The Shankses {family} | Louisville Family Photographer

Sarah admitted that they hadn’t taken any family photos before.  With Elise and Andrew fast approaching four and one, and no family photos of everyone together.  What?!!  It had to be remedied!  I am a firm believer in photographing families together as children grow – the photos that include their parents are the ones they’ll cherish most as the age.

Believe me.  I speak from experience.

But what a family!  The Shanks were a blast to spend the morning with, were laid back and so playful.  Elise is a firecracker and did not run out of energy – she was go, go, go the entire time but I have faith that she had fun.  And Andrew?  Well, at nine months he’s a bit more quiet than his counterpart, but had to keep his eyes on big sister at all times.  He watched Elise pick flowers, run through the grass… constant eye contact.  Sarah had told me that her children were quite fascinated with each other right now and it was evident as could be.

All I can really say is Sarah and Bobby are doing something right, something perfect, because these kids are happy, kindred and so in love with mom and dad.  Keep at it, you guys.

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Cool and calm Andrew.  And always turning to find his sister.  I love it.

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Love this one – Elise’s smile is perfect!

And here the firecracker is in action!!  That smile is genuine and that hair is wild and I love it through and through!

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The Shank Family | Louisville Family Photography

Since Sarah and Bobby haven’t had any photos taken of themselves since their wedding day, Elise and I decided it was best we take some that morning.  She is a bright one, that little girl.

I’ll keep her…

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A beautiful family, for sure.  Thank you, Sarah and Bobby, for letting me spend time with your kids.  Our walk together was great and I think I have a new little friend for life.  And with that, I’ll end with this fantastic picture of Elise on the swing. :) xoxo

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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.

My Five Fave: Songs I’m Crushing On

I’m tuned into music almost all day everyday.  My car stereo has been living on WFPK for months.   At the office, there’s usually music playing throughout the warehouse.  If there isn’t (or if isn’t pleasing my ears), I’ve turned to streaming.  I love Songza (the songs just repeat a little too often), Spotify is still new to me but we’re getting along just fine (I recreated 1996 in the form of a skate jam list) and WFPK streams online too.  (CANNOT get enough of WFPK.)  At home, iTunes keep me company as I edit photos and write blogs.  So it’s no wonder that I fall in (and out) of love with songs.  But these are the songs that I just can’t get out of my head, out of my bones… and I don’t wanna.

five fave songs

1. Jack White and Loretta Lynn | Portland, Oregon  2. Churchill | Change  3. Vampire Weekend | Diane Young
4. Imaginary Cities | Ride This Out  5. Brandi Carlile | The Story

So, Jack White and Loretta Lynn – there was definitely a one month period where I listened to this song at least three times a day.  And not only listened to the song, but watched the video on YouTube.  I’ve been all over Jack White for months (why just now – who knows) and I am enamored with his skill and love for music.  These two together are just fabulous.  I love the rendition of this song inside and out.  Even if it took me a few years to hear it after it was released.

Churchill’s Change is newer, released in 2013 if I’m not mistaken, and not only do I like the lyrics, but the melodic tune sucks me in each time.  It’s fun, upbeat and great to sing along with.  I might have listened to this song first thing in the morning, every morning, for a month straight – you’d be amazed how a song can brighten your mood faster than a cup of coffee.

The new Vampire Weekend!!!!!  I still haven’t heard the whole album, but I’m so stuck on Diane Young it wouldn’t matter anyway!

Ride This Is Out is also a couple of years old, but I’ve only recently heard it and even learned about Imaginary Cities.  (I’m convinced Canada was keeping them a secret.)  Marti Sarbit’s voice kind of reminds me of Amy Winehouse, but a little more loose and easy and I want her to sing every song I’ve ever loved – just to hear it from her lips.  My favorite thing about this song is how the tempo speeds up.  I challenge myself to chair dance to entire thing and keep beat.

Brandi, oh Brandi.  I’ve had a love affair with Brandi Carlile’s music for well over a year (maybe even two), but The Story is my most favoritest song of hers.  I could listen to it on repeat.  But I could also do that with almost any Brandi Carlile song.  That’s how much I’m crushing on this musical gal.  If you don’t know her, get on that – you won’t be disappointed.  I promise.

The Selches {extended family} | Louisville Family Photographer

When you have five kids all under six years of age, things can get a bit hectic.  Just a bit. ;)  But when it happens to be the Selch family , of which I’ve photographed Brent’s and Laura’s families separate, it made sense to bring everyone together, including their parents.  And I had to share some of the images from our afternoon together.  I love these families too much not to.  

Brent and Emily’s children: Colin, Lucas, Ethan and Kate.  They are wild, care-free and have a fondness for Harry Potter and Stars Wars like I do for cake.  The boys are uber-fun to play with!

And I can’t over how big Kate is getting!  It had been about six months since I seen her, but those blue eyes are just gorgeous and that slight touch of red to her hair is perfect.  Cousin Connor thinks so too.

Laura, Stephan and their son, Connor.  I love this little man!  I got to celebrate his first birthday with a cake smash and captured some of my all-time favorite photos.  He’s just a sweetheart and has become a little boy already.

Mike and Anita – Brent and Laura’s parents.  They’re the ones that get to play and spoil these grandkids.  And then send them home.  :)

It was a joy to see the entire Selch family together.  After knowing Laura, Brent and Emily for years, it was a treat to be introduced to Mike and Anita and spend time with everyone all at once.  And although these five kids may be more interested in playing tag, driving little cars, having sword fights and eating cookies, they are after all just kids.  And an excellent group of kiddos to watch grow and love on.


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.

Doggin Love No. 4 | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

All last week I spent my evenings planning for a baby shower I was hosting the upcoming Saturday.  I had an ongoing list of things to do and shop for, with cleaning the house as my number one priority.

I must confess I’m not the best housekeeper.  Our home definitely isn’t like an episode of Hoarders, but me and Mike are both busy all the time and we happen to spend our free time doing something other than mopping.

On Monday, Memorial Day, I started at it.  I dusted, cleaned windows, swept and ran the vacuum.  It was looking good.  But come Wednesday, it was a disaster again.  I love my doggins with all my heart, but their ability to shed like mountain sheep drives me insane!!!  The one rug we have in the house was caked in white dog fur just after two days.  Boo.

So I took matters into my own hands on Thursday.  I planned to sweep, vacuum the findings and mop, and I had to be proactive to have the results last a two more days.  Chase (the one that can hear) is the main culprit when it comes to floaty, fluffy dog hair in the house.  So I Furminated her in the backyard.

I couldn’t believe how much fur came off of her.  (That white and gray stuff next to her?  Fur.)  So I did what any normal human being would do and got the camera and had my sweet, innocent puppy pose next to her big wads of super soft bunny fur.  She looked to serious so I threw out the magic word (which is “grandpa” if you’re wondering) and got this reaction:

Haha!  Smiling doggin!

After the major brushing, the shedding did die down some.  But what’s worse is once Mike came home and as I was telling him the Furminator story, I showed him (on the dog) where most of the fur was coming from.  And with just a soft little tug, more came out.  It’s complete nonsense that this 25 pound mutt can shed like she does and we aren’t cashing in on it in some way.  (Note to self…)

And yes, the house was very clean come Saturday and the baby shower was a great time, but I’m hoping to write another post for it…. because I gave myself several pats on the back throughout the day. :)

The Paulins {family} | Louisville Family Photographer

I just can’t get over how much a little guy Levi has become!  He recently turned one and is the most dapper little fella that doesn’t really know how to turn his smile off.  I love it!

Stephanie and Jeremy really do have a sweet boy.  It’s been several months since I’ve visited with Levi (he was four months old the last time I saw him), but mom and dad have taught him well and kept him happy and well, he’s just the sweetest.  You could tell that Levi wanted to explore the park where we were, but was hesitant.  I think he stood in place for a solid few minutes, not moving his feet at all, before mom scooped him up and had his smile come out in full force.  He also found the pine cones interesting, but didn’t want to hang on it for too long.  And tall grass… well, that really wasn’t Levi’s style at all.  But I loved being able to spend time with Stephanie, Jeremy and Levi – they are absolutely wonderful to be around and always I leave with a smile.  :)
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Gah.  That Levi is breaking hearts at one.  ♥

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Maybe 30 seconds after this shot, Levi said it was time to check out – tall grass was not his thing.  But that sneaky smile makes one creep onto my own face.The Paulin Family | Louisville Family PhotographerThe Paulin Family | Louisville Family Photographer

The Paulin Family | Louisville Family Photographer

The Paulin Family | Louisville Family Photographer

As always, I had the best time with your family, Stephanie and Jeremy!  And keep doing what you’re doing – Levi has won my heart already.


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 - Umm, love these! Everything about them! How precious is this family too!