My kids and I took a little time off and went to visit my brother and his family at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. It is so pretty there and we had a lot of fun.  Here are some of the pictures from our trip!









I started photographing the beauty

( aka Brooklyn ) when she was 9 days old. She has always been dainty and beautiful and from the start she loved having her picture taken.

21/2 years later along came the ”Beast“ ( aka Liam). Although adorable in his own right

Liam is pure boy, he is big ( just as big as his sister who is over twice his age ), rough and tough and a dirt magnet. Liam is not so crazy about getting his picture taken but this time around he was just a little put out that his sister was getting so much attention while the focus was on her.

( see the “pouty” picture ) After a little coaxing… liam cheered up and we got some great shots of him too : )

One time when I was on the phone with the kid’s grandma Dorothy, Dorothy turned to Brooklyn and said ” hey Brooklyn I’m talking to Muffet. Brooklyn’s response was ” My Muffet? ” I love that!

One Reason why I love being a photographer is because I LOVE people… and… I love being able to touch peoples lives. Being able to capture big and small moments in a person’s life and then being able to feel the emotions and feelings in each of the images that I capture is priceless. After time goes by and memories fade… you have the images to bring back that special moment in time. I believe that God has given me this “gift of photography” and I love sharing it as often as I can.

I want to share with you a couple of e-mails that I received in regards to the surgery images below. One is from Lily’s mom and the other is from one of the cardiac nurses. How she cares for the children in the Operating Room is wonderful. I have been totally blessed by these kind words… I hope that you will be as well.
In Response to Lily’s Images:

Hi Muffet,
I have been thinking all weekend about the pictures of Lily’s surgery. I want to let you know what a beautiful, priceless gift they are to me and Matt. And to Lily, eventually. I can just imagine when she’s old enough sharing the book with her and talking her through the whole experience.
I am so amazed how God orchestrated everything to bring our family and you together. What a loving and sovereign God we serve. We feel so blessed to have had you photograph the journey at Children’s Mercy. You truly have a gift of capturing beautiful moments and emotions in your shots. The pictures are amazing and really tell the story. As Lily’s mom, it means so much for me to see the pictures of the care and compassion Lily received from the nurses and staff when I couldn’t be there with her. The pictures of her smiling and looking so relaxed in the OR before they started the procedure speak right to my heart and give me such peace and joy to know she wasn’t scared. Thank you for that gift. I also love seeing the pictures of Grace and Sophie looking at Lily after surgery and the concern on their faces. It helps me to remember what a difficult time that was for them and how much they love their little sister. I could comment on each photo and tell you what they each mean to me – especially to see my daughter’s heart. It brings tears to my eyes as I right this. How awesome! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! God has used you to really touch our lives in a beautiful way. And your pictures have already touched others as you have shared them and we have shared them with extended family. We hope they are helpful to other families that have a child that has to have heart surgery. What a journey!
Thank you for sharing your God-given talent with us and for being so thoughtful and kind-hearted through the whole process. I have really enjoyed getting to know you. Thank you for the time you are putting into the book. We know it will be beautiful!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING!

Tammy


Muffet,
WOW…you are so talented. Your talent seems so “Angelic” like. Almost like God and the Angels flow through you…..you are just the instrument with your camera telling the story. You and through your camera show the emotion, love and God in all the faces you shoot. WOW!
I just opened your email and …………………………………………………your
photos are right in sink with all that is important, real and true…LOVE.
I see another AWARD for you here. These shots speak, Muffet. A true gift you have.
I am glad to have crossed paths with you.

Thanks for sharing.
Robin

Many of you know that I think the world of Children’s Mercy Hospital. My niece has been a patient there many times so when I was asked to help with a fundraising project for their new cardiac unit I could not have been more excited. The images that I took for that project I turned into a book which you can see on my web site www.muffetpetrehn.com. The book called “The Gift Of Life” recently won a Fujifilm Masterpiece award and will also travel word wide with the PPA loan collection. The images that you see here are from a second surgery that I photographed at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I will be making another book that will be given to the Down Syndrome Guild to help families understand what their child might go though during open heart surgery. I hope that as you look at these images you will be able to see how incredible the Doctors and Nurses and Staff are. Every time that I am at CMH I am so blessed by their skill and genuine care and concern for every child. A special Thank You to Bonnie! You are Awesome! You made sure that I was in the right place at the right time to capture these special images.




























Many of you know that I think the world of Children’s Mercy Hospital. My niece has been a patient there many times so when I was asked to help with a fundraising project for their new cardiac unit I could not have been more excited.  The images that I took for that project I turned into a book which you can see on my web site www.muffetpetrehn.com. The book called “The Gift Of Life” recently won a Fujifilm Masterpiece award and will also travel word wide with the PPA loan collection.   The images that you see here are from a second surgery that I photographed at Children’s Mercy Hospital.  I will be making another book that will be given to  the Down Syndrome Guild to help families understand what their child might go though during open heart surgery.

I hope that as you look at these images you will be able to see how incredible the Doctors and Nurses and Staff are. Every time that I am there I am so blessed by their skill and  genuine care and concern for every child.

A special Thank You to Bonnie! You are Awesome!  You made sure that I was in the right place at the right time to capture these special images.


Greetings from Muffet Petrehn Image Design!  We hope you are having a wonderful summer!  
Muffet Petrehn Image Design has had 2 very exciting award winning years and we would love for you to Celebrate with us!  SO……. We are going to have some fun! The first 10 people to call the studio will receive a half price Children, Senior or Family Session. We also have several other specials going on right now for Seniors and Pets. Check out our web site www.muffetpetrehn.com for more details. 
Coming soon:   August 15th.    Our first “Limited Edition” Special  ” PONY TAILS ” with our Beautiful Mini Horse Winston. He is a fairy tail cream and white paint who stands about 3 feet tall.  This special’s target age is between 2 and 8.    More details to come.
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