I loved the opportunity to work more creatively with Amanda Gray (Bonham) for her new website Amanda Gray Music.  We had fun collaborating and bouncing ideas off one another, from music to photography, we pulled it all together for a collection of beautiful images that will showcase her solo career.  Thank you Amanda for trusting me with a few ideas of my own. I think at first she thought I was nuts when I asked her to round up any handwritten lyrics for her upcoming LP, Covered In Rust.  How could that be relevant to her upcoming photo shoot?  Check out the backdrop to this header, it's actual handwritten lyrics written by Amanda.  When inspiration strikes, she captures pieces of her soul on an envelope that previously delivered a bill. 

Most of you know Amanda very well from her band, Amanda Gray and Whiskey Savage – to her duo, Gibson & Gray.  Amanda is now launching her solo career with plans on returning to Nashville to record her EP, Covered In Rust.  When Amanda is not writing music, performing on stage, rocking the country scene, recording CD's, promoting her music and climbing the musical ladder, she has a full time job in addition to raising a family.  She still manages somehow to dedicate herself to family and friends and enriches the lives of everyone around her.  I'm not only honored to photograph this beautiful soul, but I am blessed to call her my niece!

To download Amanda's music, check out Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

You can follow Amanda on all social media platforms to stay up to date on all her tour dates.  Grab your friends and head out to a show and tell her Aunt Lorie sent you ūüėČ

Facebook – Amanda Gray Music

YouTube – Amanda Gray Music

Instagram – Amanda Gray Music

 

 

 

 

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Walk for Wishes - Make a Wish

This morning I received the coolest message from my oldest son.  He works for a technology company that actively participates in team walks within the community.  He received an email from work for the next walk they are promoting, Walk for Wishes for the Make A Wish Foundation.  Many of you know I was one of the volunteer photographers that participated in capturing the event last summer.  That's when I met the amazing Katie which you should scroll through my blog posts and read her incredible story!

So back to the coolest message.  Christopher's reading his email about the event and realizes the watermark on the photo for this email is his mom's photograph!!!  (that would be me!)  Had he not received this email from work, I would not have even known it was used ūüôā  All volunteer photographers donate their time and images, so the final selection of images was never communicated. 

Yay me!  Not only did I get to meet some seriously amazing people, but one of my captures of the event is now in the email inbox of many local corporate employees. 

If you are looking for an event to volunteer, support, or walk, please consider Make A Wish, Northeastern California and Northern Nevada division.  For more contact information, please visit:

WalkForWishesInfo

Now scroll through my previous blog posts and go ready Katy's post!!!

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You all know I love senior portrait season, but when Megan said she wanted to include her dog Bentley, you know I was excited!  Bentley was a model dog and was almost as photogenic as Megan ūüėČ  We opted for two locations for the shoot and just as we were leaving the first location, the clouds opened up and poured down as we ran to our cars.  Our second location was only 5 minutes away and I was doing a plea with the photography angels to pull some strings for me.  Imagine how amazed we were when the rain stopped as we pulled up to the second location! 

Megan recently graduated from El Camino High School and will attend Sonoma State in the Fall.  I had so much fun getting to know your family and capturing your senior year.   You are a beautiful and amazing young lady, I can't wait to see where your future leads you.

 

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This years graduation season continues with Nick, graduate of Granite Bay High School, Class of 2016.    Now THIS is how you photograph your jeep, evidence of off roading captured for the portrait! 

Nick was raised in a musically talented family and was very active in his high schools music programs.  He plays multiple instruments, primarily the saxophone and guitar.  Nick will attend San Diego State University in the Fall, GO  AZTECS!

Nick, I was honored to capture your senior year and wish you much success in life!

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As we are recouperating from the Thanksgiving weekend and getting back to our busy lives, I would like for you to wind down for just a moment and meet Katie.  Katie is artistic, funny, and outgoing.

She is also a fighter, a survivor, and a young lady with many reasons to be thankful this time of year.

I met Katie this summer at the Make A Wish Twighlight Walk for Wishes. I was one of nine photographers, Katie was “the star” shining (and probably sweating in that costume) in the 105 degree heat.¬† I was asked to follow her around and photograph “the star” with participants and vendors.¬† We chatted in between poses and Katie asked if I did senior portraits, of course I said YES!¬† I met up with Katie and her mom this fall,¬† we had a blast¬†while capturing her senior portraits.¬† During her photo session, I learned a lot more about her journey and what Katie and her family¬†have been through.

In February of 2012, Katie¬†was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and after 5 months of intensive treatment, she was in remission and thought her battles were behind her.¬† However, in July she was diagnosed with a second cancer, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia which is¬†a type of cancer¬†typically diagnosed in males generally in their 50’s.¬† This time Katie had to undergo a bone marrow transplant to fight for her life, yet again.¬†¬† After going through the international registry, she found a match and successfully underwent a bone marrow transplant.¬† This month marks 3 years of remission!!¬†Go Katie, you superstar!

When Katie is not painting, drawing, or studying for school projects, she volunteers as a counselor at Okizu.  Okizu is an organization that supports all family members affected by childhood cancer.

Katie, I have no doubt you will exceed every goal you set for yourself!  I am thankful our paths crossed and honored to have photographed your senior portraits.

For more information on these topics below, please read more:

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Make A Wish 2015 Twilight Walk for Wishes

Okizu – Supporting Families with Childhood Cancer

 

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