firstly.... a little love to those celebrating mother's day- moms, grandmothers... if you're an auntie or a mentor to children- i hope your day is full of love!
secondly...a mother's day surprise for a sweet friend. happy mother's day to lindsay, who's husband has been plotting a little surprise for her the last few weeks....enjoy my dear friend and have a fabulous day celebrating with your little ones.
lindsay has recently introduced me to her husband steve. it's so obvious why these two need to be together-they offer such a balance to each other-it makes perfect sense to me that they'd fall madly in love over a little salsa dancing. the last time they were in front of a camera was for their wedding almost 3 years ago-but being a photographer herself and always being the one behind the camera in hand, she holds images of the two of them especially close to her heart.
my dear Lu, upon registration of this marital journey, the brochure outlining expectations was out of print. Well, I am delighted about that. Clearly the heart need not direction from pamphlets and publishers. The prescription is written behind the subconscious, before memories, in a place we cannot find – it only finds us.
We then rationalize what our body has already determined, only because we want to feel as though we are in control. So we verbalize the obvious attributes: Lindsay, you are beautiful, you are smart, you are fun, you are helpful. It is the elements that stimulate that foreign place you can’t quite conceptualize...that’s what guides my heart. The little surprises, or maybe just the way you present them. Your determination...it is infectious and without end. Your constant desire to be stimulated by something new, and different. You pretend to plan, but really you plan for spontaneity, to make sure it will have room to take off. Those are just a few of things they wouldn’t put in the brochure, so why bother to read it. I didn’t choose anyway – my heart did.
she is his beloved.
mark and jennifer came over for dinner about seven, maybe eight years ago. they came to the door, mark with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and his lovely wife jennifer-and i knew right then...that they were keepers. ; ) recently, i found out that the last time they had been photographed was on their wedding day and insisted they get in front of the camera again. so much has changed since then... better, worse, sickness and health, you know... life. and through it all... love. mark is jennifer's biggest fan... he's so proud of her. jennifer adores him just as much. they're amazing together-quite a team. mark spends his down time on the guitar... or the piano- he's so gifted. jennifer is a creator of beautiful things-an artist of many mediums. their home...a lovely unique reflection of them. i imagine this is how they spend their days off... chatting in the window seat, dreaming, playing the guitar...serving the best coffee to drop in guests...
love the way they laugh together.
mark and jennifer... thanks for letting me drop in with my camera. so happy you're in my life-and i wish you a lifetime of love!
a beloved session... a break from the world, a chance to embrace like you haven’t in a while. a few minutes to say what’s on your heart. an opportunity to return to the way you felt the day you first met.
or maybe because you haven’t been photographed since your wedding day... 17 years ago.
meet paul and heidi. yah that’s right- 17 years ago they were photographed... on their wedding day. they’re so beautiful together i can’t believe they haven’t been photographed since.
your hopes and dreams...
the love you feel for her right now.
beloved... an hour... to just be together.
as a wedding photographer...i love photographing a fresh love story-watching a couple start out-fresh new love... how exciting and romantic! hearing the love story from a couple that's been together for quite some time... that is heart warming, inspiring... just plain lovely! dave and debbie celebrated 37 years of marriage this year... and still look at eachother like they're madly in love. because they are. i'd love to share a few images from their session along with just a few lines from the letters they exchanged that night.
'When we began our love journey almost 40 years ago, I felt like I was the luckiest girl alive to have captured your eye and your heart.
It was effortless being around you... you made me laugh, you made me feel special, you were kind and giving... you made it so easy to like you. Contrary to urban legend, I was secretly hoping you would pick me and love me and spend the rest of your life with me...
Thank you for asking me to be your wife-I couldn't have dreamt of a better gift than growing together with you all these years. Love Debbie.'
'What a priviledge it is for me to reflect on our years together. We've savoured some of the best times that two people could ever enjoy.
There's also been some tough times that we've had to navigate.
The blending of all these life experiences has resulted in a deep love that only true soul mates can know. I don't know what's beyond the next curve in the road but I know I want to walk there with you.
I'll love you forever, Dave.'
i met with dave and debbie at a location that now has a very special place in their hearts. we had a quiet evening along the lake together and chatted about how they met... we talked a little about love, life....the pursuit of a great marriage. we also had a video camera going-here's just a small film of their session...
recently, while attending a conference, the speeaker-a photographer- had talked about how being photographed with someone is indeed an act of love-wanting to hold on to that memory, remember that person. i couldn't agree more... we also want help create not just some lovely images but an experience that celebrates love no matter how long you've been together. new love... old love-it's all beautiful.
beloved: a person who is loved by someone. held dear.
what you just viewed is something we call a beloved session. these sessions are best described as a way to rekindle love, a place to remember why you fell in love. in the busy-ness of life... the beloved experience at our studio...is a time out- to tell the one you care about just how much you love them.
i have a few more beloved sessions to share with you...so please visit again soon!
*special thanks to mike for sharing this personal film project
...an entire post of black and white images... just for you jeff!
a few months back, when we were planning our little european extravaganza, i had posted on facebook something about...finding an apartment in amsterdam. within minutes, i received a message from jocelyn explaining that they were looking for an apartment in amsterdam too! side note: jocelyn is a sister to my dear emily (assistant extraordinaire, whom i miss dearly)
have you ever wanted to just pick up everything and move... well jeff and jocelyn did. living in different countries already, why not errrr...compromise and just start out in a brand new country. they're are settling in beautiful amsterdam and moved there 2 weeks before mike and i arrived for our visit! so naturally... i felt a little photo shoot coming on. i had to twist jocelyn's arm but she agreed to meet...after i had begged her...on an evening and she brought her charming jeff along!
typical of amsterdam...when the dark sky rolls in, it's best to seek shelter from the rain-so i was so disappointed when we were rained out after just a few images the first night-we'd try again the next evening and enjoyed dinner out...
thanks for making our visit memorable, jeff and jocelyn! it was lovely to hear about your experiences so far! enjoy the pictures!
hold on just one minute...do i not recall someone saying to me... 'um, so we're not really like the touchy, kissy kind of couple...ya know...?'
and this...? more touchy feely stuff...
and again! with all the love... i can hardly stand it!
and this next little series...i'm asking about their love story...how they met...
thanks again jeff and jocelyn for your company! we had a lovely time!
coming to the blog next-a few engagement sessions, weddings and i'll throw in a few more pictures from our trip to amsterdam! chat again soon!