Remember the giveaway I did waaay back in April? Well between busy schedules and rescheduling due to weather, I finally had the honor to shoot the winning family! After reading through so many wonderful entries, the judges and I picked one. Here's what the nominee said about Kelly: "I first met Kelly when I booked her as our wedding photographer 2 years ago. I immediately knew she was a special person when I found out she was a coordinator for the local Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep foundation. As a volunteer for NILMDTS Kelly donated her time and talent as a photographer to families who lost an infant child. Kelly also recently donated a photo session to a soldier and his family before deployment, making sure to capture beautiful memories for them before they are separated. The Baugher family has recently been through some very rough times. Kelly’s son, Luke, was diagnosed with a tumor and is still undergoing treatments at St. Jude’s Hospital. Luke’s cousin, Logan, was also being treated at St. Jude’s for leukemia and tragically lost his battle earlier this month. Despite their personal trauma Kelly has kept a loving, giving attitude. She arranged donations and cleanup for victims of recent tornados, again donating her own time and resources for others. Kelly always has encouraging words and scripture to offer. She constantly puts others before herself and never lets life’s troubles keep her from serving her community. Although Kelly is a wonderful photographer she rarely gets the chance to be in front of the camera and part of the family photographs. Kelly is absolutely one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Her love for life, her family, her community, and God is evident in everything she does. Kelly has never asked for anything in return for all of her giving and sacrifice and deserves to be recognized as a truly unique and special person."
I finally got to meet her and she's even more wonderful than I pictured in my head! :) Things have changed since April - Luke is now tumor-free!! Woohoo!! Praise the Lord! This session was a blast! As you can tell from the photos - there was lots of laughter. Little Luke is a hoot and was cracking me up the entire time. And his big sister is just the sweetest. Their nominee was right - this is definitely a unique and special family. ♥
Kelly has put her photography biz on hold for now but she still continues to volunteer now through A Pure Focus. This is a wonderful organization here in North Alabama that provides free photography to families facing life-threatening diseases. If you know a family or are a photographer who would like to volunteer go sign up! And go like them on Facebook and spread the word! :)
P.S. How beautiful is this location at Isom's Orchard!? Gorgeous!