Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Tiny Footprints Project l Jack

I am a photographer. I might not be the best, I might not make a lot of money, but sometimes it's not about money. Sometimes it's about sharing your gift. I do that with OpLove and Soldiers often. It costs me time and gas money...but it does more for my heart than money can ever buy.

I am now honored to be a part of The Tiny Footprints Project . Again, donating my time to these little gems that find their way into the NICU. Babies born too soon, babies struggling for a little extra help, usually with moms and dads that are caught in a dream.

As I waited for my first request, I thought back on the births of both my sons and as difficult as 1 was, I was blessed with a healthy baby boy. The first request came as a question. Is there anyone close to Birmingham Children's hospital. No response. After a few hours, I posted that I was about 2 hours away and if there was no one, I would do it. Confirmation came later that day that I was it. Getting things set up happened pretty quick. Time can be of importance for this families, so I would go 2 days later on a Saturday. And it turns out I'm a little over 2 1/2 hours away. Did it matter? Nope, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Jack was born missing his left ventricle. Somehow not caught until his birth, he was flown to Birmingham Children's 1 day later. Terrifying for any parent, I'm sure. But on the day I was there, I witnessed his Baptism. Priceless peace for his family as he would have heart surgery 2 days later.

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Such a sweet boy

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He might be sleeping, but he's full of spunk!

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Probably my favorite picture. They just look like they're watching over him. The Chaplain blessed them both, so I think they were doing their jobs!

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Another favorite. This boy's got some strong prayers coming his way!

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The love in this room was everywhere.

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Not your normal Baptism, but it did the job just fine.

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His loving parents

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These footprints are why I'm here.

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This face is why I will always answer the call.

Jack had his surgery a few days later and as of right now, he's doing great. He's slowly recovering and raring to go. Pretty soon this will just be a memory in his baby book. I am honored to document the first few pages of it for mom and dad.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Another sunset

It had clouded up the other night, but about 4pm, I noticed the clouds clearing a bit and knew it would be a great night for a beautiful sunset. So we started off in hopes of finding a better/higher view. Heading out of town, we happened to be following our local BBVFD. Turns out there was a small field on fire right after where we were turning.

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Apparently there's not an easy way for the truck to get across the creek bed from the right to the fire over to the left.

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Where there is a will (or fire), there is a way! Too small for the engine, but I think this little tanker was able to follow the creek bed until it opened up. Not sure what they would have done had the fire been any bigger!

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Just past the fire area, up a hill and looking west, we had this view.

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Further down the road we had this view. (I may have to post the before/after of this, because my settings were off and this was a complete save.) And it's my favorite picture in a long time! I may even print this on canvas.

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Down another road, chasing the sunset, we pulled into a field. As I came over the hill, I think we scared each other!

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It changes so fast, it's really incredible.

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Next time we'll be on the other side of this hill! I think the view would be even better!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Riley Brook

I was excited to have another newborn to photograph. Both momma and I had tried for 2 months to do maternity pictures, but the winter weather just would not cooperate. She lived too far north and kept getting socked in with snow. So, we knew Riley's arrival date and scheduled it the first weekend in March. She was 7 days old. 2 days before I was to head up there, the weather forecast changed and they started calling for another ice/snow storm. I'll be darned if we were going to cancel again! So, we set a time and my window was about 5 hours to get out of there before the ice started forming. She arrived late, which I get as you are dealing with baby's schedule, but I had my window. And you cannot hurry a newborn shoot. Let me just say this...I have not seen such a tiny, curious, wiggly, WIDE AWAKE newborn! For 3 hours we tried to get her to sleep. She wasn't having any of it! She was watching what was going on and that was that. Well, we got some cute ones, and that's all that mattered!

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I just wanted to kiss on her. She was so sweet!

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If you took the binky out, her fingers went right to her mouth!

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Adorable

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So attentive...just watching.

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I just love this! You would never think she was 7 days old!

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Finally getting sleepy, but very wiggly!

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One of my favorites. Of course we were done and she finally fell asleep. My luck. But it was time to go. About an hour after I left the roads were freezing. That's cutting it close!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

OpLove l Stacey & Brian

In the midst of craziness, winter and sickness, I had another homecoming. Such an honor to participate.

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The waiting...the cold...but these families will wait forever!

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Until their loved one is safely back on U.S. soil!

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The littlest soldiers are sometimes the bravest!

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Until they are finally back together!

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Pure joy! Welcome Home!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring?

We are ALL ready for spring. We may not have had the snow that the north has had, but we are not used to it being so cold for so long here. One day last month it was in the 60's and I grabbed up the kids and we went hiking. It was just too pretty to just hang out at home. So glad we did.

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Uphill...

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Downhill...

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Over the river (stream) we go...

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To the top of the hill...

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To halfway down...

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Someone's gonna fall off the ledge...to my defense, I HAD handed off my camera to the kid standing in the water and it was more like a large step down that I missed and landed bottom first in the cold water...and to kids laughing. Plus I had put my phone in my front pocket, just in case. Ha! Ya gotta live life! Best day ever with the kids...not really best day ever, but it was a great day.

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And totally worth getting wet over!

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It's so much prettier when the leaves are on the trees.

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Taking waterfall pictures when I hear..."Hey mom, look." Geez, boys!

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Come on it, the water's great. Not.

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It may be a tad blurry, but it's my favorite picture. I have no idea what he was laughing at, but it's pure joy. Oh and the dork went and stood under the water. Get out and live life! It's way too short, so make the best of every day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sunsets

We've had some amazing sunsets the last few weeks. We've also had very little sun. So, when I noticed some pink poking through at dinner time, I grabbed my camera and ran out back.

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I took a few pictures and walked back to the house. As I looked back, the sky had lit up with pinks and purples, so I ran back. I am amazed at how quick it changed and how vibrant it kept getting! The 2nd picture was taken 4 minutes later.

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So glad I was able to capture it!