Doggin Love No. 8 | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

We may not go to the dog park or take walks on a regular basis, but one thing we do is play frisbee – and our doggins love it!  I taught Chase how to catch a disc when she was a pup and then to rest just kind of happened – the jumping in the air, the amazing catches she was able to pull off and fetching frisbees became her favorite thing to do.  She can’t get enough and most times I have to make her stop and get a drink of water to cool down.

The one thing we have figured out is Chase and Chevy can’t play frisbee together – there was a mid-air collision one time and that was enough for Chase.  So these days Chase plays first (while the BDD waits inside) and then when we release the Kraken (the BDD is a bit feisty when it comes to frisbee), Chase hangs back and watches.  And this was exactly what we were doing here…

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… of course, once you say “frisbee” again, she’s ready to get back in the game.  I just like the “smile” she gives me. ♥

Doggin Love No. 8 | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

katie - I can smell puppy breath!!! Love it!!!

Christy Tyler - Soooo cute!!!! Doggin love!

kristen - i absolutely LOVE your doggin photos!!

rachel corbett - Where are the pics of them playing with the frisbee? that would be the photos to see! ;) love your doggins.

Our 2013 Experience | The Kentucky State Fair

Anyone that’s followed my blogs for any amount of time knows how much I love the Kentucky State Fair. (The proof?  Fair Days 2011 and 2010.)  I usually go to the Fair every year with my girl, Abby, and we stay all day.  All. Day.  But we missed our Fair Day last year; I had just started a new job and Abby was traveling over the weekends.  So we decided to make up for it this year and our friend Kelly joined us… and it really was a great day with my girlfriends.

Fair Day consists of seeing any of the shows we want to see (Abby and I happen to love the duck herding Border Collies – and both agree the racing pigs was the all-time best show), walking through most of the exhibits (at least all the food entries, the photography and art walls, and themed Christmas trees), shopping the flea market and finishing Fair Day by watching a band and enjoying an adult beverage.

We started early, arriving at 11am, and made the best of our time together.  We took several photos… of exhibits, each other and selfies… and we made sure that we didn’t care what other people thought…  I have to say those eleven hours spent at the Kentucky State Fair made this year a favorite for sure!

Our 2013 Experience | The Kentucky State Fair

1. The dairy cows were in abundance the day we decided to go. Moo. :)  2. Dioramas… from The Walking Dead… winners in my eyes!
3. We visited all of the protective services booths, including the FBI. I also made away with a police officer badge sticker I wore all day.
4. A steam-punk circus group – I think the contraption they did their acrobats on was the most impressive part.  5. Kelly and her Lemon Shake.

Our 2013 Experience | The Kentucky State Fair

1. Abby and I with Freddy Farmer.  2. Kelly and Abby – not the first photo to be taken in front of the fountain.  3. Group selfie #1.
4. Group selfie #2 – and a much better attempt thanks to Abs.  5. There was an unpleasant smell on our tractor ride… and it wasn’t the livestock!

Our 2013 Experience | The Kentucky State Fair

We finally found people to take our picture – thank you, Earl the Police Officer for visiting (and putting up) with us as well as taking our picture.  (And thank you for the ride back to our car!!)  And a big thank you to the sweet girl who snapped our photo in front of the Midway – it’s definitely my favorite photo from the day.  Now whose ready for Fair Day 2014?!?!

amyhasbangs - The picture of your face in the army man/FBI outfit has made my life.

Susan - I agree with Amy – that picture of you and Abby as the FBI dudes is cracking me up! Looks like you guys had a great time.

Shelly B - I love your fair day posts. I live vicariously through you :) William and I need to make it up there next year.

Trying Something New. Again. | A Greek Yogurt Experiment

Greek Yogurts

I want to get on the Greek yogurt band wagon.  I really, really, really do.  The problem is I’m not sold on it.  I’ve tried two different kinds so far – the first (which was a blackberry flavor of the store’s brand) was just awful.  It tasted (and looked) like I was putting drywall spackle into my mouth.  I wish I was joking.  So after a rant on good old Facebook, I gave the “fruit and honey” kind a go.  Müller was OK – as long as I had mangoes and honey touching the yogurt, it was tolerable.  But still.

I’ve been to the grocery stores several times since.  And I’ve just walked past the Greek yogurt, not even batting an eyelash at it.  But I decided to be adventurous this week and brought home four different brands.  Yes, three include honey.  And yes, Müller made it into the basket because I’m using it as my  control – tolerable, but definitely no blue ribbon.  My plan is to try a new one everyday and hope that one is just as great as my standard  light vanilla yogurt.  (Which sadly took me weeks to learn how to eat.  Yogurt and I have long been frenemies.)

There will be looks of disgust.  Faces will be made as spoons enter my pie hole.  I’m willing to bet money that none of this containers will be scraped clean.  But if I happen to be wrong, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Jenn - Fage is the best!! And I say this as someone who does. not. like. yogurt. typically (ate Chobani for breakfasts because it really helped me control my diet before the wedding, but made faces the whole time).

I can honestly say that I love the texture of the Fage (and I’m glad you got the 2% because the 0% doesn’t necessarily make the difference so obvious.)

I hope you find one that works for you!

rachel corbett - You should try Light n Fit Greek Yogurt. They have blueberry, strawberry, and pineapple. I absolutely love them.

Susan - Totally agree with Jenn – Fage is the best. It was my gateway to Greek yogurt. Here’s how I eat it with the honey: don’t stir it all in at once. Dip your spoon in the honey, then the yogurt. This ensures honey with every bite. You might run the chance of running out of honey before the yogurt is gone. I say, just toss the rest of the yogurt away. :)

Brooke Murphy Photography - […] 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. […]

Baby Asher {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

This summer has definitely been the “summer of babies.”  So many friends have given birth the last few months – and for the last few months I’ve been holding babies, talking to babies, photographing babies… and I love every second of it!  But meeting Baby Asher for the first time was very special to me.

I’ve been friends with Lauren for a few years now; we started working together and eventually ended up sharing an office.  When you’re in close proximity to another person, a person whose company you enjoy and have so many things in common with, you tend to grow closer.  These days, even though we don’t  share a pot of coffee or binge on jelly beans daily, Lauren holds a special place in my heart.  And I know that having this little baby boy with her husband, Ben, was something that she dreamed of.  And it finally happened.

What’s funny about Asher’s birthday is that he was born just a couple of days after Baby Joseph – two baby ships passing in the maternity ward at night.  (Or something clever like that.)  But at 7pm on July 27th, Asher made his way into the world and changed the lives of his mom and dad forever.  And not to forget all of us that just can’t help but love this little guy and his parents too.  A perfect family – all three of them fit together just right.

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Baby Asher {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

There was so much great directional light in Lauren and Ben’s front room.  And there was so much Asher-lovin I felt my heart stop a beat.

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A favorite – I love how Asher is sneaking a peek at me. :)

Wendy the Dog

Wendy did not want the baby to get all the attention, she had to be in the mix too.  So while she was distracted, I snapped a few frames.
I love wonky ears on doggins.

Baby Asher {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

A quick snack and a not-so-quick diaper change and then Asher was worn out.  Little man started falling asleep in mom’s arms.  And oh how I loved to watch his snooze away with Lauren.

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Baby Asher {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

Baby yawns are the best.

Baby Asher {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

Baby Asher {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

Oh Asher – you’re breaking so many hearts already. ♥

Baby Asher {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

*the best*

Lauren and Ben, I can’t believe how perfect your little man is – he’s not only handsome but is easy-going too.  I just love how he falls right asleep when I hold him.   *melting heart*  Thank you so much for allowing me to be with your growing family and photograph your newest member.  I can’t wait to watch him grow up and I hope he gets his parents’ musical abilities.  Between Lauren’s Eddie Vedder impersonations and Ben’s Backstreet Boys karaoke routine, he’s all set. ;)  xoxo

Caili - These images are crazy crisp! The colors and focus make me feel like I am five feet away from them in that room. And that last photo? I would kill to have taken that. You are so talented!

Lauren Bellamy - Brooke, words can’t express just how much we love these pics. They truly embrace his personality and convey the unconditional love we feel for this little guy. Your creativity and talent really shines in these photos. Thank you again. I am truly blessed to have you as a friend and as a photographer ;).

Susan - Amazing, as usual. Congrats to Ben and Lauren. Asher’s such a sweetie! That yawn!

Melissa - You have no idea how many times this week (and today) i have said ” I want another baby.” these photos have not helped me change my mind!beautiful!

Amanda D - You’re so good Brooke!! Beautiful shots and the quality is amazing.!

Baby Joseph {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

It’s sometimes amazing to see how a family grows.  How it’s shaped, how it changes over time… and the Rosas have been a family that I’ve admired as an outsider from day one.  Seriously.  From when Amanda and David tied the knot to the announcement of expecting their second child.  They’re a beautiful family, inside and out, and these two parents not only rock at their job of raising their kids, but have managed to keep each other balanced as well.  It’s really in the way they look at each other – the love runs deep and they wear it on their faces.  And even now, John wears it on his face.

Sometimes, life is just amazing.

Baby Joseph was born in early July – as a friend of Amanda, I knew a boy was expected but names had been floating around for months.  Would his name be Frank?  Or the bizarre Q’wazy that was thought up on a random dinner out with girlfriends.  The name Joseph was not a surprise as it had been on the short list, but I find it to be very fitting.  And he’s sweet as can be – and he looks just like big brother John only with lighter hair.

Two boys.  Two boys that look so similar.  And resemble their father so closely.  And a mom I know that’s been smitten with her three men before she even met them all.  It’s definitely amazing.

*melting heart*

John is my newest BFF.  He not only played guitar and sang The Beatles for me, but we played in the floor and practiced our animal sounds together.  I’m telling ya, these kiddos love my elephant sounds.  And I love this little person through and through.

I loved watching David with Joseph.  He’s able to support that little guy in the quickest way.  And then they stare into each other’s eyes.  And then there’s a kiss.  And then Brooke falls on the floor because she can’t handle how darn sweet it all is.  Gah.

*a favorite*

Amanda makes it all look so easy.  I can already see the look she’d give me I said that to her in person, and how she’d blow it off – but she really does wear this motherhood thing perfectly.  This lady makes me so happy.  She makes most people who know her happy.

And Baby Joseph – all he wanted to do was snack while I played with John.  But he’s won my heart already.  I absolutely love that squished face on the left.  Squishy babies are my fave.

These kiddos make me reach for my heart – seeing them together and knowing that they’ll be growing up together with the parents they have just makes everything seem likes it’s in place in the world.  John may be young still, but he knows his brother is special.  And I think he knows he’s special too.  But Amanda and David – you should know how special you are and that what you guys have going on is quite amazing. I mean it from the bottom of my heart. xoxo

Caili - You found some gorgeous indoor light, girl! And that baby is precious!

Susan - That black & white photo of Amanda and Joseph may have made me sniffly. Beautiful.

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - I could snuggle with those boys all day long.