Two weddings featured!

Two of my weddings were recently featured in The Wedding Chronicle -- a local wedding publication here in Arizona! Matthew and Jamie grace the cover and an inside spread of the March/April issue and Jeff and Abby are featured in the May/June issue! Both of these weddings were amazing and it is so fun to see them highlighted in print!

To relive these beautiful weddings, click on the links below!

Matthew and Jamie
Jeff and Abby

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a date to the circus

On Friday I took my 10 year old nephew, Noah, to the circus. I have been planning this for awhile. When I found out the circus was coming to town I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for a nephew-aunt date. I love that Noah is old enough to do this type of thing now. He has autism and only in the last year or so has he had an attention span that would allow him to enjoy a sit-down show like this.

Noah had never been to the circus. And all he knew about it was that there were going to be elephants. Ugh - it's so fun to experience something like this with a child for the first time!

I picked him up in the morning and he was SO excited. One of his favorite things to do is email. He had been emailing me for a few days leading up to Friday about the circus. It was super cute. When I showed up, he was all ready with his little digital camera in hand:

We had so much fun! Our seats were amazing! I was able to bring my Canon 5D mark II with my 50mm 1.2 and got some great shots!

I couldn't believe some of the acrobatics:

And the steel ball with the motocycles was UNBELIEVABLE! There were 7 riding around in there at once!

The elephants were of course beautiful. Noah's favorite part was when one of them pooped.

At intermission I let Noah pick out a snack. He was so cute and excited - I was tempted to eat HIM as a snack.

And the whole show he was sitting next to me shooting away on his little plastic camera. I can't believe that images come out of that thing. They're only 640 pixels wide but it takes decent photos! Most of them were blurry but he got a few good ones -- even one with flare!

Watch out photographers - I think we may have some more competition in a few years:

So much fun! All in all it was one of the best dates I've been on in a long time!

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Autism Awareness: D.A.N. doctors

One in every 91 children have autism. I'm personally affected by this astounding statistic because my nephews are both autistic. Today I'm going to continue my weekly series aimed at raising awareness about autism by talking about a group of doctors who are committed to finding effective ways to treat this disorder. They are called DAN doctors. DAN stands for "Defeat Autism Now." That's a notion I can get on board with! :)

DAN doctors are often doctors who have in some way been impacted personally by autism. The one who has treated my nephews has three children and two of the three have autism.

Last week we talked a little bit about the treatment of physical symptoms that co-exist with autism. DAN doctors are committed to helping treat individuals with autism and their physical symptoms using a biomedical approach. This biomedical approach rejects the notion that you can take a group of people who are sick in similar ways, give a descriptive name to the group such as autism or depression and then say that the symptoms are caused by the name. There is no one-size-fits-all biomedical treatment protocol for autism. But there is a biomedical approach to the treatment of each individual child in the autism spectrum. In this approach, asking questions is more important than finding a label or diagnosis. The needs of the individual at this moment in time are paramount. Only after asking questions and learning about the individual are possible treatment interventions suggested. There are a number of biomedical interventions that have been shown to help some children with autism. These include special diet, chelation and vitamin therapies. I'm going to delve into these options further in future posts.

Underlying the approach of DAN doctors is hope. Hope that stands in the face of conventional wisdom that says that autism is a life-long disability and that there is little hope of treatment or recovery.

Here are some links for more information should you be interested:

Complete list of DAN doctors who practice in the US
Suggested list of questions you may want to ask a possible DAN doctor to see if he or she is a good fit for you and your child
Some great tips on getting ready for your child's first appointment with a DAN doctor

Thanks for reading and here's to hope!

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Photography Workshop - Only 3 spots left!

There are only 3 spots left for the September MJ 2 Day East Coast in Charlotte, North Carolina! I can't believe what a great group we are going to have AND that it's coming up so soon! I can't wait!

The MJ 2 Day is a 2 day photography and business workshop that is PACKED full of learning goodness. The first day is all about photography and includes a mock engagement shoot where I will demonstrate how I interact with clients, look for good light and run an actual shoot. The second day is all about business. We will cover topics like the state of the industry, marketing, workflow, album design, pricing, and more. There's no fluff -- these two days will be jam-packed with the practical and tangible. You will go home with concrete goals and the motivation to implement them.

I just updated the MJ 2 Day website with some raves from past attendees! These cool kids are all featured:

Definitely click here to see what they had to say about their experience!

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Featured in Arizona Bride Magazine!

I'm so excited! The new issue of Arizona Bride is out and Matthew & Jamie's wedding is featured in it! These two were married in December at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale and had AMAZING red reception details. Congratulations to the team of vendors that helped to pull off this magical wedding!

Planner - Emily with Your Heart's Desire
Florist -- Flora Europa
Linens -- Southwick Linens
Stationary Products -- Celebrations in Paper
Draping -- Quest Drape
Rentals -- Tri-Rentals
Pianist/DJ -- Michael B Productions
String Trio -- Apperson Strings

Besides the fact that getting a wedding published is ALWAYS super-cool, there's a bonus with this one! I get to check off goal #26 on my 101 in 1001 list:

26. Get a wedding published in Arizona Bride Magazine

I've long-admired this local publication -- they consistently put out amazing eye-candy for brides. So I am honored to be featured within their pages!

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