Saturday, August 29, 2009

Engagement pictures - Kyle and Cindel

This morning I had the opportunity to do my first engagement photo shoot. We met up out in the country at a friend's home and had a blast doing the shoot. This is my first attempt at engagement photos, so it might be a little rough, however; improvement will come with practice! Here are just a few of the shots we got today and I'll post more of them later.








Monday, August 17, 2009

Portfolio

It seems as if the past two weeks have been so busy with so many things that trump the blog on my priority list. Our friends have been dealing with a seriously rough season of life and that has been where the majority of our time and energy has been dedicated lately. I thought that I might just leave the photography and the blog alone for a bit, feeling as if I just wasn't able to justify it during these tough times, however; I feel like this season of life has just reiterated the importance of capturing all the memories possible through photographs. Being able to look at a photograph of ourselves or our children smiling seems to help us through the tough times a little bit.

I have two sittings scheduled that will allow me to add some depth to my pending portfolio and gain that much more experience. Photography is so much more involved than I would have ever guessed before beginning my adventure. I have much to learn, but am finding that feeding a passion is much more enjoyable than learning something just because we have to do it.

Some important information that I failed to mention in my initial post: While I enjoy taking photographs of all nature has to offer, my focus will be on the following as I attempt to grow my business: children, families, sports, Sr. photos and engagement photos. At this juncture, I much prefer capturing the subject in natural light while "being themselves". I think there is a definite place for rigid poses, but I'm just not in "that place" at this time. Please help me spread the word as I travel this road.

Just a few of my recent photos:




Friday, August 7, 2009

Yesterday: A good day

Yesterday was quite the "up and down" day, albeit not necessarily in that order. Alisha posted yesterday morning that Ridge was having issues with low respiration and heart rate throughout the previous night and requested prayers for this. Aside from the aforementioned worries, Alisha wrote about her and Brandon's faith and how it would not be shaken by this. I knew, from previous difficult seasons, that these two are amazing people; however, I found a new tier of respect for them yesterday. As a parent, I know how easy it would be have a very different attitude than what the Cary's are exhibiting at this time. What an example they are for the rest of us.

Yesterday afternoon Alisha posted again at http://crazydaycary.blogspot.com/ and, as you can read there, explains that even though Ridge hadn't had a transfusion, his platelet count and hemoglobin counts were on the rise!! That is such a blessing because of where his levels have been hovering for the last week and a half.

Brandon and Alisha seem to have been given a peace about the situation and have stated that they "can feel the prayers". I can tell you that there are a tremendous amount of people lifting this family up in prayer at this time. Ridge's story has spread like "wildfire" and people are wanting to help in any way they can. This tells me two things: First, it speaks to the fact that Brandon and Alisha(and their families) have touched many lives over the years. Second, it shows that regardless of how things look at times, people are still in the business of caring about more than themselves. Many have been touched by the Cary's story and now many are hoping to be a blessing back to the Cary's.

As I hear of massive amounts of blood and platelets being donated in Ridge's name, emergency blood drives being scheduled in his name, financial assistance being gathered to help the family, prayers going out from all over the state and the country...I am simply touched beyond description. To see loved ones hurting, knowing there is nothing you can do to make it "better", is an amazingly helpless feeling that I know we've all experienced. To know that those loved ones are being reached out to by the masses is incredibly touching to say the least. Thank you to everyone that has offered good thoughts, prayers, support, blood, etc...to our great friends. It means the world to me, so I can't fathom what it means to the parents of this precious baby boy.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nothing more to add...

I have told many of you that I will be updating my blog with updates on Ridge Cary, allowing those of you not in the Cary's immediate "circle" to follow their situation; however, after reading Alisha's(Ridge's mommy) post this morning, there is simply nothing I can add to it. I am attaching the link to her blog. Please read today's post and have a box of tissue nearby.

http://crazydaycary.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Prayers needed for baby Ridge Brogan Cary and family

I know at this point I have few, if any, people that will read this; however, I feel the need to post regardless. This post will have nothing to do with photography and everything to do with the things that are most important in this life.

Last Tuesday morning I received a text message from a dear friend. She let us know that they were at Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City with their 3-month-old son, Ridge. Ridge had been passing some blood in his stool for apprx 6 weeks and they were just now able to see a specialist regarding his condition. The physician they saw that morning informed them that Ridge has "dangerously low" hemoglobin and platelet counts and was to be admitted immediately so he could receive a red blood cell transfusion and a platelet transfusion. Brandon and Alisha, Ridge's mommy and daddy, are as special to my wife and I as any friends we've ever had. Baby Ridge was born only a couple weeks after our little one, Michael, so this hit very close to home for us.

Ridge is now beginning his ninth consecutive day in Children's Hospital. During this time he has received six packed red blood cell transfusions and 3 platelet transfusions(because of the frequency of needed transfusions, this count may no longer be accurate). His counts improve after each transfusion, but begin to immediately decline back to dangerously low levels. A "normal" range for platelet count is apprx 150,000 - 300,000; however, Ridge's platelet count continues to hover in the 15,000 - 19,000 range. His blood loss, both through his stools and through spitting it up, has increased in the last several days. Where the blood being passed had been "old blood" previously(brown in color), it is now fresh new blood(red in color). They haven't let Ridge eat since Monday, in hopes that it would decrease the required blood-flow to his stomach and, in turn, decrease the bleeding within his stomach. Based on the increased new-blood loss, I would imagine this hasn't been successful.

Yesterday(Tuesday 8/4/09) Ridge's doctors diagnosed him with multifocal lymphangioendotheliomatosis with thrombocytopenia, or MLT. The first documented case of this disease was in 2004 and there are, at best count, only fifteen documented cases in the WORLD. There is no know cure for this disease; however, there are a few possible treatments that have worked on some of the children with MLT. The disease, in a short explanation, causes lesions within the body(GI tract, brain, liver, etc...) that cause blood loss and anemia due to that blood loss. As you can only imagine, his mommy and daddy are scared right now. To the best of my limited understanding, the only place in the country to receive treatment for MLT is in Minneapolis, MN.

Due to the near-constant need for blood transfusions and platelet transfusions, the Cary family is requesting anyone that is O-negative, and willing, to donate in Ridge's name. There is a dire need for red blood cell, whole blood and platelet transfusions and will continue to be due to the nature of this disease. Ridge is O-negative blood type, which I believe is very rare(appx 7% of the population). If you are O-negative, your donation could be for any of the needed items(red blood cells, whole blood, platelets); however, if you are AB-positive, O-positive or O-negative you can donate platelets that would be usable by Ridge. ANYONE can donate, regardless of blood type, in Ridge's name and this will provide "credits" for Ridge at the blood bank. If anyone would be willing to donate, I know it would be more appreciated than you will ever be able to comprehend. I am attaching a link to Alisha's(Ridge's mommy) blog so you can get the information needed in order to donate in Ridge's name. I believe that the needed info is very specific, so please take a moment to write that down.

http://crazydaycary.blogspot.com/


I know that there must be so much I am leaving out and I apologize. As a parent, and friend of this sweet family, my heart breaks at the pain they are feeling right now. Words will never be adequate, but I believe they are very aware at the outpouring of support that is already taking place. I ask that, regardless of your belief system, you would keep Ridge and his family in your hearts, thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult season of life.

If there is any info I left out or anything I can do for you, please email me at ChrisCopelandPhoto@gmail.com.

--Chris--

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Here we go...

Well, I suppose now is as good a time as any to get this train movin'. Let me begin by telling you a little bit about me: My name is Chris and I am a photographer. I love taking pictures. Photographs allow us to capture moments that are so fleeting, freezing them so they can be enjoyed for years to come. I have loved photographs for as long as I can remember, being taken in by the stories they tell and the history they hold; however, I have only begun taking photographs in the last year. I find myself looking at the world around me differently now than I ever have, looking for the perfect photo opportunity in every situation.

The majority of my attention has been on children, capturing them in their natural environments and doing the things they enjoy most. Taking photos of kids in a studio, posed, is such a hard concept for me to grasp. My children aren't anything like those posed children you see in portraits...are yours? My desire is to capture memories of our kids that are an accurate representation of who they really are and who we want to remember them as. I'm not quite sure where this path will lead me, but I look forward to the trip and taking some great photos along the way! I hope you'll join me as I learn, make many mistakes and hopefully grow into the photographer I would like to be.

I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites, just to give you a little idea of the style of photography I enjoy most: