Walk For Lupus 2012 Event!

If you remember, a few weeks back I posted about my husband fundraising for the Walk For Lupus event here in Fayetteville, NC. (See that post here: https://captivatephotographync.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/2012-walk-for-lupus/) This past weekend we went to the event. Kevin was able to reach his goal of $500.00 with the help of the amazing people who donated. This was the first time we have ever been to an event like this and we didn’t really know what to expect. Let me just tell you, it was amazing. As I walked with all the other people who were all there to support this cause, to support ME, and everyone else out there who suffers from this awful disease I found myself fighting back tears on more than one occasion. Not because I was sad or upset, but because I was just so overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed by how awesome the event was as a whole, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who were there supporting this, and most of all- I was overwhelmed by my incredible husband. Not only did he decide to do this and raise the money on his own, but he reached his goal, and as I hung back walking behind him with our daughter on his shoulders (the entire mile btw) I was just overwhelmed by how incredibly blessed I am to have someone as amazing as him standing by my side as we go through this journey together. Everyone had these stickers on their backs that said who they were walking for. Some said a friend, some said a family member, some said “Me”. The ones that tore me up the most were the ones that said “In memory of…..”. My beautiful little girl wore the most adorable little shirt with a family picture on it and said “I’m walking for my mommy”  on the back, on the front she decorated it herself (Floodgates wide open when I saw this btw) and all I could think when I saw the “In memory of…” stickers was what if the day ever came that my daughter had that on her sticker. But- enough of that nonsense- I’m not going ANYWHERE (except to bed soon :-P) for a long long long time. Sorry everyone! 😛 Now- back to the event. We walked a mile around downtown historic Fayetteville past restaurants and other local businesses in a giant wall of purple and butterflies. It was awesome, especially to see people stopping to support us, offering encouragement, and some that even joined in walking with us. Amazing. After the walk we had some super yummy food and cupcakes and had some entertainment by way of a band, some young girls from a local dance studio doing some demonstrations for us and a DJ getting everyone out dancing to “The Wobble”, “Cupid Shuffle” and other catchy dance type songs. It was a blast to just hang out with everyone there and watch the entertainment. Hailey loved watching the girls dance and said “their spinning makes me dizzy!” haha….so precious. All in all, it was a fantastic day and I was so glad to be a part of it. Next year we are going to raise WAY more money and start fundraising even earlier (so lookout everyone). I’m already looking forward to next year’s event. Again- thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal, and thank you to everyone who put on this event, and everyone else who walked and participated, and most of all, thank you to my husband, Kevin. I don’t know where I would be without you and I am so blessed to have you by my side. Thanks again everyone! I am attaching a few of the shots I took so everyone can see how awesome it was. See everyone next year! <3BriImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Coming Soon x2 {The Hudson Family}

I only just met this family and I adore them. Laura and David are amazing. They have so much going on in their lives and they make it seem so effortless. I don’t know how they do it, but I really think I need to take some lessons from them. Oh- did I mention they have 3 beautiful daughters and Laura is 31 weeks pregnant, with twins. How is that for amazing? They both work full time jobs too. How about now? Yeah- thought so. 

Their daughters are the coolest girls. They all have their own totally different personalities, but they are so sweet and kind and beautiful. All 3 of them are just gorgeous. Dave is seriously going to have his hands full. Hannah, Kiera, and Annabelle are my newest bff’s. One day soon they are going to come out and ride the horses some. I can’t wait. These girls are awesome. 

Somewhere around Veteran’s Day this beautiful family is growing by 4 little feet. Dave is getting a little bit of testosterone to help balance out all the lovely Hudson ladies, but there is also going to be another beautiful lady coming into this family. That’s right, a girl and a boy. I am so excited to meet little Jack and Molly. I can only imagine how precious these little babies are going to be if they look anything like the rest of their family. I don’t think these guys are capable of anything but gorgeous. Stay tuned to the blog for pictures of these beautiful little babies when they get here. I can promise you those pictures will be nothing short of epic! 

I hope you all enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed shooting them. And thank you SO much for having me out to your lovely home for an afternoon of pictures. I can’t wait to do it again. (And, I’ll be glad to take Goliath off your hands anytime you like! hehe) <3BRIImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Carolina Treatment Center- Pinehurst Open House

Many of you know that I am also a nurse. In particular a substance abuse nurse, even though I am not actually working right now. My former boss and amazing friend, Amy Morris, is the clinical director at CTC- Pinehurst. She has been there for about a year and the transformation she has made in that facility is nothing short of astonishing. In that short of a time period she has managed to take a “broken” operation and turn it into an amazing state-of-the-art opioid treatment program.

September is National Recovery Month, so what better time to have an open house to promote treatment and recovery to this community. If you know anything about Amy, you know she doesn’t half way do anything. She loves what she does and really pours her heart and soul into her work and it shows. This event was no exception. There were 22 vendors from this area set up as well as an afternoon full of informative guest speakers. It was an event for everyone (even if you just came for the yummy food! :-P) and I am SO honored to have been asked to be a part of it.

Thank you to everyone who came out to this event and those who had a hand in putting it on. The staff at CTC-P are awesome and their unity and passion for substance abuse is so clearly evident after spending just a few minutes around them. I also feel like I should mention the phenomenal renovations and expansion that have been done to the clinic over the past 6 months or so. Please take a moment to look through the pictures of the improved clinic. It is nothing short of inspiring.

For anyone who may need/want more information about treatment please contact the outstanding staff at CTC-Pinehurst. Their website is: http://www.crchealth.com and their phone number is: 910-235-9090. Also please take a moment to visit Moore County Recovery Month’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MooreCountyRecoveryMonthSeptember2012

<3Bri

Southern Soul {Sheldon, Brianna, Dillon, Selena}

I was contacted a while back by a girl, named Brianna (spelled wrong but alas) no less, about doing a session for her, her boyfriend, his brother and his  girlfriend and horses. I have been fighting with mother nature for some great lighting for what feels like a lifetime now. It seems like session after session the lighting was totally fighting me. Well- mother nature finally gave me that incredible, warm, golden light I have been wanting for what seems like forever now. So here I stood, with 3 beautiful horses, 4 beautiful people, and 2 couples who were crazy about each other. SCORE!!!!!!! Sheldon is in the Air Force (Thanks for your service bud!!) And he has been deployed for the past however long. He had only just gotten back stateside a day or so before the session. Needless to say, he and Bri were so happy to be together again. The love they have for each other is so apparent. All you have to do is watch the way he watches her when she isn’t paying attention or watch Bri’s mouth curl into a smile when she catches a glimpse of him. They are clearly crazy about each other and a match made in heaven. Dillon is Sheldon’s brother, and Selena is Dillon’s girlfriend (confused yet?). They were in town visiting from Oklahoma, which was a perfect chance for them to get some pictures together as well (and some of the 4 of them for the family!) These 2 are also crazy in love. Every time I turned around they were either kissing, hugging, holding hands, snuggling up or something. They were certainly easy to get to be affectionate in their pictures. It just came natural! 😛 I told them to give it a few years 😉 Sheldon and Dillon are two peas in a pod if there ever were any. They are exactly the same and were cutting up and goofing off together the whole time. Heck, Selena and Bri were equally as silly. I had a blast doing these pictures and hanging out with these crazy love birds. I hope you all enjoy these pictures as much as we did! Enjoy! <3Bri

Southern Love {The Munn Family}

I was lucky enough to spend an evening photographing this super awesome family. One of my favorite parts of this job is that I get to meet and become friends with so many cool people. This was no exception. Scott, Megan, and Cadence are such a great family and have an amazing chemistry together. It doesn’t take being around them for very long to know how in love they are with each other, and especially their beautiful little girl, Cadence. I even got the chance to meet Scott’s parents and get some pictures of them too. I hope you guys enjoy these and I am looking forward to photographing you guys again! <3BriImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

2012 Walk For Lupus

Ok, so I had all these big plans to blog about super cool stuff coming up this fall (don’t worry, that blog will still be coming) but, this one needs to come first. 

For those of you who are unaware I have an incurable autoimmune disease, lupus. It has been quite a rough ride but for now I seem to have it fairly under control. That being said I still very much so have my good days and bad days. If you are wanting more information about the disease obviously please feel free to ask me or check out this link- http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new_learnunderstanding.aspx?articleid=2231&zoneid=523 – it’s pretty informative and at least gives you a skeleton of what lupus is. 

I know I have said this in the past, but I was very clearly reminded of it this morning, I have the best husband in the world. Ever. First of all, he works so hard to provide for his family, and anyone who knows him knows how hard he works. I can never get him to sit still. He is always the first to offer help to anyone if they need it and will bend over backwards (to a fault sometimes) to help others. He works so hard not only at his job and as a husband and father but around the farm to help take care of MY horses. Especially since majority of the stuff I am unable to take care of on my own now. He is also beyond supportive of my disease. He usually knows when something is not quite right with me long before I ever say anything about it. Let’s not even get into the fact that he is my first (and only) love, we’re high school sweethearts, he is my best friend and the most loving and supportive father I’ve ever seen in my life. Oh- and he is super cute! 🙂 Ok- enough of my mushy lovey dovey stuff……

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Just a shot of the most amazing husband ever!

Last night Kevin was up super late reorganizing our spare bedroom. But, after he did all if that he managed to get online and locate a local Walk For Lupus. I had no idea he was even doing this. Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and was checking facebook and saw the link to his page randomly show up on my feed. The fact that he wanted to do the walk was sweet and amazing enough on it’s own. But, then I read what he wrote on his page and the tears started flowing like a faucet. What an amazing man I have. I am so blessed. 

This is the link to his fundraiser page to read what he wrote and to donate: 

http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1007700&supId=366330098&extSiteType=1

So, while this doesn’t have anything to do with photography it is an issue that is very near and dear to my heart. If you could please take a moment to look at his fundraiser page and donate if you can. Please remember any little bit (no matter how big or small) will help and would mean so much to us. Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this and for supporting my amazing husband as he walks to hopefully find a cure for this miserable disease. 

 

Love, 

Bri 

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Coming Soon…..Baby Hardy #2!

This family is so special to me. Joanna is one of my dearest friends, and probably the only reason I made it through nursing school in one piece. We are so much alike and have the same sarcastic personality so we get along wonderfully. Their little boy, Micah, is 5 and Hailey’s boyfriend (as she will gladly tell you) and is so precious, and Marcus and Kevin have so much in common they get along great. We always have a blast hanging out together. The most exciting part- is their beautiful little family is going to be growing by 2 feet in April 2013. I am so excited for them. It seems like just yesterday that she was pregnant with Micah and I can’t wait to have a little baby around to snuggle (and give back when I am done!!) again. Doing this announcement session was a blast for me, and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

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These shoes are Joanna’s grandma’s shoes from around 1932. So cool to be able to incorporate them into this session! 🙂ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Then we hd this super cute little visitor, Buffy, during the session checking things out. The coolest thing about this cat to me is he is my mom’s cat, Mojo’s, brother. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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