Fashion show fundraiser benefiting kids with cancer in San Antonio, Texas

Bon Voyage to cancer with Love Helpz Kidz

I met up with some of my family after spending my day photographing the Love Helpz Kidz 2nd annual fashion show benefiting kids battling cancer. As I walked in to meet my family I was greeted with a soft tone as they knew I was coming from a more intense shoot compared to the weddings or portraits I usually shoot.

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They were correct that it was an intense day. And although there was physical and emotional pain in the room there was also, above everything else, I saw, felt, and photographed compassion, courage and strength.

The community poured into San Fernando Hall in downtown San Antonio, Texas to show these families a moment of relief and laughter. These kids, fighting for their lives, got to leave it behind if even for a few hours to have all eyes on them seeing nothing but beauty and empowerment in themselves.

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I write this post with the same stomach flips and lump in my throat that I had when Jillian Williams spoke about her battle with cancer. I also feel the same light and strength as she made jokes while being completely raw and vulnerable. She talked about how she is taking her journey and creating  Live n Leap to help other young adults with life threatening illnesses. She is in ever definition of the word, incredible.

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So I will leave you with that. Jillian, you are a total inspiration and you encourage me to take responsibility for my perspective, my life and how I decide to show up within my community.

Oh and one of my favorite moments from the day…

This little girl was such a badass. Manny Diotte, (The Ferrari Kid), was announcing fun facts about the kids as they walked down the runway. He announced that her favorite movie is Chucky (which I can’t even watch). Everyone started laughing as he said, “She ain’t scared of nothin!”

Then her Dad gave her and her sister flowers as they reached the end of the runway. She didn’t break from her model face for even a second. I on the hand had a much more emotional reaction.

More photos over on Facebook.

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Jake + Bridget’s San Antonio Wedding at Supper {Hotel Emma} and their Backyard

For totally selfish reasons I was really excited when I received a call from Jake. He was telling me how they plan to do a small ceremony with about 20 people and then have a party with all their friends and extended family a couple days later.

Jake+Bridget_portraits-39I am always honored when a couple chooses me to photograph one of the biggest days of their lives. In this case I was also super excited because I have always wanted to shoot this type of wedding. And here is the selfish part, this is the type of celebration that I have envisioned for my wedding since getting engaged so naturally I wanted to see how it went down!

I think what I loved most about their wedding was how it felt that it was really about them. There is nothing wrong with having a big wedding and I think it works out great for a lot of people. But you could tell that a large or traditional wedding wouldn’t have been their speed so they did it their way.  (Side note, personally, I am all about people doing things in a way that feels right for them in all areas of life!)

As a photographer I loved it because of how flexible the day was! We originally didn’t have a lot of time planned for their portraits but they were enjoying that part so much that they decided to push dinner back 30 minutes. No biggie!

Since the ceremony was on a Thursday they were able to enjoy conversation and celebration with their closest friends and family over a delicious dinner at Supper located in the Hotel Emma here in San Antonio, Texas.

Sometimes a long wedding day can be exhausting and by the time it is time to dance and celebrate people are often exhausted. I was curious if not having everyone at the ceremony or it being a couple days later would kill the momentum of the celebration. Turns out, it was quite the opposite! Everyone seemed really refreshed and excited to celebrate the newlyweds.

I could go on and on about all the things I enjoyed about the way they decided to do what was right for them, so if you have any questions please leave them in the comments area and I will reply!

The final thought I will leave you with is there is no right or wrong when it comes to how you celebrate your day. I have clients who ask me all the time “Is this what I am supposed to do?”

My simple answer, “This is your day.”

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P.S. Jake + Bridget had planned on having their wedding at the Japanese Tea Gardens before the rain decided to drift into town. Check our Ashley + Roy’s wedding at this venue for one of my favorite locations if you are trying to have your ceremony and reception in one venue!

Peace + love.
Morgan

 

Love Helpz Kids: Take Two

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I am so honored to be the photographer for the San Antonio chapter of Love Helpz Kidz again this year.  It is great to be back with such an ambitious group of talented and loving people all after the same goal: saying bon voyage to cancer.

Here are some of the photographs from one of the very colorful fundraisers held at Whimsy Art Studios.

 

Follow Love Helpz Kids SA on Facebook for updates. The main event is a fashion show and I can saw after attending last year, you don’t want to miss this event. If you can believe it, it is even more colorful than this painting fundraiser.

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Mother’s Day Photoshoot

Even though my siblings and I are all grown and out of the house, it never fails that every year when we ask my mom what she would like for Mother’s Day we get the same answer: updates photographs.

Time is a weird thing. We feel and do so much on a daily basis that it just seems to fly by. A Mother’s Day photo session is the perfect opportunity to slow it all down. We can capture the moments that make growing-up so great. We can capture the laughter, time together and just overall where your family is at in this moment in time.

Below is the package I have happily prepared for all the incredible Moms and their beautiful families.

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The package:
initial consultation

1 hour photoshoot

online gallery to
select your images

$75 print credit

mobile app with
ordered images

1 hour massage with
Diana Duncan for Mom!*

Total Investment: $455
($530 value)

*Of course Mother’s Day is all about spending time with Mom so please note that you can schedule the massage for a day other than Mother’s Day.

To be able to give the prints to Mom for Mother’s Day, please make sure to book the shoot for May 8th or earlier.

If you would like to book this package to give as a gift to Mom, I will honor this package price until May 14th (Mother’s Day!) and allow booking up until June 14th.

Shoot me an email hello@morganwhitneyphotography.com or give me a call at 614.668.1230 to book.

Click here to see more photos of the little guy from the baby bump above.

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San Antonio Wedding at The Japanese Tea Gardens

Girl On The Plane

It isn’t too often that when someone’s fiancé comes back from a business trip muttering the words, “I met this girl on the plane” that it leads to happy outcome. But in this case, this girl on the airplane who “Ya, I bought her a drink because it was her birthday” turns to have totally worked out for me.

This mystery lady from the plane has turned out to be one of my now closest friends, and the second time this year I got to photograph a friend’s wedding! From a bride who has been in my life for over 20 years to one who has helped to make San Antonio feel like home in the past year, I consider myself so lucky when my work and personal life collide.

I give you some girl on the plane aka my friend Ashley and Roy at the incredible Japanese Tea Gardens. The highlights…

Getting Ready

First Look

Ceremony

Portraits

Reception

Then this happened…

Love you ya lovers.