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So this past week and a half not only have I been busy with the business stuff, but it was my BIRTHDAY so there were all kinds of fun things going on!  I thought that I would post a quick highlight reel, because it would be too much to do a post about everything!! πŸ™‚

First up was the Chiefs game against the Saints — while they didn’t play their best I did get to see Tony G. out there (yes, I own a life-size cutout of the guy) and hang with the parents for an evening!

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Next up was a birthday celebration with some of my good friends from a previous job.  One of them made my actual wedding cake, so when she placed a white box in my lap I went CRAZY!  My own birthday cake, that tastes like wedding cake!!!

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On the actual DAY of my birthday, my friends organized a trip to the Royals game.  It was t-shirt Tuesday so that sweetened the deal for sure.  It was a great night, and Caiden received a certificate for his first Royals game!

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And last but not least, I got to enjoy lunch, pedicures, and some wine with a new great friend AND fellow photographer Adrienne Maples.  It is just wonderful to talk business with someone who understands it as much as you do — and to bounce ideas off one another! 

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Ok — so I am off to shoot a wedding today, and then I am out of town for some much-needed R&R until Wednesday!  And there isn’t much internet access at the lake, so I will return calls/e-mails when I return — have a great holiday weekend everyone! 

My last session of the week was with this beautiful family — the men opted to stay home. πŸ™‚  We met at 9 AM out at Loose Park, and it was just a PERFECT morning for photographs.  A little overcast, a light breeze, and the best part was that we had the park to ourselves!  This little one just wanted to be with Mom for most of the shoot — just look at those blue eyes!  Below are the top picks, and the SLIDESHOW set to Jack Johnson per the sister’s request! πŸ™‚

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On Tuesday this week I got to meet the adorable little Lucas — and check out that beautiful hair!  He did so well for being just 3 weeks old, but tuckered-out at the end of the session and just decided he was going to sleep instead… πŸ™‚  Lucky for me, babies are super photogenic no matter WHAT they do!  HERE IS THE SLIDESHOW, and enjoy the sneak preview!

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I am still in awe of how beautiful this wedding really was.  All of the people — especially the Mothers were just incredible people.  I feel honored that I was chosen to document their spectacular event, and it was SO HARD to select the images to post up here!  So make sure you watch the SLIDESHOW HERE — because you do not want to miss seeing anything from this great day!

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Isn’t she just GLOWING!! 

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And these are the many faces of Ryan…

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At the end of the year, I am going to post my favorite cake shots from the weddings I photographed.  Then I am going to have all of YOU blog readers vote on your favorite one!  The lucky couple who wins receives a free 8×10 print from their wedding day!!  I think that we have an early front-runner…

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And the boys asked me to come into the bathroom for the last shot of the night — despite being a little worried, I LOVE what we got…

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Congratulations you two — and I hope you are having a WONDERFUL time on your honeymoon! 

Reception: the Clubhouse on Baltimore
Catering: the Catering Company
Cake:  Roma Sola

This morning I received an email that just made my day — from a very respected organization in the photography world.  It is called the Wedding and Photojournalism Association (WPJA), and you cannot simply sign up to be a member.  You send them your website and business information, and they review your portfolio to determine if you meet the standards and requirements.  Well, I am SO happy to know that my first time submitting I was accepted!!!!

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