Leah+Jason {expecting} | Bardstown Maternity Photographer

I’ve had the honor to call several women my sisters – sororities still get such a bad wrap, but I walked away with several lifelong friendships and love the time I get to spend with these ladies even years later.  Leah’s no exception.

Over the past year, I’ve been able to visit with Leah more and more.  Either while dining out at her favorite Mexican restaurant or walking her through how to use social media effectively for her business (she owns and operates an adult daycare in Shepherdsville called Alternative Adult Day Health Care Center), I always look forward to the next time I get to see her.  She has a gorgeous smile, a bubbly personality and asks the strangest questions that usually sends the table into laughter.

Last month we visited My Old Kentucky Home, the place where Leah and Jason promised their forevers to each other years ago.  Because now they’re starting a new chapter in their life, one that  Jason  has been looking forward to for years: their first child.  Baby boy due next month and they’ve already decided to call him Owen.  Love.

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Of course, they don’t leave our their doggins, Lola and Wally, as they were family first. :)

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Wally’s bow tie kills me.

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Leah asked to recreate some of their photos from their wedding, including the one below.  I was happy to oblige – two people in love… in the same spot they were a few years back.  Same love – different celebration.

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That look and those smiles.  I love it!

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Leah and Jason, I wish you nothing but happiness as you wait to meet Baby Owen.  I’m sure he’ll have the best parts of both of you and bring light into your worlds everyday.  I cannot wait to meet him, see you both with him, and learn more about what he loves, what he hates and what he’s learning to do.  I send my love and well wishes as the next few weeks fly by. xoxo

Caili - Gorgeous couple!

Melanie - Beautiful photos!! Leah, you wear this pregnancy thing beautifully! Mr. Owen will grace your presence before you know it!

Melissa - love & babies and all that jazz is beautiful and wonderful (and they are adorable!) BUT… that bowtie on the dog is AMAZING! ha! :)

Exploring | Project Life In Color

Mike’s been getting me out of the house more often these days.  We plan our weekends around UofL football, but he’s actually taken me away from the house to explore some.  Because if I’m not shooting a session, I’m sitting at the computer culling, editing, blogging, learning, etc.

Early this past Saturday morning I woke up with him to trek around some woods with friends.  And to make it more interesting, I brought Chase along with me.  (For clarification, she’s the doggin that can hear.)  It was a bit humid as rain was moving in (and it would not stop for hours and hours and hours), but other than that, a really pretty October morning.

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There wasn’t much water in the creek bed that morning – the next day, a friend texted a picture of the falls after a full day’s rain.  Way more impressive.  More “scenic.”

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The group let me know that this was likely poison ivy AFTER I stood very close to it.  The leaf colors and the branches that splayed out at the top caught my eye.  Poisonous or not, I still like it.

And there were pine trees galore.  And cedar trees.  And a few sycamores.  According to Alan, our friendly woodmonger.

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Chase was super happy about exploring.  We told her the night before we’d go for a ride, so that morning when everyone was up, she was prancing around just waiting for the magic words.  And she loved it.  We walked a trail off-leash, she said hello to everyone multiple times, she found grass to eat, moss to smell and several places to mark as her own.  She also got a bath when we got home – and became the fluffiest doggin on the block.

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I’m not a very outdoorsy person, but I tried to keep pace with everyone.  I got wigged out by a few bugs, the idea of ticks, a rogue spiderweb and thorny branches… but it was good to get out, explore, be present and try to capture it in the camera.  And it made my Saturday afternoon nap even more worth while.  Especially curling up to a fluffy doggin. :)

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 more of her fantastic work, visit her blog here. Don’t forget to click on through our circle to see how every captured Life in Color!

Life in Color: Red | thecomynspace - […] To follow the circle around check out my lovely friend Brooke of Brooke Murphy Photography and her post! […]

Jenn - Mushrooms!!!! I think that’s my fave pic here even though I love the slightly mysterious feel to all of them. Woods in the morning are so beautiful – awesome job.

Sarah C - I love your hike but your puppy is SOOO CUTE!

Caili - Girl! You perfectly captured what a fall morning feels like. I can smell the leaves and feel the cool humidity. Perfect!

katie - Absolutely love that first shot. So perfect with the sun peeking through the trees. What a fun adventure and I’m sure Chase loved every second of it. I mean look at that grin!

Kim - Beautiful! My favorite is the picture looking up the tree trunk. It gives me this sense of freedom when I gaze straight up into the sky.

Melissa - love the 1st photo as well. Beck came and climbed up in my lap while I was looking at your photos and said “dog, dog, dog, dog!!”
:) He’s a fan of Chase too

Brooke Murphy Photography - […] was quite the sport when we went on our little adventure in the woods.  I think she didn’t care that I took 47 pictures of her because she was outside, doing dog […]

My Five Fave: Things With Close Girlfriends

That title is all kind of whack – but it will make more sense in a minute.  Promise.

I originally didn’t have a post set up for today.  But after spending an evening of burgers and truffle fries with three of my long-time girlfriends, a new five fave popped into my head.  It may be a little mushy, a little more revealing… well, maybe not – if you know me at all, you know I’m a toucher, a hugger and all around sap.  And that my favorite movie is Steel Magnolias. (Which I may have quoted below.  Maybe.)  But anyway… here are my five favorite things I experience with my close girlfriends.


1. Long, hard hugs.  And kisses.  I just love them.  You’re squeezed tight, you hold on a little longer than normal, and something inside just melts a little.  And occasionally I remember a time when our arms would stretch a little further around each other… but soft is in, right?

And I know, kisses may be weird to some you… and I’m not European… but I do kiss my close friends goodbye.  Just like I would my parents or my brother.  A swift peck, an extra sign of affection, something that lingers a few seconds longer once I step away.  The. Best.

2. Laughing so hard you can’t breathe and/or cry.  Being able to full-on, without a worry, laugh so hard you think you wet your pants or, if you like me, draw out a snort… I smile just thinking about how much I love a good laugh/cry.

Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.

3.  Silent cries.  Last night, one of my favorite people had a spectacular day, was on cloud nine… something she just hadn’t experienced in a while.  And in her emotional high, she shared how her co-workers were happy for her and I could see the tears growing in her eyes.  And my own tears welled up silently.  Sympathy crier, that’s me.

Oh sweetheart don’t. Please don’t cry or I will too. I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.

4.  Being truly happy for each other.  There’s something about having a friend for 15+ years that’s wonderful.  You know so much about each other you could write a seriously funny biography for each other.  But then the surprises and celebrations along the way make it all even better.  Right now there’s so much good going on with my girlfriends and I’m so  so so happy for them all.  Whether it’s a great career, an engagement or a first kiss – my heart beats a little faster knowing how good they feel about it all.

How precious is this weddin’ gonna get, I ask you?

5. Wordless apologies.  You don’t have to always speak to say you’re sorry.  Sometimes all it takes is a look.  Or an escaped tear.  Or pulling someone in just to be a little closer to them.  There’s a deeper understanding that exists and words don’t always help.

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.

Bonus: The inside jokes.  Who doesn’t love inside jokes.  Or stories that are told and retold a million times.  Or how your friends compare you to your father on a regular basis.  (I think they just do it to rile me up… and confirm their statements all over again.  Boo.)

I am pleasant! Dammit! I just saw Drum Eatenton this mornin at the Piggly Wiggly and I smiled at the son of a bitch for I couldn’t help myself!

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Any day that starts with me reading Steel Magnolia quotes is bound to be a good day. Thanks friend….I love you more than my luggage!

Melissa - I love the bonus… that’s one of the things I love so much about my group of friends. The phrase “cool on the box” instantly makes us all dance like one guy and “who’s got charter?” will turn into an argument about the pigs name from that insurance commercial, EVERY time. And, no one thinks we are funny as we do :) I like knowing that other people tell the same stories over and over too!

A Follow Up To A Greek Yogurt Experiment

After trying several different kinds of Greek yogurt and grading each one, I finally found one for me.  And I can honestly say not all Greek yogurts are created equally.  Through my experiment, six different brands met their demise with my mouth (or the trash can).  I kept a chart to score each brand on creaminess, tartness, taste without topping, amount consumed, any additional notes and then an overall score.

Three actually had a score of 4 (out of 5), but there was one that just stretched into first place.  Because it had REAL honey.

Fage is my favorite Greek Yogurt.

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The thing with the Fage is that it does not taste great without the honey.  But once you add that sweetness, it compliments the tart yogurt, it builds on the texture and makes it so yummy I end up scraping the bowl.  The problem now is the last two times I’ve been to my Kroger, there hasn’t been any Fage with honey on the shelf – every other flavor you can think of, but no honey.

This just tells me that I’m not the only one that’s figured this little Greek yogurt secret out. ;)

Baby Connor {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

Love works in mysterious ways – for the good, in most cases.  And in Belinda and David’s case, for the best.  Having known each other for years in high school, they really didn’t get to know each other better until college.  And, as mystery would have it, they fell in love.  I adored seeing them together, how they interacted and just beamed at each other.  Because, you see, I went to high school with them as well… and it was all new to me.  Belinda and David.  And now Connor.

They welcomed home their first child, Connor Wesley, in mid-August of this year.  So all the love and beaming that was going down was all because of this little man they’ve both fallen deeply for.  And I can’t blame them – he was so calm, so quiet and has the biggest, most beautiful eyes.  Well, once you wake him up, that is.  But a perfect little package and all theirs.

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All those smiles.  I never tire of seeing couples become parents – I can only imagine that when they stare into that little face, or even their partner’s face, they think “We did this – we brought this baby into our home to love forever.”  And that makes my heart flutter.  So does the love that Belinda wears on her face when she’s with these guys.

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Oh my goodness.  Total fave.  Happy accident.  Kisses galore.  LOVE.

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David told me that he loves to watch Belinda with Connor – I think it’s because you can see their relationship blossoming.  She’s a beautiful mother for sure.

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I love baby feet.  A lot.  Thankfully, so does Belinda.

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Miss Piper stood watch the entire time.  When we moved Connor, she was up in a heartbeat to make sure no harm was done.  I think she has a new best friend named Connor.

Belinda and David, I am so, so happy for you two.  The fact that you were able to find a life partner in each other, even after the long days of high school, brings a smile to my face.  And now that you’re growing your family… I’m thrilled to the bone.  I wish nothing but happiness in the years to come – through all the firsts you’ll share with Connor, the traditions you’ll create together as a family and all the experiences of parenthood that follow. xoxo