London's Bridge Photography: Blog http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog en-us (C) London's Bridge Photography (London's Bridge Photography) Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:33:00 GMT Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:33:00 GMT Now that's a lot of packages!! http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/2/now-thats-a-lot-of-packages

I want to thank you all SO MUCH for your support with our "Love Never Fails" fundraiser last week!  Because of your generosity, London's Bridge Photography will donate over $500 to the Children's Heart Foundation!!!  It means the world to me to be able to honor London for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week!!  Your love & support has made my heart so happy, and I just want to say THANK YOU!!!  I will be personally delivering packages as well as shipping them this week!!  If this is your first time visiting and you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can read about my fundraiser and order your very own Love Never Fails print HERE!  Again, THANK YOU guys so very much!!  

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(London's Bridge Photography) chd awareness chd awareness week children's heart foundation fundraiser hlhs london london's bridge photography love never fails http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/2/now-thats-a-lot-of-packages Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:32:35 GMT
Love Never Fails: CHD Awareness Week http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/2/love-never-fails-chd-awareness We all know that February is all about love and hearts!  Stores are decorated in red and pink, hearts are everywhere, and love is in the air! :)  Up until 2007, the only hearts I thought about in February were the candy and chocolate ones!  That all changed on 9/11/07 when my precious baby girl, London, entered this world with half of her heart  She had a severe congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  London's precious little heart was severely underdeveloped and could not pump blood throughout her body.  When she was two days old, she underwent major open-heart surgery to help her heart work in a "normal" way.  Unfortunately, there were complications during surgery, and our precious London did not survive.  

Our hearts were shattered into a million pieces.  Although it has been 10 years already, I am still picking up the pieces.  In fact, I don't think I will ever stop picking up the pieces.  London left her mark on her mommy's heart, and because of that, it is my mission to honor her in every part of my life.  It's my mission to bring awareness to Congenital Heart Defects and to share my story and London's story! 

That is why London's Bridge Photography even exists...and that is why I am choosing to raise awareness and funds for CHD Awareness Week.  To honor London and all babies and children with CHD's, I am choosing to sell one of my images with a simple scripture on it: Love Never Fails. ~1 Corinthians 13:8

This picture is so special to me in many ways.  First of all, my mom gave us this beautiful plant in honor of London.  It's called a "Bleeding Heart" , and it is truly a testament of God's hand being in the details.  The flowers of this plant are perfect little hearts...and the prettiest pink you'll ever see.  They are delicate and perfect.  They bloom for just a little while, and then they're gone until next year.  I always look forward to seeing the first of many little pink heart blooms.  It's like God reminds me, "Ashlee, I'm taking good care of her.  I promise." :)  

This plant reminds me of London, of course, but it also reminds me that God is always there.  His love never fails, even when this life doesn't go as planned.  His love never fails, even when people do.  It reminds me that my love for London never fails and will be as strong the day I die as the first moment I held her in my arms.  Love Never Fails. 

I am selling four print sizes, and ALL PROFITS DURING CHD AWARENESS WEEK (Feb.7-Feb.14) WILL BE DONATED to the Children's Heart Foundation!  Every print will be of the highest quality and mounted for durability and longevity.  I hope & pray that you will support this cause and proudly display this beautiful image in your home, on your desk, or give it as a gift...and always remember that HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS!

Sizes & Prices are as follows:

                                                                          4x6         $12

                                                                          5x7         $16

                                                                          8x10       $20

                                                                          11x14     $40

 

To order yours, simply click the PayPal button below.  If you are in the Elizabethtown, KY area, I will deliver the print to you.  If you are out of town, I will mail it to you!  Prints will be ordered & delivered after Feb. 14.

I can't thank you enough for your support!! 

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(London's Bridge Photography) bleeding heart chd awareness chd awareness week congenital heart defect giving back heart hlhs let your heart smile london london cloe tomes personal http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/2/love-never-fails-chd-awareness Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:22:39 GMT
Jennings Family {Elizabethtown Family Photography} http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/2/jennings-family-elizabethtown-family-photographer I had the best time with this amazing family!!  First of all, let me brag on how beautiful they all looked!!  I just love the color scheme they chose!  Secondly, for a January Kentucky day, it was in the 50's! :)  Not only did we luck out with a "warm" afternoon, but we had that golden evening light that makes my heart swoon!!

Speaking of making my heart swoon...this session pretty much did that.  Not only are these sweet people so full of love, but they are so much fun!  They laughed a lot, teased each other, watched me almost bite the dust a few times (haha), and went along with all of my craziness!  Plus, our time together was even more precious because half of this group lives hours away and are about to move across the country.  I'm so thankful I was able to be a part of capturing all of the love that they share!  

John & Jessica definitely don't look old enough to be grandparents, but they are the best at it!!  These sweet little ones sure do love their "Grandpa & Lolly"!! :)

As much as I love capturing kids and their free spirits, I also love capturing the connections and love between mom & dad!  They deserve a special moment, too!

The bond of sisters...there's just nothing quite like it!! <3

Lolly & her sweet girl had a little heart to heart.  Hayven took a little while to warm up to the crazy lady with the camera, but within a few minutes she was all smiles! :)

It's always my goal to capture moments that make you "feel" something when you look at them.  I don't ever want to settle with simply showing what someone looks like right now.  I want so much more!  Instead, I want to show your personality, your silliness, your laughter, your love & connections.  I want to show you LIVING!!  In honor of London, I always strive to make your "heart smile"!!  Well, this next picture makes my heart smile!    

And this one, too!! <3  A daddy with his sweet boy...

This session was an adventure!  It may have been January, but we played in the creek and loved every second!

Jaxon wanted NO part of standing still for a "guy" picture.  He had exploring to do!!  Look at his face...he was OVER IT :) 

Oh, the joys of being the little brother!!  I think Matthew kinda likes it!! :)

Lolly dancing with her girls <3  Such precious memories!!

Kara may be married with a family of her own, but she will always be his little girl!!

Not sure who Gillian was bossing, but I'm pretty sure they listened the first time! Haha :)

Thanks again, Jennings Family, for a wonderful evening & even greater memories!!  You guys are awesome!!  

 

To learn more about the London's Bridge Photography Experience, click HERE!!  

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(London's Bridge Photography) childrens photograper elizabethtown elizabethtown family photographer family golden light january kentucky kentucky lifestyle photographer lifestyle photographer winter http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/2/jennings-family-elizabethtown-family-photographer Sat, 03 Feb 2018 05:05:02 GMT
Dayna & Ryan {Engagement} http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/1/dayna-ryan-engagement Capturing true love is something I never get tired of, and it truly makes my heart smile!  It may seem cliche', but Dayna & Ryan are such an example of true love.  The way they look at each other...especially the way Ryan looks at Dayna...will stop you in your tracks.  It's so easy to see how they adore one another and how they truly enjoy each other's company.  We had such a great time together during their engagement session. 

Ryan took us to his friend's private property, and we had to hike up to the top of a huge rock/cliff where we could see for miles!  It was absolutely gorgeous!!  Dayna originally said she didn't want to take engagement pictures because she doesn't like having her pictures taken.  Ryan encouraged her to do it anyway, and I am so thankful she did!  Dayna is so beautiful and a total sweetheart.  Her smile is contagious, and her hair...well, what I would give for that hair!!  I would have never, in a million years, have guessed that she didn't like the camera!!  I mean, she doesn't take a bad picture!!  Ryan has such a kind, genuine spirit.  He is so friendly and funny!  They both made me feel so comfortable, and they went with the flow & trusted my vision.

It was an honor to witness their connection and their excitement for their future together!  Although I have decided to book a very limited number of weddings this year, I am thrilled that their big day is on my calendar!!

Dayna told me that she has always loved the way Ryan looks at her...as if she's the only girl in the room.  When I edited their images, that's what I kept thinking!  It's just so natural, and you can tell that he loves her with everything he is! 

They laugh a lot, too!  And Dayna shakes her head at Ryan a lot! Haha :)

Dayna was teasing Ryan because he kisses with his eyes open!! Haha :)  We laughed & laughed!!  Then, Ryan had to show her that he could kiss with his eyes closed!!  He said, "See, Dayna, I can do it.  Let's kiss!  Wait, I don't know where you are!!"  Ryan is hilarious! :)

Good job, Ryan!! LOL :) 

There was a cave-type formation on the property that was just awesome!  Ryan said he and his friends used to camp in it when they were kids!  

Congratulations, Dayna & Ryan!  I can't wait to photograph your beautiful wedding in April!!  Ryan, you better work on kissing with your eyes closed!! Haha :)

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(London's Bridge Photography) couples dayna and ryan elizabethtown engagement photographer engagement etown engagement photographer kentucky engagement photographer lifestyle lifestyle photography love rough river http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/1/dayna-ryan-engagement Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:50:19 GMT
My favorite picture I've ever taken... http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/1/my-favorite-picture-ive-ever-taken Hi everyone!  Well, it's been a very long time since I have blogged.  In fact, I was so bad about blogging that I deactivated it on my website, and It's remained dormant for a few years now.  Until today...today I am deciding to dust it off and bring it back to life again!!  Woo Hoo!!! :) 

Why, you might ask?  Well, because Facebook reminded me this morning that on this day, four years ago, I took my favorite picture I've ever taken!  So, instead of basically telling the story on Facebook, I thought it was worth blogging about!  My favorite picture ever is a picture that truly encompasses everything I strive for in my photography business and in life.  It's a picture of my favorite two little boys in our favorite place...our home.  I always strive to capture moments that truly tell a story and make your heart smile.  This one does that for me.  It makes me so happy, and I never get tired of it.

A little bit about the image...we had been out of school for a week because of snow.  To say we had cabin fever is putting it lightly!  The boys, however, decided to make their own fun and go "sledding on the stairs".  It was their idea to wear the helmets! Haha :)  Safety first!!

    

Every time I look at it, I can just hear their squeals and laughter!! :)  As much as I love it because it's of my sweet boys, I never dreamed it would impact others literally all over the world like it has!  I have been humbled and pretty amazed at the attention this image has received!

It has been published by Palm Press on a birthday card.  The greeting that the company chose says, "It's your birthday.  Go ahead and break the rules!"  The boys were so excited when our samples came in the mail!

Palm Press sells the cards nation-wide at bookstores and gift shops.  It was exciting one time when our aunt & uncle sent us a picture from Seaside, Florida!  They spotted the boys' card in a bookstore there while they were on vacation!  Another time, our cousin who attends Auburn University saw it in a bookstore there!

The most unique, and quite CRAZY thing that has happened since this picture was put on the internet was one time when a tattoo artist from Australia messaged me on Facebook.  This picture was in his message!!  Where's the "shocked" emoji when I need it??

Yep, you're seeing that right...that is a tattoo of MY BOYS ON A RANDOM STRANGER'S BODY!!!!!!  A random stranger in Italy who was traveling to Australia...who saw the picture on Pinterest, and it reminded him of his childhood.  I freaked out at first.  It made me feel violated and just weird.  However, once I let it sink in, and I got the story from the man, I felt better about it...and in some kind of weird way, I was even a little bit honored.  After all, the image of my boys brought back a feeling of nostalgia and joy for that man.  He and his brother, who had passed away, used to ride down the stairs when they were little.  The feelings were so strong that he decided to permanently tattoo it on his body.  Pictures are so very powerful.  This is an extreme reminder of that!  And, I must admit, the tattoo artist did a phenomenal job!

It was also a huge honor for this image to win the CG Pro Prints "Best in Show" Photo Contest.  It was one of 9 images chosen (out of over 800 submitted) and was displayed at the WPPI Trade Show in Las Vegas.  It was displayed at their booth as a "Statement Piece"...a framed canvas.

It was humbling for it to also win 2nd place in the International Black & White Child Photo Competition in the "Lifestyle" category.  To be recognized among such amazing photographers from around the world was such an incredible honor and blessing.

   I can't tell you how many times I have seen the image randomly posted on Facebook pages and Instagram pages...with writing on it...as an inspiration piece or a piece that is meant to encourage or brighten someone's day.  One that stuck out was an Instagram post from an inspirational page, and it said, "I'm so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over!"  Granted, it used to bother me when I would see my images manipulated without my consent.  However, I learned to let that go, too.  People probably just see it as a "stock photo".  I've realized that the main thing is that it makes people smile.  It makes them feel something.  It reminds them of a great childhood...and that is more important than anything.  

Even if this image had only been seen my me and my family, it would still be my favorite picture I've ever taken.  However, it makes my heart happy that it has brought so much joy to so many people.  I never get tired of seeing it, whether it's my huge canvas that's in our entryway, or on a new Instagram post.  It's been 4 years today since this picture was taken.  I pray that it continues to bring smiles to faces all over the world!!

And because it made me smile today, I want to share the video that popped up on Facebook this morning!  This was taken right before I took the picture! :)  To see my wild boys in action, click HERE! :)

Thanks for letting me share my favorite image with you!  Just remember...if you're snowed in this winter and have cabin fever, just keep your camera close by!  You never know what you might capture...if just might be your favorite picture ever!! :) 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) children elizabethtown family photographer kentucky family photographer kentucky lifestyle photographer li lifestyle london's bridge photography photographer snow day stair sledding stairs http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2018/1/my-favorite-picture-ive-ever-taken Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:10:54 GMT
Jack's "King Suit" http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/3/jacks-king-suit

If you've followed my work for very long...especially on facebook, you know that my boys are full of personality and love to dress themselves.  Unless we're going to church (and even then, I pick my battles), I let them express themselves.  There are worse things.  Plus, I love the freedom they have at this age to just be themselves...to not worry about what everyone thinks...to not try to please everyone else.  There is such beauty in that.  I hope & pray that they always feel comfortable in their own skin. 

Having said that, yesterday when we got home from school, Jack (who usually changes clothes about 10 times a day...no kidding) told me that he was going to put on a "King Suit".  I'm used to him changing outfits to match his mood (or whatever he's watching...football, music, baseball,etc.), but I have never heard him say "King Suit"!! LOL :)  I just went with it, and he went upstairs to pick out his clothes.  He came back downstairs with this beautiful combination! Haha!!  He absolutely loves his jacket that a dear family friend gave him, and he loves his "rock star boots" that Santa brought him.  The "top hat" (as he calls it) just really made the outfit complete!  He wanted me to button his shirt all the way up and asked if we had a bow tie.  We didn't....I guess that's next on the list for him! :)  Anyway, after he got dressed in his "King Suit", he asked me to go upstairs and get his horse that he could ride.  I convinced him to bring the horse outside so that it would look like he's riding through a big open field!  Thankfully, he was okay with that...and we had some beautiful sunshine, too! :) 

Along with Jack's crazy outfit, Jagger had his own self-expression going on.  From soccer uniform socks to his fluorescent new shoes...along with his camo jacket (of course), he was lookin' goooood!! LOL! :)  He even hopped on the little horse that he was given when he was a baby! :)

I really think I will look back on moments like these and love them so much more than if my boys were perfectly dressed in clothes that actually match! :)  I absolutely love telling the story of my precious boys and their childhood through images such as these. :) 

 

*From a photography standpoint, all images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens, & edited in Lightroom. 

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(London's Bridge Photography) Jack & Jagger Kentucky Lifestyle Photographer Kentucky Child Photographer children lifestyle http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/3/jacks-king-suit Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:47:11 GMT
Jessie http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/jessie Jessie is my beautiful cousin.  She is so sweet, funny, smart, and an amazing singer!  I recently photographed a benefit that Jessie was singing at, and we got to spend a few minutes in front of the beautiful sunset!  Her outfit, her curls in the sunlight, the sun flare...swoon! :) * All images taken with Canon 5D Mark II, 50 f/1.4 lens, and edited in Lightroom. :)  

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) Jessie Key Kentucky Senior Photographer lifestyle personal singer http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/jessie Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:29:06 GMT
Sunshine & Ice http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/sunshine-ice We have gotten a lot of snow & ice lately here in Kentucky.  As much as I would rather be drenched in warm, summer sunshine, I admit that the ice-covered trees, bushes and grasses have been beautiful.  These images were taken in my back yard about a week ago when the sun was getting low in the sky, and the golden light was glistening on all of the ice.  I was freezing, but it was worth it! :) All of these images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200 2.8 IS lens.

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) February ice kentucky nature photographer snow sunshine winter http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/sunshine-ice Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:33:23 GMT
Jagger & Jack on the RR tracks :) http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/jagger-jack-on-the-rr-tracks We live one street away from the railroad tracks in our little town.  We're kind of immune to the passing trains, but whenever we actually take the time to watch one pass, the boys still love it.  One day last month, we walked over to Main Street, and the boys just played.  They put pennies on the tracks for the trains to flatten.  They played with "swords" and found cool rocks.  They chased each other and finally got to watch a train pass.  These are the times when I'm so thankful that I lug my big camera around with me everywhere! :)

 
 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky children family lifestyle personal photographer http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/jagger-jack-on-the-rr-tracks Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:57:03 GMT
Project 365 (2014) - January http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/project-365-2014---january When I started this project on January 1, I wondered if I would last a week! :)  I'm excited that I've actually managed to capture my boys together for a whole month already! :)  Hopefully I can hang for 11 more months!  It's been so much fun capturing my boys every day just being themselves...from exciting, hilarious things (like stair sledding) to simple, mundane things (like watching TV together).  Here's to February and all the joy it will bring! :) 

 

 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) children jagger and jack lifestyle personal project 365 http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2014/2/project-365-2014---january Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:02:37 GMT
2014 - New Year, New Outlook http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/12/a-fresh-outlook-for-2014 As this year comes to a close, I can't even begin to express my gratitude for your love & support.  You have allowed my business to flourish, and I have been busier than I ever imagined!  I have met so many incredible people, have captured so many precious memories, and have been able to donate to wonderful organizations & charities.  My prayers to be busy and build my business have been answered, and I am so thankful for every opportunity I have been given this year. 

However, I humbly admit that I have allowed my desire to build my business to take priority over my family this past year. Most of my free time (when I'm not working full time as a special education teacher) has been spent in front of a computer, and I’ve been consistently “too busy” for my family.  My little boys have become used to Mommy saying, "not right now" or "wait a minute".  Going out to eat with my husband has been replaced with editing. 

Although my original prayers of being so busy were answered, I feel I have learned a great lesson.  I have realized that the demands of being overcommitted and spread too thin has made my passion for photography feel like more of a "job".  That realization has been so powerful because I NEVER want photography to become a job! I love & respect it too much for that to happen. I also realize that no matter how much I love photography (and I love it a lot), it defeats the purpose if I put it in front of my family.  Therefore, I have made a prayerful decision to limit the amount of sessions I schedule each month.  I want to focus on quality and staying true to my vision rather than trying to break records for scheduled sessions.  I want to shoot with meaning & purpose, to be intentional, and to never provide a cookie-cutter experience for my clients simply because I'm "too busy". 

With all of that being said, I am looking forward to a refreshed and focused new year…to be the best I can be for my family and for you!  My slogan is "Let your Heart Smile".  I need to get back to letting my own heart smile every time I pick up my camera!  I can’t thank you enough for your incredible love & support!  It means the world to me! <3     

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(London's Bridge Photography) 2014 London new outlook philosophy purpose vision http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/12/a-fresh-outlook-for-2014 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:09:26 GMT
30 Minutes in the Life {October} http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/10/30-minutes-in-the-life-october

Every October during Fall Break, my whole family goes to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  We stay in a cabin and the boys love having a hot tub and a pool table :)  This year, we got to see 5 bears walking down the road in front of our cabin!  It was so exciting :)  This year, my sister & I took our boys to the Ripley's Aquarium.  They loved it!  They got to see a scuba guy feeding the fish, got to dig for dinosaur bones at the dinosaur exhibit, and got to see sharks!  Jack had a love-hate relationship with the sharks.  He was amazed, but chewed his nails off the whole time.  We had a great time!

 

After viewing my "30 minutes in the life", be sure to follow our blog circle and see what fourteen other wonderful photographers around the world captured for their 30 minutes!!  Next up from here is Rebecka LeFoll, Washington Lifestyle Photographer.

Sam wasn't real sure about climbing into the Penguin tunnel.  After Jagger & Jack did it, he went for it. :) And I managed to trudge through the Penguin tunnel, too! :)  Have you ever smelled Penguins?!!  YUCK!!  It's a good thing they're so cute! :)  

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) 30 minutes in the life Gatlinburg children family lifestyle http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/10/30-minutes-in-the-life-october Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT
30 Minutes in the Life {September} http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/9/30-minutes-in-the-life-september

I am fortunate to be included in a blog circle with a group of super talented photographers who have chosen to capture "30 Minutes in the Life" every month.  If you know me, you know that I am not a depressing person.  I absolutely love to laugh, to joke, & to have a great time!  I do not take myself too seriously.  However, the month of September tends to bring about my most joyful feelings...and my most sad feelings. 

On September 7, we celebrate our first son, Jagger's birthday.  It is always a day full of fun, laughter, and lots of partying!  Just 4 days after Jagger's birthday, we celebrate our precious daughter, London's birthday.  On September 11, she would have been 6.  It's hard to "celebrate" her birthday without being sad and full of wonder of "what might have been".  It's hard to go to her grave on her birthday when we want nothing more than to be planning her party.  However, this is our life, and for this month, I wanted to share our "30 minutes in the Life" as we wished our precious London Cloe a very happy 6th birthday in heaven.  Don't get me wrong...we know that she's not really "there".  We have full confidence that her sweet spirit is in heaven...where she is laughing and playing and safe in the presence of Jesus.  However, this is where her precious little body was laid to rest...it's where we can go - on this side of heaven - to visit her, to be close to her, and to honor her. 

* Just a side note, London's middle name is "Chloe" without the h.  My Nana, who was one of the most wonderful, kind, loving & devout Christian women I ever knew died when I was pregnant with London.  Her name was Cleo.  Just days before my Nana passed away, I told her that if I had a girl, I would name her after her.  Although Nana was so weak with cancer at the time, she smiled and said she would be honored.  When we found out we were having a girl, we decided to use "Chloe" as her middle name, but spell it Cloe in honor of my Nana.  I find comfort in knowing that my Nana, Cleo, and my sweet London Cloe are together. :)

We always bring her pink roses and balloons. I don't want to confuse anyone...Jack is wearing on of Jagger's old shirts :) 

I know it sounds weird, but this is the place where I feel I can be with all three of my children at the same time. 

When we got there, we noticed that someone had sowed grass, brought a vase of freshly cut flowers, and put angel wings on her angel.  Later we found out it was my mom...London's Grandmommy.  It meant so much to us. 

The boys love to send the balloons to London...and watch them until they drift out of sight. As I zoomed in to this next image, I noticed Jagger's tears on his cheek as he let his balloons go.  He loves his sister so much. We always clean her beautiful pink stone and make everything tidy.  Jack helped clean my Papaw's stone, too.  Papaw's "angel day" was September 15.  London's was the 13th. The boys love to explore, so Jonathan & I enjoy a few moments of quiet. Jonathan always takes a little pink rose with him. Jagger wanted to take a few pictures, so I let him.  My necklace in this picture is one that my dear friend, Abby, gave me on London's one-year birthday.  It's made from the ribbons and heart pins that the staff at my school wore on the day London was born.  It is so very special to me, and I wear it every year on her birthday & angel day. And then it was time to go.  It was another year without our princess...and another year closer to seeing her again.

 

 

Thank you so much for taking a glimpse at these precious 30 minutes in my life this month!  Now, please visit the incredibly talented Stacey Markel, Maryland Family Photographer to see what her 30 minutes in the life looked like this month!  ~ Ashlee :) 

 

 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) 30 Birthday Kentucky Life Lifestyle London Photographer minutes of http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/9/30-minutes-in-the-life-september Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT
"dear god help me with my saddnes" http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/9/-dear-god-help-me-with-my-saddnes

Sunday, when we left church, Jagger was holding a paper airplane he had made.  It was his Sunday School paper...he always folds them into paper airplanes.

He flew it up to me as we drove home.  I asked him what they learned about and he said they learned about asking God for help when we need Him.  We talked about the importance of asking God for help and that God is always there for us.  We got home, and I started grabbing all of our junk from the car.  I grabbed his airplane and thought I'd look at it before I threw it away.  This is what it said.

I stopped and took a deep breath.  I covered my mouth and cried.  Jagger's words were so simple, yet so powerful.  He just turned 8 on Saturday, and lately it's as if he has realized the void in his life more than ever before.  He has always talked about London and "missed" her.  However, he seems to understand what he is missing now more than ever, and he has been sad.  He has cried more, asked more questions, shown anger and confusion.  He has grieved.  And he needs God's help.  And so do I.

This is a week that I have been anticipating for a while.  Every year, as the summer comes to an end, the leaves begin to fall, and the air changes, I begin to "go there" again.  The memories of this week start to become very fresh and vivid.  I remember details like no other time during the year.  This is the week that our precious London Cloe came into the world.  It's the week we got to see her and hold her for the first time. 

It's the week that Jagger became a big brother for the first time.

  After months of anxiously awaiting her arrival, it was this week that we finally got to feel her and hear her little grunts.

It's the week that Jonathan held "Daddy's Girl" safe in his arms.

We got to smell her and rub her little head.  We got to swaddle her in pink.

It's the week we got to tell her how much we love her.

We got to pray for her, sing to her, read to her, rock her, kiss her and snuggle with her. 

It's the week I got to see her make a funny face when she didn't want her paci.

It's the week I got to see her wear the same dress that I wore home from the hospital when I was born.  My mom surprised me by bringing this dress to the hospital. 

For two days, regardless of her diagnosis, regardless of knowing that she would endure major open heart surgery, regardless of understanding the risks of the surgery...we got to be London's mommy & daddy.  We got to love her and be with her and admire her and be proud of her.  She was perfect and so very beautiful.  The joy far outweighed the anxiety of her diagnosis.  The excitement of seeing her sweet face and loving her unconditionally for two days far outweighed the heartache that we would soon endure.

This is the last picture I have of her precious face.

 

It's the week we had to say good-bye...for a lifetime.  That was it.  Two days, and it was over.  All of the anticipation, the hopes & dreams, the preparation...

It was over.  London was gone...and our lives were changed forever.

Tomorrow, September 11, our beautiful little London would be 6.  Every year, I feel like I say the same thing, but I simply can't help but imagine what she would look like, sound like, what she would be doing and playing with and saying.  I wish I could hear her giggle.  I wish I could hear her sing and see her dance. 

I teach Kindergarten special education, so my classroom is in the kindergarten hallway, and I work with students in all of the kindergarten classrooms.  I would be working in London's room.  I would be seeing her in the hall, I would be with her on the playground.  I would eat lunch with her.  I would've brought cupcakes to school tomorrow for her class.  We would've gotten all dressed up this morning for school pictures.  It would've been the sweetest Matilda Jane outfit :)  I wonder if she would have argued with me on how to fix her hair.  Would she be missing teeth in her first school picture?  Oh, my heart aches as I wonder these things.

This week, our hearts are heavy, yet we are thankful.  We are thankful that the Lord shared our precious London for 9 months in my womb and two days in our arms.  We are thankful that we got to see a glimpse of heaven through her and now long for the day that we will be together again.  We are thankful that, although we do not understand His ways or His plan, that we trust Him more because of London.  We are thankful that Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we could spend eternity with Him and with her.  We are thankful that, although this lifetime away from London seems so very long, it is just a blink of an eye to her.  We are grateful that we have HOPE.

Bleeding Hearts

I thank God for London, that I am her mommy, that I can celebrate her life and her 6th birthday, and that God has given me the opportunity to honor her, share her story, and celebrate her life through photography.  Thank you so much for your support...this week and always!! XOXO

~ Ashlee

 

   

 

 

                               

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) London babies birthday children http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/9/-dear-god-help-me-with-my-saddnes Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:12:40 GMT
30 Minutes in the Life (August) http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/8/30-minutes-in-the-life---august-2013 For this month's personal project, 30 Minutes in the Life, I chose to follow my wild little boys doing what they do best...being wild little boys! They were really busy one afternoon riding bikes, exploring in the woods, attempting to do cartwheels, wrestling in the grass & climbing trees, so I just followed them around and captured their play time.  I admit that I'm pretty much addicted to sun flare and dreamy light, and on this day, the beautiful evening sun was like a golden blanket on my boys. :)  I had fun and they did, too!

When you're finished here, be sure to visit the super talented Cindy Cavanagh of Image 421 to see what her 30 minutes looks like for this month!  Cindy is an incredibly talented family portrait photographer in Albury, New South Wales, Australia!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) 30 minutes in the life children kentucky children photographer lifestyle http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/8/30-minutes-in-the-life---august-2013 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:00:00 GMT
Rock the Shot Photo Challenge - July http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/7/rock-the-shot-photo-challenge---july Rock the Shot Forum (www.rocktheshotforum.com) is a wonderful website for photographers!  Each month, they have a themed photo challenge, and July's theme is Sunflare.  I'm excited because I absolutely love sunflare.  In fact, I'm a little bit obsessed with it! :)  This image was taken one evening last week when the sun was just dreamy!  * Taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200 2.8L IS...processed in Lightroom 4.

 

 

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30 Minutes in the Life (July) http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/7/30-minutes-in-the-life-july I am extremely honored & excited to be a part of an amazing group of photographers (in all parts of the world, I might add) who have chosen to document "30 Minutes in the Life" every month.  The possibilities for our project are endless!  I'm thrilled to document my boys and all of their adventures!  This month, I chose to document 30 minutes in the life of my boys at their very favorite place...Grandmommy & Papaw's pool!! 

On this particular night, the boys were really showing off for us!  Jagger was trying lots of new tricks (including his new dive & front flip) and Jack was seeing how far and high he could jump in the shallow end.  He thinks he's big stuff since he can stand up in the shallow end now!  Not only were my boys having a blast, but the evening sun was absolutely dreamy!  I'm such a sucker for sun flare...I love it!   

I can't wait to share 30 more minutes next month!!  Thanks again for stopping by!  When you're finished here, head on over to the super talented Norman, OK Lifestyle Photographer, Allison Wheeler of Poetry & Prose Photography to see what her 30 Minutes in the Life looks like! :)

 

 
 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) Central Kentucky Lifestyle Photographer http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/7/30-minutes-in-the-life-july Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Wet & Wild Boys! http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/6/wet-wild-boys On Father's Day, we visited Jonathan's grandparents after church.  The boys LOVE going to "Grandmother & Granddad's" because they live on a farm, so they can run and play, ride the 4-wheeler, see the tractors, and all the other good stuff!  It was a hot day, and while all the adults were still inside finishing lunch, the boys wanted to go outside and play. A few minutes later, I looked out the kitchen window and saw them spraying each other with the water hose...in their clothes...completely drenched!!  So what did I do?  What any normal mother would do.  I grabbed my big camera and ran outside to capture the wild moment, that's what! :)  The clothes didn't last long. 

 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Family Photographer children family lifestyle http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/6/wet-wild-boys Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:01:00 GMT
Chloey {6 months} http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/6/chloey-6-months Chloey's round little cheeks, piercing blue eyes, button nose, curly hair and chubby legs are just a few of the reasons why I absolutely love taking her pictures!! :)  Not to mention, she has two much older brothers who adore her, and she is the princess of her home!  I could just eat her up!!  Can you blame me? :)  It's just too much sweetness in one package!! 

 

 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Childrens Photographer children family lifestyle http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/6/chloey-6-months Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:27:00 GMT
Afton {Senior 2013} http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/6/afton-senior-2013 I know I'm a bit biased, but I think that my "baby" sister, Afton, is just gorgeous.  It also makes me feel really old that she graduated from high school!  I was 14 when she was born and remember lugging her around like she was a baby doll!  Nevertheless, we had a gorgeous afternoon for her Senior pictures.  The sun was golden and beautiful.  The purple flowers (on the side of the road) were perfect with her purple dress, and we even found a cool yellow 69 Chevelle to use for a few pictures, too!  She's not one that loves my camera by any means, so getting her to let me take these was like pulling teeth.  Oh well, I'm glad I bugged her and made her come with me.  It was worth it!

 

 

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(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Senior Photographer http://www.londonsbridgephotography.com/blog/2013/6/afton-senior-2013 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 22:31:00 GMT