Wednesday, January 18, 2012

miss me?

the new year starts with new little lives to be documented, new marriages begun and new memories to preserve! i realize i have completely neglected this poor little blog, but don't be sad, a new one is on the way!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Saline Twirlettes and New Logo

I had the pleasure of photographing the Saline Twirlettes . If you are looking for these photos and can not find them, wait till 5pm Wednesday. If you still can't locate them, let me know!
Thanks so much!

Monday, May 17, 2010

lame poster.

poor sad neglected blog.

I am working on a new blog, but don't have it up and running . I apologize to the wonderful clients and friends who are so diligent in checking . Good things are coming!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

AMY WENZEL-How can I serve? How can I love? How can I give?

Photographers are inspired by other photographers all the time, one that never ceases to stop amazing me is Amy Wenzel. Not only is she a phenomenal photographer, but the faith and courage she exhibits through her personal struggles are equally impressive. So, upon finding out there is a chance to win a spot at a workshop of hers, I knew I had to enter, just didn't know what I'd say, so I took some time and realized exactly why I wanted to have a spot in her workshop. I found this chance at one of my favorite places to peruse:

Amy's blog,
For this chance to win a spot at her workshop , Amy asked,
"Tell us how you love, serve or inspire other people in your life, and what attending the workshop might mean for your photography journey. "
My story :

I've been in business since 2002 and I didn't realize what I was doing or why it was important until June 4, 2007. A medical helicopter from the University of Michigan crashed into Lake Michigan . On it , a recent client, husband and father of three.

I had no idea that my little portrait session would be the last for their family, or that those images would live on , be included in his memorial, and sit in a frame in his children's rooms, a reminder of their incredible father. Since that day , I've never taken a photo with the same eyes. Photography matters because people matter, and it is my purpose to preserve those relationships so that moment in time does not blend with others. Each moment matters.

It isn't really my story that is the inspiring one, it's it the lives of my clients, and my wish to honor their moments with beautiful photographs. I am not as much of a servant as I hope to be, but I know that people come to me for their silent auctions, or families in need, because like we all learned in preschool, " it's nice to share. " I've been fortunate to do what I love for eight years, and I am so thrilled that opportunities for sharing have been plentiful.

My friend, Matt, amidst his fight against cancer kept a blog . Last spring he was fighting his "what ifs?" and wrote this,

"That morning three weeks ago was a beautiful Spring day, and I watched Ethan giggle as the warm breeze lifted the hair up off of his head. I was so worried about what my future may or may not look like, I was beginning to ignore the beauty of the moment. I was worried about whether I would be around to teach Ethan all of the things a father should teach a son, and then his joy in experiencing his first Spring breeze taught me a lesson. Whether faced with cancer or not, our days on this earth are numbered. In the face of cancer it may seem that the number is smaller than it should be, but we still have no way of knowing how many days are left in our lives. Why not spend them giggling at the wind in your hair, instead of pulling it out worrying about the future?"
Matt and his son, last summer.
Matt's post is worth a full read.. http://http//

Matt's words live in me; I want to live there in the beauty of the moment. As a photographer, I serve my clients by freezing these beautiful moments for them and quite simply, I want to do it better . They deserve that, by hiring me, I owe them. We used images from a mini session with Matt, his wife, and son for his recent memorial service , and my heart broke. I knew, though, I take photographs not because people die, but because they live. Moments where the wind lifts your hair are worth photographing. I believe my camera, heart and eyes are my tools to serve.

My friend posted this as his facebook status , and it hit me.

Life can not be about a set of 'I gets' or 'I deserves' or 'thats mine' but 'How can I serve?', 'How can I love?', 'What can I give?'

I don't deserve this more than anyone else, but if given the opportunity, I truly believe a workshop with Amy Wenzel will teach me the skills I need to take photographs worthy of the incredible lives that are in them.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

one month

It has been one month since Matt Uday passed away. Please continue to keep Megan and Ethan and his entire "army" of friends in your thoughts and prayers. He is truly missed.

This is a group from the Michigan Marching band gathering in the sanctuary to honor Matt.

In Kat Foley Photo news.. my proofing site will be down until next week. I am working as fast as I can to resolve this issue. Thank you.