Archive for November, 2008

20Nov08Jeremy and Jennifer – Engagement Session

I met these two out in Ooltewah for their engagement session on Sunday. We hit up some of their favorite spots around their neighborhood and a few surrounding neighborhoods chasing the sunlight :) I had lots of fun and I think they enjoyed themselves too. Oh by the way Jeremy was “Big Al” while in college at the University of Alabama… how cool is that? He did the Big Al walk for me too pretty funny stuff.

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13Nov08Bill and Jennifer – November 6, 2008

Bill and Jennifer got married last Saturday out at Pot Point Cabin. It was gorgeous weather and a great location. All the fall colors were in full peak color. It really was beautiful.

My day started with the guys at Mimi’s Salon for pedicures. Bill surprised the men with the pedicures… they all admitted that it felt great and they might actually do it again sometime :) Then it was off to my favorite salon… Hair a go go. Then to Pot Point. Thanks for having me part of your day guys!

Dress: Monica’s
Cake and Catering: 212 Market
Flowers: Avery Patten
Music: Joe Decosimo and friends
Venues: Hair a go*go, Pot Point Cabin

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6Nov08Willem’s First 6 Weeks

We went to Women’s East on September 18th at 12AM for a scheduled induction. Erin was such a trouper laboring all night and into the afternoon. Poor thing pushed for nearly 3 and a half hours. Willem made his arrival just before 4PM weighing 6lbs and 19 inches long. He was PERFECT. I laughed. I cried. I nearly dropped him when they handed him to me because of my shaking. It was blissful. We were there 4 days in total with one of them being spent under the blue light for jaundice.

Erin’s Mom came to help for the first week… Thank God she did too. I am not sure we would have made it without her. We continued to lay him in the sun to help with the jaundice. We took him to the pediatrician and he had a great report. Then near the end of the first week he started throwing up… sometimes with a very concerning hue to it. So we took him to the emergency room where they mis-weighed him and cause quite the stir (they thought he had lost a whole pound in a couple days). So they took x-rays to be sure he was not obstructed and we spent the better part of the evening in the ER. His doctor suggested we get and Upper GI for him to be sure of the problem and to rule out any of the really bad stuff. We got it and found out he has a pretty active reflux condition. Very common but not that fun nonetheless.

Then a few weeks passed fairly uneventful. We got him in the stroller and took walks up and down the street. We made a couple quick trips to the store here and there. We chased roosters around the yard. You know all the normal stuff you do with a newborn. In early October, my friend Alison from Nashville came down to help me shoot a wedding and she took some beautiful pictures of us here at the house. Then Erin’s sister Sarah paid a visit.

Not too much happened out of the ordinary since then. Take out meals. Lots of diaper changing. Cat naps through the night. I am sure I am missing some big points… It is rather late and I have been up a long time. So I am going to end with this thought I had just earlier today.

Willem was born just 6 short weeks ago and he has been an incredible joy that words cannot express. He has made us truly understand unconditional love in a way that I never thought possible before. I was telling someone that even in the middle of the night when I would much rather be sleeping… while changing his VERY dirty diaper that ended up creating quite a mess… with him screaming, bright red faced because he is so mad… I just looked at him and could do nothing but smile and think how much I love him. In the middle of all that somehow I really think I understand a small part of what it means when the Bible says we are created in God’s image. The love for his children is greater than ours I am sure and I really cant image loving Willem any more than I do.

I want to stop and make a couple thank yous before I get to the pics. I want to thank our friends and family who prayed for us and for Willem through out Erin’s pregnancy and beyond. You mean more to us than you will ever know. Our dear friends Kristen and Paul who threw us one of the best showers I can imagine. They also wrote a song especially for Willem that is just amazing. It is the music for the slideshow :) I want to thank Rhon Logan for sending us such beautiful flowers. The doctors that were responsible for Erin and Willem’s care… None of this would have been possible without you. The staff at Women’s East for helping us with everything… you all were amazing. The ladies of our church’s mom’s group who brought us warm home cooked meals! Alison for some incredible family pictures (some of which are in the slideshow). Everyone who sent cards, wishes, gifts and much more. We love you all and thank you! Most of all we just stand in awe of God for this great blessing and we pray that he will continue to give us wisdom and grace to raise this child in his way.

THIS SLIDESHOW is pics from his first 6 weeks from birth through tonight. There are a bunch of pictures we wanted to put in that just couldn’t fit so if you want to see more please go to my page and mark me as a contact so you can see the pictures.

5Nov08Paul and Lauren – Engagement Session

Sunday evening was gorgeous! Could not have made better weather for Paul and Lauren’s engagement session. They came down from Nashville for the weekend and we did their engagement session before they left to go back home. We hit up some of the usual spots downtown (Walnut Street Bridge, Aquarium and the area between) and then headed out of town to Raccoon Mountain. I love being up there cause it is so calm and peaceful. There is also a fabulous set of power lines that I LOVE. Anyway Thanks for coming all the way down for this guys I hope you agree that they are worth it!

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5Nov08Being Creative

or as my boss says “a creative”… I came across an excellent article written by one of my favorite singer songwriters Christine Kane. I am posting part of it here, with her permission, because I cant believe how it sums things up. She has captured the essence of what it is like to be creative and how the process works. I feel like it accurately describes the way I am creative too…

Canine Creativity Class

When I found my dog, she’d been badly abused. I was walking on a gravel road, and she was watching me from a mound of dirt in an old churchyard where she’d been dumped.

She started to follow me.

Each time I turned around, she’d stop dead in her tracks.

When I tried to walk towards her, she’d tuck her tail under her butt and slink away from me.

But when I just continued along my way, she followed me. She eventually got closer and closer. Ultimately she followed me home.

This is how I experience Creativity.

If I try to turn around and catch it, it turns away. Living Creative is not about willing it or grabbing it. In fact, Creativity rarely takes to announcements like, “Today I’m gonna be Creative! I’m gonna write a novel!”

It’s a process. It’s a way of being. And though it can’t be forced, it can be cultivated and allowed. It thrives when you’re already open, and your mind is receptive and quiet. There’s almost a joyful laziness to it.

I really like the last two paragraphs. I never really thought about it but while I am doing my job as a photographer Creativity is something I cant think about or it doesn’t happen. I will start trying to copy things I have seen other do or purposely incorporate things I have done in the past that worked. Ultimately it kills my creativity and the images suffer. It is the times when I am very calm and flowing, thinking about but not analyzing everything, in my shooting that I get the best images. Anyway I thought it was worth sharing. Have a great week!

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