooking Cincinnati’s skyline. It was amazing.

Me and my hubby. Oh…like me knew hair cut and highlights? 🙂

Next is me and one of my best friends/rock/hope healer/marketing manager/sorority sister. She never fails to tell me (and all her other friends) how much faith she has in me. When I am bummed, she reminds me to keep up my faith and hope and all will be okay. Oh and she calls me ladybug and that makes me happy 🙂 I can’t wait to photograph her wedding in October! It will be fabulous!!!

Oh…and my birthday fell into all the madness of June. I am 28! I’ve always been a big fan of birthdays, but for some reason I wasn’t thrilled about it this year. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband and wonderful friends who made the day special 🙂 First, my buddy Jessica bought me yummy cupcakes (see picture below…oh and it’s sitting in my bouquet from Amy’s wedding) and my boss took us all out to lunch! Still, I felt kind of blah about the day. Then I got home and Bret made me oh so happy. He made me sit in the bedroom while he got everything ready. He bought two candles of my favorite scent and had them lit on the dining room table, along with food from my favorite local restaurant (Burger House) on plates (instead of the boxes it comes in). He’s so funny because he does the sweetest things and then always gets very practical gifts. My gift was a desk chair 🙂 I love it! I keep stealing his and now I have my very own. It feels so much better sitting here typing this then hunched over in the old chair. Oh and he paid for me to go to the UK football women’s clinic 🙂 Guess he’s tired of me not knowing what he’s talking about!

Next is the beautiful Nichole and Mike! I can’t wait until their wedding…just a week from Saturday!

Next is the Montgomery family! Look how cute these kiddos are. And they are so happy! Isabella talks like she’s 10 years old. I could just listen to her all day. She’s SO funny! I felt so bad leaving when she said “we didn’t get to play just me and you”. Oh break my heart.

Isaac was not about taking a family picture. He just wanted to be in the wagon! lol. We ended up doing some family pictures with the kiddos in the wagon 🙂

Did I mention Kevin coaches football with my husband? Of course we had to play some football!

Finally, before I left, Isabella wanted a picture of just Mommy and Daddy. This next one is my favorite from that. Maybe because I know what they were laughing about 🙂 Don’t worry…i won’t tell 😉 I do just love how she’s leaning into him laughing and he’s holding her hand. I thought it was too sweet.

Are you tired yet? lol. Okay..next is the Costich family. This little sweetie is so cute. She was just happy the whole time…well until the end, but I’ll explain that in a second.

Tea party time!

Okay…so, here’s where the happiness ended. Caroline was twirling around and around showing me her dress. She was having so much fun. She fell a couple times and just jumped back up laughing. Well, you can kind of see what happens in this next group of pictures. See what she keeps getting closer to as she spins. The middle picture is just as she was falling. Of course the last picture is immediately after. I felt so bad for her. It swelled up and turned blue within a minute. Caroline…big kisses to your boo boo. I hope it’s all better now 🙁

Okay…the last two pictures. Some of our best friends Bryan and Kelly came to visit last weekend along with their beautiful twin daughters Emily and Olivia. We decided to do a 5 minute “mini-model shoot” (something I made up to make it sound semi cool to the girls). Well, Emily wasn’t having it. Olivia decided to play along and the next two images are my favorite. I think this girl may have a future modeling career. These images were inspired by the great St. Louis photographer Laura Siebert.

For those of you still waiting on your gallery, hold tight I will have them finished very soon 🙂

Thanks everyone for your support and sitting through this oh so long blog 🙂 Now get up and walk around…I promise the numbness will leave your bottom soon 🙂


  1. How cool that I inspired someone (: This came up on Google alerts so I had to check it out. Nice job with beautiful girls.

  2. Stacy says:

    P these are AWESOME! Happy Belated B-day hun and go take a dip in the pool!

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