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The Dooleys.

Posted in Lifestyle Sessions on August 18, 2009 by Kathy Freundel


Over the last several years I’ve had the chance to know the Dooleys in myriad ways . . .

Shirley as director/ choreographer of several productions, David as most supportive husband in the world, Brendan as the sunniest personality in our homeschool co-op, Jon as one of that awesome group of Young Life/ high school kids in our town, and Taylor as the college student/ soccer coach who breezes in and out of town.

They act. They sing. They play soccer. And they’re the warmest, friendliest bunch you’d ever hope to meet.

The Dooleys give me hope that there are still truly good, grounded guys out there. It’s a pattern of right choices that got them there. Gives me inspiration to press onward to win the prize!


Sweet. Sixteen.

Posted in Lifestyle Sessions on July 3, 2009 by Kathy Freundel



Rachel’s sweet sixteen surprise party was one step past ingenious. My sister, the queen of all party throwin’,  wrote a murder mystery, complete with a kidnapping, multiple locations and a cast of crazy characters. Kind of Clue meets So You Think You’ve Got Talent?








Rachel thought we were having her sweet sixteen photo shoot, and planned to do a “Giselle from Enchanted” kinda shoot, because if you knew my niece . . . well, she IS Giselle. 

Instead of me showing for the shoot, she got kidnapped by two knights in not so shining armor, and transported to location #2.




Oh yeah.







Goldie Frocks and Tina Fa-lay.





The guests were divided into teams, given their challenge and put on a bus to a secret location.




First event. Drivin’ Miss Daisy. You get the point.








Next event. Write a commercial using random props. This one was “all I got for Christmas was . . . “





You guessed it. Snakes on a plane.




Sit down, candlelit meal right beside the lake.




And that was just the daylight part.  As dusk turned to dark, they had relay races, paddleboat races, and a  melodrama.  Then they danced the night away under the stars.

More to come. Cause we really are doing the Giselle shoot 🙂

Rachael. Erin. Best friends.

Posted in Lifestyle Sessions on June 24, 2009 by Kathy Freundel




Rachael and Erin have been next door neighbors and best friends for going on ten years.




Like most best friends, they finish each other’s sentences and  say the same thing at the same time.




Now they’re at a crossroads. Rachael will head off to York College of Pennsylvania in about six weeks, and Erin will pack her bags for Bridgewater College in Virginia.




Time to  capture their sweet friendship on the cusp of a new adventure. 




Don’t think they’ll drift very far apart. 




They are wise enough to know the treasure of a ya.




They are running over with hopes and dreams and I know they’ll be there for one another through it all.








I know about eight Freundeli’s that are really gonna’ miss these gals. They’ve added magic to the month of June for us.




Promise you won’t forget me. Because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.

_winnie the pooh.

Consider. Lily.

Posted in Lifestyle Sessions on May 31, 2009 by Kathy Freundel

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you , That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.






Five years ago Matthew 6:28 came to us in a beautiful package. She made her entrance in a dramatic way . . . she was born FOUR minutes after I made it to our county hospital (which is only ten minutes from our house!)  She hasn’t stopped for a minute these last five years. Lily. Pure. Sunshine. 













Lily and I had a “mommy date” today.  We spent the afternoon alone together. Lily knew EXACTLY what she wanted to do on our special date. We went for a summer haircut at the mall, shared an M&M blizzard, did a little window shopping, and then came home for a photo shoot, right in our back yard.  Could life get any better??  I love going on mommy dates with each of my kids. They are never too fancy, but  so special because, inevitably, that’s when they share their hearts with me.  It’s a little summer magic, and makes me so grateful to be a mom.


Posted in Lifestyle Sessions on May 22, 2009 by Kathy Freundel



Last day of first grade. My Caroline is a happy camper, swinging away in her newly invented “swing tub.” The tire swing came crashing down last week and so those littles got to work. So, it’s time to record some “favorites” at the magical age of seven.

Favorite book:  Betsy’s Little Star by Carolyn Haywood, The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polocco and Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Dream Vacation:  Disney World

Future Occupation:  “Oh, I don’t know. I used to want to be Donald Duck at DisneyWorld, but now I’ll be anything . . . except a poop cleaner.”

What I Want to Name my Girl Twins:  Stephanie and Stacey.   Boy Twins:  Samuel and Isaiah

Favorite Restaurant :  Friendly’s. I love the mac and cheese, toast w/ butter and eggs, and always ice cream for dessert.

Favorite Song:  “Caroline” by Daddy.

Favorite Memory of 1st grade:  Eating Egypt food in history like flat bread, pomegranates, grapes, olives and feta.

Three things I want to do over the summer:  gymnastics, ballet, and soccer.

Jim. Cabral.

Posted in Lifestyle Sessions, Music on April 15, 2009 by Kathy Freundel





 I’ve known Jim, his wife Stacey and their three little ones for less than a year, but it doesn’t feel that way. Their posse (several rows of family and friends) became part of our church family at NCF, and we won on that deal. Jim is a gifted musician/ singer/ songwriter and his energy and passion for life is an inspiration. Jim and Stacey . . . they are the real deal.  Jim’s The Mirror is now my website music, and you can see where he’s playing by accessing his MySpace page. 





How would you describe your music?

My music is probably best defined as adult contemporary.   My writing is most often a product of some great joy or pain in my life, although I’ve written some stuff that was just plain fun or something God was teaching me that I thought people would relate to.

Who are your major influences?

Bruce HornsbyMichael W. SmithWayne KirkpatrickKeith GreenSteven Curtis Chapman are my top five, but there are undertones of dozens of others in there.

What’s on your ipod right now?

Wayne Kirkpatrick’s 2001 album “The Maple Room.”  Get that album.  I command you!  Also S.C.Chapman’s “Miracle of the Moment” and Don Henley’s “End of the Innocence”.

Top three on your bucket list . .

Take my wife on a trip to Paris, a trip that she deserves a hundred times over, have a cup of coffee and talk shop with Michael W. Smith (it could happen!), and finish my album (they all seem equally out of reach right now, but I gotta have faith-a, faith-a, faith-aaaah.

What are your top five desert island must haves?

My wife, my kids (it’s a big island, right?), my very special NIV Bible I inherited, a stack of books (various authors), notebook computer with wifi (and a very strong router?)

What do you want your kids to know about you?

That Daddy is flawed and even a little bent, but couldn’t ever imagine a life without each of them.  I would support them in whatever they did, whether it’s front man in a rock band, doctor, police officer… whatever!  I would want them to draw from all my strengths and talents while somehow managing to avoid all the weaknesses and frailties I have.



blog-5Tree of Life.













Page. Jim and Ivelisse & clan.

Posted in Lifestyle Sessions on February 10, 2009 by Kathy Freundel




Jimmy and Ivelisse are  American Gothic circa 2009. Solid stock, deep faith, and unwavering family values. And they were such a blast to shoot. Completely open and free with a wonderful sense of playfulness. If the family that plays together, stays together, great things are in store for the Page clan.












Amazing Grace . . . what a picture of complete trust in a faithful father . . . hmm. . . some great life lessons here.












The Page’s have a big dry erase board in their kitchen that says “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Hanging with the Pages gives testimony to  the power of words, and the power of The Word. Their word of the year is BELIEVE . . . and they do.  Each one of them walks freely, undergirded by a sense of family belonging.



All the time.