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A bit of randomness…

Well folks, I just wanted to give you an few images of my lodging in Nashville at Imaging USA.  Lovely.  HUGE.  Gorgeous.  Waterfalls.  Everywhere.  Flowers.  GREEN.

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And then I came back to South Dakota.  Where my husband had snowplowed trails for our dogs into our backyard.  AWESOME. 

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

So here I am again, sharing one of my favorite portraits of my family… I recently became a volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and I had the opportunity to shadow an infant bereavement session last evening.  NILMDTS is a world-wide organization that provides professional portraits for families who have suffered the loss of an infant, and although I have never experienced that kind of loss, I can only imagine the pain and grief that a family suffers.  This is such a great way for me to give back, a way to honor and remember the beautiful children, to share the spirits of their short lives.  Photographs are obviously so important to me, and I know that I would cherish these images forever, and I am so grateful to be able to give that to families in need.

Prior to photographing a session on my own, I am required to do a little training and shadowing.  I was just approved as a volunteer over the Christmas holiday, and I contacted another amazing photographer in my area to let her know I would like to shadow her on a session.  I got a call last night as I was leaving work that she was headed to the hospital.  Oh boy… we were walking into a session where a 2 month old with interrupted SIDS was going to be possibly taken off life support.  I immediately started crying in the car, wondering how in the world I was going to witness the pain and grief and loss this family was facing.  After arriving at the hospital and praying with my collegue, I gathered myself and we headed up.  I can’t explain the experience, but it is one I will never forget.  The parents had chosen to keep their little boy with them for a little longer, so I simply watched as Amy captured him with his parents, grandparents, and baby cousin.  We were able to stay and photograph his baptism, and while it was one of the most difficult things I’ve witnessed, I know that this family will be forever blessed by the portraits that NILMDTS provides. 

So I sit here this morning, wondering what occured over night, wondering if their little boy is still here, or if he has gone ahead to the Heavenly Father, and I hold my children a little tighter, hug them a little longer, and have just a little more patience, because right now, they are here with me and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. 

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My babes

Oh, what a day!  Mike claims this has been the longest day of his life, but then again, he tends to exagerate just a bit… :)  We were up and at um this morning to get to church, and we actually made it there {almost} on time!  The kids were sitting with us in church, Noah coloring and Kate sitting with me when she started to fuss.  It rapidly went down hill from there.  I took Kate to the nursery, and Noah got up to follow me, thus Mike followed him.  Please keep in mind we were sitting in the front row since we were {almost} on time.  Trip one out of church.  Noah was crying hysterically at this point not wanting to go to the nursery, so Mike stayed outside with him to calm him down for a few minutes and I went back into {the very front} of church.  Mike never re-appeared, so I went back out to find out what was going on.  Again.  Noah was still crying, and I told Mike just to put him in the nursery and come sit down with me.  So back in I go.  No Mike or Noah.  Back out I go.  From {the very front} of church.  Again.  Mike was sitting in the nursery with Noah – we try to leave, he freaks, so we get him.  And I decide that he must either sit with us or stay in the nursery.  So back into church we all go, crying, screaming Noah and all.  That lasts all of 2 seconds until Mike takes him out again.  I wait, then get up.  We try the nursery thing again – utter failure.  He is now sobbing and hiccuping and a snotty mess, so Mike goes back into church (yes, again!), and I stay in the nursery with the kids.  Does this ever happen to anyone else out there?  Yeesh!

Noah remained owly all afternoon until I took him to the store, where he actually behaved himself pretty well.  I got a few new photo props, so I decided to have myself a little “session” with the kiddos.  Not much cooperation.  And did I mention that I attempted this by myself for a bit until Mike got home from his run?  Well, I did.  It did not go well.  At all.  Lots of crying…  Mike finally came home, and the poor guy just wanted to watch the football game, but I insisted that he “assist” me… not the best idea I’ve ever had.  Lots of yelling and crying again.  I did manage to get some cute shots illustrating my new props, so the day wasn’t a total loss…  I have chosen not to include all of the portraits with crying involved.  You are welcome.

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I got these aweome tutus and bloomers in Nashville, and I am so excited to use them in my studio!  I wanted to show you a close-up of Kate’s thighs, which, by the way, have slimmed down considerably since she has started walking.  Can you imagine the before shots?  Holy cow!  We have to hold her jeans and bounce her into them to get most of them over those legs! ;)

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Noah was really not into getting his picture taken, but sure did want to help take the pictures!  He is making me proud!

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Yes, folks, I too bribe my children at my sessions…

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January 18, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Missy - Oh my word – you are too funny. And yes, we’ve had those days. Except after the 2nd exit from church we usually just give up and leave. So kudos to you!! :) Love the new props.

January 19, 2010 - 5:37 am

mom - Well, I’ve just spent the last hour reading and looking at last year’s blogs and pics. I should be in bed…I need my rest!!You are a natural and am proud of you for going ‘for it’ to pursue your dreams.

Of couse, I love the pics of the grandbabies….Kate is more cooperative ‘for now’…luv the ones with looking at her toes, in the pink foo foo?, and hand on chin. And Noah is adorable with his smile and big brown eyes.

And when am I going to get some pictures for the past year?
You are my photographer….Right??
And babysitting should have some perks :) …Blessings and love…

Teddy Bear Den Celebrity Auction

I am so excited to be a part of The Celebrity Night Out auction to benefit the Teddy Bear Den in Sioux Falls!  The Teddy Bear Den is a great organization that educates and donates necessary baby items to limited income pregnant women and their children.  I have donated a {small seeds to little weeds} first year program to be auctioned, so come out for a great way to support a local charity and get a great value on this photography package!  The auction is this Friday, January 22 at 7pm at CJ Callaway’s.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 605-335-2730. 

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“L” family sisters {sneak peek}

I had so much fun with the “L” girls!  Their dad contacted me prior to Christmas to have his girls’ pictures taken, and at first I assumed he was a single dad, since not many men contact me regarding photographs.  I learned that he was planning to suprise his wife with pictures of their girls for Christmas, and my heart melted!  He took the girls to a salon to get their hair done prior to pictures, and then brought them over.  With the help of some “lady” friends, he chose the photographs, got them framed, and hung them up for her to find on Christmas morning.  What a man!! 

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