Elizabeth+Matt {expecting} | Louisville Maternity Photographer

It might have been super hot the last day of August, but it the people made it worth while!  I headed down to UofL’s campus to meet with an old friend from college and his gorgeous wife, and we worked through the heat to give them something special to take with them to their new home in Louisiana.

I love working with couples that are open to new ideas and trust me – and Elizabeth and Matt were fabulous.  I could have been blinded by the fact I was watching a fella I’d known for years snuggle close and laugh with his expecting wife.  Or it could have been Elizabeth’s warm smile and easy-going personality though the heat of a thousand aim-n-flames were blazing upon her.  But I loved their company, loved watching them together and may have done a few happy dances.

As they begin to settle in Louisiana and make a new home, they’ll soon be welcoming their first-born, a little boy who Matt has called Turtle since they first learned they were going to be parents.  And like most people, I can’t wait to hear about this little guy and how much more they love each other as their family grows. But let’s quit talking and get down to business…
Elizabeth+Matt {expecting} | Louisville Maternity Photographer

It had to happen – Matt’s an alumnus and a fan through and through. :)

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This spot. This photo. Her smile. It’s all PERFECT.

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*bump love*

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Another favorite – they really were are perfect together. The right amount of sweetness and humor and honesty and love.

Elizabeth+Matt {expecting} | Louisville Maternity Photographer

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Matt!  I know your new home is going to be a great start for Turtle and that your neighbors are lucky to have you in their community.  I can’t wait to hear Turtle’s name for the first time – so keep me in the loop!  And maybe we can meet up again when you venture back to Louisville. xoxo

Caili - Ohhh so sweet. The last one is my favorite, hands down.

Take It Up a Notch | Project Life in Color

After trying to keep up my positive perspective and enjoy everything around me as it happened, I saw myself down in the dumps for a bit.  It happens.  And is actually not as uncommon as you think for women my age.  But luckily I was pulled from my self-made pit of despair and everything I’d been bottling up, I let go.  Besides “being in the moment” and relying on the good things that the future could possibly hold to keep me going, I actually started taking it up a notch.

Just with me.  How I wore my makeup.  The outfits I put on.  The food I put in my body.  How I meditated and stretched throughout the day.  And it worked.

So, as no surprise, when my monthly book club dinner rolled around, I took it up another notch.  I wore a dress I’d never worn around my girlfriends (for validation, of course), I painted my toes to match my scarf, I fixed my hair and did my makeup.  All before 7:30am so that I’d be ready at 5:30pm to sit and dish it out with my ladies.  And since it started as such a good day, I decided to document it.  This is my life in color for September –

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So maybe I cheated on the shoe-front, but I swear my long black dress and bright scarf was nice.  Pinky promise.

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My camera isn’t really made for taking selfies at arm’s-length… but that didn’t keep me from trying.  And I was surprised to see how many new freckles I had.  Gettin’ that vitamin D all due to football season. :)

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Our dinner destination.  Great food and even greater company.  I had a wonderful melon and sorbet salad and the most delicious salmon with lima beans.  Mayan Cafe is the shiz – if you live in Louisville, it should be on your “to dine” list.  Their lima beans are the jam.  (Says the girl that doesn’t eat lima beans… except here.)

I actually parked across the street, right in front of the Why Louisville store . (It’s fun, kitschy and has some badass items that pay homage to our wonderful home, like the “find the mullet” t-shirt.)  And I saw the “before I die” board for the first time.  No chalk was around to write on it, but I did love seeing what other people wrote.

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I might have laid down on the side-walk on Market Street to catch a better angle of the Why Louisville sign.  Not a person cared.  And it was great.


Project Life in Color is an ongoing project, interpreted by each photographer in their own way.  To see how Caili photographed Project Life in Color this month (and see her amazing photography), visit her blog here.  Don’t forget to click on through our circle to see how every captured Life in Color!

Andrea - Love it! Yes, we all need to do some extra things for ourselves to show ourselves some appreciation:) And, now I want to visit Louisville too! PS You’re so cute!!

katie - A couple of thoughts:
1. i adore the freckles.
2. i love your walk about.
3. would it be weird if i painted a chalk wall in my house with “before i die” thoughts too?

Jenn - I agree – sometimes, dressing it up (whatever that means to you) is the best way to power through a rough patch! Maybe its time to treat myself to a mani-pedi…

kim - I love how you were prepped 10 hours before hand. That board is a must have. Love it!

Caili - Sister, this post is beautiful. Your outlook on life is so inspiring! You look amazing and I’m so glad you took it up a notch and dragged yourself out of that slump. :)

Stephanie Olson - Absolutely love this post and your cute freckles!! I love the “kicking it up a notch” idea and may have to borrow it from you ;)

Sarah C. - I love that scarf and restaurant sounds yummy (but I love lima beans!)

Melissa - well hello beautiful!! sorry you have been down in the dumps, but glad you are coming out of it! love the colors in these photos! and I love that “before I die” board… what a clever idea

Learning To Let Go

You know the feeling where everything feels just right?  That all of the pieces of your life are falling into place?  You can’t help but smile and think to yourself “I am so lucky.”

I hadn’t felt that feeling in days.  And it was starting to piss me off.

I’m a generally happy person but tend to worry (more than I should).  I may not smile all the live long day, but I do think of my friends and family often, and that lightens my heart.  I may not be optimistic, cheerful or super chatty, but I get by with the way I operate and have no problem making new friends.  I felt like I was on cloud nine for three straight weeks and then, in just 10 minutes time, found myself completely in the dumps.

This feeling haunted me longer than it should have.  I didn’t want to smile.  I didn’t want to think about things that usually make me happy.  And I didn’t want to be around other people.  I wanted to crawl into bed and sleep.  Just sleep.

I had no idea how to shake it because everything I tried just didn’t work.  But a distraction broke me free and things started to look up again.

I learned some very exciting news from a long-time friend last week – news I refuse to retell because it isn’t my good news share – but it made me smile, made me stop worrying about what I feel like I can’t fix and let go of everything I had been bottling up.  It’s funny how an instance can do that.

The long weekend was perfectly timed and I focused all my energy into the what I was doing at that moment.  Whether it was taking pictures, tailgating, having dinner with friends, laughing at naughty jokes amongst a group of college friends – I stepped away from my bad feelings and dived into being present.  It made my weekend a really great four days.  And luckily it hasn’t died down.

I may have been on the verge of tears all day yesterday, but they were good tears.  An old friend introduced me to an opportunity that I think will make a bigger impact on me than the people I’ve been asked to help.  Not only in my heart, but in other areas of my life as well.  I’ve been toying with an idea for a personal project but have been so worried about what people would think of me, would they even care enough to participate, would I be able to devote enough time to make it perfect.  All that worry.  Over something that doesn’t even exist yet.  But I’m letting it go.

I have so many things on my to do list, things that are hopefully going to bring more happiness into world, create new relationships, improve old ones and inspire people I don’t even know.  But the only way I can do this is by learning to let go.  I’m setting the worry free, breathing out all the bad that I keep holding in.  This is actually hard for me to do, it’s just not in my chemistry.  But I’m trying.  Because I want to hang on to the feelings of inspiration, gratitude and love as long as I possibly can.  You know those feelings.
Learning To Let Go

illustration by Katie Daisy

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Let go of whatever is holding you back and weighing you down…or at least don’t hold on so tightly. I’m cheering you on friend.

Tom B. Taker - i think a great way to fight worry is to live in the moment. You’re on the right track!

Susan - So. Many. Hugs. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got coming, I just know it’s going to be amazing.

Amy RW - I saw one of those silly quotes on Pinterest the other day that I think applies to this post. It said, “You can do anything, but you can’t to everything.” Keep your head up, chica. Everything you do is done to the highest quality. *Hugs*

Brooke Murphy Photography - […] luckily I was pulled from my self-made pit of despair and everything I’d been bottling up, I let go.  Besides “being in the moment” and relying on the good things that the future could […]

Baby Calvin {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

I’ve been so lucky to visit with Baby Calvin every week he’s been in the world.  From day two and on, I’ve seen him grow like a weed, hear his parents stories from the past week, stare and smile at him for no reason at all.  And I’ve also been able to see two people I admire and love, hold this little guy, bounce him, try to quiet him, feed him and give the most of their love every time they touch them.

Watching long-time friends become parents is my favorite thing about these little babies that come into the world, and Martha and Alan are no exception.  I may not want children myself, but I understand the power of love.  How it brings you closer together, creates a ball of tension in your chest and make you want to tell everyone what you’re feeling even though you can’t put it into words.  There may be late nights of crying and feedings, insane diaper-changing stories, a few tears that fall by accident… but there’s this invisible force between Martha, Alan and Calvin that I think everyone feels.  And makes everyone feel good and just keep smiling for no reason at all.

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These three people – I love them to the moon and back.  We couldn’t find better people to call friends.  True story.

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*the right – a favorite*

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Calvin was born with wild hair.  And with Martha being a hair dresser, she can’t keep her fingers out of it.  Momma has a big crush on his furry little head.

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Calvin found his thumb during our session.  I didn’t think it was in his mouth, but the pictures make me think otherwise.

Baby Calvin {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

So there’s one thing to know about Calvin: he’s not afraid to express himself through crying.  At all. :)  He hates a wet diaper or missing snack time.  There were a few times that day we had to pause, figure out what the problem was and evaluate next steps.  This was one of those times – one minute Calvin is cool as a cucumber and the next…

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One diaper change and swaddling later, and we have a sweet and sleepy little man.

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Oh, Baby Calvin, you have no idea how many people love you, family and friends alike.  And you have no idea how much you mean to your mom and dad – there may have been a little extra effort involved to bring you into the world, but there’s no shortage of snuggles, cuddles, kisses and all those things that moms and dads do best.  Baby Calvin, keep up the good work eating and growing – I can’t wait to see you at our next weekly date. xoxo

To see Martha and Alan’s maternity session, click here.

Caili - I LOVE the facial expressions he makes I LOVE THEM! It’s so fun to come to your blog for inspiration—you always keep it fresh and most importantly, keep it real. Love it!

Brooke Murphy Photography - […] meet Baby Calvin with his family, click here. To see more of Brooke’s work, visit her portfolio. Follow Brooke on Facebook or […]

Brooke Murphy Photography - […] To see Martha and Alan’s maternity photos, click here. To meet Baby Calvin with his family, click here. […]

Doggin Love No. 8 | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

We may not go to the dog park or take walks on a regular basis, but one thing we do is play frisbee – and our doggins love it!  I taught Chase how to catch a disc when she was a pup and then to rest just kind of happened – the jumping in the air, the amazing catches she was able to pull off and fetching frisbees became her favorite thing to do.  She can’t get enough and most times I have to make her stop and get a drink of water to cool down.

The one thing we have figured out is Chase and Chevy can’t play frisbee together – there was a mid-air collision one time and that was enough for Chase.  So these days Chase plays first (while the BDD waits inside) and then when we release the Kraken (the BDD is a bit feisty when it comes to frisbee), Chase hangs back and watches.  And this was exactly what we were doing here…

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… of course, once you say “frisbee” again, she’s ready to get back in the game.  I just like the “smile” she gives me. ♥

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katie - I can smell puppy breath!!! Love it!!!

Christy Tyler - Soooo cute!!!! Doggin love!

kristen - i absolutely LOVE your doggin photos!!

rachel corbett - Where are the pics of them playing with the frisbee? that would be the photos to see! ;) love your doggins.