Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Who doesn't love a BBQ?? Saturday I attended a BBQ and pool party with hubby tagging along for grins. This was a fundraiser for a young man who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is a dear friend of Zoey's mom (Kara). You all know Zoey! So we had to go and of course, I had to take my camera.

I must say, I don't know Matt, but he must be one pretty phenomenal guy! So many people attended and gave freely to help him and his little girl. Amazing group of people. His mom and brother were also in attendance, as well as his little girl. Matt could not make it with all that he is undergoing now. The band that performed was "Exit Plan" and they were AWESOME! Jeff Furst played a solo set first and thought for a moment it was hubby up there taking over the microphone. So, you know I loved Jeff's set!

The image above is a few of Matt's friends who bought the T-shirt with his artwork on the front, website on the back. Yes, I do have mine and love it! By the way, all you friends of Matt out there... your body art is incredible!! I was extremely impressed with all the gorgeous (is that the proper word?) tats.

All the pictures I took Saturday are available on DVD from Kara for $10. Every cent goes to Matt.

Matt, our family's prayers are with you and your family as you battle this enemy. I don't know you, but I have been moved by all who love you.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Yesterday my sister's best friend began a journey. It's going to be a long one. This is a journey we all fear and wish no one had to encounter. Hollie has Stage 2 breast cancer of the aggressive sort. She has two young children ages 10 and 6. This battle will stretch over the course of about 1 1/2 years. Knowing Hollie, she is going to kick this cancer in the butt. Her positive, fun, adventurous, and hilarious look on life will be her saving grace.

She has successfully had her first chemotherapy treatment. It took all morning to administer it into the port on her chest.

So, we went to hang out with this crazy gal for awhile. As always, her attitude was unbelievable. Her cousin Chelsey will spending most of her free time at Hollie's to help around the house and with the girls. Chelsey, you are going to be a God send to Hollie and her family.

Of course, we will all be there for Hollie during this chapter in her life. I will do my very best to document as much of the journey as possible for her. (Looking forward to wig shopping day!)
My sister, well, she will be at Hollie's side at every single step for any need or want of this crazy woman. She will be there for her little girls. What's two more at Jeanne's home?

Keep Hollie in your thoughts and prayers. She is one of a kind. She will keep everyone updated on Caring Bridge also, so look for updates there! If you stop in to see her at Caring Bridge, drop her a line. Just click on her name in this post or go to Caring Bridge and type in her name holliepickert.

Stay tuned for information on an upcoming FUN fundraiser for Hollie also! We all know October is Hollie's favorite month! My question is what will she choose to be for Halloween this year? Lord only knows, but I have some ideas!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

So far behind...

Been absent because I've been SO busy! I need to update the status of my incredible 2011 Senior Models for this year! This fabulous young group can hook you up with 16 free wallets with a booked session. Whether it's a Senior, family, or child session, if you are referred by one of these representatives, you will receive the freebie!

I love this years Seniors! They are a fun and adventurous group! I could take them out and work with them all year long. Enjoy every single minute with all of them!

You have already seen Zach from Olathe North, Audrey from St. James Academy, and Natalie from St. Thomas Aquinas. It's now time to introduce you to two more beautiful young gals. These two are 'cute as a button'! And they are both named Ashley!

First Ashley is from Olathe East. Ashley is so sweet and adorable. So looking forward to her full portrait session!

Second Ashley is from Perry/Lecompton! We had such a great time shooting in downtown Lawrence! One of my favorite spots for sessions. Just mention Ashley's name when you book your session and you will receive 16 free wallets!

If you have any questions, check the website under 'Information' and/or shoot me a message through website or Facebook! Don't forget to become a 'fan' on Facebook!