The Ramseys {family}

You guys are familiar with my friend Melanie.  I’ve photographed her family several times, even had my camera handy when we cooked together years ago.  We’ve been friends for years and over the years, I’ve gotten to spend time with her parents and extended family.  Being able to celebrate Allie’s first birthday with Melanie’s family was a treat – I love hanging out with them.  So when Mel’s aunt emailed me about mini sessions, I wore a smile all that day.

This family is the best.  I’ve been a big fan of Taylor since she was a little girl and I’m still blown away that she’s the same age as my niece.  Park is funny and such a smart kid, but my favorite is when he wrestles with Melanie’s husband, Ryan.  Gina is a knitter – we talked patterns when we visit each other.  And Ed.  Other than being an insane cyclist, he’s also a photographer so he actually played along in the WPC {2011 edition}.

Being able to spend time with them and photograph them all together?  All-around-fun and amusing.  Love this family.

Listastic Tuesday

Instagram Mosaic

It’s felt like ages since I’ve done a list, so since it’s Tuesday…

• How about that Louisville win on Friday night?  I always look forward to the Cincinnati game, the keg of nails rivalry that comes with it.  And that one was superb.  The keg’s back in Louisville!

• The weather, however, was enough to make me stay home.  I know, incredibly lame.  But traffic was the worst, it was raining and cold… and I’m too grumpy to make myself miserable for three and half hours.

• This weekend also included a Halloween gathering with friends.  Good friends, good food and even better pumpkin cupcake.  I can’t wait to show you the way Martha decorates for Halloween – she doesn’t hold back. :)

• October has been plain nuts!  I knew it would be a little crazy, but I have kept a smile on my face the entire time.  A plethora of photo sessions, traveling and events.  Speaking of events, you should check out the photos I took for the day-job’s open house.

• Good looking bunch of people, no?  They’re smart too.  Waaaaaayyyyy smart.

• I still can’t get over the fact that I spent a weekend with KatieO.  Or the fact that my bag was frickin stolen.  Boo.

• Yes, I’m still sad about it.  I mean, my wallet was super cute.  My shades were fly.  And the pictures on my license was actually really good.  That there alone is enough to still be sad about it.

• *mew*


October 30, 2012 - 8:11 am

Tom B. Taker - Neat list but I’m very sorry to hear about the bag. There are some gosh darn meanies out there. So sad.

The open house photos are great. You have a way of getting people to perform for the camera. That’s why, of course, I never include humans in my shots.

Yes, October has been crazy.

That One Time I Went to Atlanta {the bad}

So as great as visiting Katie was {you can read about that here}, we actually had a very bad thing happen to us while photographing a wedding Saturday night.  It sucks, it makes me mad and I’m still moping about it – but I can’t do anything about it.  (I think that’s what makes me the most frustrated.)

So we were at the Chastain Horse Park Saturday evening, capturing the reception of Jennifer and Ryan.  The place was beautiful, the flowers gorgeous, the people so kind…

ATL, you are HOT!An Instagram share of the gorgeous bride and groom, Jennifer and Ryan. 

But after photographing the bride and groom exiting the reception, we hightailed it to the car at 10:15pm.  Only to see that Katie’s passenger window had been busted out.  And my extra camera bag missing.

Luckily, none of my equipment was in my green Kelly Moore bag. I had some extra lens caps, a battery charger, a remote and some posing guides I’d drawn.  But unfortunately, my wallet, my sweet shades and my oh-so-good-music-mix on my iPod were in the bag too.  My ID, bank and credit cards, insurance cards, random gift certificates… gone.  Boo.  I was so angry, worried about getting on the airplane home the next day and just full-on pissed that people do this stuff.

Everything in that bag had no meaning to them, was of no value.  Sure, they probably kept my sweet shades and iPod, but there wasn’t any cash.  The cards were shut off in an hour (though they were still able to purchase gas).  But what does a thug do with a camera bag that looks like a purse?  He throws it away.  And it makes me sad to think that my bag and my wallet are probably on the side of the road or in a trash bin.  Asshats.

The kicker is that I usually travel light.  I barely ever take my entire wallet when I travel.  In fact, I didn’t even have my purse or keys in Atlanta, just my wallet.  This could have been avoided.  But it happened.  In Chastain Park, a nice neighborhood.  And Katie had to deal with the worry of her car being compromised and work with insurance to get it repaired.  But from what everyone at the airport told me, this is normal for Atlanta.  And that makes me plain sad.

Boo Atlanta, boo.  So far, I’m unimpressed.

October 26, 2012 - 9:00 am

Susan - Oh, no! I was worried when I saw “the good” subtitle that there might be a “the bad” follow up, but I wasn’t expecting this! What a hassle and a bummer. :(

October 26, 2012 - 9:22 am

Jenn - Ahh! I’m so sorry to heard that! People are jerks.

On the upside, that photo is lovely, and I am so looking forward to seeing the rest of them.

But seriously, that sucks. I’m glad none of your equipment was in there!

October 26, 2012 - 9:58 am

Melissa - I am still hoping they fall in a hole for doing this to you two! I know when I lost my iphone, I hoped that someone good would find it. Instead some butt head stole it, and 4 months of photos and videos of my sweet boy. Took me a while to get past that part of my phone being gone. But I had to remind myself it’s just a phone.
Thank goodness it was “just” a car window and your stuff… and you guys didn’t get hurt. (though I am still mad for you too!!)

October 26, 2012 - 11:07 am

rachel - BOO! I am so sorry girl! I would definitely be upset if my ipod disappeared! But at least your music is backed up on your pc, right? I had a similar situation where someone broke into my truck at the movies in Southern Indiana. I even parked right under a street light! The only valuable thing they took was my work blackberry, but it was locked, so they defintiely couldn’t do anything with it! I hate theives!

October 26, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Dawn - Oh no! I’m so sorry – that does stink. Booo, thieves, booooo.

October 27, 2012 - 11:43 am

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November 18, 2012 - 11:25 am

Angie - Two things:
1. you came to Atlanta and didn’t tell me!? Boo to you – I would have loved to see your face!
2. I had a bad experience our first day when we moved here! The ‘movers’ we used stole my engagement ring from our master bath! Ugh…I’m not over it, and I hate that some girl is probably wearing it. :(

Despite the bad, there are some good things. Like your photos! :) Hugs!

November 25, 2012 - 10:42 pm

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That One Time I Went to Atlanta {the good}

This past Friday, I packed my bags and left work early all to head south for the weekend.  I was going to Atlanta to meet, visit and assist my friend Katie.  I’ve never been so excited to meet someone – we’ve been friends for years but never actually met in the flesh because of our distance.  I had butterflies out the wazoo and couldn’t slap the smile off my face.  I talked a million miles a minute and tried to cram three years of emailing and phone calls into three days of face time with Katie.

Hindsight: I should have visited her sooner.

Katie and her husband were kind enough to let me stay in their guest room and it was surreal being in her home.  Seeing things I’ve seen before on her blog.  Eating off her blue and white plates.  Meeting her doggins Libby and RoRo.  Hearing her voice as it came from her lips.  Friday night felt like a dream.  Then I woke up Saturday, exhausted from my excitement, and realization set in because I was playing with Camden.  I was really there, visiting with my photog-friend, my bloggy buddy from afar… such a good feeling.

How sweet is he? Camden didn’t know what to think of me but I played telephone with him anyway, made animal sounds and we found our ears together. He’s the best.

Gah. Too much cuteness to just have lying around.

Libby. Such a sweet girl doggin, reminds me of Chase.

Found some things that reminded me of home. Like bourbon. (Honestly, who doesn’t love bourbon?)

And a familiar photo hanging in Katie’s guest bath.

The weekend flew by.  I had such a great time with Katie, Ashley and Camden – I can’t believe how warm, inviting and caring they were while I was there either.  I knew they were good people (because let’s face it, I don’t have friends that aren’t frickin awesome), but they still surprised me.  Especially when Saturday night rolled around… more on that tomorrow.

But I love them – I love their family and their hospitality and everything about them.  I hope to visit again… or maybe talk Katie into traveling north… but I know that I need more hugs with this gal.  She makes me happy.

To read about the bad (because unfortunately, there was some bad), click here.

October 25, 2012 - 8:27 am

katie o - Oh my god! When did you sneak in all these pics? That’s hilarious! I can’t thank you enough for making the trip to help me out. You have no idea how much that meant to me. And the dogs and Camden were big fans. I think Libby is still waiting for another tummy rub!

October 25, 2012 - 10:53 am

Melissa - Oh my gosh I love you girls!! :)
So jealous of your weekend together!

October 25, 2012 - 2:37 pm

rhoob - I’m sooo glad ya’ll got together!!! Fun times and great photos!

October 25, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Susan - You two are so adorable – I’m so glad you finally got to meet IRL! Yay!

October 26, 2012 - 7:58 am

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October 30, 2012 - 7:57 am

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My Grandma {Life As I Know It}

For my Grandma (who I actually call Granny – she hates it), 2012 has been just an OK year.  There’s been some highlights and some low times  – I’d say that over the course of her life, she’s had better.  My Grandma experienced a loss late 2011 with the passing of her husband, Brother Rogers – though he wasn’t my grandfather, they’d been married for about 20 years.  A few months later her baby, my Uncle Timmy, turned 50 years old.  I adore it when she calls him her Peter Pan.  There’s just something about the way she says that makes me hear it in a younger voice.  She got to travel some this year, visiting family she hasn’t seen in a while.  So when September came near, my mom and her siblings thought they’d keep the happy times alive and decided to surprise her with a birthday party.

I have to admit, my family isn’t the best at surprises.  My Uncle Timmy’s party was a “surprise” as well – it was actually more like an easing into party rather than a “SURPRISE!”  And that’s how Granny’s birthday was planned too.

When she was away from the house, they’d sneak tables and chairs into her garage.  I think food might have made its way into her fridge (which, of course, didn’t get past her).  We all kept our lips tight but one of the cousins made a squeak and got Granny’s wheels turning.  But we still showed up when we were supposed to – parked our cars on the lawn next to her house, brought food and hugs and birthday wishes.

It’s not every day someone turns 87.  So by all means, it’s a reason to drop what we’re doing and spend time together, with family, and celebrate Robbie Fay.  My Grandma.

Being with family reminds you of where you came from, helps you see where you’re going, let’s you realize the support system you have around you…

This is my family.  My uncles and aunts.  My first, second and third cousins.  My parents.  My Grandma.

She’s the pretty lady in purple. I like her in purple. Her hair looks whiter and then her eyes look bluer.  Love this lady.

These two chubby girls are my third cousins – my second cousins are already having babies and that makes me feel old.

Tammy and Chris’ hug up top… I love it.  And Uncle Phil murdered the hotdogs. I had to include it.

It was a whirlwind of an afternoon and I heard that Granny was wiped out by the time we all left – no doubt as we aren’t exactly the quiet, keep-your-hands-to-yourself type.  But I do hope she enjoyed us bombarding her lazy afternoon and keeping her busy.  I know we did… but it was her birthday and that’s what matters. Happy 87th Birthday, Grandma. Love you.


October 23, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Kandie - Brooke you are an amazing photographer. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I believe Grandma had a wonderful birthday. I too enjoyed spending time with all of our family. It is something we should do way more often. There is a lot of loved to be shared by each and every one of us. I love you Cuz! And I feel very blessed to have you as a family member.

October 24, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Stacy - Awesome – I’m glad you all had a great time celebrating your matriarch. :-) She looks like a special lady!

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