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Love for Ava Auction

Ava is a sweet little girl dealing with an unimaginable situation.  Last December, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor called Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).  DIPG tumors are extremely rare and very aggressive.  Due to their location, they cannot be removed, and while standard treatments like radiation may help in the short term, the tumor eventually grows back.  90% of children with DIPG lose their fight to this disease within one year of their diagnosis.  The remainder lose theirs within three years.  Ava’s mom wrote a lovely blog post a while back about the gift of photography.

A few months ago, Ava and her family traveled to Arizona from Texas so that Ava could be part of a clinical trial.  Unfortunately, Ava’s tumor has continued to grow, and she is now out of the trial.  This is where you come in!  We need help to get Ava and her family back home to Texas and to help offset some of the astronomical costs that come with this kind of devastating illness.  Morgan Kervin Photography and Rachel Brenke Photography have teamed up to host a Love for Ava Auction.  There are over $7,000 in donated goods and services, including two items from yours truly.  Head on over to the auction, check out the items, and bid on something!  There’s everything from art, jewelry, cupcakes, photo sessions, to photography goodies like props and mentoring up for grabs.  Additionally, you can donate directly to the family through this link.  100% of the donations made through the link and the proceeds from the auction will go directly to Ava and her family.

I have two items up for grabs in the auction.  The first item is either a fine art print (either a matted 8×10 or an unmatted 11×14 – winner’s choice) of this image:

North End Stroll Image

(C) Martha Compton/mkc photography


The second item is a biggie – a full session for up to five people with a disc of digital images:

So, head on over to the auction page, check out all of the great stuff up for grabs, and, if you can, help out this sweet sweet girl and her family.

Lots of happenings…

Happy Saturday, folks!  There’s a lot going on around here and I wanted to give you a little update:

  • I am working with the fabulous Lisa from Gizmo Designs on a total revamp of the website.  You may see some odd changes as she works on it, so please be patient. If you see something you love (or absolutely hate), drop me a note and let me know.
  • I’m also working with my friend Craig, who did my original logo, on a complete rebranding. You may have seen some glimpses of it if you’ve been following the Facebook page.  I am so excited to show you all the cool stuff Craig has designed for me.
  • As soon as the website and rebranding are finished, I’ll be having a fun relaunch celebration with a few little giveaways, so stay tuned!

Additionally, I have a lot going on personally.  I’ll be on medical leave for the next week or the so please be patient as I may take some time to return emails.  And, my books are full for April, with only a few slots left in May, and I am already booking into June and July. Soooooo, if you’re thinking about summer portraits, let me know while I still have room to get you in!

Have a great weekend!

Baby B – Austin, TX newborn session

This year has flown and it’s hard to believe that it’s already almost March.  I have been really busy with a lot of behind the scenes work on mkc photography.  I am now an LLC, which is super exciting.  We are working on some rebranding, and you will soon see an entire website and blog overhaul.  I’m hoping to have everything ready for launch on April 1st, so stay tuned!

With all of that, I have neglected the blog just a teeeeeeensy bit.  Ok… a whole lot.  In fact, it was only today when I realized I am shooting this cutie pie’s six-month portraits this weekend – and I never blogged her newborn session!  Yikes!  So, without further ado, the sweet little Baby B. :)


Holiday Session Wardrobe Inspiration – Austin, TX family photography

I am super excited about the upcoming week!  I have several full sessions lined up, and a morning of mini sessions – it will be a little busy, but I am excited and so looking forward to it!

A few folks have asked me about what to wear for their sessions, and I know that can cause some anxiety.  To match, or not to match?  If the photos are intended for holiday cards or gifts, should the wardrobe choices scream holiday?  Decisions, decisions!

While I know y’all could rock the ugly Christmas sweater and make it look fabulous, I wanted to provide you with some ideas and inspiration for wardrobe choices, so you have a place to start.   The first look is a little more holiday-inspired, but any of them would be great for a family session.  It’s also helpful to remember that while style is important, so is comfort.  If your little one looks adorable but is too hot or too cold (either of which can happen in the blink of an eye here in Central Texas) or they’re itchy and just dying to get out of what they have on, that’s going to impact their ability to relax in front of the camera and give me some genuine smiles and giggles.

These were put together by the fantastic Corina Nielson and I hope they inspire you as you get ready for your session!

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