Category Archives: Event Photography

It’s about a New Year, “BEING” and Welcome Home!!!

It’s a new year and with that comes the opportunity for new things! Personally for me,  this year’s about “BEING”…being healthier, being organized, and most of all, being present! I really want to “BE” in the today! That’s right!…Not yesterday or tomorrow but being in the life & love of now!

So how am I going to do that? Well, I have a few ideas and will be sharing those with you as we begin the new year.  But for now, I must say…I am  SO EXCITED for 2012!!!

So before we totally say goodbye to 2011,  I wanted to share this photo taken New Year’s Eve last year…

These two boys are holding up signs they helped make to welcome home their newest brothers…twin boys from Ethiopia!

It’s amazing to think that in the early part of 2010, both our families were in the beginning discussions of adoption. There I was… just a few months from our adoption conversations…New Year’s Eve 2010…at the airport & awaiting the arrival of my friend, her daughter, father-in-law and the two newest members of her family.  I still get emotional thinking about that day!  What an amazing beginning  to a new year for this family!

M & K, It was such an honor for me to be part of that day! I just wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy & Blessed New Year! God has surely taken care of your family and those beautiful boys! Love you guys!

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you a 2012 full of life & love!

A 1st Birthday, Smash Cake, Family & Friends…

It was a Happy 1st Birthday Party for this pretty princess.

She may look familiar to those who keep up with my blog. She’s the daughter of the G family that won a free photography session in April.  Little R was only 9 months old when we had our session in June and it’s amazing to see how much she’s grown in just a few months.  Little R barely stood up when I took their family pictures and here she was, 3 months later, walking and celebrating her first year.

Here are some shots from her special day!

Here’s the smash cake!

After getting all cleaned up, it was time for more fun out in the backyard.

Birthdays are such a great time, especially first birthdays! I love how this time is a celebration with family and friends.

E & P,  I’m so glad I got to share such a special time with you guys!

Little T was cracking me and himself up with his jokes! lol! I had a great time! You’ve got a beautiful family. =)

Until next time…

Choo…Choo…All aboard!!!!

Earlier, I posted a sneak peek from the 3rd Annual All Aboard for  a Cure.  This walk was held in Thrasher’s Park located in Norcross, Georgia. If you haven’t been to this park before, you have to come check it out. It’s a great park! My kids loved the playground and as a photographer, it has great places to take pictures.  And for those who have kids that love trains like my son, there’s a nearby railroad track that often has trains rolling by.  My son loved this!

I have to share that the night before the walk, thunderstorms began. Even my kids had woken up in the middle of the night (or early morning really) to the crashing thunder that rolled overhead.  The event was going to happen rain or shine so I was just hoping the rain would go away by morning.   Amazingly, though it was a rainy day, it didn’t stop hundreds of people from walking in downtown Norcross to help raise awareness and money for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. As you’ll see in the pictures, even under tents and umbrellas, there was a lot of excitement, joy and fun to be had and people’s hearts truly shined that day.

So here are a few more pics from that day…

Baskets of fun being raffled off that day.  I bought a few tickets to try my luck but as usual, I didn’t win. I don’t think I ever win these kinds of things.

These are some of the beautiful people that help to make this wonderful event happen.

This little man just stole my attention when I first saw him. He was such a cutie and I LOVED his shirt.

Beautiful family, right?

Lisa (pictured below) as a mom, is already super busy but how she is able to handle planning an event like this on top of it…well, let’s just say she’s simply amazing!

I had to take pictures of these siblings. They were SO CUTE!!! I took this after the walk officially started.  Here they were sitting near the Park’s entrance patiently waiting for the walkers to make their way back to the park.

Love the colors of these bags!

This is HBO Crew that were performing that day. You’ve gotta love it when you can ask someone if you can take their pics and they immediately know what to do.  Thanks for an awesome pose guys!

These were a group girls from the Gwinnett Ballet that were filing off stage after a fun performance for the crowd.

What kid doesn’t love face painting! Such a great activity for any event.

Here’s mito man again!

And this is one of my faves of faves because this little angel, with the help of her parents, got off her wheelchair and walked through to the finish line.

There were so many more pictures. Stay tuned…as I said before, i’ll be adding a gallery from the walk. Also, I just posted a short slide show for this event.

If you find yourself in one of these photos and would like a copy, you can simply email me at ayphotodesign@gmail.com and i’ll send you the jpeg file of the photo(s) for free.

Until next time…