Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Watching her grow...

I am so lucky. I have watched this beautiful family anticipate the arrival of little C. and then I was able to capture her newborn photos, six month photos and now her one year portraits. It is just amazing how babies change and grow in the course of a year but one thing has remained the same this year and it is that C. is the apple of her parent's eye. Her parents just adore her (I mean look at that face, who wouldn't?) and she just adores them back. I have enjoyed every session with this family, they are so much fun to spend time with.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Moving pains

Well, we are in our new house. It is great. The kids can run around without running in to one another. I am so happy to have space to breathe. The neighborhood is great, the school is great, the settling in is going great but we have hit a few bumps along the road so we do not have internet and cable yet. The workers will be here on Friday and hopefully we will be able to get connected then.

I will be able to check my gmail account (trinariggott@gmail.com) a few times a day so you are welcome to email me. I am also able to schedule appointments so if you need one, just give me a call.

Christmas photo time is running out so call me now to book your appointment.

Neighborly love....

I was so excited when my neighbors of seven years called to request photos for their Christmas card. It has been so exciting to watch their kids grow and play with my kids. We have shared so much so it was a pleasure to photograph them before our move. We met downtown on a dark day. After about thirty minutes, it started to pour rain. (This rain has really cramped my style lately! LOL) We were able to get a few photos for their card and a few just for fun.

Thanks M. family for letting me be a part of your card! I would love to photograph you guys again. You are naturals!!

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This is my favorite photo of all times. LOVE IT!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Can I make it?

We are moving to a new house on Friday. Yeah!! Woot! Whooo hoo! BUT, in the process I am loosing my internet for a few days. Boo! Yuck! Yikes! Can I make it a few days without it? Well, I hope so. I will go through internet withdrawal though. Maybe this is good for me? Nah.

So, I will not be able to be reached from Thursday night until Tuesday night by email. I will have limited access through my phone but I probably can not answer too many emails during that time. So, if you need me you can reach me the old fashioned way, by phone. 706-247-3899. If I do not answer, it is because I have a big box of junk in my hands and will call you back.

On Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday... or whenever the guys come in to hook up my internet, I will be posting more session photos and a special offer. You will not want to miss it and the numbers will be limited. So, be sure that you check the blog next week.

Wish me luck with the move. My back already hurts just thinking about it.

I have been saving this for a long time...

At the beginning of October I got a chance to re-meet (we had lunch once a while back) a wonderful woman and spend some time with her awesome children. It was a dark icky day. We did not have much light so we are planning to revisit again really soon for a few more shots. I have been sitting on this session because I really wanted to post it when I had time to think. This session was too special to just post really quickly and then go on.

As I said, I had lunch with this beautiful lady a few years ago. I remember then that she seemed to have something extra special about her. Funny how you can just "feel" those kinds of things. She became my friend on Facebook and I started viewing her feeds. I noticed her husband was having some health difficulties so I followed his Caring Page site. He was battling brain cancer at the time. I expected to find updates about Spencer and expected to read how hard it was to see a soul mate battle this kind of cancer. What I found was something totally different. Sure there were times when the posts were sad and tests were not favorable. But, through it all this family, and especially this sweet woman, stayed strong with her faith in God and motivated everyone reading Spencer's page to be a faithful child of God. Funny how in her most trying time of need, that she was serving others. Brianne did not complain about why this illness was happening to Spencer or her young family. She just served Spencer the best she could and cared for her family the best that she could and she continued to live during this time the best she could. But, the key is that she kept living. Spencer's illness did not stop her from living, nor did it stop Spencer.

I followed that feed religiously. It was the first thing I checked in the morning and the last thing that I checked before bed. Funny how you become so attached to people you barely know. But, through that Care Page, I feel like I really know this family.

Unfortunately, Spencer lost his battle with brain cancer on July 16, 2009. While I am sure that Brianne has had a very hard adjustment with her new life without her soul mate, I am sure if she was writing this blog post, she would say that she has not stopped living. Not long ago she visited Disney World again after having visited there shortly before Spencer passed away and she wore a button that read, "I choose life". See how amazing this woman is? Even in the depths of sorrow, she can see the silver lining. I truly believe that Brianne is a gift to us all. I am sure she was to Spencer.

Why do I write this? To make you feel sorry for Brianne? No way! That would make her very sad to hear that you felt sorry for her. I write this to share a little of what she has shared with me. Even in your darkest moments there is light. Even when you can not see it, it is there. You just have to be wiling to find it. Life is good. We are only here on earth for such a short time, why waste a moment? Each one can provide a special gift to yourself or better yet someone else.

I am thankful that Brianne asked me to take the first photographs of her family since Spencer's passing. We went to the Botanical Gardens here in Athens to visit a special bench that is dedicated in memory of Spencer. I will always visit this bench now and think special thoughts about this fabulous family. We had a great time although the weather was not working in our favor. The kids are just too hilarious and Brianne is such a fun spirit. I really look forward to visiting with them again soon to finish up our session... if it ever stops raining.

I had a lot of favorites. LOL

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This is Spencer's bench.
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