Shay Cochrane Photography

October 22, 2009

For my groom…

Filed under: Random — shaycochrane @ 5:43 pm


Four years ago today I walked down the aisle with my best friend.  We made promises with no way of knowing exactly what the future would hold…or what those promises would have to withstand.  What I did know was that Graham was the most genuine, caring, respectful and selfless man that I had ever met and we knew that if we committed to doing marriage God’s way, and not our way or the world’s way, that by His grace it would grow and persevere through anything.  These past four years have been the most amazing and most challenging of my life.  Our life is nothing short of a wild ride and there is no one in the entire world that I would rather have by my side then Graham – a man who is both a leader and a servant and who seeks like crazy to know what God wants for our little family.

Exactly, one year ago today we found out that we were pregnant.  It was an absolutely amazing celebration of our anniversary and the new things to come.  One year later we find ourselves in a new state, in a new home, in new jobs and roles and with a new baby….like I said our life is nothing short of a wild ride…

Thank you does not begin to say enough for all you are Graham and all that you do as a husband and as Chloe’s daddy.  Thank you for your encouragement and your support in everything that I do.  Thank you for your diligence in praying for me and for our future.  Thank you for mid-night Slurpee runs and for still asking me to slow dance with you in the kitchen.

Thank you for the last 7 years of friendship, 4 years of marriage and for your commitment and companionship in the years and adventures to come.

I love you.  Happy Anniversary my sweet.



December 16, 2008

What really matters…

Filed under: Random — shaycochrane @ 4:30 pm

The past few months have been quite a rollercoaster and in the midst of it all I think I have pulled away from my photo work a bit for a probably much needed break. There are many new and exciting things going on for Graham and I and yet in the midst of it we have also witnessed tragedy in a way we never expected. A month ago yesterday on a cold and rainy Saturday morning, we sat in an emergency room with our best friends as they were told that their perfectly healthy 5 week old baby boy was no longer alive. It was one of the most surreal and painful things that we have ever experienced and it is only magnified by our wish that we could somehow take this huge burden of pain and sorrow off of our friends and bare it ourselves instead.

We learned a hard lesson about our illusion of control that day but I have also learned many lessons about God’s grace and provision in the lives of our friends during this time. We have seen firsthand how God is restoring the broken and desert places that exist right now in their lives. It is a long a painful road ahead and yet we are getting to witness the fulfillment of God’s promises daily.

This is not the Christmas card message of God’s generic love and peace on earth. This is the very raw, often painful but infinitely rewarding reality of what it means to have a relationship with the God who created the entire universe and yet knows you by name.

I plan on taking the next few weeks to get back to posting as well as revealing a few surprises but what I do is meaningless a part from who I am as a result of God’s work in my life and in the lives of my friends.



September 27, 2008

I digress…

Filed under: Random — shaycochrane @ 6:46 pm

Just to switch things up a bit.  Recently Graham and I got to spend a few days visiting some friends of ours at their beach house in the Outer Banks.  Here are a few fun random shots from one of our early morning walks on the beach.  We don’t see a lot of sand here in the Shenandoah Valley so you can image my inability to leave my camera behind!

August 1, 2008

Time’s Up!

Filed under: Just For Fun, Random — shaycochrane @ 7:57 pm

I wanted to share a few shots from a really fun project I just did for the most awesome church in Harrisonburg.  To see these images – and lots more – in action, come check it out Sunday August 24th at 10:40am.

July 17, 2008

My Love…

Filed under: Random — shaycochrane @ 2:42 pm

Since I hardly ever do any writing on my blog I just wanted to say something about my incredible (and incredibly handsome) husband Graham. Graham and I met briefly the summer before my freshman year of college and started dating September of my freshman year at JMU. The background story of what was going on in Graham’s life at the time and how God steered him (against his will even) right to me is pretty amazing to say the least. Graham actually hated his freshman year at JMU and had gotten accepted to transfer to Burkley School of Music with basically a full ride. Anyone who knows my husband knows that this would have been perfect for him! Well, needless to say, he could not understand why God did not give him any peace about going – we met at the very beginning of his sophomore year after (praise God) he decided that he would go back and give it one more try even though he didn’t have a single reason to….yet.

Graham and I have been together almost 6 years and married 3 years in October. On that fateful car ride home from Charlottesville in December of 2006, Graham lovingly and patiently listened to me as I told him about my desire to finally “go for it” and pursue a career in photography. He encouraged me wholeheartedly from day one and even made the personal investment of buying me my first “pro” digital camera body and lens ( yea – we might have had to eat rice and beans for a month or two).

Since then he has patiently listened to what probably amounts to literally thousands of hours of my excitement and frustration, joy and hatred, confidence and doubt, failures and triumphs in my endeavor to do what I love and do it well. He is quick to encourage, patient with my doubts and skepticism about my skill and willing to do whatever it takes to help me pursue my dream.

Not only has he been acting as my personal accountant ( Something that arose out of another one of those conversations where I say that I just can’t do this) but he has also willingly been my model so that I could practice the day before shoots that I was nervous about. It was out of one of those that these two images were created.

Anyway, you have been through it all with me and it is only the beginning. Thank you Graham.

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