The Whites {family} | Louisville Family Photographer

It took me a couple of weeks, but I figured out that I knew Sarah and Bobby before we met up for their family session.  I didn’t go to a huge high school and I tend to remember faces – and these two look exactly like they did in high school!  So I was very excited to meet them and their super adorable (and super talkative) daughter, Emmalin.  At two years old, she has the talking thing down – I don’t think I’ve heard so many sentences from such a small gal.  So I think it’s safe to say she’s a fast learner and on the track to be a genius.  (If only I recorded her while we were together, you’d totally understand where I’m coming from!)

So meet this little sweetie and her parents, Sarah and Bobby, who have the cutest love story since they’ve been together forever.  Literally half of their lives.  How amazing is that?

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Emmalin’s smile is contagious!!  Seeing that happy face makes me smile right back her!

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Tippy toes to check things out. Love it. ♥

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Towards the end of our session, we had a quick wardrobe change and Emmalin quickly became uninterested.  I can understand, believe me, there are many times after sessions I have to go home and take a nap myself.  But these tears… even though I know she’s tired, I just think she’s too sweet for words.  Her dress, her boots, those cute little pigtails and that small hand wiping her eye… my goodness.  I just wanted to swoop her up and hug her.

Sarah and Bobby, thank you so much for giving me the chance to spend time you guys and meet your sweet Emmalin.  She’s so inquisitive and interested in everything around her – I couldn’t get enough of her!  And I really loved how open and talkative she was because I don’t always see two-year-olds that are so open to new people.  You have a beautiful family and I know that your love for each other will just get stronger and she grows up.  I wish you guys the best. 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.

The Hillmans {family} | Louisville Family Photographer

These babies are just growing up too fast!

It seems like I talk, visit, stay in touch with Josh and Mandy but I never get to see their daughter, Amelia.  (OK, we tend to have date nights when we do meet and Amelia does not like our dogs… so that’s probably why.)  But she’s becoming quite the little lady!  I last saw her in April and she’s gotten taller and more talkative but still sweet as can be.  And her hair – curls on curls but getting so long!!!  I tell ya, she has the perfect parts of her mom and dad. ♥

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Hello there, toots!!

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Big, big blue eyes.  Long eye lashes.  She’s gonna make the boys swoon with eyes like that.

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Josh and Mandy, I love you guys so much and I just can’t get over how precious Amelia is.  She has got some spunk… I know it’s in there… she’s just a little shy around me still.  Shy or not, she’s just wonderful.  And thank you for letting me spend time with her – I just hope all the dogs at the park didn’t upset her too bad! 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.

Mentionable Finds: Fall to Winter Knitting Patterns

All I want to do is knit… but I still have picked up my needles yet this season!  I keep looking at the bag I keep my knitting notions in.  I’ve flipped through my pattern books and even browsed Ravelry.  I’ve walked down the yarn aisles at the store and touched them all.  But I’ve yet to knit.  I could blame it on the fact my to do list is long and my free isn’t, but honestly I haven’t found a pattern to inspire me.

And that makes me kind of sad.

Maybe it’s something in the water, because my two knitting mentors are both taking it easy in the sense of clicking needles.

But I spent some time last night looking at past projects and I found four pieces, four pieces I really liked, that I knitted over the past few years.  And I think they’re mentionable finds… because they aren’t my patterns, I found them… and they’re somewhat inspiring too.  So maybe you and me will knit something together soon… but these struck me as the best fall to winter knits. :)

Mentionable Finds: Fall to Winter Knitting Patterns

1. The infinity scarf is still very popular and I knitted three (THREE) in a years time for my three high school girlfriends Kelly, Abby and Natalie.  The pattern is super boring (135 stitches in the round, nothing but seed stitch), but the finished product is perfect!  And I was lucky enough to have a fast knitting friend who knew I badly wanted one of my own so whipped up a gorgeous eggplant colored scarf for my birthday last year.  I’m telling you – PERFECT!
For my original post on shutterboo blog, click here.
The pattern is GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley, free download on Ravelry.com.

2. A smaller scarf, a cowl that I knitted for a dear friend in Baltimore, Miss Wendi of Bon Appetit Hon.  The pattern was simple but had a little extra plush feeling to it with the waves it created.  I used a light-weight acrylic yarn that was soft to the touch, which makes this cowl perfect for slipping on when it starts to cool down – shouldn’t overheat but instead just stay nice and cozy.
For my original post on shutterboo blog, click here.
The pattern is Lush-ious Swirl Cowl by Linda Frydl, free download on Ravelry.com.

3. I love super slouchy hats.  I just have a problem wearing them.  I do it anyway, but I occasionally feel silly.  But this green hat was made for my office-mate, Lauren.  Green is her color and the hat fit like a dream!  I will admit that I had a problem starting this hat for some reason.  I started three different times because I kept messing up the number of stitches in the repeat.  But once I figured out the issue, it was game on – and I couldn’t have asked for a better slouchy hat.
For my original post on shutterboo blog, click here.
The pattern is Ballard Slouch Hat by Felicia Lo, free download on Ravelry.com.

4. I honestly have no idea why I knit boot cuffs for myself.  I have no fashion sense in any of my bones, so even just wearing these around the house made me feel like a fool.  But I will say that when worn the right way, they are as cute as can be.  And snuggly warm.  This was my first cable knit and the pattern flew by in a jiffy.  Now I just wish I didn’t look like a twit every time I try to sport them out the door.
For my original post on shutterboo blog, click here.
The pattern is Boot Candy by Sara Gresbach, pattern download available on Ravelry.com.

So now to find something that’s calling my name…

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - The Universe is being cheeky today….I had my hand on that very cowl this morning and decided that it wasn’t time yet. But now that the temps are dipping, I can see it getting into heavy rotation.

The Knights {family} | Louisville Family Photographer

Man oh man.  The second I knew that I was going to get some face time with Baby Jennings I might have done a happy dance.  Might.

Of course, spending time with Liz and my former co-worker, Jacob, is all good as they are at the top of my favorite people list, but BABY JENNINGS!  Come on!  The last time I saw him he was only two weeks old and now he’s five months old and cuter than that little duck slide they keep at the State Fair. True story.

Meet my beautiful friends, their darling little man Jennings.  The trees had just started to see some color and the light was just dreamy… BABY JENNINGS!!!

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Um… Baby Jennings. Hello?!

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Such a cute, cute family.  And as sweet as can be – I’m a big fan of Jacob and Liz.  And Liz’s hair.

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Just look at this sweet pea!!!!  Curious eyes, big cheeks, the most adorable little baby mouth.  Gah.

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Jacob and Liz, I had so much fun with you guys!  But I have to admit my favorite part about our time together was watching you guys with your son – how you talked to him, held him, doted on him.  Insanely perfect.  Thank you for letting spend time with your family.  Thank you times ten. 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.

katie - That is one seriously adorable family. And Jennings is precious! Love, love, love those black and whites! Makes his little eyes pop!

Abby+Brian {engaged} | Louisville Engagement Photographer

I can remember the very first time that I knew Abby and I were friends.  We were eight, in the third grade, Ms. Sterling’s class, and she had called me one night to see if I’d like to go to bingo with her at the club.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I put on my favorite silk shirt (it was all the rage in the early 1990s) and waited for her and her mom to pull into our driveway.

I don’t remember anything else about that night.  I assume I lost at bingo, that we ate some snacks and talked and giggled like most eight-year-olds would… but it was the anticipation of spending time with her that still lingers with me.  I still feel those butterflies… even 23 years later.

We’ve always been in school together, sharing many classes and teachers and notes folded in the most bizarre manner.  We’ve always celebrated good news, cried through bad news and talked too much about boys. We’ve roller-skated our hearts out, danced our butts off, written and illustrated stories of our own.  We’ve made plans together, vacationed together, prayed together and dreamed of the future together.  She’s the Polo to my Marco.  The Bubbles to my Buttercup.  The Mad Dog to my Big Roach.

But now we’re all grown up.  And I’m forever happy that she’s found a partner that I admire, that I love to be around and look forward to hanging out with.  We may still talk about boys too much, but these days it’s been about dates, colors, reception locations and the dress she’s going wear when we she marries Brian.  And I’ll be damned if those darn old butterflies haven’t come back in a frenzy.

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So while these two are going to tie the knot, we made time to capture some photos before the wedding comes.  We visited some of their favorite places in Louisville – places that help make up the history of them.  To say that I’m super excited for Abby and Brian isn’t enough.  I’m over the moon happy for them, could hug them both over and over again… and just down right love them together.

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Everything this city has to offer is fantastic – including the giant bat in front of the Louisville Slugger Museum.

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We had to change it up and bring in some Saints love.  One thing I’ve always loved about Abby and Brian is this.  Abby has long admired New Orleans and even talked a couple of us gals into a vacation a few summer backs.  And Brian has been a Saints fan since he’s been going to football games.  It’s match made in heaven, people.  Who Dat Heaven.

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(The things I do for Brian.)

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The Palace.  Another place they both love.  And rightly so.

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Abby and Brian.  Oh man… I’m so counting down the days until you guys make it official.  It’s felt like it’s been the real deal from the start, seeing how happy you make each other, and I’m just so glad that I get to watch it all go down.  Love you both to bits.  xoxo

courtney - Great photos, Brooke! And Congrats to Abby on her engagement. :) All the best to her and Brian …(from some girl she vaguely remembers going to middle school with. LOL)

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