It’s great to have a live-in hunk of ham on call for modeling when it’s 9 on a Tuesday morning and the light is pouring in through the old blinds on your front windows and you just need to play in that stripe-y goodness. It also helps if they blow raspberries and giggle and yell “MAAAAAM” the whole time. #idealclient
The most difficult part of kicking off these blog posts again was deciding which of my ridiculously awesome shoots from the past year to start with. Do I go in chronological order? Reverse chronological order? Favorites? As I was browsing through, trying to nail down my approach, I got to Tiffany & Carlos’s Engagement Session at Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch and stopped. When faced with the quandary of where to begin the obvious answer is always, of course, alpacas.
When Tiffany and I started talking about their engagement session, she asked if it would be okay to do it at an alpaca ranch, and I had to try to play it cool about my excitement (real talk: I did not play it cool). For future reference, if anyone ever wants animals involved in any kind of session, my answer will always be an adamant yes. I AM DOWN.
Highland Airs is home to 26 alpacas and 1 llama. The owner, and his husky-wolf pup, graciously showed us around, introduced us to the alpacas and educated us about their personalities, hair, and shows (some of them are award winning!). It was incredible being in such close proximity to the animals, and it was awesome getting to know Tiffany and Carlos throughout. As I’m sure you can imagine, we laughed a LOT. My favorite part of the whole session, though, is that it really is such a classic and beautiful engagement shoot – the photos are sweet and romantic! They’re just enhanced with the photobombing alpacas. I can’t go though this gallery without chuckling (which I just did in a coffee shop by myself, ps, not weird at all).
Wedding, maternity, baby, maternity, baby, other various shoots that we won’t get into. The Hendersons are some of my favorite people, and I absolutely love documenting all of their milestones. Photographing Sybil was so reminiscent of photographing Evelynn at this age, and incorporating their mom’s wedding fur brought me back to one of the best nights of my career …OKAY, LIFE! Best nights of my life! (Zac Brown was there! We did shots! It was magical!). Welcome, baby Sybil – you are so loved, and lucky to be a part of such a beautiful, down to earth, and genuinely awesome family. And sweet girl, they are so lucky to have you, too.
Happy New Year! And happy almost anniversary since the last time I posted a blog… oops. While I’m not crazy about the fact that I’ve been mostly MIA on social media and the blog over the past year, I’ve spent my time photographing beautiful weddings and engagements, new babies and growing families, my own baby! …who also requires a lot of time off-camera, who knew? And then, in the peak of wedding season, we decided to buy a house! Actually, we decided to buy a house much earlier in the year, we just really lucked out in having the closing fall right in that sweet spot of time where everything else was INSANE, because that’s how things always happen, isn’t it?
As the holidays wind down and the quietness of January settles in, I am taking some giant deep breaths for the first time in forever, and wondering how it’s been a year since I’ve updated this space, and also, I have a ten month old now? A talking, almost-walking, personality-filled charmer, who calls me “MAAAAHHH!” and “MAAAAAAAM” and “Amamamamama” and will immediately perk up and cheese for the camera when he spots one. Is anyone surprised?
This year is already off to a great start, and as I finish delivering my final few galleries from 2018, I’m excited to revitalize this space and start sharing some of my favorite shoots from the past year. Thanks so much for being here.
Evelynn Grace, I am so in love with you. No surprise, of course – your parents are awesome. I am absolutely amazed that such a big, hilarious, spunky personality fits into such a tiny, beautiful little girl.
I have spent a lot of time over the past twelve years waiting in public places for people I haven’t met in person yet. Not to say they’re strangers, because they’re anything but. Sara and I corresponded via email for weeks leading up to her and Michael’s engagement session. I watched as close to a hundred people – many couples included – entered the park before she and Michael arrived, but the second I saw them walking hand-in-hand down the street, I knew it was them. It was like they were old friends. Strolling through Central Park and the Upper East Side side with them, hearing their story – how they met, fell in love, got engaged, and all the plans they were making for the most beautiful wedding this fall. No words can tell you about Sara and Michael what these photos can. They are great friends, first and foremost. They have a rich history that’s woven through the streets we walked. And they are really, really good sports about cold weather. All in all, they are my kind of people and I am so glad we found each other.
Clara Jude, I’ll never forget the trip to Thanksgiving dinner where I found out that you are a part of our world. I texted your mom, as I had done several times over the previous two weeks, checking in, as I do, to see how she was feeling and if there was any sign of your impending arrival. Photos arrived, screen caps of the night you were born, building suspense. Your unintentional home birth and your ROCKSTAR parents (especially your Mama!) consumed my thoughts. My friends had delivered a baby AT HOME. UNPLANNED. Sweet girl, you are in the best hands.
A winter wedding in my hometown, at one of my favorite venues, with some of the best families, BOOK-THEMED, and with the sweetest, most genuine, funny, and awesome couples who share such a deep love & friendship. And winter light. Can’t forget the magic of winter light. Congratulations, Carly & Chris! I am so glad to have been there to witness it all.
Bailey & Harry wanted to incorporate the Milton train station, which Harry’s late father played a role in restoring, into their engagement session. It’s a small, beautiful station on the water, and on the day we met there was a fog clinging to the melting snow. I love including personal details like this into sessions. It adds an extra layer of something special to photos that are already so filled with love.