To The Moon and Back | Week 22/52

June 3rd, 2014

I cannot believe we are almost halfway done with this project. The term “time flies” and the question “where does the time go?” are often overused, but they are SO true!

School has ended and summertime is in full swing. I kept the kids home from any camps this week because well…see my above sentiments.

It was a rainy day today so we went to the library, Tropical Smoothie and to a covered play area then we hung out at home. The kids got a little stir crazy and ended up jumping on our bed and just wrestling around. They really are the best of friends (sometimes–you know how it goes)!

Make sure you to visit Kasey Sweet-Racici of A Sweet Life Photography’s blog to see what she’s been up to!

kids_blogcircle_week22_002_web

 

kids_blogcircle_week22_003_web

 

kids_blogcircle_week22_004_web

 

kids_blogcircle_week22_005_web

 

kids_blogcircle_week22_006_web

 

To The Moon and Back | Week 21/52

May 27th, 2014

SCHOOL’S (almost) OUT FOR SUMMER! Two more days of school left…and I have some excited kiddos! This is likely where we’ll spend a LOT of our summer. It’s too hot not to be in the water down here!

Keep the blog circle going by checking out the talented Julie Livermore’s blog entry for this week!

 

Emma_blogcircle_week20_web

Emma_blogcircle_2_week20_web

 

Aug_blogcircle_week20_web

Aug_blogcircle_2_week20_web

 

 

To The Moon and Back | Week 19/52

May 13th, 2014

Remember those silhouettes that were really popular in the 80′s? They did them at Disney World in black and white? Here’s my modern day version of my kids. Love these sweet little faces…to the moon and back.

To keep the blog circle going, check out Carrie Terrones Photography and her beautiful kiddos!

Emma, age 8

Emma_blogcircle_week19_web

 

August, age 5

August_blogcircle_week19_web

 

 

 

 

To The Moon and Back | Week 17/52

April 29th, 2014

This week is going to be short and sweet. I have been wanting to capture one or both of the kids in the dark with the iPad (not that we allow them to play on it that often OR in the dark, but…), so I finally did. :)

Much different than you usually see from me, but I like it! One of the things I promised myself with this project was that a) I would capture my kids in everyday life, as they are AND b) I would challenge myself with different types of lighting and situations.

Mission accomplished.

To keep the circle going, visit Julie Livermore and leave her some love on her blog!

SJD_0422_b&w_blog_web

To the Moon and Back | Week 16/52

April 22nd, 2014

I missed last week! :( I promised myself this wouldn’t happen, but we were out of town for four days, and my in laws were moving back up North and and and…time just got away. SO, no regrets, moving on to this week!

My little guy has been off of preschool for Spring Break for quite some time now and I’ve just been enjoying the stuffin’ out of him! He’s such a love. Here he is with his “Plubear” while we were waiting for his big sister at the bus stop.

Aug_blogcircle_week16_002_web

Aug_blogcircle_week16_web

 

Emma is always so happy to see us after school and she especially loves when her brother is there to greet her as well. The older they get, the more they truly seem to enjoy each other and it makes my heart melt!

Emma_blogcircle_week16_002_web

Emma_blogcircle_week16_001_web

 

Keep the blog circle going by visiting the fantastically talented Carrie Terrones!

To The Moon and Back | Week 14/52

April 8th, 2014

Phew. I can’t believe I made it through this week. It was B U S Y. I mean. busier-than-normal busy. My baby boy turned five, we had our usual ballet and soccer practice/game, a birthday party to attend, a school fundraiser and then August’s birthday part at our home…with about 30 kids…and their parents. With a bounce house, an awesome balloon making stilt walker and Bricks 4 Kidz here (lego building company) I am physically sore from all of the excitement. I really need a full day to rest, but that’s not happening any day soon!

So, why am I not posting some awesome pics from the party you ask? Because I was hosting, and running around, and fixing boo boos, and retrieving towels for a kid who fell in the pool…and well, you get the gist. I took a few, but not as many as I would have liked. Lesson learned: hire a professional to come and capture your memories! Yes, even I need somebody to do that for me so I can enjoy the party!

Now onto the pics. As promised, I am staying true to my goal with this project, and that was to capture my kids in everyday activities. I will throw in some posed portraits here and there, but for the most part, I want to document a year of them just being them.

Here is my big FIVE year old going after the soccer ball at his soccer game! Check out the tongue!

AUG_blogcircle_week14_web

 

Another exciting thing happened this week. My sweet and sensitive little artist had her artwork selected to be in a county wide art show! Talk about PROUD! She is so proud of herself, and she should be. Check out her artwork for yourself! Proud mama right here! (PS: she is begging me to teach her photography, too. wish granted.)

Emma_blogcircle_week14_2_web

Emma_blogcircle_week14

Keep the blog circle going by checking out the marvelous Nikki Matthews and her most adorable children!

 

 

 

To The Moon and Back | Week 13/52

April 1st, 2014

This about sums up our weekend! We had family in town and spent a day by the pool, and a day at the beach. It was beautiful but very cool and windy! The kids did not seem to mind one bit.

EMMA_blogcircle_week13_web

 

AUG_blogcircle_week13_web

Here they are running along the surf w/ their Uncle J, who they only get to see a few times a year.

kids_blogcircle_week13_web

 

As always, to keep the blog circle going, click HERE to view the wonderful work of Carrie Terrones Photography!

To The Moon and Back | Week 12/52

March 25th, 2014

PLAY!

We had such a relaxing weekend with beautiful weather!

EMMA_blogcircle2_week12_web

 

EMMA_blogcircle3_week12_web

His faces crack me up…

AUG_blogcircle_week12_web

 

AUG_blogcircle2_week12_web

To continue the blog circle, click HERE for Las Vegas Children’s Photographer, Jennifer Steffan! 

To The Moon and Back | Week 11/52

March 17th, 2014

Another reason I LOVE doing this blog circle? I get to do what I want to do and experiment. This week I experimented with low and dramatic window light and black and white conversions. LOVE how they turned out. Are  they grainy from the low light? Yep. I love what it adds to the photos.

Moody. Dramatic. Black and White. Love them.

To keep the blog circle going, click HERE.

 

EMMA_blogcircle_week11_web

AUG_blogcircle_week11_web
EMMA&AUG_blogcircle_week11_web

 

Heroes Among Us–the search for a cure {Fort Myers Family Photographer}

March 12th, 2014

It’s no secret how much I absolutely adore this family. I adore them for many many reasons, all of which you’ll hear about during this blog post. I’ve photographed them three times now. You can see their past sessions HERE and HERE.  I met them a few years ago when I was holding a contest and giving away a session. The Lawreys won the contest, and I fell in love with them instantly.

(keep scrolling down for more images of this beautiful family and see how YOU can help!)

lawrey_blog1_web

lawrey2014_010_blogweb

lawrey2014_009_blogweb
lawrey2014_011_blogweb

You can read some of the background in the other posts, but here is the short version. Their son, Gavin, suffers from an incurable disease called Mitochondrial Disease (<—click to learn and read about mito) . At the age of 18 months, Gavin started to suffer from seizures that made him “shaky” and caused loss of muscle control. A few years later it was determined that he has Mitochondrial Disease.  The amount of heartbreak, suffering and sacrifice this family has gone through is more than any one family should have to go through in a lifetime. Gavin has experienced more pain and suffering than you can imagine. Through it all, he keeps a smile on his face. He is one of the happiest little guys I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.

OH and hello?!??! He also happens to be a fabulous little photographer. I am blown away by his creative eye. See for yourself HERE. His art is on sale to raise funds…I have a canvas hung proudly in my office. It is gorgeous!

(keep scrolling down for more images of this beautiful family and see how YOU can help!)

lawrey2014_014_blogweb

lawrey2014_004_blogweb

 

lawrey2014_007_blogweb

 lawrey2014_016_blogweb

lawrey2014_019_blogweb

lawrey2014_013_blogweb
lawreyblog_3_web

This post is not all about Gavin. I’d like to introduce Makenzie Lawrey to you. She is Gavin’s AMAZING big sister. Makenzie has been journaling about this journey for a while now. She told her Mom, Brandi, that she wanted to help find a cure. Her goal? To raise one million dollars for research. Brandi tried to talk her down to a more reasonable goal, but Makenzie insisted…and you know what? I think she’ll do it. Keep scrolling down to see how she’s already raised over $25,000.00!

(keep scrolling down for more images of this beautiful family and see how YOU can help!)

lawrey2014_001_blogweb

lawrey_blog2_web

lawrey2014_015_blogweb

lawrey2014_008_blogweb

lawrey2014_006_blogweb

lawrey2014_012_blogweb

At the young age of 9 years old, Makenzie has written a book, Mighty Mito Superhero (<—-click to purchase!) . This book was written in non technical terms and written in a way so that children (and adults) can understand what mitochondrial disease is. It features actual stories from Makenzie’s experience and perspective and lots of photos (some by yours truly). It features Gavin as a superhero, striving to “win” the battle against mitochondrial disease.  100% of the proceeds go to the United Mitochondrial Foundation in hopes of a cure.

lawrey2014_021_blogweb

lawrey2014_020_blogweb

lawrey2014_018_blogweb

lawrey2014_017_blogweb

It boggles my mind to think that this 9 year old child has already accomplished more in her short lifetime than most adults have! She also set up a storefront to sell “Bravelets”, adorable bracelets for mito awareness. Click HERE to purchase your own!

Currently, the Lawrey family is challenging everybody to take the donation challenge. Often times, we feel we can’t contribute enough…”what will my $20.00 do?” A lot. When everybody comes together, it makes a difference. The Lawreys are challenging everybody to donate the same amount as their age. So if you are 33 years old, they are asking you to donate $33.00. To find out more and take the donation challenge, visit their site Hope 4 Mito. There is a button at the top labeled DONATE. 

lawrey2014_005_blogweb

Last but certainly not least, I collaborated with a good friend of mine Megan DiPiero, who also happens to be a local photographer and fabulous videographer. Together, along with Brandi Lawrey, we came up with the concept for this video. Megan DiPiero certainly was the mastermind in putting it all together and rocked it. Watch it for a glimpse into the Lawrey’s life, and the heroes that they are.

Please consider donating for this cause, and be the hope for a cure for mitochondrial disease.

**My goal is to have this blog post go viral in order to spread the word and raise more money for this cause…for Makenzie…and for Gavin. Purchase a copy of the book, buy a bracelet, donate and if you can’t do any of those things, share. Please share anywhere you can. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc!

Many thanks and gratitude…

SJDxo

 

All Images Copyright Shannon J Dodge Photography | Blog Theme Created by LJP & SLR Lounge
Connect-Facebook
Newsletter
Contact