Somerset Digital Studio & Ameena Project Update
















Happy dance! Happy dance! This arrived in my mailbox on Monday. My first time ever in this publication and I am jazzy jazz jazz jazzed!

I didn’t know that it would be such a nice spread. I kinda was expecting a little blip in the back.










So stinkin’ cool! Yay!













Thank you, Somerset—so appreciative of being a part of your fab publication. I’m guessing this will be in stores soon. I always get mine at Barnes & Noble (or you can order it here).

The rest of the “Keeper of the Birds” images are included in the gallery here.

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‘Wanted to give you an update on the Ameena Project  party we held here on the Blair Compound. I originally posted about it here.

The gist is that a small school in the middle of a tiny village in Kenya needs funding to keep going (feeding 70 children a day).  Ian and Anne May  (my new heroes) created it when they were living there and are supporting it from here with a posse of volunteers (yours truly is so honored and pleased to be on the board now!).

The event was a smashing success with a great deal of money raised. The school is keepin’ on keepin’ on and we were blown away by the generosity.
































































The coolest part is that every single little penny goes directly to run the school…no admin costs because everyone over here is a volunteer. God spoke directly to my heart when my dear friend Shari (Paris buddy from 2011 trip) became involved and told me about it. It was abundantly clear that:

1) I’m totally in love with the sweet Kenyan faces in the Ameena pictures


2) I will go there to capture them myself at some point.

Just need to do some convincing with Mr. PH (Prairie Husband, for my new friends) that I will not be kidnapped. It’s a wee bit dangerous near the village, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Haley Johnsen, American Idol finalist (I know! I know! How cool?!), came as the featured guest and sang.











Image via Katy Weaver Photography 

She was absolutely incredible—and so fabulous to come to shin-dig to support this awesome cause.

Sorry for awful sound…this was her singing on our back nine:


Thank you, thank you everyone who helped with this event. Shari, you are the master party planner and your work was endless—you are amazing and I love you.

Happy last days of summer, lovelies!


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6 Responses to Somerset Digital Studio & Ameena Project Update

  1. Mikal says:

    I can see that beautiful smile on your face as I type! What wonderful moments you are living – Enjoy it all!!

  2. Pam says:

    I can’t wait to get to the bookstore to get that magazine! I am so happy for you, a spot in there has been long overdue for you in my opinion! Way to go! Love seeing those two smiling faces on the picnic blanket – How cute are they ;)! What a success, but even better where that money and love is going!

  3. Dad says:

    Very cool spread, Lara. Congratulations!
    I love you, Dad

  4. serena says:

    somerset spread is super fab! congratulations!!
    I love those images.
    When you go to Kenya…..take me too!!!! I spent some time in Africa 15yrs (eek) ago. I was blown away by the happy free spirits those little kids had when they had so little. smiles, singing, dancing. I definately call upon those memories sometimes when my perspective on life gets a little askew. I dream of going back. I hope you get there too. So proud of who you are Lara. An inspiration to us all. xoxo

  5. kolleen says:

    beauty ….

    everywhere … your words, your images, your love.


    can’t wait to hold it in my little hot hands!!


  6. Leeann Moore says:

    Congratulations Lara and what a wonderful undertaking! Love how you really “live the love”!

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