Travis and Kim recently celebrated their 12th anniversary! It is no exaggeration to say that they have endured more in their 12 years together than most couples do in a lifetime. I was honored to meet this amazing duo and their daughters, Kaley (a 13-year-old bookworm who loves basketball, cheerleading, and Dr.Who) and Gabie (a 10-year old animal lover who is in the gifted program at school), through Magic Hour Foundation a few months ago. MHF is an organization that matches photographers with cancer warriors (currently in treatment or within two years of becoming cancer free).
Travis and Kim are both warriors. They met right after high school and are in their early thirties. Kim fought breast cancer (stage II) a couple years ago and won the battle on April 19, 2013. They were about to celebrate her being cancer-free for a year when they got the gut-wrenching news that Travis had liver cancer (stage IV) on March 6.
In our first conversation, Kim described her family as loud, faith-driven, sassy, and laid-back. She was right! But she forgot to mention that they are also incredibly fun-loving and tight-knit. Their love for each other is so evident in every interaction. It was beautiful to witness.
At the time of their session, there may have been uncertainty about what the future might hold. But they all had such strong faith and hope for the best possible outcome. And I am thrilled to tell you that they did get the best possible outcome. On August 15, they found out that Travis was cancer-free! I could not be happier for this amazing family!
Below are some favorite images from their July session (and, yes, there are a lot). Special thanks to The Blowout Co. of Brentwood for offering hair and make-up to our lovely ladies as well as to Elements Massage Brentwood for offering Travis a massage while the girls got pampered. I will be creating another blog post that thanks them in more detail. I am so grateful for the kindness extended by these wonderful businesses!
Also featured in a few images are Kim’s sweet nephews and her mom.
How gorgeous is this family?!
My sweet, sweet grandma turns 90 years old today! Of course, I called to wish her a happy birthday. Only wish I could be up in New Jersey to celebrate with her right now. She sounded like a million bucks and was so excited about all the love people were sending her way. She is the best! We had a much longer phone conversation last week, and she mentioned how she felt like she’d accomplished so much in her 90 years. So what is she most proud of? Her family! We’ve all been blessed to have her here. Ten years ago, she had a terrifying health scare and spent many, many months in the hospital. There were so many times we came close to losing her. But she made it through and has seen the arrival of her eight great-grandchildren in the past decade. We all adore her and are so lucky to have such an amazing woman as the matriarch of our family!
I moved to Nashville after college to be a songwriter. I got wrapped up in the corporate world and, while I continued to write, I observed much more than I participated in the songwriting community. But now that I’m back in Nashville after spending a few years in Chicago, I’m ready to make things happen. I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer at NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) on Music Row. I attended inspiring events and met great people. some of whom have become co-writers.
Steve Crawford is one such co-writer. He and I met in the NSAI lounge and found out we both grew up in North Jersey! He is currently attending Belmont and is learning all he can about the music business. Nothing great came out of our writing session, but I did get this picture of him in front of the Music Mill (NSAI’s headquarters). I am hoping to photograph more songwriters over the next few months so that I can feature them on this blog. So if you’re a songwriter, let’s talk! (Or, better yet, let’s write together!)
Photographing Lauren & Vincent before Senior Prom in May really took me on a trip down memory lane. I loved my prom! I loved my dress, loved the back of my hair (it could’ve looked better in the front), loved my shimmer-sparkle lotion, loved that my sister did my make-up, loved hanging with friends in our ’57 Chevy Bel Air stretch limo, and loved that my date and I were high school sweethearts (just like Lauren & Vincent).
But what I didn’t love were my pictures. Most were taken with a disposable camera or my mom’s 35mm. They are grainy and are either really dark or way too washed out from the flash. Of course I thought they were pretty good at the time! And there is one that was taken at the end of the night that still has a place in my heart as one of my favorite pictures ever… But overall, they are just disappointing to look at now. If I could go back in time, I would love to have a pro photographer capture moments from that special night. But while it’s too late for me to have those perfectly focused memories, it wasn’t too late for this sweet couple.
Lauren is so exceptionally beautiful and her dress was DAZZLING! Wait till you see the shoes, too! And how cute is Vincent?! He just adores Lauren, and I was touched by how well he treated her. There really is nothing quite like young love, folks. And I hope when they pull out these pictures many years down the road, they remember how in love they were and just enjoy reminiscing about all the details of that night (but maybe forget that Vincent was running a little late and initially forgot the corsage haha).
Since the weather was an issue, we played it safe by arranging to shoot at a local hotel. It worked out really well and the rain held off so that we could get some outdoor shots. I know this post is much longer than usual, but I just have so many favorites from this session! Enjoy!
I had such a great time capturing this wonderful family in the Fall. It was an honor to be asked to photograph them after the arrival of their adorable little man, Jameson, in March. Big sister Julia was sweet as could be with her little brother. At long last, here are some of my favorite images from this session: