Baby Ward’s Shower {celebrating} | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

Before I begin, let me say that I’m not the type to host a themed party.  I love them, love looking at photos of balls-to-the-walls weddings and showers and birthday parties.  That’s not me.  I cannot pull it off.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun trying. :)

For one whole week I did nothing but  get things ready.  I swept and vacuumed three nights.  I ran errands.  Went to the grocery store.  A couple of times.  Bought flowers and arranged them.  Even got crafty with paper, an exacto knife and bamboo skewers.  And it was so much fun!  Of course, everything else got put on the back burner.  Laundry… editing photos… blogging… you give a little, you lose a little.  But for my friend Martha, it was well worth it.

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So a quick back story: Martha wears a lot of teal and green.  She has teal and green in her home.  When I look at Martha, I see teal and green.  So when I found a cute little onesie invitation that was – wait for it – teal and green, it was a done deal.  From there, it just evolved.  Together, Mike and I shopped for fun onesies for our friends’ new baby.  I worked with a sorority sister to decorate some onesie-shaped sugar cookies.  I got crafty with paper and made a banner of onesies for her cake.  The rest – teal and green.

Badabing, badaboom.  And then there was a cute little baby shower.  :)

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The onesies.  The crib onesie was really for Alan, Martha’s husband, as he built the baby’s crib.  Himself.  He’s a carpenter and made a beautiful cherry with walnut inlay crib.  It’s insane and lovely and perfect all at the same time.

The “Thing 1” onesie was to match the maternity shirt that Martha had.  I thought she would love it.  (She kind of did.)  And “Soft Kitty”… well… we all laugh at Big Bang Theory, but joke that Alan has a bit of Sheldon about him.  Mike found it and insisted.  And it happens to be my favorite. *little ball of fur*

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Even Baby Lucy came to the shower to hang out.  Love this little girl to bits.

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Us girls had a great time together talking, watching gifts being opened, noshing on chicken salad and boxed funfetti cake.  I was thrilled to host Martha’s baby shower and I really did have fun getting it all together.  I had fun eating that cake too.  Actually, I want more cake now.  And I would totally share it with Martha.  She doesn’t judge – that’s why I keep her. xoxo

To see Martha and Alan’s maternity photos, click here.
To meet Baby Calvin with his family, click here.

Cookies were made by Jacqueline of Bakesmith Custom Confections.

Dawn - The results are adorable! I love it.

And where did you get the Soft Kitty onesie? Because I’m pretty sure that my kid’s going to need one, too.

rachel - Awesome photos, except for that last one – who took that one? ;)
I had a great time as I am sure everyone did. The cake was good. I think I liked the sour cream with brown sugar for the strawberries the best. totally going to steal that idea for my next party!

martha - I would love some more yummy cake! Great pics too! Brooke’s amazing with food and photography.

Mer - Great photos. An amazing onesies!!! I want the soft kitty one! Another fine job, lady.

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Cara+George {expecting} | Louisville Maternity Photographer

Man-oh-man did I fall in love quick with Cara and George.  I kind of knew I would – I heard so many fabulous things about Cara from mutual friends and the same with her husband, but it totally happened.  I love them.  And I’m kind of bummed they live in Bloomington because I could see us sharing a pint a few months down the road.

Meeting new people and falling in love with them?  The best thing about doing what I do.

They’ve been married only a couple of years, but have been on so many adventures together already.  Traveling across the country and Europe, and now it’s time to settle down with their first baby.  But it’s no surprise that Cara said she’s most excited to introduce her little one to the amazing and exciting things the world has to offer because she’s seen so much of it herself.  And with George.  Cara told me he was caring and compassionate – she left out romantic, tender, humorous and British. ;)

Seeing these two together was a delight because their chemistry is so evident.  The way they hold one another, whisper to each other, crinkle their noses… gah!!!!  I’m falling in love all over again!!

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Just the way George looks at Cara.  And then he says her name.  It’s the sweetest thing.  It’s love love love.

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Beautiful momma-to-be with the most gorgeous bump.  You’re absolutely stunning, Cara!!

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Crinkled nose.  Love it times one thousand.

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Congratulations, Cara and George!  Again, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you and spend the evening together!  I wish all tremendous luck as you prepare to meet your baby and we’re all on pins and needles to learn if it’s a boy or girl – complete torture, but a wonderful surprise indeed.  xoxo

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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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

The Shank Family | Louisville Family Photographer


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.

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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.