• Naomi

Central Park Louisville, Kentucky - Mini Sessions for a Cause

It was technically fall, but you couldn't tell by the temperature that afternoon at Central Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Their little feet hit the pavement. Colton ran with his baby sister, Savannah, following behind. Giggling the whole way. “How do you know Toni?” I asked their mama, Ashley.

“Well..” She started…”I actually don’t.”

I quickly glanced away. My hormonal self wouldn’t going to be able to hold it together.

Truth is, I had never met Toni either.

And in that moment, I was overwhelmed by the goodness of people.

Being a new mom, I have a WHOLE new appreciation for any mama that

1. Gets out of the house

2. Puts on makeup

3. Puts on “real clothes” (aka with zippers)

4. Does all those things with one kid, nevertheless TWO. Or three!?!? OR MORE. Like woah.

In that moment, I was overwhelmed by this sweet mama that got herself and two kids, not only out of the house, but photo ready as well, and drove across town to come out and show support for another mama that she had never even met. Ashley and her sweet family was just the first of many new friends I made that day. Morgan & Bill organized a fundraiser day of mini sessions. I am so grateful to have been a part of such an incredible day.

Morgan, thank you for all the work organizing this day for the Haycrafts.

To the other photographers that participated in this day, thank you for being such wonderful human beings. I am so grateful to have a community of photographer friends that come together to support others.

To all of the families I got to work with, THANK YOU for coming out to show your support to Toni and her family. Thank you for being so much fun. Thank you, thank you.

Toni…sweet mama…(and to the rest of your family) - you are SO loved. I stumbled upon your story through something Morgan had posted one night while I was up in the wee hours of the morning with my newborn son. To be completely honest, he was screaming his head off and I had tried everything I could think of to get him to sleep. So I held him. And when I read about your story and your family, I started to cry too. I saw your picture from a recent vacation with your husband and your boys. I don’t know why you are going through this. I wish I could tell you something that would make it all go away. But I can encourage you in this- you have affected the lives of so many, even people you hadn’t met before. You are loved. Cheering you on, sweet mama friend.

xoxo, Naomi