Happy Birthday Juliane

 December 20, 2001

It was a snowy night (well, around 4am) in Detroit Michigan when I finally looked at this beautiful girl. She came out vulnerable but ready to take on the world.

Not much has changed.

Every intense moment was worth it when those big brown eyes looked up at me. She was beautiful. Such a cute face, perfect skin, and a head full of dark brown hair.

Ten years later and she is still worth every intense moment we have. There are not enough words to write the love a mother has for her daughter. I just hope I tell her enough. Show her enough.

Happy Birthday Jude. I love you baby girl.

American Cancer Society

When I think of the word cancer, names flood my mind.
Names of family members.
Photographers I follow.
Industry leaders I look up to.
People I know who have beat cancer, fighting cancer, and those who have passed on.

We truly need a cure to this horrible disease. So many people have suffered, lives have been lost, and families have suffered. I, for one, will pray for more birthdays.


This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society.

Olympus asks: Are You Pen Ready?

Possibly the best form of advertising for your new product is giving it away. I mean, really, who is going to say no to a giveaway? Well, someone over at Olympus is doing something right because the new Olympus PEN camera is a hit. What has made it so appealing to the consumer? Maybe something to do with the fact that they gave away over 1,000 cameras to over 1,000 people in six cities. That is correct. The PEN Project walked around town and handed out over 1,000 cameras to total strangers and they took some of the best images I have seen in a while. From retail sales to surgeons, these were everyday people taking every day images of life. Watch the video to see how it played out.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Olympus

T-Mobile Tugs at the Heart with #homefortheholidays

I cry. I used to cry at Little House on the Prairie when I was a little girl. I get teary when the boy finally gets the girl. Tears flow at every video of a soldier coming home. Kleenex commercials cause my throat to get lumpy as well as the groom seeing the bride for the first time.

These are all reasons to get emotional, but the most emotional time of the year for me is Christmas time. I cry because I miss my mom and I cry when my kids open that gift they have been asking for for weeks. When it comes to the music I hear this time of year, Home for the Holidays is one of my favorites. So when I had the opportunity to watch this video from T-Mobile, guess what I did?

You got it. Let some salt water out.

Kudos to T-Mobile for pulling this off and tugging at my heart strings. What a beautiful rendition of Home for the Holidays while bringing women of all shapes, sizes, and races together at this most precious time of the year.

Enjoy and please feel free to re-tweet this video if it pulled at your heart strings too.

This post is sponsored by T-Mobile.