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My heart is full. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this experience. Uganda is such a huge part of who I am and to be able to show some of my beloved photographs for others to view is just ridiculously incredible. I’m so so soooo thankful to God for this marvelous opportunity.

SR404 Contemporary Art Gallery (located inside Stay True Tattoo Company) graciously invited Katie Snyder and I to show our photographs from Uganda for the month of May and our opening reception was this past First Friday.  I was completely thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces come visit our show!! Seriously, to everyone who came out to say hey to us, THANK YOU TIMES A MILLION!!!! As if the evening wasn’t fabulous enough, Demon Waffle played some fantastic tunes for everyone right outside the shop making the night even better!

If you missed the opening night and would still like to see the show, it will be up the entire month of May! We would be honored if you’d check it out! And if it impacts you, I’d love to hear your thoughts!  SR404 CAG – 404 South Roan Street, Johnson City, TN.

P.S. Huuuuuuge THANK YOUs to Sam Mays for all his help getting this show organized!! And a serious high five to Josh for hanging all of our art! It would have taken at least 3487 hours longer if he hadn’t come to the rescue.

P.P.S. Confession: I kinda feel like I could conquer the world in my 5″ DVF wedges. I need to wear those hott-tamale shoes more often. Plus, I not-so-secretly wish I were 6 feet tall. It would rule.

P.P.P.S. Here’s a little behind the scenes action of how sis and I made the burlap banner. At 4am. In the dark.

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jim – senior 2011:

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I must say this particular high school senior session was quite fun. Totally loved it. I always get so nervous and excited when photographing someone I’ve never met or talked to before. Not shocking to some, I usually start asking a billion questions and talking in obnoxious amounts. ha! Regardless, I soon discovered that, like myself, Jim was homeschooled k-12. This gave us plenty to talk about! And I would venture to say that we’re definitely the super awesome kind of homeschooler. Ya know, the kind with style, social skills and even a friend or two. Pretty crazy! haha! Seriously though, Jim, I wish you all the best as you continue college. I feel certain God has many more incredible adventures for you. Enjoy!

meghann + ryan:

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When I was 16 years old I taught merit badge classes and made PB+J’s at a Boy Scout camp in Whitesburg, TN. I worked there two summers and documented (almost) everything on film thanks to my faithful Nikon N8008. I literally went through a pazillion rolls of film. And like most summer camps, all the staff became friends. This is how I met Ryan.

Fast forward 10 years. Ryan emails me and writes, “I’m GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!” Let me just say, I am SO SO SO excited for them!! Unfortunately, I was unavailable to photograph their wedding but I was so thrilled when they asked me to come visit them in Chattanooga and take their engagements!! I hadn’t met Meghann before but, for real, she’s as sweet as it gets (and she likes Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream which makes her 100x more awesome in my book). Meghann + Ryan, thank you for showing me around Chattanooga and for letting me share this incredible time in your lives. I seriously couldn’t be happier for you both.

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My awesome mommy and my favorite mother-in-law ever. These two women are all kinds of fabulous and they love me unconditionally. What more could a girl ask for? I love them both to the moon and back. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOMMY & MY JULIE!!! xo.

In 2008 I journeyed many miles away from home to live in Gulu, Uganda for a few weeks. Hands down one of the most memorable experiences of my life thus far. My fabulous friend, Katie Snyder, visited Uganda in 2009. Together we are excited to share some of the photographs from our time in this incredible part of the world. We would LOVE to see you at the opening reception this coming First Friday downtown Johnson City, Tennessee! Come join the FUN!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011 … 7-10pm

Stay True Tattoo Company/SR404 Contemporary Art Gallery

If I’m not mistaken, I think we’ll be serenaded by the local ska band, Demon Waffles. Their show begins at 8pm. And it costs $0!!!