I always feel so honored to be invited, and yes, hired to go into the homes and lives of people so I can photograph their wedding. Be it extravagant or simple, the theme and feeling is always the same. Love. So much love is felt by every guest and every family member that by the time the couple stands together before them to pledge vows of love and devotion, it’s as though nothing else outside the ceremony exists. Tears flow, words are spoken, faces are beaming. The whole world stands still to witness this couple’s love for each other. Thank you Elizabeth and Fabio for letting me join your family on your wedding day. I can’t tell you how special this was for me. . .
I had the best time with five very sweet, adorable children the other day. Their grandma will be celebrating a birthday soon so the parents decided they wanted to give her a very special gift. There is nothing that will bring more joy to a grand parents heart than mementos of the people they love. In this case, five very exuberant grandchildren! Was this job a challenge for me? Of course it was, but it is the kind of challenge I have grown to love.
I normally take my photos outside so the children can run and play, but it was cold and wet out so we stayed in. We found an area in the house with ample light, I took out my camera and away we went! The results are not staged or planned moments, because that is not how I work. I basically follow the lead of the children, see what they are comfortable doing, throw in some coaxing of my own and snap photo after photo.
An hour later I have the material I need, the children are so done, and most likely the parents will wonder how on earth will she get even one good photo! I’d say I got a few more than one. See for yourselves. I can’t wait for them to see the rest! I decided to post all in black and white, but there are color versions as well.Getting everyone into one shot was the most challenging and a lot of distracting had to happen in order to keep them all in one spot. Chanting about their grandmother seemed to do the trick, which is why two of the girls mouths look like they are saying something. Because they are! I hope you enjoyed the preview! More to come.
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There are countless things I love about my job as a photographer, but the one thing that drives it home the most for me are the amazing people I get to meet. Not just a hand shake “hi, nice to meet you,” but an honest glimpse into their unique lives. I might spend half an hour or two hours with them and in that seemingly small space of time, I immortalize it for them. I create a time capsule for them to slip into whenever they need or want to remember.
This family took me on an adventure up the ridge from their house and I swear if felt like I was no longer in Midcoast Maine. There were large granite mounds partly covered in thick moss, surrounded by wintergreen, blueberry and huckleberry bushes, and an array of trees, some of which were used for climbing. It was a magical place that suited this family perfectly. There were songs being sung, piggy back and shoulder rides, plus lots of laughter. After our adventure we ended up in their garden that was lush with a variety of yummy greens, as well as broccoli flower bouquets! Needless to say, it was a good time had by all!