our kids are growing up

Just the other day I had one of those moments where I looked at my daughter and thought “wow! she is really growing up!” It seems somewhat surreal that so much time has passed since first holding her in my arms, and each day time just seems to move faster.

One night back when SG was about 21-months-old we rushed her to the emergency room in Nashville. She was coughing very badly and having a lot of trouble breathing. Scary for any parent, but especially when it is your first child. Long story short, she was fine, but had frequent bouts with croup. But that night at the hospital one of the nurses came out with a small stuffed bear that a local church had made for the kids who came into the hospital. She immediately calmed down, and “teddy” has been a part of our family ever since.

The other day I was talking with my neighbor and we started planning a session to photograph their youngest with her special “piggy”. “Piggy” has been a special member of their family, and “piggy” deserves to be in a photo session as well!

Then I got to work today and look what I found on our free table (a table where we can all bring in our items to discard and see if anyone sees them as a treasure before they are thrown away):

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I got really sad…and couldn’t just let this cute little (obviously well loved) bear get thrown away. So I brought him home and gave him a little photo session. I bet he was such a comfort to some little one through scary thunderstorms, probably made a trip to the doctor and left with a band-aid to prove that he had been brave as well, maybe even lost an arm and had to go to the hospital. I felt like I could feel the memories that this bear had been a part of coming to life as he laid there on the free table.

So maybe you want to capture those memories that your kids have had with their “special friends”…shoot me a message and we can set up a special session. Don’t let these memories slip away from you! Our kids are growing up way too fast…

foto//friday . Grandmother and Girl

Nepal was a beautiful place! Mountains, plains, elephants, and wonderful people. While out in the far west at Dadeldhura, this grandmother and girl were waiting to be seen by a doctor at the local hospital. The girl had cut her arm somehow and was going to need stitches. I love close portraits, with the eyes telling a long story. These two sets of eyes are no different.

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family mission statement visualized

Cheyenne and I (well, mostly Cheyenne…with my FULL support!) have been working our way through Organized Simplicity, and one of the steps is making a family mission statement. This mission statement allows us to have laser-sharp, holistic focus on where our time, finance, and energy goes. I was really excited to complete this task…and I am really happy with the results.

I went ahead and ordered a 16×20 print of our mission statement to hang in our home, it might even be here by Saturday! I thought I would share…

While making timeless  memories together, we desire to give unsparingly, value diversity and creativity, and to be honest, peaceful and compassionate.

Love . Faith

Capital Community dedicated three months to series on Faith, Hope and Love. They started with “Love” in February, they did “Faith” in March, and finished with “Hope” in April. These two square posters corresponded and then we did a different approach for “Hope” and Easter. If you would like to chat about custom graphics for your next sermon series, simply click on the “contact” tab above and shoot me an email!

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Alicia Gresham - September 7, 2011 - 1:22 pm

I am studying photography and spend almost all of my time researching, learning, exploring, photographing and all the many wonderful creative things that go along with being a passionate and creative individual. I was really impressed by your website/blog…I love your experiments with texture. I love to do the same. I love to experiment and break the rules and cross barriers along the way. You seem like an incredible photographer and person. I just wanted to say hello and let you know I really admire your work and commitment to family and your craft. You really stand out in a crowd on the gigantic web.


Alicia Gresham

The Gottschalk Family

Meet the Gottschalk family. I have not only had the privilege of photographing this family numerous times (watching these kids grow up), but they are some of our best friends. Check out the 2009 Christmas card that I created for them, and see how much these kids have grown over the last year. I cannot say enough great things about this family. These parents are some of the most giving and loving people that I have had in my life. I always look forward to getting an opportunity to give them great images of their family as they grow each year. Plus just look at the love between these parents…such a great example of a loving marriage!

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Now here are their three beautiful children! Each of them have very unique personalities…and I know that my kids are glad to have such great friends as they grow up!

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I have to admit that the last photo just melts my heart! Look at those eyes.

Show the Gottschalks some love… Thanks for being such wonderful clients, and more importantly FRIENDS!

Christy Edge Riddick - August 23, 2011 - 11:36 am

I Love them!!!! Sooooo when are you coming to Texas?!?!?! I would love to set a date! :O)

admin - August 25, 2011 - 11:01 am

i’ll have christy let you know when i head that way! :)