I have known Linda aka Mrs. Hoochie since High School. We have been best friends ever since. (Which is where she got the nickname Hoochie).. Linda and I were connected at the wrist ;-> We have been through a lot in the past 15 years. Linda was there for the birth of my daughter Jasmine when I was 17. Linda was the maid of honor at my wedding in 2004, then for the birth of my two sons. Linda has always been there for me no matter what. I finally got to be by her side when she married her husband Henley in 2008. Although she has now moved 2 hours away from me we are still the best of friends. After trying to get pregnant a couple times Linda and Henley finally had their first son Kaiden Gerard, on September 7, 2011 weighing in at 6lbs 13 oz and 20″ long. Little Kaiden came into this world as a fighter. He ended up having to stay in the hospital with complications and had to undergo treatment. He finally got to come home and I drove to Orlando to be there for his first newborn photos. It was such a wonderful experience seeing how much Linda and her Mother Annette loved that little boy. The looks in their eyes brought tears to mine. I always knew Linda would be the best Mother. I can’t wait to see Kaiden grow up and I know he will be so loved and definitely spoiled rotten. Now if I could only get Linda and her precious family to move back to Jacksonville so I could see them all the time.. 🙂
I was asked by Jodie Cetnar the Director of The Divine Mercy House if I would like to take pictures for the Mother’s of their newborn babies. I couldn’t have been more excited. Not only am I trying to get into newborn photography it is very new to me and I need the practice. It is also a very very good cause. The Divine Mercy House is a Christian maternity home for single women facing unexpected pregnancies. They provide a safe place for expectant Mother’s and their children during the last few months of pregnancy and then time after the baby is born. They teach new skills and offer job placement help, education, life plans leading to a successful future for Mother and baby. They also help to develop self-esteem, strong character and spirituality leading to better life-style choices and breaking the cycle of crisis pregnancies. It is such a wonderful cause and with the help and support of charitable donations, volunteers, and love it wouldn’t be where it is today.
I met 8 day old baby John at the Divine Mercy House. He was born on September 19, 2011. Weighing in at a tiny 6 1/2 pounds and 19 1/2 inches long. He is so adorable. I couldn’t believe how alert he was for being 8 days old. He decided he wanted to hang out with me and party instead of taking a nice long nap so I could take his pictures. I am so honored to have been a part of baby John’s life and bring such joy to his Mother. I hope I will get to see baby John again in the future and wish him and his Mother much happiness.
So it seems as though blogging has become huge not only for personal use but for professional use as well. Back in the day I used to keep a live journal and blog all the time. Seems as though after having 2 more kids, I lost a lot of time and interest in blogging for my personal rants. Since getting into photography I have fell in love with all the beautiful blogs I read about client shoots, projects, interests, help posts, and all sorts of topics that are so interesting, educational, and fun. So I decided to give this a shot for my photo shoots and interests. I am taking business slow, so there may not be posts every day or even once a week. Although I am going to give it a shot and see where it takes me. I think it will be a fun way to display my favorite shots from photo shoots, give sneak peaks to clients, let my readers know what I am doing and give them a taste of my work and of course me!
Disclaimer ( I am not an English major so please excuse any misspelling, bad punctuation, and horrible grammar. ) Thank You!