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John’s Gallery Opening and Mark Graduates High School

First of all this family needs a introduction, well if you knew this family… this family really is the family that needs no introduction. As a matter of fact, if you pulled in their driveway, and never had met them, they’d offer you to come in, sit down, and ask you if you want tea with or without caffeine, what flavor, and then you’d have amazing conversation. However, with all of that aside. This family is my second family, Sandra has always called me her extra daughter, and Mark and Becky are my extra siblings. I love them TONS!!! When I was a girl scout in elementary school, Sandra and John lived in our neighborhood, these were the days when door to door cookie sales were a-okay and I remember as Sandra opened the front door, there were two huge blow up pterodactyls hanging from the ceiling. It was there I thought, these people are so cool. Fast forward a few years, and Mark was born, because they were in our neighborhood, I began babysitting him at a young age, and then came his little sister, 2 years later. These kids were my best friends, in high school – SERIOUSLY. I spent countless hours with them, reading Harry Potter, Piggie Pie, Captain Underpants, I had Goodnight Moon memorized by heart, we spent tons of time pretending we were super heroes, baking all sorts of sugary goodies, playing outside, painting and so many other adventures… not to mention I was in charge of caring for these two, I learned early in life, how to cook, defrost milk so it didn’t loose it nutrients, bathing a kiddo without getting soap in their eyes, and that you must quickly change diapers… LOL . Fast forward several years and Mark played guitar at my wedding and Becky played violin. These kiddos and my extra Mom and Dad have had SUCH importance and significance in my life. (as a matter of fact it was John who taught me how to develop photos in a dark room when I was in 11th grade) A few weeks back, I went home to surprise Mark at a play he was performing in, coincidentally this was the same weekend John had his gallery open house. Mark is a incredibly talented actor, and John a amazing underwater photographer and dentist extraordinaire . After this weekend was all wrapped it, I knew just a few short weeks later, Marky Moo, (excuse me-I’ve always called him that), would be graduating from high school. I went home a bit early to spend some time with the Highsmith-Hayes family and had tons of laughs, serious conversation, a few tears, and a few cups of tea. Oh why am I crying as I write this, it seems true… adults always said it when I was growing up and I thought gees that’s annoying, but yes… they do grow up so fast. So it is with GREAT pride, I present, photos from Gallery 86 featuring John Highsmith D.D.S Under the Sea exhibit, and also photographs of Mark as he graduated. MUCH LOVE Sandra, John, Mark and Becky
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Chloe and Matt — So In L.O.V.E.

Chloe is a incredibly talented dancer, her beauty is perfectly accompanied with her talent. I love watching her dance, and can’t wait until the next performance. I wrote about her last performance here. In the begining are some images, I took when I first met Chloe and Matt. Then Chloe and I became Facebook buddies. We bonded over unique music, and then I started following her on Instagram. I can not tell you how SMITTEN, Matt and Chloe are. Their love is a romantic, hopeless romantic, classic novela, sweet, genuine, SINCERE, kinda love. Chloe also post bible verses on instagram and several times, they have been JUST what I needed to read. So being a friend of Chloe and Matt’s is great. They recently had their one year “in love” anniversary. To celebrate, myself, and two photographer friends Elizabeth and Jason photographed them for fun. I leave you with a quote that describes their love from Matt’s POV (she and I both ADORE Fitzgerald— Right Chloe)

“I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” ~Fitzgerald
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Unsung Heroes – The Women of World War II

On February 9th, 2013 my husband and I had tickets to go see a Go Contemporary Dance performance at the Bijou theater. They were a surprise to Pete, my husband appreciates all types of art and this was a anniversary present to him. Live music is a family value and the music would be performed by The Samuel Williams Quintet. How cool, dancing for me, music for Pete . After a lovely dinner at The Bistro we went to see the performance. I found out about this performance from a friend Chloe, who I met photographing at a workshop by Julie Roberts. Enjoy these photos below, this is chapter one of the story… Chapter 2 is coming soon 🙂
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Here is CHLOE 🙂
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Memorial Day Honor and Remembrance

They grew up just like you and me, flying kite, playing ball, blowing bubbles, learning to ride a bicycle with 2 wheels,reading, spelling words, learning multiplication tables, fighting with brothers and sisters, members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, twirling, their first recital, playing with bugs, or being scared of spiders, having braces in middle school, learning to love music, getting picked on for the first time, going to high school,having their first kiss, helping their Mama’s in the kitchen and experiencing lifes other simple enjoyments… and then something changed… something changed and they decided to serve their country, or they had to go serve their country. Something in their heart called out to them, I must help, I must fight, I must protect what I love and where I live. I choose to put others always before myself and to have the most profound commitment one can choose. So it is with great pride, that Break the Mold Photo gets to share some family and a very beloved friend with you today.

I honor and give immense gratitude to:

My Father Don Whitehead, my Great Uncle Sam Whitehead, my cousin Justin Whitehead, my cousin Aleece Whitehead, my cousin Glenn Whitehead, my cousin Marissa Balderas, my cousin Jennifer Garrido, and my very best friend and college roomate Jacquelyne L. Hathorn and my brother in law Adam Flanagan

I remember and give immense gratitude and say a special prayer of thanks to the heavens for:

David Whitehead, Wilma Whitehead, Phil Whitehead, Bill Whitehead, Larry Whitehead, Tom Whitehead and
Dennis James Flanagan (killed in action in Iraq)
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Downtown Asheville Engagement Session ~ Jarrett & Natalie

I am happy to say that my first official blog post on the brand new Break the Mold Photo Blog/Website is of my lovely couple from Asheville,N.C.. This engagement session was photographed on a perfect December day. Their wedding is Friday and I am super excited about all the artistic details that will be spread throughout the day. J. Rutland the groom, is a brilliant illustrator. Please view some of his incredible art!
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