A trip downtown for some dusk and night shots with the St. Louis Photography Club. About 100 of us signed up to go, but I'm not sure how many attended. Most of these shots were taken from the Eads Bridge, the one on the top left was taken from the overlook at the Malcolm W Martin Memorial Park.
This beautiful young lady graduates next week. We were almost unable to get these pictures done in time. I think we had to re-schedule three times due to rain! Good luck in your future endeavors, Mackenzie! Graduating class of 2014, schedule early :)
A last minute decision to respond to a plea for help, and I had the opportunity to work with an amazing husband and wife team for a wedding last Friday. My job was to capture the details. I only have a few of the images taken on my Compact Flash card, once we actually met I was given a new card that they took with them at the end of the evening. I hope to get more images soon. The first image below is my favorite!
Recently I was asked to photograph the family below. Every family has a story and I love meeting people and sharing a little bit of their lives, creating images they will love now, but more importantly cherish in five, ten or twenty years. This family has a very unique, tug at your heart, kind of story. You cannot tell by these pictures, but the four young people in this first collage were all born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This is a genetic disease that most significantly affects the lungs, but also other organs. To learn more about CF generally, here is the website: http://www.cff.org/aboutcf/
These young people are inspiring to me, and I'm sure it's safe to say they inspire everyone they meet. Pictured on the top left are Dalton and Katie. They met through CF and married in 2011. The other two young ladies are Kayla and Hannah, Dalton's cousins. Dalton was just recently put on the lung transplant list, and though Katie was put through all of the same tests she is not yet eligible for new lungs.
This is very good news for Dalton! Aside from the obvious concerns, what most of us would not know is that after Dalton gets his new lungs he cannot be around anyone with CF; not his wife, his cousins, or a huge community of support with fellow CFers. When I asked Katie, "What inspires you and gives you hope in such a tough battle?" This was her response:
"I think the thing that most inspires me to live is the amount of love we have for one another. We are in a serious situation and things get so hard sometimes but we never give up on one another. We understand FULLY what one another is going through and we have both fought in the same battles for so long. Having Dalton is amazing. The most incredible feeling is knowing that I have someone who knows every flaw, has seen my mucus, and has been there for me through bowel obstructions, and has seen me vomit from coughing but still loves me and holds me no matter what. We truly understand each other to the core and its something I never ever take for granted. We never get a break but somehow we manage to just keep God and love in our life and that's how we do it. We honestly enjoy the simple moments and the little things in life."
It's hard for me to imagine difficulty breathing 24/7. Oh sure, I've had the occasional upper respiratory virus, but knowing that in a week or ten days it will be better does not even come close. I asked Katie if the word 'drowning' would be an accurate description. Imagine jumping off of a diving board and realizing that you have gone so deep you may not be able to make it to the surface to get enough air. Now imagine that feeling continuously! I pray for a cure, I pray for strength and healing for these young people and I pray for comfort and strength for their parents and extended family. I hope that these images help in some small way to remind you all of the love!
Dalton and Katie have a blog that chronicles their life, it's one tool for staying in touch with family scattered around the country. Here is a link to read more about their journey. Katie is also making bracelets to help raise money for their lung transplants. You can copy and paste this address in your browser to read more of their story and perhaps contact Katie for a beautiful bracelet (see pictures below): http://www.dkprager.blogspot.com/
For their 10th anniversary Heather wanted some family photos, but she also wanted to mark this milestone with pictures of them as a couple. This is so important!!! I have to say that there are a lot of people who don't understand the importance of this until it's too late. I applaud Heather for making this a priority and I applaud Michael, who like most males would rather be doing just about anything else.
I hope that this experience and these images bring joy to you for a very long time! Happy Anniversary to you both!
It is going to be really hard not to play favorites with this little face. This child's face transports me back in time when my own son was a baby. His cousin Ryan was not much older than this when he would spend his days at his house, Ryan's mom (aunt Rita) was his first and best babysitter!
Pictures make great gifts for Mom! Mini sessions are next weekend, call today to reserve your spot!!
With all of the rain this week already, and all of the predicted rain and severe weather I wanted to see how my pet photography skills have changed. At least I'm being more creative :) It helps to have a really cooperative pet! Unfortunately, Darcy doesn't understand why we cannot go out and walk! It's too bad we can't bottle up all of this rain for July or August when things around here get really dry!
I really did complete the challenge, I just got busy and forgot to post those last three images. It will be a while before I participate in another "daily" challenge.