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We love covering The Museum School events and taking student photographs. It’s a great bunch of people, staff and students included, and I’m personally invested because my son attends TMS. If you’re not familiar with it, TMS is a local innovator in education. It’s based on the concept that kids learn best through personal exploration and hands-on learning, and is one of a kind in Georgia. We recently made a couple of visits to the school to cover their Museum-in-a-Box program, a cool way in which TMS is engaging students in experiential learning.121011tmsexhibitnight-0016

The grant-funded program brings amazing “museum boxes” into the classroom. Each trunk-sized box centers on a specific learning unit and contains a slew of content that helps teachers bring the subject to life.140828tmsmiabdinnerlwrlrm-0003

We got to see teachers and students in action during a lesson on a Susan B. Anthony museum box. The trunk spanned everything from the toys she most loved through her commitment to concepts like equality. It seemed like the best of a field trip–real world learning–without the high cost.edit140825tmssusanbanthonymiab0032

We also covered a workshop where TMS teachers got to see the many different museum boxes they can share with their students. I’d guess one of their biggest challenges is what to choose first!

My right-hand lady, Lyndsey Wright, captured the scene as teachers learned how to implement the museum boxes in the classroom.

If you’ve ever wondered what a stronger partnership between local schools and community organizations could look like, this program suggests one fruitful outcome. The museum boxes are only possible via partnership with Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC); The Atlanta History Center; Zoo Atlanta; ArtsNow; Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Georgia Aquarium.

I’m so glad we had the chance to see all of this in person because a Museum in a Box is unlike anything I’ve ever heard of…and now I’ll know what my son is talking about when he comes home raving about it!

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I am grateful that the Life on Film team had the opportunity to spend some time this summer with a group of very special kids. Like so many other kids, they were happy to be participating in a really fun summer camp. But these kids all have one unique thing in common: they are all fighting cancer. Together, during their time at camp, they had the chance to do all kinds of “normal” activities…to laugh, play and just be kids. The campers we met were enjoying swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts and making friends with kids just like them.

The joy these kids exude, their enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunities camp afforded them…I just can’t find the words. Spending time with them was as much a gift as the time we donated.

We witnessed a truly magical place where kids grow stronger and make connections that support them throughout their journey beyond cancer toward bright futures. We’re grateful to Flashes of Hope–an incredible non-profit that raises funds towards a cure and honors the lives of all kids fighting cancer–for making this possible.10506854_10154279033265526_4795228631324805232_o

I’m honored that Lyndsey Wright and I were able to lend our lenses in support of the effort. If you’d like to offer your support, the organization makes it quick and easy to donate online.

 

 

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Earlier this month we were honored to join Kyle and his family for his Bar Mitzvah celebration at Maggiano’s. Life on Film provided both photography coverage and photo booth entertainment. Kyle’s Mom, Vanessa, created a Hollywood theme complete with mega phones, clapper boards, and film reels.1400607kylemorsecelebrationlrm-0011

The cake, snacks and even beverages all built on the Hollywood theme. Maggiano’s served as caterer.1400607kylemorsecelebrationlrm-0015

Vibe Entertainment got everyone onto the dance floor with great music, fun props and games.1400607kylemorsecelebrationlrm-0365

The kids jumped on the LED stage and had a blast jamming with the music.1400607kylemorsecelebrationlrm-03371400607kylemorsecelebrationlrm-02551400607kylemorsecelebrationlrm-0397

Vanessa skillfully weaved timeless traditions into a dazzling party that was loads of fun. The Life on Film team captured more warm moments than I can possible include here! 1400607kylemorsecelebrationlrm-0223

 

Jive orchestrated a moving tribute to Kyle, as guests took to the microphone to share their love and warm wishes. (A Journey song played in the background, as you’d expect!)

 

Thank you, Vanessa, for entrusting us with capturing Kyle’s star-quality celebration!

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A wedding is always an incredibly personal event. Even when couples incorporate the traditional rituals and flow of the “typical” American wedding, we love witnessing the different ways in which they make the event uniquely their own. Kate and Dave’s wedding, which we had the pleasure of capturing on film, took “personal” and “meaningful” to a whole new level. For starters, the ceremony took place at a little white church in Morganton where the bride’s Great Grandfather was once a preacher.140524Awtrey-KingLWrLRM-0174

Instead of lighting the traditional unity candle, the bride and groom planted a unity tree and watered it together during the ceremony.140524Awtrey-KingLWrLRM-0194

Our cameras loved the bridesmaids’ gorgeous tangerine dresses against the natural green landscape. Simply beautiful.140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0217140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0146140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0064

140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0049After we took some shots outside the church everyone headed to a reception at the Harper Family Farmhouse, which belongs to the bride’s Great Aunt. The farmhouse is situated, most fittingly, on Loving Road!

One touching ritual the bride and groom kept intact was the first dance, as well as the father/daughter and mother/son dances.140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0303140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0369-1

The Bride and Groom had a “Coca Cola toast” using Coke bottles provided by the Matron of Honor and Groomsmen. The lighthearted tone carried through to the cake cutting–and eating! The reception channeled a 1950’s Southern garden party combining rustic simplicity with pops of tangerine, hot pink, and yellow. Guests enjoyed Southern style BBQ and music. The kids weren’t the only ones having a ball with lawn games, hula hoops and bubbles.140524awtrey-kingjgilrm-0408140524awtrey-kingjgilrm-0457-2140524awtrey-kingjgilrm-0600140524awtrey-kingjgilrm-0688140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0273140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0292140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0295140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0392140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0389140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0377140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-03611

We were happy to still be on hand to see the joyful send off!140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0407140524awtrey-kinglwrlrm-0505140524awtrey-kingjgilrm-0677

Kate and Dave, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. Thank you for allowing the Life on Film team to be part of your day!

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No words can express the pain, shock and horror that have haunted us since learning of the tragic loss of Tami Willadsen and her daughter, Jess. Our hearts go out to their family and to the entire Museum School community, where Tami (pictured far left) served tirelessly as Foundation President and Jess was a vibrant a fourth grader.

 

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This loss is personal. I was lucky to come to know both Tami and Jess by virtue of being a parent of my own Museum School student. I’ve also served as their regular photographer for school pictures.

I want to take a few minutes to celebrate the beauty and joy that they brought to all who were lucky enough to know them. Jess just glowed with personality that came shining through every shot we took. One look at Tami and it’s clear where Jess got it!

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Tami’s charitable work was far-reaching. She led the school’s capital campaign and served as both Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia and as chairman of the board of EarthShare of Georgia.

The Museum School held a butterfly release last week in Jess’ honor. I was honored to be on hand to witness (and share in) the grief created by this senseless tragedy…along with the love, compassion and joy that filled our hearts in celebrating the life of this beautiful little girl.

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Each of us at Life on Film Photography extends our thoughts and prayers to the Willadsen family. If you’d like to show your support, please consider contributing to an online fund-raising effort at gofundme.com that was put in place to raise money to help the family.

 

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