Anna+Clark {kiddos} | Louisville Children’s Photographer

You know those people.  The ones that have incredibly adorable and happy children?  Enter Amy and Seth who manage to not only have super cute offspring, but when I see them, they’re always smiling and always having fun.  Which then makes me smile and have fun… it’s contagious.  That’s one thing I love most about this family. :)

We had a short and sweet session with just the kiddos, Anna and Clark, last month and I can’t believe how they’ve grown!  Anna is three years old now and has the best imagination.  And Clark is pushing nine months – I can’t get over how chunky he’s gotten since I saw him last!!  But yes.  Amazing kids, amazing parents, amazing family – that’s the best word to describe the Weisenbarger Family.

Anna+Clark {kiddos} | Louisville Children

Peaches.  They’re both sweet as peaches.

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Cheeky smiles are my fave!

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She’s sweet to the core – love Miss Anna-V!

Amy and Seth, thank you for letting me spend time with your kids over and over again!  It’s hard to believe how much they’ve grown – I remember meeting Anna for the first time when she’s was swaddled and passed around an office to be loved on.  Now she’s a firecracker and I get a kick out of the fact that she wants to play with me.  And Baby Clark, who’s not going to be a baby for much longer, has such a pleasant demeanor and is the best clapper ever. ;)  Can’t wait to photograph you all together later this fall – give those kids high-fives for me!  xoxo


Brooke Murphy Photography is a Louisville Family Photographer and works on-location in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas. To see more of Brooke’s work, visit her portfolio. You can also follow Brooke Murphy Photography on Facebook to see her latest projects, specials and sneak peeks.

Caili - Oh my goodness. That little girl! You did such a great job of capturing her spirit in these. I feel like I’ve met her! Clark is such a cute name and his outfit is to DIE FOR. I want to dress my kids like that one day!

Amy (Mama) - You once again flatter me and my family! Thank you so much for these special images and your kind words!

katie - oh cuties!! that little girl has the best personality and you totally got it! these are so sweet and awesome!

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Earlier this week I talked about the photo-walk my niece, Emily, and I went on down at UofL’s campus.  Not only did I have the intention of walking and taking photos alongside her, but I wanted to photos of her – I love shooting down on campus and what better way to experience it than with my 13-year-old niece.

We found cool places to stop at, I worked her into a pose, asked her about boys (the giggles always come out with talk of boys) and photographed her.  So these are the images I got of her as we went along our photo-walk.

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Things to know about Emily:  She has three siblings; two sisters and a brother.  (They weren’t present unfortunately.)  She’s looking forward to starting the eighth grade and has hopes of joining choir this year.  She loves to craft and is pretty good at crochet – she goes to a weekly meeting at the library to crochet with older ladies.  Emily loves to read and actually wrote a short story last summer.  She and her brother make movies (but are too afraid to post them on the internet).  And after years of thinking they were disgusting, she eats scrambled eggs with delight now.

She is my niece.  And I love everything about her.

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Those long legs – I think she looks so much older in this photo just because I can see her height.  Even my husband was surprised how tall she’d gotten since he saw her last.  It’s crazy.  But good crazy.

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

That smile – I LOVE IT!!

Emily had picked up some new kicks earlier in the week.  I am a fan of Converse myself, so I asked her wear her new mint sneakers.  She had just as much fun photographing her shoes as I did. :)

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

Emily {just because} | Louisville Portrait Photographer

My niece – just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  She did great in front of the camera.  Actually, she did better than I expected, so she shouldn’t be surprised if I ask her to pose for me again.  Now we just have to figure out how to get the rest of the family in front of my camera and pulling it off as well as my Emily did.  :)

I love you, Em.  Never be afraid to be yourself.  Because you’re awesome.  xoxo

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Diane - lovely pics. Love her legs too. she is beautiful, just like her aunt.

Caili - These are so good! Not only is she the sweetest but the colors and the composition? More of this, please!

Emily - I love posing for you. Anytime!!!! And boy do I look good in black and white. Hahaha!!!

Photo-Walk With My Niece | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

My brother has lived in Jasper, Indiana ever since he graduated college and his daughter, Emily, has spent a week with my parents every summer.  This summer, she stayed for twelve days!  I know my mom was very excited about her being around for more than a week, but I was really excited – I would be able to see more of her even though I keep a hectic schedule.  And I love this girl to bits and bits, so spending time with her is a must.

I threw out the idea when she first arrived in Louisville to do a photo-walk.  I don’t think she knew exactly what I meant, but over five days of emails she got the gist.  I picked her on Sunday morning, we headed out for a delicious breakfast of pancakes and then I took her down to my alma mater, the University of Louisville.  I thought the campus would be a great place for a photo-walk because of the scenery (trees, buildings, landscaping, albino squirrels), but I also thought it would be cool to show Emily where her family went to school.  Both my mom and brother graduated from UofL as well, so it was fun to tell her the stories from over the years of visiting campus together when I was younger and my own days as a collegian.

I think the idea went over pretty well.  :)

I armed Emily with my old Rebel XT and gave her two lenses to work with: the 18-55mm kit lens and the fantastic 50mm f/1.8.  We set her camera on aperture mode, we reviewed aperture and what numbers were important, I showed her how to change it on the camera… and then I let her do her thing.

Photo-Walk With My Niece | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

Emily went right at it – she was snapping at everything that caught her eye.  So as she took photos, I’d take a shot of the same set up and we’d compare.  We covered the rules of thirds, properly using the focus on the camera and she just soaked it all in.  She was a sponge.  It was awesome just to watch her “get it” as we wielded cameras side by side.

Photo-Walk With My Niece | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

I told her that I had plans to photograph her as well.  And I agreed that if she posed for me, I’d pose for her.  So I let her pose for me first, took some photos and showed them to her along the way.  Before I posed for her, I slapped the 50mm on her camera and had her open the aperture.  She definitely fell in love with that little lens – come the first shots she got, she noticed how the background was knocked out and she did a little dance.

She’s nothing like her aunt.

Photo-Walk With My Niece | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

Then the experimenting started.  Story telling with a wide aperture.  Admiring flowers.  Looking down a rail.  Finding reflections.  Getting down on the ground.

I’m pretty sure I’ve squat down on the ground like with clients several times.  And I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. ;)

Photo-Walk With My Niece | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

She’s a girl after my own heart, in her own world and having fun.  It seems like it was just last year she was a little thing with chubby cheeks and the same long red hair.  I can still hear her tiny four-year-old voice yelling up my parents’ stairs in the morning to wake me up.  “Aunt Book-ah-nay! Come pay wit me!”   And now she’s thirteen.  Starting eight grade and as tall as me.  It’s hard to believe that she’s grown up this much.  And I’m just proud of where she is in her young life.

She makes me happy.  And I love her for that.  Forever and always.

Photo-Walk With My Niece | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

To see the photos I took of Emily on our photo-walk, click here.

Caili - Oh! This is so FUN! Also, I agree that the 50mm 1.8 is fantastic. For the price, unbeatable!

Emily - Love you too Aunt Brooke!!!

Brooke - Oh Em, I love you more.

Brooke Murphy Photography - […] this week I talked about the photo-walk my niece, Emily, and I went on down at UofL’s campus.  Not only did I have the intention of walking and […]

Baby Evan {newborn} | Crestwood Newborn Photographer

Watching our friends’ families grow is wonderful – and this summer there has been no shortage of babies to help us keep watch.  Laura and Erik were on this list… with their second baby… a boy this time.

Baby Evan came along in mid-June and he wasn’t exactly a little guy, but oh-so-handsome.  The first time I saw him, he looked like a little man sitting in a baby bouncer.  A square baby jaw and a cleft in his little baby chin, there’s no doubt that he resembles his father.  But only with a little less beard. ;)

And Claire – oh how she’s grown! – thinks Evan is funny and calls him Buddy.  Which is quite possibly the cutest thing in the world and was witnessed several times throughout their session.  I believe mom and dad enjoy this too as Laura’s eyes would meet mine and she’d repeat Claire’s words.  “Hey Buddy.”  Words that are sure to never be forgotten and endlessly heard for years to come.  That’s what I love about growing families – their stories.

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Laura’s a beautiful momma.  And that smile is a perfect Laura smile.

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Baby toes.  Who doesn’t love baby toes.  And a favorite of mine. ♥

Baby Evan {newborn} | Crestwood Newborn Photographer

*eskimo kisses*

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Evan was fighting a nap.  Until he laid in dad’s arms like this.  And then the sleep hit hard and he snoozed away.

Funny how one position or one pair arms can just change everything in less than a minute.

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Claire with her little brother.  A major series of “Hey Buddy” and “Hey Brother” and cuteness galore.  But of course, there’s always Mickey Mouse to turn back to when Baby Evan doesn’t talk back…

Baby Evan {newborn} | Crestwood Newborn Photographer

To say I love this family isn’t saying enough – we’ve been friends for years, have many memories that we’ve shared from college until now and I know that only more will be made.  I just like that they keep me around and let me play with their kids and influence them with wacky animal sounds.  Yeah, I love that. xoxo

katie - So cute!!! Look at those pouty lips! Ridiculous. And that was such a sweet family. Congrats!!

Caili - What a peanut! Those shots of the parents alone with him are perfect. Just perfect.

My Five Fave: Flat Sandals

Anyone that knows me in the real world knows that I do not wear heels.  Unless the occasion, or outfit, requires it.  This includes but is not limited to: weddings, funerals, work events, interviews, nice dinners and the ever so fabulous three-course cruise boat dinners.  I sometimes wear heels for the heck of it.  But I don’t like driving in them.  I don’t really like walking in them.  And Mike and I are basically the same height and I don’t like to be taller than him.

But flats… I love flats, my feet love flats, and I’m so happy that they’re popular right now!  More specifically flat sandals.  Even more specifically, bright and inexpensive sandals.

My Five Fave: Flat Sandals

1. Coral braided (Target)  2. Brown braided (Target, not available)  3. Yellow Studded Slings (Payless)
4. Teal Braided Gladiators (Target, similar)  5. Black Studded Gladiators (Payless, not available)

Why?  Well, they go with everything.  (Everything.)  They’re nicer than flip-flops.  (Yeah.)  Safer too.  (I’ve had accidents in the past.)  And they help me pull an “outfit” together better.  (I’m not fashion savvy, but I try.  I really try.)  They are a staple, my go-to, and I keep being attracted to more just like them.  (I tell myself no.  All the time.  No.)

The sad part is my pedicure.  Or lack there of.  Actually, there’s a lack of toe nail to be precise.  I had an issue with a dog crate at 4:30 in the morning.  I then had another issue with a broken nail, blood everywhere and laying down on the ground so that if I passed out, I’d fall as little as possible.  So my colorful flat sandals that are usually worn with colorful toes are now paired with band-aids.

I wish I was making this up.

But band-aids or not, my little pigs will not be put in socks while it is still warm enough to tramp around in sandals.  And these five pairs will be making the rounds with me the rest of the summer. :)

Susan - The yellow and turquoise ones are calling my name! Love them!

Christy Tyler - hahaha – I love this. Also – we are the same person… :) Flats for the win!

rachel corbett - I also like flat sandals. Too clumsy to be wearing heels! You also know I am not one who gets pedicures/manicures ever. But I hear you on the toe thing. I dropped something on my big toe and now I have a huge spot of blood underneath the nail. So big and dark that it almost looks like i painted the toenail – just the one! But it doesn’t stop me from wearing open toed shoes to work. :)

Caili - Omgosh the toe story scarred me! But the shoes are terribly cute.