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Hi, I'm Sara. Welcome to my story!

I have had a camera in my hands for as long as I can remember, but that's not exactly how my storytelling began. I would sit around as a little girl tearing out page after page from fashion magazines, collecting images and pinning them on my overcrowded bulletin board. The colors, the clothing, the scenery, the hand gestures and eye contact...it was the way all the pieces fell together to create the perfect image that truly inspired me. And, that is what still inspires me today, and why I love what I do! I am one of the lucky ones!

Take some time. Read through my blog. Get to know me, and see if I am the photographer for you! To get you started, here are a few of my favorite things...

mini cupcakes, dandelions, summer camp, anything vintage, fairies, laughing, laughing too hard it hurts, diet coke, polaroids, flip-flops, adventures, magazines, putt-putt, reality tv, braids, minibikes, memories, thunderstorms, and kisses...

This blog is a journal about my photography and my life, as they are completely intertwined. I hope you enjoy it!

New Year…

So, it’s officially been over half a year since I have updated you here.  The truth is last Spring, I hired a fab company to launch a new, and exciting blog for SMP.  Around the same time I discovered we were going to welcome a new addition to our family!  So, as the summer rolled along, I realized I only had enough time and energy to welcome one baby into my life in 2012…so the new blog would have to wait!  Let me first introduce you to my new love…Brooks Seabury Morris:

Thank you to Hannah Hilliard for the image.  She happened to be looking for a newborn model the week he was born, so we put him to work!

We love, love, love him!  And, he’s been a great addition to our family.  Born at 10 lb. 8 oz., he’s a definitely a good eater and sleeper!  Bauer loves his little brother, and is slowly learning what gentle means.

So, that second baby…my new fabulous blog…had to take a back seat.  In the meantime, I’ve been updating my facebook page frequently, and that’s the best place to find recent, and exciting things happening over at SMP:  Sara Morris Photography on Facebook  It’s actually been a good delay because with any change, comes something new.  I have some new ideas for SMP this coming year, and I feel it will take awhile for me to wrap my head around it all.  So, while a new integrated website and blog is coming, I have some more planning to do for it.  Definitely go over to my fb page and “like” it to stay up to date!  I imagine it will be a crazy year!

Thank you to my amazing clients for working so well with a 7-9 month pregnant lady during the busy season!  We made it!  Looking forward to change in 2013!

Huge thanks to Jessica with Lemongrass Photography for the above photo…my little family…Love:)

Commercial: Michelle Marocco

Long time no blog:) Sorry, it’s been a hectic world here over at SMP.  Lots to catch you up on, but first I want to share a shoot with you that I am really proud of.  Michelle Marocco, fabulous jeweler/designer/artist, has a new line of products out called Bottah Straps, Wisdom for your Sole.  I was honored her team asked me to take photographs for her that we could use in a look book.  This shoot came together quickly, and I think we did a great job getting the look they were going for.  I would love to do more work like this!!  Enjoy!  Happy Saturday!









Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Girl of the Year


Meet Megan, the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Girl of the Year for 2012.  Megan, now 15, was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on February 26, 2009, and after 2 ½ years of treatment she completed chemotherapy on June 16, 2011.  It is overwhelmingly inspiring to hear Megan speak about her experience with Leukemia.  I have had that honor twice now, and am taken back each time.  In high school, she is wise beyond her years, full of hope and very driven to make a change and to help find a cure for blood cancers.

Megan has a brother, Kyle, and a pet dog, Bailey. She enjoys scuba diving, volleyball, yearbook and photography. She is very excited to be the 2012 Girl of the Year and looks forward to getting more involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Megan’s words of inspiration for candidates are, “Your illness may be a part of you; it may shape you, but it does not define you.”

Megan is also blogging each Monday about her journey with Leukemia, Mondays with Megan.  You can follow her here: http://lls.sitepotion.com/mondays-with-megan-vol-2/ 
She has so much to share! Please check it out!

This week, the candidate who raises the most money receives a fantastic live auction item.  Please help me be that candidate!  Here is the link to my fundraising page: https://in.dojiggy.com/pledge/index.cfm?585F220817706474130632545A4108777C0600710C73

I have just passed a milestone this week!  I am a third of the way to my goal!  Looking forward to reaching it and hopefully passing it!  Happy Tuesday!

I ♥ Faces: Black & White

It’s probably been over a year since I entered an I ♥ Faces contest. I use to love entering them! I have just been distracted this past year as you all know. But, as I was browsing Facebook today, I noticed that their current contest is black and white, and as I type and  look up from my computer screen, I see this cutie in size 24×40 canvas. So, I have to enter him! I may be a bit biased, since he is mine:) Thank you I ♥ Faces!

Photo Challenge Submission

March 10, 2012 - 10:56 am Ruthie - So adorable! I love it!

March 8, 2012 - 10:04 am Elle - The expression says it all- so precious!!

March 7, 2012 - 1:13 am Tina - So cute! Love those big eyes.

March 7, 2012 - 12:00 am Angela Sipes Photography - pretty!

March 6, 2012 - 11:11 pm Kaci Deiser - Adorable!!! Love the pouty face!

March 6, 2012 - 6:37 pm Gina - He certainly is precious!!!

March 6, 2012 - 6:00 pm collyn ware - I love me some baby cheeks!! Very cute!

March 6, 2012 - 3:22 pm amanda heath photography - simple, natural and beautiful!

March 6, 2012 - 3:21 pm Sara - precious!

March 6, 2012 - 2:40 pm Ellen - Oh those cheeks!! That's a beautiful shot!

March 6, 2012 - 12:30 pm Leslie Estes - Soo cute!! :)

March 6, 2012 - 11:36 am Misty - Beautiful shot of this sweetie! Love the catch lights in the eyes.

March 6, 2012 - 11:17 am Alicia Maloy - way cute!!

March 6, 2012 - 11:04 am Mrs. McFadden - squeezable! delightful! adorable! great photo!!

Leukemia & Lymphoma: Boy of the Year

I had the extreme honor of meeting Roman a few months ago when I decided to follow through on my nomination to be Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign.  The meet and greet was held in a local Meridian Kessler home, and Roman was running around and playing like every little kid out there.  Once the program started, I overheard him tell his new buddy that he couldn’t play anymore because he had something to do now.  He took center stage next to his dad, and they began to tell us his story…

Roman, now 6 years old, was diagnosed with ALL, the most common form of childhood leukemia, on November 5, 2007.  Then, Roman being just 2 years old, his father tells the story of how they were in Target when the call came in.  Stop what you are doing now, and come in to the hospital.  It was then they were told that Roman had Acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  His father jokes that before this day they didn’t even worry about how to spell leukemia.  Their whole world changed this day.  His family is now proud to report that he is currently in remission.

Roman has an older sister, Isabella, and a younger brother, Hudson. He enjoys playing video games, going to movies, playing with friends and swimming. He and his family are honored to serve as the 2012 Boy of the Year and look forward to meeting and getting to know the candidates.

Roman’s words of inspiration for candidates are, “Keep up the good work. Stay positive!”

I had the pleasure of seeing Roman and his family again last Thursday at the kick-off event for the campaign.  I was again overwhelmed with the strength, courage and humor that they all brought to the night.  They couldn’t say enough about how involved LLS was in their battle against ALL.  I am honored to be fundraising on behalf of Roman, and am looking forward to getting to know he and his family better over the next 10 weeks!

To Donate, click here.  Your time and efforts will help Roman, and thousands of children and adults in their fight against blood cancers.

 

Love for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Hello blog world! It’s starting to feel like Spring here, and I am anxious to get out and about! This Spring is also kicking off a new adventure for me. Usually it’s Thailand, Vietnam, or some other distant land, but this year I decided to keep the adventure close to home and close to my heart. I am honored to say that I am a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Woman of the Year campaign for 2012. Last year I served as the campaign manager for my dear friend, Julie Currise. I found the 10-week campaign to be both inspiring and heartwarming. I made new friends who are also compassionate about finding a cure for blood cancers, and reconnected with old friends who I had not known had been affected by the diseases. LLS has a way of bonding people together.

When I was 12 years old, my mom lost a long, hard fight to Lymphoma. She and my father gave it their all, but in the end Lymphoma won. I have a hard time remembering all of the details from that time period, but I can still feel the strength, courage and love that she possessed. I have spent years wondering what thoughts were going through her head, and have even been angry at times wishing she had written me a letter. It wasn’t until last year that I fully understood what she must have been going through. Looking into the eyes of my little boy every night, it is hard to imagine knowing that I wouldn’t see him grow up to go to college, marry the love of his life, and become a father himself. There just aren’t words for that, and I know that now. Life is very precious.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is funding research for cures and helping patients as well as their families. This is an organization that is doing the right things with the dollars it raises, and I’m proud to be associated with it. In addition to helping local patients and families through patient assistance, educational endeavors, and family support groups, the funds raised are distributed to top research projects nationwide that are working on finding a cure every day. In 2011, Indiana residents received more than $1,000,000 in financial support alone.

I was very fortunate to have a strong family and friend support system throughout my growing years and I have many of you to thank for that. In reality, that is not the case for everyone. Cancer is a very scary place, and LLS does an amazing job with educating and providing support for both patients and families. That is one of my favorite aspects of the organization. My campaign to be the Woman of the Year is all about dollars raised. Every dollar I raise is a vote for me and a vote to cure cancer. I am asking you today to join me in this ambitious campaign. I have until May 11, 2012 to reach my goal of $75,000 raised. I will be hosting various local activities throughout the 10 week campaign, and will also be blogging about my journey and progress. Be sure to check back here for updates and announcements!

To donate, you can go to the campaign website and make your contribution there: http://in.mwoy.llsevent.org/sara

You can also purchase tickets or tables to the final gala on May 11th where the Woman of the Year will be announced. I am currently looking for corporate sponsors. If your company, or one you know of likes to contribute to different causes, please let me know. There are many levels of sponsorship available.

Finally, I’d ask you to reach out to others you know and ask them to do the same. I have found that so many of the people I talk to about my campaign have a connection to blood cancer and want to support our efforts. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in learning about the cause. And, whether it’s donating or spreading the word, thank you for helping me on my quest to find a cure for blood cancers, and to keep mothers, fathers and children together longer.

Thank You!
Sara

Happy 2012!

 

Hello Internet!  I believe I do this every year, but I owe you a big apology.  2011 was the most amazing year of my life…as you can see above, I welcomed the sweetest little guy into my life, and had a ball getting to know him and spending as much time with him as I could.  While it continued to be a busy year work wise, I did relish my time at home with him and my blogging fell to the wayside.  Facebook was a much easier way to share images, and given my short time periods between naps, etc. that just worked better.  So, I am sorry blog for being away so long, and am looking forward to an action packed 2012!  There is so much going on already this year, so I am excited to share that with you as soon as can.

Until then, please welcome me back with open arms knowing that I will be more present and active from now on.  I’ll have a lot to share photography wise, as well as quite a bit about some personal endeavors and new business ventures.  Full steam ahead!  See you soon!

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Happy Monday!

Just wanted to check in and say hello and I’m still here! Working quickly to get photos finished up and ready for the holidays! If you haven’t scheduled your ordering session, please do so! Email me a few dates that work and we’ll get you on the calendar. Hope you all have a wonderful day! Wanted to share a quick picture from one of last week’s sessions. Loved this shoot so much! Also, you’ll notice the new “Pin” button below. On Pinterest? Feel free to share any images that catch your eye on my blog! If you are not on Pinterest, go directly there and check it out! Great idea boards, and so much inspiration!

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Engagement: Kristin & Scott

Hello there blog!  I haven’t forgotten about you.  I know you feel a bit neglected.  I’ve been working around the clock to get everyone their images before Thanksgiving.  So, for those of you without your blog post first, you will probably receive all of your images before your sneak peek.  Just wanting to get everyone finished up before the holidays so we have time to order those prints and get them in!  So, this will be my last post until I get all the open shoots finished up and ready to go.  But, I will be back to recap in early December!

With that said, this post is perfect to come right before a little break.  Not only do I love them as a couple, but I love these pictures!  I am always looking for new places to shoot, especially up north.  These 2 introduced me to many new spots that I have already even been back to.  Thank you Scott & Kristin for an amazing shoot.  I am so excited for you both, and can’t wait to celebrate with you next year!!













Portrait: The Moodys

I love this shoot for so many reasons! To start, I got to spend time with one of my best friends and her boys…always a good time! Also, check out these first 2 pictures.  The one on the left was shot in 2008 for their engagement pics.  As we were riding down in the elevator of their Mass Ave condo bldg. a few weeks ago, I had deja vu.  It seemed like we had just been there.  So, of course we had to show how their lives have changed since with the addition of their incredible little boy.  Love you guys!