Archive for June, 2008

The Sholl Family

This morning started off with a healthy dose of “Guess How Old I Am”.  I am old enough to be taking pictures of the kids of kids I used to babysit when I was a teenager.  That is a big pill to swallow so early, but I’m over it now.  Brian’s parents live across the street from my grandmother, and we have known their family pretty much forever.  But he and his gorgeous red-head of a wife (we know how I feel about red heads, right??) and their two gorgeous babies live down south now, so mom & dad thought a photo shoot was in order during their visit home.  Here is the whole fam:











I know this next shot of Julia doesn’t show off how pretty she is from the front, and I know I don’t need to gush about the red hair, but seriously…I can’t stop looking at this one for some reason.  She looks like such a doll…

















And Mr. Patrick wasn’t short on smiles today…especially after he got his pants changed! 









It was so great meeting you guys…you have such a beautiful family!  And thanks to Marge and Don for thinking of me!


The Allen Family

Wednesday was another one of those days where thunderstorms rolled in after dinner, and I wasn’t sure how my shoot with the Allen’s was going to pan out.  I mean, they had travelled all the way from Atlanta for this (not really, but in my mind…) and I went to high school with Chuck and Michelle, so no pressure, right?  But we managed to dodge the rain here and there, and by the end of the night, we were treated to some of the juiciest light I’ve seen in a while.

Chuck scoped out a couple great locations over in West Egypt, I mean, Church Hill on the shore.  He did a super job…I love these blue chairs (a great looking family sitting amongst them helps, I guess…)










Trying to get this gang geared up for fun, we had to try the jump shot…Michelle’s cheerleader days sure paid off in this one…









And nothing get the kidd-o’s giggling like turning someone upside-down…thanks, Katie, for being such a good sport!


















And here is some of that juicy light I was talking about:










Oh my…is that awesome, or what?!!?

I am SO glad it worked out, guys…I had a blast!  It was great to see you guys again!


Meet Miss Sydney

Miss Sydney is a couple weeks old, and the hospital actaully got a photo of her smiling, but Mom wanted to give me a crack at her first real photo session.  She was not short on smiles for me, either.  I don’t know that I have ever seen such a young baby with so many grins…











I love this shot of her toes (she was out cold)…










She has the pinkest, girliest nursery in town.  So sweet…


















I just kept snapping and snapping…and she was like “Is she ever going to stop??”


















What a treat!  Thanks so much for having me out!  And thanks to Lauren Hewitt for showing of her photos to Sydneys grammy who told Mommy about me!  🙂


My dear friend, Cassie, has a dear friend, Sirena, who has a dear son, Shawn.  And Tuesday, I got to take Shawn’s way-overdue picture.  Seeings how I can’t make my own 12 year old smile, I wasn’t sure how this would go, but I guess all the anguish is saved for mom.  Shawn was awesome…

















So many natural smiles…he was a piece of cake….

















Mom gave him three changes of clothes, so I thought it only fair that he got to pick his last outfit.  Being a big Ravens fan, there was only one way to go…


















Thanks, Shawn…you were awesome!  🙂

Kate & Ozzie

Sorry for the lack of blogging…but hold on…I think I have enough to keep you going for a while…

It was last Tuesday that Kate & Ozzie and I met down in Fells Point.  There were dark clouds rolling in, and lightning in the sky.  It wasn’t looking good for us at first, but we managed to work quickly and get some really great stuff. 

The breeze kicked up everyonce in a while and gave Kate that supermodel look:



















Sweet moment (you’d never think it was totally staged and uncomforatble, would you??) 🙂










And then we grabbed this one on our way back to the cars, after I had put my lens cap on three times already saying we were finished…there was just so much good stuff down there!


















I can’t wait to see you to make it official this Saturday!

My Heroes

Trying to get back into the swing of things after such a sorrowful week last week.  I have been wanting to write about what I witnessed as our friends had to bury their six month old son, but the words have been hard to find.  I saw hundreds of people pour through the funeral home, and Holy Nativity’s sanctuary was filled with family and friends surrounding Scott & Amy with love and sympathy during the funeral service Saturday.  The whole thing was so unimaginable, or surreal, maybe.  But the most amazing thing I saw was at the end of the service.  Scott and Amy had written a message that Scott so bravely shared, and then the final song was played.  They chose “Blessed be Your Name”.  It is a beautiful, triumphant song that has been a Sunday morning favorite for quite a while, but I will never sing it the same again.  They sang this song hands held together and held high as if to say, ‘no matter what, YOU are our God’.  It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. 

Blessed Be Your Name
by Matt Redman
– – –
Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your nameBlessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name




After the service and interment, Scott and Amy hosted a lunch catered by Chef Paulino (if you are ever in Catonsville, please stop by and grab a bite.  He was so generous…I think he gave us food for 600 instead of 300.  Big shout out to him…).  Anyway, there was a ton of food left over, and Scott and Amy suggested we take the leftovers to the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins where they often stayed while Jeremy was in the hospital.  What a great idea!  Then there was still too much food, so they suggested we feed the staff at the PICU as well.  So we rounded up drivers, and were getting ready to load the food, when Scott & Amy decided to take it themselves.  You heard me.  After all that.  I don’t know if these two have any idea what kind of witness they are, but wow…

Scott, Amy…you are truly me heroes.  I love you both. 


Celebrating Jeremy

Here is a copy of the post made by Scott & Amy last night on the Caring Bridge site:

It is with great sadness that we write to let you know that our son, Jeremy, passed away on Sunday afternoon. We take comfort in knowing that he will remain in his forever home with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Saying goodbye to him was by far the hardest thing that we have ever had to do. Telling our other three children of his passing, was the second hardest thing that we have ever had to do. Coping with daily life has not been easy at all. In fact, it feels so strange to get up and not go to the hospital or to call and check in on him. I panicked today at one point while watching our children play because I kept counting them and only getting to three and I had to stop and remember what has happened. Those are the moments when it is the most painful, to relive that understanding that Jeremy is no longer with our family and he never will be. He is not taking a nap or at a Grandparents home, he is gone from this world forever. I’m sorry for rambling. . . my heart is pouring out with pain that is just without words to describe. Please know that despite our great pain and despair, we have accepted God’s will for Jeremy. We just now have to learn how to live here on earth without him.

We have made the following arrangements to celebrate Jeremy’s life.

Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home 1630 Edmondson Avenue Catonsville, Maryland 21228 410-744-8600— Viewings will be taking place on Thursday, June 12th from 7-9 p.m. and also on Friday, June 13th from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 14th at 10 am at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church 1200 Linden Avenue Arbutus , Maryland 21227

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be made in Memory of Jeremy Morse to the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center PICU. The address is :

600 North Wolfe Street


Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Attn: Claire Beers

We ask for this so that we can honor Jeremy’s life and he can live on through helping other children and their families at the Johns Hopkins PICU. Thank You.

Scott and Amy Morse and Family


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