Jessica+Jeremy {expecting}

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For years Jeremy has been asking Jessica for a baby.  And it was usually done playfully.  (At least in my company.)  I’ve heard “Give me a baby, woman!” at least a dozen times and have even seen him will her midsection to “make it a boy.” Who knows if these were legitimate requests or if they were just said in jest, but what I do know is that his wishes have come true and a baby’s been brewing for quite some time.

We had talked about doing a maternity session a couple of times, but with it being cold and getting dark early, nothing was really planned. Until Jessica emailed me one day and told me she wanted to do it, she wanted maternity photos – was there a chance to meet up that following weekend.  Her wish was my command. A time was set and then I started to worry.

I usually recommend expecting mothers to be about 8 months along (or anywhere between 28-34 weeks), but Jessica was sitting pretty at 38 weeks. I was concerned if she’d be uncomfortable, that she’d be worried about how she looked and so on. I have no idea why I worried though, because none of that was even a bother when I showed up at their home.  Jessica’s belly was as big as could be, perfectly round, she wore a big smile and was absolutely beautiful.

And with eyes like his, Jeremy wasn’t so bad either. ;)

Bump love.

Isn’t she just gorgeous?

Gracie and Zoe had to get a photo too. Crazy doggins.

Jessica’s vision: wide shot of the nursery. I just love how it turned out.

And I took advantage of her being stuck in that chair.

If you have ever met these two people, you’d know that they are hard to compare to. I’m so happy to call Jessica and Jeremy friends and always look forward to spending time with them as it usually includes lots of laughter. The only thing I would change is for them to tell me what the gender of the baby is.  Because baby is still not here!  I have no idea how they’ve stayed so patient… or why that baby isn’t budging… but I can’t wait to Baby Gray!

To meet Baby Gray, and find out whether it’s a boy or a girl, click here to my new blog at Brooke Murphy Photography.

March 5, 2013 - 12:29 pm

martha - I’m with you Brooke! Truely goregous couple. I can’t wait to meet the baby!

March 5, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Jeremy - Want to do a 42 week session too?
Guess which dog is “Captain Mayhem” and which is “Lieutenant Fuzzy Pants”.

March 5, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Amy - Beautiful pictures of a very special couple! Can’t wait to meet Baby Gray too!

May 2, 2013 - 8:30 am

Brooke Murphy Photography | Brooke Murphy Photography - […] Jessica and Jeremy decided to wait until their baby’s birthday to find it was a boy or a girl – and this was complete torture to their family and friends.  Because Baby Gray was taking nothing but sweet time to make an entrance.  It took right around 42 weeks, but the time to go to the hospital finally arrived – and it was a girl. […]

Quote Inspired Print

Last April, I finally marked it off my list to attend a photography workshop.  I was so excited not only to meet Christy, her husband and her doggin, but also looked forward to meeting bright women who had the same goals as I did. One of those women was Jenn Heller.

Jenn has a fine stationary business called Ribbons & Bluebirds where she works with brides and other folks who want personalized stationary. She does a great job capturing what her clients are wanting, everything from elegant to letter pressed to a clean and fresh design. Months ago, she hosted a giveaway on her site for a quote inspired print and I had to sign up. I loved the idea of having something special that not only was a quote I admired, but from a gal I’d had the pleasure of rubbing elbows with.

Low and behold, my name was one that was chosen. So I sent Jenn my quote, told her I was a fan of green these days and waited patiently. It paid off.

Perfectly packaged, it showed up on a Saturday afternoon. I was so excited, I immediately grabbed the camera… because that’s what I do. I was loved seeing how great it turned out, from the fonts to the design to the cute frame Jenn included – I had an original piece to hang on my wall.

I did not expect the homage to Churchill Downs even though the quote does mention horse races.

The detailed horseshoe is my favorite part though. I love it.

I found a home for the print on my kitchen wall. I see it everyday, read it everyday and remind myself that it’s OK to think the way I do. It’s good to be different. It’s good to push the envelope. And it’s great to put yourself out there and meet new people every chance you get.  Thank you, Jenn, for sending such an awesome surprise. :)

Feel free to visit Ribbons & Bluebirds website or the Etsy shop to see what else Jenn has cooked up.

February 27, 2013 - 1:31 pm

katie - It is perfect. And a quote that she be read by everyone.

February 27, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Jenn - How nice to open my Reader at lunch to see this!! Thanks Brooke, I’m so glad you liked it :) I need to do more things like this! Now that the job search isn’t eating up too much of my time I can devote some effort back to new projects…

February 27, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Christy Tyler - LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! And I love that you all are keeping in touch – warms my heart! xoxo

Baby Henry {newborn}

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I was so excited to hear that my long-time friend Joia finally had her baby boy. I thought for sure he’d be a whopper – my beautiful friend’s bump was at max capacity and even the doctors estimated 9 to 10 pounds. Well, I was wrong, but so were the doctors. Henry Hughes Howe weighed in at a delightful 7lbs and 12oz – and as precious as he could be.

He was just three weeks old when I got to meet him. So small, so handsome and so loved by Joia and Andrew. Even their sheep dog, Toby, shares the love and has become Henry’s protector, telling mom and dad when the baby’s crying or trying to keep the photographer at bay. He’s the ideal Big Brother. :)

It never fails, but seeing friends become parents touches me in a new way. They may not always notice it, but they have it down pat already. Where to put their hands, how to cradle perfectly, how to give the lightest kisses so that baby doesn’t stir. It’s something special, that’s for sure.

Henry may have not been super happy during our session. There were a few breaks for the pacifier. A break for brunch. A break to have a side conversation with mom and dad. Once he quieted down and the session wrapped up, I held out my hands to hold the little guy. And he cried. Boo. But I still love this baby boy and can’t wait to see how tall he grows.

*my heart melts*

This was post brunch. Drunk on milk. Just look at the little smile. I love it!

February 25, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Melanie - Handsome Henry! :)

Meet Stella – My New Camera Purse

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I’m the slowest at making decisions. When I finally decided which camera bag to purchase in 2011, I went with the Kelly Moore B-hobo bag. I loved the green color, I loved how it laid against my body, but what I loved most was that it looked just like a purse. Sadly, I lost my B-hobo bag when I was second shooting a wedding in Atlanta with a friend – it looked so much like a purse, that some fool decided to smash in the car window and grab my green bag. I’m still mad about it.

That happend in October 2012. I really thought that I’d be able to make it without the bag that was stolen from me. I had my shootsac and it would do just fine. And for the sessions where I’m walking with my camera in my hand and need a bag that is light and holds only lenses, the shootsac was perfect. But for indoor sessions when I need a few more pieces of equipment or I don’t want to keep my bag on my shoulder the entire time, the shootsac failed. Mostly because of it’s limited space, but it also isn’t meant to be sitting in the floor.

It was high time I started looking for a new camera purse, something that would transition well between personal shooting and sessions, something that could hold my camera body as well as the flash and accessories. I started a new Pinterest board where every bag I encountered that I liked got pinned so I’d have a point of reference. (I love you for that, Pinterest.) I finally narrowed down the search and now have a new camera purse in my possession.

Meet Stella.

Stella by Epiphanie

Stella by Epiphanie

Stella by Epiphanie

Now, I find it funny that I ended up choosing a bag that is called Stella. Because last month I photographed a beautiful baby girl named Stella.  But this bag is in fact called Stella, made by epiphanie. I was torn between both epiphanie and Kelly Moore bags – they both have great styles and colors and functionality – but I went a different route this time. I had seen how my B-hobo bag had worn over time (the hardware wasn’t super friendly to the synthetic leather) and wanted a bag with a bit more sound construction. Thus Stella was my choice.  Also made out synthetic leather, but it has heavy grommet hardware, thick braided straps (as well as a long cross-body strap) and metal feet.

Stella by Epiphanie

Stella by Epiphanie

It’s completely different from what I had before, but it does hold everything I need it to. And there are pockets galore. Four zippered pockets on the front and sides and a long zipper on the backside of the bag. And it’s purple. I love me some purple. Although in these photos, it looks more fuschia. Eh, whatever, I like it no matter what the color is called.

Stella by Epiphanie

Stella by Epiphanie

Stella was definitely a good decision – now I just have to break her in and start carting my camera around more. Win-win.

February 21, 2013 - 11:55 am

Camera Purses, Camera Bags for Women... They're All The Same | Shutterboo Photography - […] To see my recent camera purse purchase to replace my bag that was stolen, check it out here! See more of Brooke’s work at http://www.shutterboophotography.com. Follow Brooke on Facebook or […]

Listastic Tuesday

Instagram Mosaic

• I miss vacation so much. I didn’t realize how much I relaxed until we got home. And four days later, all of that relaxation went right out the window. Oh, vacation, you complete me.

• I’ve got so many new knitting projects up my sleeve. And a new row counter to help me out thanks to Martha. I also have a new ice cream scooper thanks to Martha. She gets me.

• Tuesday night I bit the bullet and own some new schnazzy running shoes. All that’s left to do is set up a game plan with my girl Nazzie and meet at the YMCA. Then we run. Or walknjog, rather. Or hell, zumba.

• I really do like my running shoes. They fit so well. They’re ugly. But they fit soooo well.

• A couple weekends ago, I celebrated AmyHasBangs’ birthday with her friends. A complete surprise, a wonderful gathering and so many laughs were shared throughout the night. I was happy to be there to help Amy eat the crab dip. And to see her brother giggle like a little school girl while playing Cards Against Humanity.

• Cards Against Humanity: A grownup, politically incorrect version of Apples to Apples that makes grown men giggle like little school girls. If you offend easily, then it’s best if you stay in the dark on this party game.

• I got a new bag. It may or may not be a camera bag. Be sure to come back later this week to confirm. ;)

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