The Taylors {extended family} | Louisville Family Photographer

My friends, Emily and Brent, and their kiddos are no strangers to my camera – but Emily has made it her mission to get both their families together this year and photograph their extended families together.  So while we photographed Brent’s family earlier this year in May, we finally circled back in September to meet up with Emily’s family.

Not only do I love this family, but it so much fun to spend time old classmates, see their babies all together and have my favorite little Selch boys remind me of everyone’s names.  With three families plus grandma and grandpa, they definitely kept me in check. ;)

There’s no need for introduction – just know that these people are fabulous inside and out.  And I wouldn’t have wanted my Sunday afternoon to have happened any other way.

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Robin and Chuck – the keepers of the Taylor clan.  These two are the bees knees.  No joke. :)

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Thank you, Taylor Family, for letting me not spend two unforgettable hours with you, but hold your babies, tickle your kiddos and laugh with you.

Chuck and Robin – you have a beautiful family, right down the youngest little grandchild.  And I love how you’ve taught your kids to not take themselves too seriously, to share their love with each other and pass it along to all those babies.  Much love – xoxo.

To see a few more photos of the Taylor siblings, click here.


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.

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Doggin Love No. 10 | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

Chase 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 things and having a ball.  But I sure do love her for it.

Doggin Love No. 10 | Louisville LIfestyle Photographer

Doggin Love No. 10 | Louisville LIfestyle Photographer

Beware of Chase!  No, not really, but standing on that rock was not her favorite thing that morning.  At least three takes.  She doesn’t do “stay” very well – she’d rather be right next to you instead.

Doggin Love No. 10 | Louisville LIfestyle Photographer

katie - That dog has hutzpah! God she’s cute!

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes | A Happy Accident

A happy accident indeed!

The morning of mini sessions – the originally planned morning of October 6th – it was raining cats and dogs.  And it had rained and stormed like no other the night before.  The mini sessions had to be canceled.  And after I phoned my wonderful clients at 8am to say “stay in your pajamas,” I might have fallen back asleep myself.  For another three hours.

I’m really, really good at sleeping.  And darn that rain if it doesn’t help too.

But when I woke up and decided to get out of bed, I was craving pancakes.  And I knew I had the stuff to make my dreams come true too.  Only I didn’t have regular milk… or regular almond milk at that.  All I had was chocolate almond milk.

See what I mean about a happy accident?

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes | A Happy Accident

So I made a half-batch of pancakes using my favorite little cheater flour mix.  (Sorry Bisquick, but I love Pioneer Brand for when I make occasional Sunday morning pancakes or biscuits.)  Added my egg and 3/4 cup of chocolate almond milk.  And then an extra 1/4 teaspoon of cocoa for the heckuvit.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes | A Happy Accident

I might have dropped in a few semi-sweet morsels while frying up my flap jacks.   And maybe have sprinkled mini-chips on top too.   And butter.  And syrup.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes | A Happy Accident

THESE pancakes, my friends, were put-my-face-in-it worthy.  Super fluffy, a very faint chocolate flavor to the cake part that the chocolate chips only made better.  Did I mention fluffy?

I love fluffy pancakes.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes | A Happy Accident

But like most things that happen in my kitchen, both good news and bad news came from this experiment.

The bad news: I couldn’t eat the entire stack of three.  I filled up way faster than I hoped I would.  And I didn’t have any super cold 2% to drink with it.

The good news: I had two more pancakes left over.  And that’s always delightful.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes | A Happy Accident

katie - okay, that’s hilarious. i never would have thought that would work, but clearly it was meant to be. and they look amazing.

Melanie - Thanks! Now I want pancakes…..

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.

Leah+Jason {expecting} | Louisville Maternity Photographer

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.

Leah+Jason {expecting} | Louisville Maternity Photographer

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.

Leah+Jason {expecting} | Louisville Maternity Photographer

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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.

Exploring | Project Life In Color

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!

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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

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