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User Image timgirton Posted: Nov 5, 2017 6:53 PM (UTC)
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The beginnings of my cauliflower chili. Curious to know how it will turn out. I’ll let you know in 5 to 6 hours. #vegansofinstagram #veganlife
User Image timgirton Posted: Nov 2, 2017 4:37 PM (UTC)
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I have to admit that I’m a sucker for watching families interact with each other. And I’ve been watching Jenna’s family enjoy each others company for years.

One of the cook things you get to observe is each girl grow into their own personalities. They’re all so different but also they’re all such good girls with unique attributes that will develop into strengths of character when they become adults.

That’s why it’s so important for me to capture them at this time. When you know where you came from, you can figure out where you’re going and what it took to get there.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 31, 2017 7:27 PM (UTC)
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It’s always a good day when I make photos of Jenna’s family because I adore her daughters. And because we usually get to do photos of her sister Kiri and Kiri’s son Xavier.

All through her pregnancy when she found out she was having a boy and she was going to name him Xavier, i would sing that DMX song to her. You know the one, “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.” I was teasing, Xavier was not. He did give it to her until he was born. Now he’s one of those sweet kids that loves the exploding fist bump. So we did it the whole shoot.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 31, 2017 5:17 PM (UTC)
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So yeah, not much of a costume, but you can’t say I’m not in the spirit. Plus, all the candy I can’t show you. Because I’ve eaten it all. I feel a bloat coming on.

Happy Halloween.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 31, 2017 1:58 PM (UTC)
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I am constantly amazed by moms with multiple young kids. Take Jenna, for example. Here she is with 4 young girls. Then throw in one more for good measure from her guy. Oh, and them get then dressed and looking pretty for family photos.

And did I mention that the weather decided not to cooperate. Clouds with the threat of rain and cold, cold temperatures. Jenna’s job: make sure everyone is smiling and looking at the camera.

To her credit, that’s a tall order and she pulled it off flawlessly. Despite all the challenges the photos are awesome, she’s gorgeous and all the girls are little cuties .
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 30, 2017 2:19 PM (UTC)
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This is Alex. She’s Jenna’s daughter and we did family photos yesterday, some of which I can’t wait to show you because, despite the cold, everyone did great. Our schedules have been snake-bitten. The last time we were going to get the girls in the family together, it rained. And it’s nearly November, so outside days for shooting are dwindling.

I say all that to say I’ve been making pictures of Alex for years and she’s been perfect every time. Like, every time. In my outtakes, I don’t think there’s ever been a photo of her that’s been bad. She’s one of those young ladies that just gets it, which will be important for Jenna when you look back on the memories of this time. The more you see of her, the more you’ll see what I’m talking about.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 27, 2017 7:57 PM (UTC)
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As a doting father who brags about his kids everytime he can to anyone who will listen, I hate that dads sometimes are a maligned group. Yes, I realize there are times that some guys fuel that reputation, but not all of us so I’ll always sing a dad’s praises when deserved.

Like when we worked with baby Carson’s family. Here’s a dad that thinks the world of his little 6 month old chip off the old block. Like a lot of guys, he’s not big on formal portraits, but he knows the value of having these memories for himself and for Carson when he is older so he soldiered on and we got some great shots, like this one. Affection is all over this portrait. Carson’s going to love it when he’s older.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 27, 2017 4:40 PM (UTC)
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Awesome senior @molly.lockhart put up with me for a few more photos that I thought were important to documenting her life as a Butler High School senior. It’s one if those things about senior photos that I think of as mega valuable to the parents and to the kids later in their lives.

So her coach gave me access to the gym so we could make a few more. Big thanks to the coach for that because how many other coaches would have accomodated me, plus cameras and lights. That was awesome sauce.

So we put a basketball in Molly’s hands and had some fun, including this bit of happy rebounding. Molly was great throughout the whole shoot.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 27, 2017 2:02 PM (UTC)
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What a journey it’s been. My son, @502.london , joined the Valley High School football team the summer before his Freshman year, excited but nervous. He liked football but had no idea what to expect when it came to actually playing the game.

At the time a new coach, Alan Campos came on to assist. He took one look at London and said, “Yeah, we can do something with him.” At the time, London was big but without the strength he would later come to acquire.

From there, he went from being 5 foot 8 and 230 pounds to being 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds. The change was remarkable. Sure, some of it was puberty. But the work he put in and the maturity contribute just as much. He was the kid that didn’t know anything to an offensive line leader that has helped keep his brothers together.

Now, on the last regular season game if the season, he will be honored along with the other seniors for their hard work and dedication. If you have sone time, come watch them play. They’re in Viking Harbor against Eminence. Kick off is 7:30.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 26, 2017 7:26 PM (UTC)
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So you’ve seen that cute kid Carson, right? And now that I think about it, that should be his nickname. Or, at least, his hip hop name: Cute Kid Carson. He can have that, but I’ll need royalties.

Anyway, here’s the whole family and let me tell you, as happy a baby as he is, they’re ecstatic that he is in their lives. Those smiles, their interaction. This is the beginning of a wonderful family unit.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 26, 2017 4:37 PM (UTC)
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Yes, you’re right. It’s not fair that momma Lynn has such beautiful daughters. I’m editing senior photos from the third one now and have already warned the fourth that she’s next.

Last year, Molly got the warning. Tge best part, though, is that senior photos revolve around being the natural person with her natural interests. We were at Waverly Park, which she knows very well from her childhood. And look at her left hand. That splint is a sports injury and it shows the other side of her All State athleticism and she didn’t want it hidden.

How very Molly.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 24, 2017 4:33 PM (UTC)
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I met Molly a few years ago when I was doing senior portraits of her eldest sister, Abby. Even at that time, you could see how close the sisters are and what great personalities they had. They are all beautiful in their own ways and, as close as they are, they have different interests and their mother encourages them to go for it, whatever it is.

For Molly, that’s basketball. And, thanks to parental encouragement, she was able to apply that interest and talent into something bigger. Her high school team won a state championship and she’s heading to one of the top college programs in the country all based on that talent. Oh, and did I mention she’s 6 foot 3 inches tall? Did the height come from playing ball or was it already going to happen? Maybe a bit of both?

Regardless, she’s also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Your life will be richer from being around Molly, so if you’re lucky enough to hang out with her you really will be able to count yourself lucky.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 24, 2017 2:20 PM (UTC)
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How can you not love that face? My new buddy Carson and I made some pretty nice photos the past weekend, including this one. You know how some babies are just happy? That’s Carson. The only break in the happy happened when he got hungry. Mom Megan fed him a little bit and, with some milk in his belly, he was back to his happy self.

I hope he keeps that for the rest of his life. Happiness is the way to be and his happy energy spread to the rest of us. If I was going to have a bad Sunday, Carson chased the bad energy away with that his infectious happy attitude. Thanks, Carson.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 23, 2017 4:07 PM (UTC)
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A few years ago, I got a chance to work with Abby, then her sister Emily and on Sunday, third sister Molly. And each of those young ladies has been their own dream to work with. Mother Lynn has raised four incredible daughters, of which I have now done senior photos of the eldest three. I’m hoping to make photos of all four.

Molly, shown here, is one of the stars of the Butler High School basketball team. You know, state champions two years ago. One of the favorites to get there again this year. So not only is Molly beautiful, she’s also athletic and immensely talented. How talented? She’s accepted a scholarship to play her college basketball at the University of Louisville. You know, one of those schools that seems like they have a pipeline to the WNBA.

I can’t wait to show you more photos from this shoot. Molly rocked it
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 23, 2017 10:53 AM (UTC)
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That’s my new friend Carson. He brought two adults with him to his photoshoot yesterday. He calls them mom and dad. Actually, he will call them mom and dad as soon as we can talk.

We traveled to Brooks, Kentucky to do some family photos and, being the baby whisperer that I am, immediately bonded with Carson. His mom and dad are awesome, too, and I’ll show off more photos in the posts to come. This one is one of my favorites because I love it when the family interacts with each other and you can see how much they love that little guy.

In full color at timgirton.com/blog
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 21, 2017 4:26 PM (UTC)
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The Valley High School football Vikings had to ride an hour away from their home base of Viking Harbor to meet the Breckenridge County Tigers. It was a fruitful trip for the Vikings record as they came away with the blow out victory 42-0. Valley dominated with smothering defense and a supercharged offense. In fact, it was the supercharged offense they started the season with before an epidemic of injuries sidelined amazing players for weeks at a time.

That doesn’t mean the Vikings came out of the game unscathed, however. They lost kicker and defensive star Christian Solorzano early in the game with a knee injury. Unfortunately, it spells the end of his season, but Christian has been a bright spot in a challenging season and his teammates will miss having him out there.

Next up for the Vikes, Eminence visits for Senior Night. Another opportunity to watch my son London serve up some pancakes. Go Vikings.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 15, 2017 3:09 AM (UTC)
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@502.london tossing the ball around with @_danielle_allen_2397 at the gathering in Salem. Good times.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 15, 2017 12:09 AM (UTC)
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The view from Salem. Beautiful.
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 14, 2017 4:57 PM (UTC)
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The Valley High School Vikings took to the field at Viking Harbor last night to host fellow South End rival Western High School for a showdown. Was the game hard fought? You bet. Was it officiated fairly? Of course not. Did the Vikings make mistakes? Unquestionably. Did the referees look the other way on visitor penalties? Are you kidding me? They always do.

Some of us fans wonder why it happens. Sure, we look at our guys through rose-colored glasses so I understand the bias. But what the parents on the sidelines are asking for is even-handed treatment. If we’re going to lose, that’s fine. Just let it be fair.

That sentiment counts even when we win. Most of the time, the officials hired by the KHSAA have an agenda. Obviously. If they just call it down the middle we wouldn’t have a problem. But the only games that were called down the middle were out of the county. Anderson County and John Hardin, both losses, had good referees who did play fair. But why does JCPS hate Valley High School so much? Something to think about. Game photos at timgirton.com/blog
User Image timgirton Posted: Oct 13, 2017 10:34 AM (UTC)
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It’s another Friday game day for the Valley High School Vikings and they welcome Western High School into Viking Harbor to get this work. Or at least, that’s what us fans want to have happen, especially because it’s been a rough season with the Vikings playing through serious injuries.

And the game has implications because this game is a game the teams play for a large trophy. They call it the Dixie Bowl, which is interesting since Western is nowhere near Dixie Highway. But whatever. Come to the Friday Night Lights on Dixie Highway and shout the title of this post at those guys. They’re a good defense.