Chandler Day 278: Keeping Calm

photo 13So I had to borrow this picture from Brandy, as I did not actually shoot any photos tonight. I needed a night off from everything. It has been a long week and another long week looms ahead. I was honestly so tired and worn out that I didn’t want to go anywhere. But Hannah encouraged me to go. So tonight I relaxed and enjoyed my time with Hannah, Brandy, Nick and a big group of great Chivers. We played some games, donated to a good cause, talked with some fun people and had a lot of fun ourselves. It was a good night and I needed it. So thank you Brandy for the lovely photo and for inviting me to what is always a good time and thank you Hannah for encouraging me to go when I wanted to be a bum and not go out.

Brandy Day196: Proudly Restless 365

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I fell in love with this photo. I saw it on Chive, and if I could put a photo to my life, it would be this.
I’m not one to ‘sit back and relax’. I want to go go go. I need to. I need to see what else is out there. I want to capture all that I can. It’s what makes me feel alive.

Brandy Day180: That’s What He Said!

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Chandler beat me to it. In my defense I was waiting on him to send me the photos though. So I’m assuming he looked through them, chose his photo posted it & then sent them to me 😉
Growing up is hard. Like Chandler said we used to celebrate together. Then I got old, moved out, it was no longer ‘cool’ to have your birthday with your big sister.
It was a great surprise to be able to do this again. Thank you guys!

Chandler Day 180: From CatDog to Chive

DSC03907Today I went to my mom’s to celebrate my and Brandy’s birthday. It’s a few days past mine and a few days before hers, but we used to celebrate them together all the time. We would have Rugrats and CatDog themed cakes when I was younger. Mom made us Orange Kiss Me Cake (a family tradition from our Grandma) and put 32 candles on one side and 19 on the other. It was a good day and it was great being able to celebrate with Brandy again (this time with matching Chive shirts). Happy Early Birthday Bran and KCCO!

Brandy Day137: ‘Chive Hundred’

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Animals!!! All of us! What a group! I shot this at the most recent Chive meet up at Mucky Duck. This meet up benefitted chive charities. I’d have to say it was by far the best one I’ve attended! Met some awesome people & I was RAKD twice!
There is a certain bond with Chivers. One I cannot really explain or pinpoint. Perhaps its the understanding that we are all in this world together. Small random acts can really go a long way. Change someone’s day for the better or make a forever lasting impression.
If you haven’t yet, download the app or go to the website. Enjoy a laugh or beautiful photo. Try and pay it forward and always keep calm and chive on!
#KCCO

Brandy Day60: Colton’s Quest #KCCO

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This is Colton Darst. He is a year and a half old. On September 20 2012 he was born. At birth he was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis, a disease characterized on the outside by severe contractures of the joints in the arms and legs.
I had the pleasure of photographing this happy baby this evening at a Chive event to raise money for him at the Stacked Pickle in Fishers IN.
I saw no disease. I saw a happy baby who loved the comfort of his parents, a bit overwhelmed by all the people, a child who loves french fries and gold fish crackers, I saw people coming together to help donate to a child whom 1/2 of us had never met before tonight. I saw happiness. I saw loyalty to humanity. Nights like I witnessed tonight are the reason I LOVE to shoot.
I’d like to thank Colton’s parents for sharing. Sharing so we are aware. Sharing a beautiful child. Sharing your family. Thank you to Stacked Pickle of Fishers for hosting a great event. Thank you Chive, for opening awareness to life. For creating a website that has brought so many people together, helped so many people & continue to give laughter.
If you don’t Chive, please check it out. KCCO!!