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ashley phelps for her life magazine

wow, am i behind in blogging…but what’s new? i loved shooting the july 2013 cover of her life magazine. cover girl ashley phelps is living with polycystic kidney disease but she’s fighting hard to kick it to the curb. ashley and i visited our friends at clique boutique to select her wardrobe and then, because i love styling almost as much as photographing, we hit h&m and picked up wardrobe for the rest of the family. by the way, did you hear you can now shop h&m online and that they’ve launched a crazy cool home collection?

anyway, back to ashley…based on ashley’s outward appearance one might never know that she is sick. or just how sick she is. she’s endured numerous surgeries, seizures, a collapsed lung, an aneurysm and lives with a tremendous amount of pain. on a scale of one to ten, her pain is at a level of seven to eight most days. SEVEN to EIGHT! i’m the mom of two girls ages 9 and 10. i’m perfectly healthy and some days it’s a challenge for me to keep up with them. thinking of the challenges ashley faces in keeping up with and caring for her 3 and 8 year old while dealing with that kind of pain just boggles my mind. but she does it. and she does it with the help of her husband, her family and her friends.

grab a copy of the july issue or click here to read more about ashley’s story and visit the pkd foundation website to find out how you can help ashley and other’s fighting polycystic kidney disease.

thanks to our fab friends at clique boutique for providing ashley’s wardrobe, melissa evans for makeup and megan walterscheid from double take salon for hair.

stop by clique boutique at 6951 tomahawk road in prairie village and check out one of my favorite local jewelry collections – jetcouture jewels. they designed the amazing necklace ashley is wearing on the cover. and check out the clique 10-20-30 sale going on now through the end of august.

the more you buy the more you save. receive a graduated discount up to 30% off all sale merchandise.

10% off 1 item

20% off 2 sale items

30% off 3 sale items

sale ends august 31. hurry in for the best selection and tell them i sent ya!

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mini sessions | kansas city children’s photographer

miss aly stopped by the studio for a mini session and we had a blast! it’s crazy how much this little cutie has grown up since our last session.

are you interested in a mini session? we usually hold them once in the spring and once in the fall but if you’ve missed these you can always host a day of mini sessions for yourself and your friends. we need a minimum of 6 families for a day of minis. we provide the hostess with the materials to market our mini sessions to her friends and she receives a print credit for each family that attends.

mini sessions are perfect for busy families because they’re super quick and easy. our clients can’t get enough of them! email us for more information before our fall calendar fills up!

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a mother’s love

mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. -marion c. garretty

by now, most of my readers know super bo and his super mama carolyn. they’ve been in the hospital for over 30 days now with fevers, infections, blood tests, lung, liver and bone marrow biopsies and more. bo and carolyn spend a lot of time in the hospital – over 100 days this year. to say the last 30 days have been tough or even scary for the macans is an understatement. each time i see bo he seems to be fighting harder and harder and sometimes not making any headway. but last night was different. bo seemed like…bo. he was talkative, ornery, silly and having fun.

i’ve visited bo and carolyn in the hospital often but last night was the first time i took my camera. and i’m so glad i did. everyone who knows carolyn knows what a fighter she is. she is bo’s caregiver. she is his advocate. she is his strength. the bond these two share is incredible and to be able to capture this moment – it is exactly why i love being a photographer.

and to see this little guy smile, it just melted my heart.

for those in the kansas city area, save the date of august 23. we’re hosting a super bo fundraiser at old shawnee town from 6-10pm. i’ll be sure to post the details as soon as everything is finalized.

in the meantime, hug your loved ones, count your blessings and keep your prayers and positive thoughts coming. i know they mean the world to the macan family!

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hocus focus | the style files – summer lip tutorial

happy wednesday! as spring is coming to an end and summer begins on friday we would like to share with you a quick tutorial from nordstrom beauty stylist sarah dilks.

HOCUS FOCUS | The Style Files – Episode 1 from heather morrow on Vimeo.

thanks to our lovely model ashley and to jordan and jon haiduk for all their hard work on the video!

and a few behind the scenes shots – doesn’t sarah have the most amazing smile? it’s quite contagious, too.

whether you’re ready to update your entire beauty regimen, searching for the perfect fragrance or just a new lip color for a night on the town, call (913) 492-8111 to book an appointment with sarah and know that you’re in good hands! beauty styling is a complimentary service that nordstrom offers so don’t wait to take advantage of sarah’s expertise!

you can also stay connected with sarah on facebook and twitter.

happy wednesday!

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clique boutique for her life magazine

have you seen the june issue of her life magazine? it features a fashion shoot i’m really proud of. the stars were most definitely aligned on this one and it all came together just the way i wanted.

 the impeccable wardrobe is from clique boutique in prairie village. i was able to book model angela lyman from exposure, inc.. we had our usual dream team of makeup artist melissa evans and hair stylist crystal wisniewski from soffia via. we shot at what is seriously the cutest little coffee shop in all of kansas city - hi hat coffee in westwood. and i even sweet talked my friend tricia in to assisting me. thanks, tricia!

here’s a little breakdown of each look.

on the left is a white + warren sleeveless dress with a turquoise necklace (that i’m coveting so hard) by jetcouture jewels, formerly known as jet lag jewels. (my anniversary is coming up…hint, hint, mr. morrow!) and on the right is the trina turk sangria dress with vintage pearl hoops and a bracelet, both from 74 harley street.

jetcouture jewels and 74 harley street are lines i adore and both are designed and produced right here in kansas city!

how can you not love this pink tartan polka dot dress paired with the 74 harley street necklace?

black cardigan by isda & co, alice by temperley sovereign silk top and paige verdugo skinny.

one of my favorite looks from this shoot is the paige lydia boyfriend jean paired with the christopher fischer slouchy top and elie tahari orange belt. the look is compeleted with the maddy nash indian summer clutch, another great accessory made by my friend charity ohlund here in kansas city. you have to admit, we’ve got some amazing things coming out of our town, don’t we?

another of my favorite looks from this shoot – a harvey faircloth striped dress accessorized with a jetcouture jewels carnelian necklace with a turquoise clasp.

on the left is the elie tahari peyton jacket, neely knit top and gretchen skirt paired with a jetcouture jewels salmon shell pearl necklace with a vintage clasp and on the right is the elie tahari neesa dress and a jetcouture jewels necklace of swarovski crystal and seed pearls.

i loved this shoot and i love that clique also supports so many local designers. speaking of local designers – they’re having a maddy nash trunk show on wednesday, june 26 from 4pm-7pm. i’ll be there. and you should join me.

clique is located at 6951 tomahawk road, prairie village, ks 66208 in the village shopping center. (913) 362-3030

until next time,

H

Dennis Bullock - June 10, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Love this … so gorgeous!

Charity Ohlund - June 11, 2013 - 7:03 am

Such a great shoot! In the bottom shot with skirt/suit, I can totally hear you saying, “Ok, cross your legs and put all your weight on that front foot, butt out… Hold it… YES! LIKE THAT!”

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