It will soon be a month since over 160 women gathered in my back yard to collect a total of 529 pairs of new shoes for local children in need. Summer’s over! (At least in my mind!) The bittersweet process of discarding flower pots that are struggling to survive has begun. Summer flower beds are being trimmed and coiffed as a prelude to Autumn’s glorious appearance and school is back in session in most surrounding counties. All we have left of that beautiful night is the memories. And the photos!
My brother, John Kuhn, has been the “official” Must Love Shoes photographer since the launch of the book series and related community of women was first conceived.
Operating as John Kuhn Photography, my “little brother” has been by my side capturing the past five garden parties and two book launch gatherings. His contribution to all my premiere events is immeasurable, making him a much beloved In-Kind Sponsor.
John’s keen eye captured the magic of the evening, from garden vignettes to the laughter and camaraderie among friends, old and new. In addition, this year he captured every willing attendee at our first ever “Step & Repeat” banner as they entered the gardens.
A favorite fixture at the garden parties, John has a loyal following of women who seek him out to capture their special moment with friends.
“John! Over here!”
“John! Please take our picture!”
He covers so much ground in the evening that it’s rare I see him until evening when the revelers depart and the gardens become quiet again for another year.
Days later, as my guests’ profile pictures change to reflect John’s beautiful work and his exquisite photos are shared, I am reminded that not only am I lucky to have John as my photographer, but as my family.
Because that’s the essence of the Soles project; looking out for each other as family.
Thank you John. Love you to the moon and back!