As most of you already know, only because it's probably been the only thing I've talked about with any kind of enthusiasm since December, this past weekend I was ask to photograph the wedding of these two really great people. Hesitant at first, the more I got to know them, and the more we had in common ( from the same drink ordered at Starbucks our very first meeting, to our love for The Hip and other music, to mention just a few) the more I knew that if I was ever going to shoot a wedding professionally, it HAD to be theirs. And on that note, before everyone starts giving me credit, I have to first say, I could not have done it with out these two My girlfriend Christine and my sister Laura. They were both amazing, and made every minute of this adventure worth while. We all sort of clicked (excuse the pun) and our shooting styles (professional, organic and novice)all helped give John & Erin the shots they will honestly cherish for years. I have posted some of the better ones over on Flicker, and there will be more, but I don't want to let the cat out of the bag until I've finished editing (honestly the HARDEST part of the job) and handed the DVD over to the new Mr & Mrs John Hunt. Here are just a few more, to further tease. the amazing food and drinks (who could have guessed they would have been serving Blue Point?? Me for one). school bus transportation to and from the event (how cute being they are both teachers!) to the parting gifts that they passed out at the end. We left at about 8 pm, exhausted and almost out of natural shooting light. I think the party went on until almost midnight, with fire pits lit and S'mores kits passed out, they really did think of everything. And now that it is over I am sad. It was honestly two of the best days shooting I've had in the longest time and with it behind me it gives me the courage to put myself out there and try it again. I know I lucked out with these two, they were so low key and easy to work with, and I wish them nothing but happiness from the bottom of my heart!! Congrats Mr& Mrs Hunt!!! The World is now yours to discover (and I expect pictures from every corner of it). and while I was away, my Poppies bloomed. It's funny, I check them regularly because I love when they pop, and they are so short lived, that I want to enjoy every minute of them. It seems like as soon as I left them alone to do their thing, there they were! Next, Peonies
And i'm too excited for words! Here are some teaser shots from last nights decorate the tent party! See you tomorrow, hopefully for the full show. Oh, and congrats John & Erin on your big day! Thanks so much for letting me be part of this, I feel somewhat connected to both of you, like we've know each other for years, can it be possible that we only met in December? Or is it just that you are the kind of people like to surround my self with, so you were a perfect fit? Who know, all I know is that i can't wait for it to all unfold! Cheers to no cheesy wedding photos!!
I'm busy readying(and by readying, i mean mentally readying, by thinking calming thoughts, eating ice cream with the girls and trying not to stress out over something I know is going to be wonderful in the end) myself for this weekends big photo shoot. I managed to barrow another camera from the wonderful Shiina, so this way I can have two lenses at one time, I also managed to get my sister and my friend Maria to come along with me to manage the equipment, take some random shots, and be my other half, which they are both the best at. So because I am lacking in the word area ( actually, i'm afraid if i get started i won't be able to stop is more like it) I will leave you with these few shots, all of which make me smile.
Coach and I bought this little (now) blue house about 6 years ago. We were drawn to it because of it's unique charm and it's huge yard filled with every kind of flower and plant imaginable ( not to mention frogs and snakes discovered by accident while walking across a rain soaked lawn YIKES!). The previous owners were older, retired and loved gardening, and it showed. I am embarrassed to say that since then we have managed to kill off a few prime specimens, but thankfully enough the good things manage to hold their own and I have become quite a bit of a green thumb. So you can imagine my joy when, quite by accident, on a short cut home from CVS I happened upon a nursery nestled on about 2 acres of land, two blocks from my house, in quite a rural area. As my Sister, Carrie and I wandered around from green house to green house we were amazed at our findings. Two green houses were filled to the brim with every kind of cactus you could imagine, and then some!
Behind there was another greenhouse filled with fresh herbs, we giggled to ourselves as we strolled through, breathing deeply from the lavender, tarragon and rosemary as it brushed against our legs. Our jaws dropped in awe several times as Carrie ran around reciting the names of the different flowers, familiar to her because of Papa's extensive collection. in another section the annuals, perennials and seasons finest stood, all lined up, ready to be placed in the stands out front. I bought 4 kinds of tomato plants and two soybean plants, and vowed to come back this weekend to look around some more. As I planted I smiled to myself, so happy to have found this little treasure within walking distance. And as GM announced today to be closing 24,000 dealerships (not people, but dealerships) in the upcoming months, I felt proud to be helping out the local small businesses of my town. This is going to be one GREEN summer!!!
It always makes me really sad when people say that they are going away and that they are boarding their dogs. I know it's a fine thing to do and that the dogs really don't care, but it breaks my heart to think of a member of the family, left behind, in a strange place, unable to understand why they are being left, wondering what they did wrong. OK, OK, that's probably really stretching how a dogs thought process goes, but i can't help it, that's where my mind goes. So, when my boss mentioned that he was having trouble finding someplace he trusted to watch his dog while he & his family went to Florida, I jumped at the chance to dog sit. The idea was tossed around, talked about a few dozen times, the first play date went well, Seamus and Dakota seem to get along fine. So the other night the final preparation plans were set into play, an overnight to see if it could actually be done. Saturday evening this classy lady, Dakota Hom, a 100% full blooded Rhodesian Ridgeback came with her fancy overnight blanket and a meal fit for royalty ( a mixture of ground beef, bone meal, pumpkin puree, thawed frozen mixed veggies, salmon oil and a bowl of 2% milk). After a few minutes of whimpering at the cat, good-byes were said, the Hom's drove off, and we all settled in. The boys upstairs (Mac the cat locked in the bedroom where he couldn't harass the poor unsuspecting pooch) and the girls downstairs in the twin bed in the office. At first I thought we were going to have to call the whole thing off, as Dakota paced back and forth through the house, looking out every window wondering where her family had gone and why she was left behind (I KNOW, that's just me over thinking it again). But then like magic I kissed her face, she jumped up on the bed, did the usual circle turns that every dog does before it lays down, and there she was, snuggled next to me, head across my lap and in minutes we were all sleeping quietly. It still amazes me how every dog is so different, yet so alike (that's probably EXACTLY what the dogs are thinking about humans!) In the morning we got up, Dakota so regal and poised compared to my clumbering two year old Lab, who's always on the hunt, barreling down the stairs in the morning, giving the cat a pounce before breakfast. It was so nice to sit quietly drinking my coffee while she quietly investigated the back yard on her own terms, it really was nice. That of course only lasted about an hour before the boys were up and all hell broke loose. But I think by now Dakota was settling in, she ran and played with Seamus until we had to leave to meet her dad. Upon her return I was gifted a box of unbelievable treats from Crumbs Bake Shop, (so sweet and rich it was only possible to eat a slice out of each cupcake, savoring ever morsel).
Although it wasn't necessary. Truth be told, I enjoyed having her and am looking forward to having another four paws around the house again, even if it is only for a week.
Wow, I was gone for awhile, I didn't mean for that to happen, the time away just seemed to take on a life of it's own. I chalk it up to two things, my work schedule being out of whack this past week and the fact that it hasn't stopped raining for an entire week. I appreciate all of the concern and all the people that missed me around here, It always surprises me how many people stop by and actually notice when I fall off the deep end for awhile, so thank you for missing me, really. First and foremost, I want to take a moment and wish my Mom a Happy Mother's day. It seems like no matter what job I have it never allows me time to see her on Mother's day, which sucks, but she's understanding, for the most part. She's almost even gotten used to the fact that people now send ecards instead of old fashion paper ones (especially when her eldest daughter works in the technology field). I love these photos, the way they look, how happy we look together &how amazingly beautiful my mother looks. Hope you had a great day Mom, you deserve it. I have been busy, mostly taming my super frizzy head of hair, the "spectacular Joey" cut my bags, A LOT, right before the monsoons moved in and they looked great for about one day, and although they still look great (Joey and I have been trying to perfect the bang now for several haircuts) the weather has made a mess of the head. I've also spend several rain soaked nights trying to perfect these muffins. After a few added ingredients, I think I'm almost there. They are an adaptation of this recipe only to mine i bumped up the sugar to a cup, substituting regular sugar for raw sugar (i happen to think it's sweeter), added 1/2 cup of coconut, a teaspoon of real vanilla extract and a half cup of sour cream. They are just about the moistest things you've ever tasted. The sun did finally come out early this morning, and as I sat on my new chaise that I've been staring at through the window since the first day I got it, I noticed that because it is spring, and everything is growing at such a rapid rate, and because the heavens have been coming down since, no lie, last Saturday, not only was the grass about a foot high, but it was infested with dandelions. So I felt compelled to shoot them We also made it into Manhattan (from our east end home, that is no small feat, the train ride for 2 is $40 and took us just under 2 hours). O.K., it wasn't all that bad, We got to see the great Canadian band, The Tragically Hip (Um, no, there are no photos, sadly, I remembered the camera, and even remembered to charge the battery, I did, however, forget to return the battery inside the camera!!! I did give my business card to some young boy who promised to email me his shots. And who is now either trying to access my checking account or is just now waking from his drunken stupor and wondering who the hell beestudio is and if he hooked up) the other little bit of luck was found by chance outside the train window. As we chugged further away from the east end and moved closer west, I noticed that without me even realizing it, the Wisteria had begun to bloom. I wait all year for this, it is by far one of my favorite sights along the drive, I stopped today on my way home, for the first of many stops these next few weeks, to gather up bundles of the fragrant purple-blue clumps of nature. Just now starting to emerge in my neck of the woods. Happy mother's day to all my motherly friends!