It is with such sadness and a broken heart that I write this blog post. If you have followed along with me, you will know that I had the honor and privilege to photograph The Enablers a few weeks ago. It was then that Ms. Rachel Strange walked into my world. The Enablers had just hired a female lead singer and needed new pictures for their band to promote this fabulous addition.
Sadly, early this morning, Rachel became an angel and is now singing her beautiful heart out and watching over everyone she loved.
While I only knew this sweet lady for a very short time, she touched my heart and made an impact immediately. I have spent all day seeing Facebook update with beautiful comments and sweet memories of this incredible girl. I was thinking today and talking about her kind soul… while many of us only knew her for too short of a time, she made one heck of an impact on many lives. Rachel was the girl that you felt was your best friend and you had known her forever. 27 is much too young to leave this world. She loved fiercely and you never doubted it for a moment.
I am blessed to be able to call her a friend. I am blessed to have heard her sing. I am blessed to have had the honor to photograph her at a time in her life that she couldn’t even imagine the possibilities.
Her facebook page has been flooded with thoughts and words that could move mountains… my hope is that some of these memories will bring a little bit of peace to her family and those that love her.
I am broken hearted for our loss. However, I truly believe that she would want everyone to remember the smile, the love and the laughter…so I will end with something she said the 2nd time I heard her perform…
“Everybody has a little bit of strange in them… but you can’t have THIS strange”.
Rachel Strange… you are the most beautiful strange that has walked in and out of our lives.
the following images have been shared by those that love Rachel on Facebook
A sweet family of girls. Mom has been wanting to get family pictures done for quite a while… lucky for her, her daughter’s new boyfriends mom just happens to be a photographer 🙂
We were ready to knock out family pictures last week… we were NOT quite ready for the super cold day. The girls were champs and we rocked it out around Old Town Burleson.
thank you ladies! You are beautiful inside and out!
2012 was full of changes, challenges, love and laughter. MaddiePie Creations evolved and I decided it was time for new business model – which brought you Beautiful Evolutions. I haven’t blogged in a long time, mostly because it was something that just kept falling off of the to-do list. However, I have finally found a fabulous solution for blogging that makes it WAY easier for me to keep up with. So, sit back and enjoy some of my favorite images from this past year. Thank you to everyone who supported, loved and cheered me on this year. 2013 already has great things in store and lots of fun things coming up!
Much Love to each of you!
A year of sweet babies!
Danielle and Taylor… beautiful couple!
A beautiful momma!!
Her sweet babies
That sweet baby is now 6 months old
This year, I had an incredible opportunity to shoot my first birth… it is definitely something I would love to do again
Beautiful Caitlin married her best friend
Could Cam be any cuter??
Sweet Peyton turned 1!! Such a big girl. thank you mom and dad for allowing me to be a part of this past year with you and your sweet little girl.
This past year our family was blessed to meet this guy! He was a foreign exchange student with one of our best friends. He has an incredible soul and made an impact on everyone who met him. Much Love Denmark!
This year, life took us to Arkansas… for a half a minute. While there, little Maddie and I decided to go work on some photography things and did an impromptu photo shoot. She did a great job!!
I had the honor of photographing a small summer time wedding for Michael and Katie… it was absolutely beautiful
One of my favorite Senior Sessions to date! Super fun and up for just about anything 🙂
I live in a fabulous little community. One of our local high schools decided to do a fun fundraiser this year. Companies could pay to have other companies “flocked”. One weekend, some of flock ran off to have a little fun on their own… my two hung by the pool, regardless of the rain.
Another beautiful mommy to be…
…had a beautiful baby boy!
Late summer – I opened up my very first studio!! Beautiful Evolutions has a physical location and with that, had our first tent at a local Wine Crawl. Great opportunities are just around the corner
Amy married Kevin in a sweet little backyard wedding. I had the honor of working with Jenna and Andre of FickleZeal Photography and that in and of itself was amazing
Sweet sisters rocked it out with me one afternoon – definitely a fun afternoon
OH The kids that have come into to see me this year… ugh, I love how incredible they all are. These smiles make my job so incredibly worth it all!
This family… this family is pretty incredible… we go way back and I love them more than bread and…. well, just bread in general 🙂
This family, I have been with this family since, well.. before they were a complete family. I have watched them grow in love for a long time and I am so blessed to be their friend. Now, they are working towards the next chapter of their life. They are building a home, and this is where we did their family pictures. I love it!!
Families are what I started my business on… this year has definitely brought me some amazing ones!
This is one of my favorites from this year…
Sometimes I am amazed at what a small funny little world it is. This… this is The Enablers. They are an outstanding band in the metroplex. I hired the lead singer when I worked full time a year or two ago, he just hired a new female lead singer… she’s from Burleson. Love how everything makes a connection when it’s supposed to.
Senior Girls…. LOVE!!!
I cannot even begin to find the words to tell you how much I love this session. From their style, to their love, to the location… LOVE!!
Networking is still very new to me… if you know me, I’m usually extremely shy and NOT one to strike up a conversation. Well, this year, I have worked very hard at stepping outside of my bubble and have met some incredible people. One of these is an owner at a local winery, Sunset Winery. Bruce asked me if I had ever done pictures with Santa before and did I know a Santa…. I hadn’t, and didn’t… a few weeks later, he called to tell me that he had found a Santa and wanted to know if I was interested in taking on pictures with Santa at a winery. I am so incredibly glad that I did.. beautiful! WAY better than the mall, I’m just sayin.
My year ended with some incredible bridals. Unfortunately, I was not able to shoot the wedding as they had been given that as a wedding gift. However, this bridal session was so beautiful. We headed out to her grandfather’s home in Alvarado, TX. A new location is always a little scary for me, I never really know what I can expect. So glad… let me repeat… so glad that this is the location that she chose. Absolutely beautiful and what a special way to incorporate her family history into such a special occasion. Cayce, you are a beautiful bride and I know that your wedding, on NYE, was absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to work with you again!
I received a phone call several weeks ago asking if I would be able to shoot a special project. I agreed, because of the person who asked… I didn’t even really need the details, just tell me when and where. Well… I was moved beyond words for this project and have been incredibly blessed to have been a part of this day. Two sisters, a grand daughter and a friend all decided to make a sacrifice for a mother. The mother has cancer and has lost all of her hair. All four girls decided to cut their long hair and have it made into a wig for their mother. We spent the morning talking, laughing and crying. These four girls love this woman so incredibly much and this was just something that they felt they could do for her. If you head over to the Beautiful Evolutions Facebook page, you will see a slideshow that I created for them from this day. It will move you and possibly have you crying. But make sure they are tears filled with love and hope for this family.
I have since received an update on this sweet woman. The cancer has spread much more than they had anticipated and the family has asked for prayers. Please say a prayer for these girls. If you don’t pray, just send sweet thoughts their way.
Thank you girls for allowing me to document this moment for you. It has always been my hope that I could do something for someone that will make an impact on their life. My hope is that these images carry you through a very difficult time in your lives and help you to remember that love will bring you through anything.
To end on a happy, lighter note… please meet some of the superstars from 2012
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Beautiful Evolutions Photography…. Every step of your journey has brought you to this moment and has made you the incredible person you are right now.
Take just a moment and let me show you the beautiful person that you have evolved into.