Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I am slowly taking down our Christmas tree and savoring the memories that are part of each ornament. I had a wonderful time with family and friends again this year and feel very blessed. McKenzie and I dropped off 5 boxes of food today at the Ballard Food Bank that we asked guests to bring to Christmas dinner in honor of my Auntie Viv. I realize that I am lucky to be warm and cozy in my new squirrel covered pj's and hoping that we all will remember that in this economic climate many are not so fortunate.

Today photos came back from the printers from 4 new Soul shoots. The work of Dawn, Aaron, Susan and Karen looks great. I am so excited for these families to receive their photos as the work is truly outstanding. I love to see them all completed and in their bags to be delivered as the beautiful handmade albums and trifolds look very regal. I thank these 4 shooters and all the volunteers that put their hearts into making the entire gift so beautiful. Special kudos to Blake's mom, Denise for her devotion to creating the bracelets for each and every Soul mom. My own recent shoot is with Lily who does my post production and I will share a shot or two of our friend Chris as he looks so handsome and so happy to be surrounded by his parents and two sisters.

Doug and I had made the trek to Children's Hospital yesterday evening, not to photograph but to visit our pal Sarah and her mom. Sarah is Doug's bowling buddy and they played Sorry, Monopoly and generally had a grand old time. We are hoping to schedule more bowling outings for this year. Watching Sarah grow up and continue to thrive is a gift for both of us.

We are very busy getting ready for the 5Th Anniversary Celebration. We are in the process of ordering enlargements of every single soul child and parent that is released and we will have them mounted and hung at the show. I have taken on the task of ordering the prints and we will be adding about 100 beautiful faces to the collection. The adult prints and mounting are funded by our grant from the McMillan Foundation but we are hoping that more supporters will back us to fund those of the children. We are thankful for those who have stepped forward and we have to trust that more will follow. Posted here today is a shot by Michael Good that will be part of the collection.

We have shows of the collection that will be hung at Seattle Children's, Starbucks in Shoreline and outside our governor's office in Olympia. We are so thankful to Kat Dunn and her family for working so hard to arrange the show at our state capitol. It is a big step for Soulumination and we are getting ready to address the invitations to each of our elected officials for a special viewing in January. Details of the show will be on the opening page of the web site soon, so if you plan on being in Olympia you are encouraged to stop by.

Don't forget to send in prayer flags for the anniversary. We will need to have them by mid January. We are working to set up a table here at Soul Ballard so that you can drop by to make them here. We have fabric and paints and we even can supply kits so that you can take one to work with a group of friends.

I have to close as I am trying to book a shoot for another child at Seattle Children's this weekend and have a recommendation to write for one of our Soul shooters, Aaron who is applying to grad school. So much going on, if you have time to volunteer for Soul please call Kari at 206-297-0885 as we are swamped. In love and peace, Lynette