Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sneak Peek: Jessica's SWEET Birthday Party

Jessica celebrated her 30th birthday in a sweet style! Her amazing friends threw her a big candy-themed birthday party that featured signature cocktails, a candy bar, dancing, and of course a professional photographer! It was a fun night with a great crowd.

Happy Birthday, Jessica!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Emmalee's first time holding Sophie

Granted, Sophie is almost 9 months old and crawling now, but since these videos were recently discovered from a deep dark hole, I have to post them anyway.

She was pretty excited.

Note: At 0:26 Emmalee picks her nose, looks at it, and then Sophie is placed on her lap. No one noticed at the time, but I found it hilarious when I watched this.

"I'm not a baby!" . . (anymore)

For months I avoided the task of figuring out how to download the videos we took with our little digital camcorder. I took a few videos soon after I bought it (earlier this year when my neice Sophie was born), and then never touched it. Well, after hours this morning finding the right codec to download, learning how to convert the ASF files to MPEGs, I got to relive those first few days of our 2008.

In this video, the jealousy begins. Emmalee not only realizes, but professes that she's not a baby anymore!

going ga-ga

Ok. Forget Kanye West for a second. Stop or mute my playlist. You've got to see this old video I found of my darling neice, Sophie. This was taken minutes after her birth (January 4th, 2008). The sight of a proud dad, flashes of cell phone cameras and the sounds of everyone cooing over her had me in tears, so I had to post it.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sneak Peek: DJ + Monica (part II)

... and finally, a night shot in front of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

NILMDTS Annual Fund Drive

With the Month of October being recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation holds its Annual Fund Drive for six weeks starting in mid-September and ending in October.

President Ronald Reagan enacted Proclamation 5890 in October of 1988 to recognize that each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States alone end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn child. Reagan stated, "A national observance offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn or newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members... " To read the full Proclamation signed by Reagan, CLICK HERE.

If you are in a place to make even a small contribution to NILMDTS, please know that doing so will continue to allow the organization to provide improved resources, training, communication, and other tools necessary in support of our amazing contingent of professional photographers who provide the gift of free remembrance portraiture to families in need.

Our next project we are working on is an online, interactive webinar version of our Formal NILMDTS Training taught by Co-Founder Sandy Puc' allowing anyone in any country with access to a computer to complete the course online. Donations help make programs like this a reality!

Your Donations Support the Organization in Many Ways -
* By supporting the continued education of our volunteer photographers
* By allowing us to further our outreach to hospitals and hospices across the world
* By offsetting the costs associated with outreach efforts including Formal NILMDTS Training Seminars
* By supporting the Family Forum which creates a productive and supportive haven for healing * By supporting the Photographers' Forum which provides a helpful environment for our member photographers to express their feelings and receive advice on the various issues that they face in this noble work
* By supporting the day to day operations of our Headquarters Offices

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sneak Peek: DJ + Monica 9.13.08

D.J. and Monica got married on the beach of Manzanita, Oregon. This was my first beach wedding, and they were troopers. It was an intimate affair in the cutest little beach town, and it was such a blast. I feel so priviledged that I got to capture their day.

Vote for Change

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If you don't know your own registration status or you'd like to learn more, take a minute to visit the site right now. This race is too close and too important to stay home on Election Day.

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It's people just like you who will transform this nation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008