Team Charley

We had a busy weekend supporting local families. We really try and give back as much as we can within the community here at KGP. On Sunday I headed to Barnabys in West Chester for the Team Charley fundraiser. Charlotte Grace aka Charley is a sweet little baby from West Chester that is fighting a brain tumor.  In January Charley was diagnosed and her family has been fighting ever since. Miss Charley just finished her second round of chemo. I am not going to do a big write up because the Chester County Event site I work with will be doing one, but I wanted to share the event for Miss Charley that turned out to be a huge success.

As soon as the article at the Chester County event site is live I will be sure to share it with you all.

Gavin’s Playground Project

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Kate Leong in person. She is the Woman/Mommy behind Chasing Rainbows. She documents the life of her beautiful children. On April 14, 2013 Kate lost her son Gavin suddenly and inexplicably as he suffered three cardiac arrests after a seizure. Gavin went to heaven on Kate’s 43rd birthday. Gavin was an amazing kid with an amazing mom. His parents were told he would never walk, he had hearing loss and would need hearing aids, and so many other obstacles that Gavin overcame. Though he died before he ever spoke a word I have no doubt that he would have spoken someday. Gavin has touched so many lives and brought people all over the world together. I could go on for days about how miraculous Chasing Rainbows in, but I recommend you head over there and check it out for yourself. Make sure to give yourself time and a box of tissues. You will shed happy and sad tears as you learn about this amazing family.

So back to Gavin’s playground project. Gavin spent a lot of time at Neumours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and there was a playground that Gavin never got a chance to fully enjoy. His mom did fight for a wheel chair swing, but wished she had advocated for more. The playground wasn’t set up for kids with special needs. So about 6 weeks ago Kate met with the hospital and pitched her idea to fund an all abilities playground and that is how Gavin’s Playground Project began. People came together last night at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA to support the playground. Over 400 people showed up and many more supported the Playground Project from around the world. It was truly incredible to see so many people come together to help. I don’t know what the final number was last night, but I know they raised more money than I think anyone expected. The power of people coming together for a good cause is amazing. I am so honored to have been a part of this event and to call Kate a friend.

There was dinner, lots of auction items donated by many, a 50/50 and a fun game of trivia. Each table was a team and the trivia was really a neat way to interact with your table. Bill McMenamin from MCM Entertainment was amazing and I can not recommend him enough. If you ever need a DJ and are in the Philadelphia area I would give him a call.

I was not the official photographer at the event, but I wanted to snap a few pictures and of course share them here with you all. I wanted to share Gavin and his amazing family with you all as well. When Kate posts about the event I will be sure to share here with you all.

The Moll Wedding

I had the honor of photographing one of our own. Mrs. Moll works for KGP and also happens to be my brother and sisters cousin (try and figure that one out). She is my right hand when it comes to photographing weddings. This time it was her turn to be in front of the camera. It was a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends with a really fun Mardi Gras Theme.

I can not recommend first looks enough. It gives you an opportunity to take a break from the craziness of the day and spend some quiet time with the one you are going to marry. It is also a great opportunity to get your pictures done prior to the wedding. Allowing you more time to enjoy the party with your friends and family. 

The handsome groom. 

The beautiful bride. 

The adorable flower girl.

The “Cash Man” – HA. P wanted to be a part of the wedding and wanted to wear a tux so his Aunt (the bride) put him in charge of giving the vendors their money. He also was on top of all the details. He was the go to man for this wedding. Taking after his Aunt Kel already.

The hall was beautifully decorated down to every single detail of their Mardi Gras themed reception.

The cigar bar was a hit. The guys and gals were hitting it up all night.

And of course Mr. and Mrs. Moll right walking down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife.

Congrats again to Mike, Kelly and Madison on their special day. We are honored to be a part of the big day and hope you enjoy your sneak peak.

33 – Random Acts of Kindness over 33 days – Week 1

I will be updating over the next 5 weeks to see what we have been to. I will also be offering ways in which you can help or even just be inspired to do it on your own. I decided that for my 33rd birthday I would do 33 random acts of kindness (RAOK) over 33 days. Last year I started the tradition and did all 32 ROAK in one day. So this year I wanted to spread it out so that I could spend more time on certain acts. Like visiting with my neighbors when we delivered them some special treats. Boy am I glad I did because we had an ice storm that took down the state and the states surrounding it for almost a week.

Day 1 – I decided to start on my birthday. I knew exactly what my first act would be. I wanted to surprise my  neighbors with homemade Gluten Free Banana Bread. I found the recipe from Musings of a Housewife and it was amazing. My neighbors are in their 80′s and they are constantly helping us out. They bring our trash cans up every week before we get home from work. They handle our sidewalks with their snow blower before we can even get out there in the morning. They are constantly checking on us and delive

ring us special treats. I knew they were the first raok I wanted to perform. It was wonderful because I was able to spend some time visiting with them. And to show how amazing they are we received a thank you card in the mail a day later.

Day 2 – We were still iced in. So I thought the mailman deserved to be my second RAOK. We have a great mailman and I wanted to give him something special especially today. I gave him some fancy hot chocolate from the local sweet shop with some homemade banana bread. I also attached a thank you note for all his hard work. My goal this year is to learn him name. 

Day 3 – We were finally able to leave the house. I wanted to bring a friend who is dealing with cancer some soups. I figured she would get a few meals out of these.

Day 4  - We went to the mall to celebrate my birthday with my family. I decided that would be the perfect time to buy a gift for one of my friends who is bringing home her little guy soon. He will be arriving any day in America and I wanted to send him a little gift in the meantime. His mama and daddy are two of the most patient people I have ever encountered. We could learn a lot from them and their faith. I am honored to call him mama a friend and I can’t wait to see the little guy finally in her arms.

Day 5 – This is the day we got engaged and decided to head over to the court house for a marriage license. We don’t waste any time over here. So while at the courthouse I worked extra hard to be kind to everyone especially those in a rush. So many unkind people at the courthouse. I held the door for at least 5 people and smiled every time. Not one person smiled or said thank you. I know they definitely needed some kindness sent their way.

Day 6 – I decided to treat the person behind me at Dunkin Donuts to their morning treat.

Day 7 – Today is day 7 and I want to open this up to you. Last year I found an amazing organization called the Mitzvah Circle. They are a non-profit organization that provides support, hope and dignity to individuals and families during times of crisis, poverty, homelessness and serious illness. I contacted the director Fran before my birthday and asked her what they needed. She told me they are always in need of size 4 and 5 diapers. So I told her I would do what I could to get her as many diapers as possible. “Did you know that babies living in poverty only get one diaper change a day.” Can you imagine only changing your baby once a day because you can’t afford diapers. Fran told me last year that they even accept open packages of diapers. So if your little one has outgrown that size and they don’t need them anymore the Mitzvah Circle is the perfect place to donate them. So here is what you can do. Over the next few weeks I will be collecting diapers(any size, but preferably size 4 and 5.) You can contact me directly through the website or via Facebook to schedule a time to deliver or have me come to you and pick up your donations. I will be getting all the donations together and hoping to deliver on Friday, March 7th. If you don’t want to purchase diapers feel free to donate any amount and I will purchase diapers with the money raised the day before I deliver. I have created a donate button for paypal. Click on the button and donate any amount you would like. I will be removing the button on Thursday, March 6th at 5pm. I will then go and purchase the diapers to deliver the following day.



I look forward to seeing what we can do as a community to give back. Thank you again for helping me on this exciting journey.
These ladies are the amazing ladies behind the Mitzvah Circle. 

 

Katelyn - February 15, 2014 - 1:43 am

What an absolutely beautiful idea! I am so inspired and blessed to read about your wonderful idea to perform RAOKs. I have (selfishly) been feeling really down about growing older. I totally don’t want to be turning 26. (My birthday is on the 21st). Your idea is refreshing and a great reminder that we can use our Birthdays or anytime to do something powerful to help the people all around us. God bless you!

Little Miss Ainsley

I met Ainsley’s mama about a year ago when I was looking for an interior decorator for my studio. She is the brilliant mind behind Welcome to the Mouse House. One of her many talents in addition to interior design is sewing and creating her own pattern line. She is amazing and some of the clothes Miss A had on today were made by her mama. I am not sure how our paths crossed, but I am so glad they did. We have lots of people we both know from all different places in our lives. A few months ago Hayley and I discussed taking headshots for her daughter’s modeling portfolio. We wanted to wait until things slowed down after the holidays. Well that in Philadelphia means dark, gloomy and cold days. So what does a girl do. Well of course heads over to our favorite gardens to shoot in their arboretum. We spent the morning at Longwood Gardens updating Miss A’s portfolio. We had a wonderful time and Miss A is a complete natural in front of the camera. So enough with words, here are her beautiful pictures.

And before we left we let her play in the Children’s garden.

And Miss A wanted to hold the reflector so of course we had to take a picture of her mama. Her mama is learning to use her camera on manual so she has been playing around with it. We are going to head back in a few weeks so she can practice shooting.

Stay tuned as we are going live with an amazing offer for sessions at Longwood Gardens in February. I am limiting the sessions to 5 lucky families/couples so be sure to check back next week.