Archive for June, 2010

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June 30
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Let me ask you one thing.  How cute is this little guy?  I can’t get over his darling cheeks, or his bright blue eyes, or his soft blonde hair, however, don’t let all the cuteness fool you.  He make you work for his respect and maybe, just maybe, he’ll be your friend.  Nonetheless, he made all the chasing, begging, and sweating worth it because it wasn’t until the very end he gave me one of his devilish smiles and I’m still the girl with the camera.

Don’t worry, Drew, one day I’ll get you back!

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June 23
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Being in love is such a beautiful thing and it was such a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Jeff and Jessica’s love for each other.  These two have been dating for 2 years and will finally be exchanging their vow this September.  It was obvious they both have a sense of humor and when i asked Jeff what was his one pet peeve about Jessica, he said, “Nothing. She’s perfect.”  Now I don’t know about you, but in my book, Jeff may possibly be one of the smartest people I know.  But when it came to showing me how much they love each other, I can honestly say these two were so open to what I threw out to them and what they gave back to me was ten fold.

Jeff and Jessica, I am so excited about your wedding in September.  It will be an amazing day!!

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June 23
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Some of my favorite kids are back again for their annual session.  Isaac who is 9, Norah who is 5, and Ari who is the ripe old age of 2.  I love seeing these cute little monkey faces.  What’s so amusing is that they usually come off as not wanting to have their picture taken but they like it when I photograph them.  They don’t fool me one bit.  However, Ari is one care free little man.  He doesn’t care if I’m here or there…of course, he is two.

It just brings me such joy to photograph friends and their loved ones because I get to be a significant person in their lives and my goal (at least one of them, other than kissing Hugh Jackman on the mouth) is to have a significant place in this world, and my job gives me plenty of opportunities to be that kind of person and have that kind of place.

Thank you, Janet and Chris, for letting me photograph your wonderful joys!

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How would I begin this beautiful love story?  Maybe I’ll begin a month and a half ago, when I flew out to New York.  There was suppose to be a wedding, apparently.  A quaint little wedding for that matter, however the groom was in England.  The groom was supposed to have flown out 2 days before I arrived, but I guess you would say a natural disaster occurred.  A volcano erupted in Iceland and because of the eruption, volcanic ashes sifted the air, and because the ashes were sifting the air, flights were canceled.  They were canceled for almost a week, which in the chain of events, the wedding was canceled…for the time being.

Fast forward to May 31st, as I ‘m leaving Boston and an 1 hour and a 1/2  later, I’m back in New York.  For a brief moment I felt like I was in a scene from “Up In The Air” and then suddenly Jay-Z and Alicia Keys are belting out “Empire State of Mind” in my head…or maybe my iPod.  Either way, it felt good to be back and with certainty that a wedding will actually take place.  No volcanoes was going to stop this wedding this time.

The next day we’re in Manhattan at All Souls Church and the beautiful Heather was walking down the aisle and Theo waited patiently and handsomely for his bride’s arrival at the altar.  I think it’s obvious to say that Theo and Heather are an adventurous couple.  As a matter of fact, before I arrived in New York, Theo had taken Heather on a helicopter ride that over looked the city of Manhattan.  How cool is that?  I’m not going to lie that I’m slightly jealous.  What also makes them such an amazing couple is how down to earth and laid back they both are aside from their hectic and busy…very busy personal lives.

What I loved so much about their wedding was how small and intimate it was, especially since it was taking place in a high energetic city.  After our little champagne celebration, we went to the Hudson Hotel and hung out on the roof tops that had an amazing view of the city and the Hudson River.  I also loved that they got on top of a taxi cab in Times Square, and after a scenic walk on the Brooklyn Promenade, the night ended at a darling little Italian restaurant in Brooklyn.

I would like to say that it was  a wonderful time spent in New York with Heather, Theo, Tara, and Dario, and to  Heather and Theo especially, Congratulations!!!  You guys are so great and so awesome and I love you both!!!  Thank you for letting me be a part of your day as well as week and look forward to more evening spent outside with some wine and cheese.

P.S.  #51: Photograph a wedding in New York City can now be checked off the List.

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June 11
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I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the kids TV show, Tiny Toons ?  This of course is directed towards the kids who grew up in the 90’s.  If you’re not familiar with the show, I’m not going to go into how it’s a spin-off the Bugs Bunny and friends when they are kids themselves.  Two new characters were introduced, Pinky and the Brain.  Two little lab mice, Pinky being the goofy, awkward, and clumsy mouse, and Brain, the mouse with the Neopolian complex and always having a plan to take over the world.  Of course, Brain’s plans always falls short because the awkward Pinky seems to destroy them in some clumsy move

My dream someday is to ultimately take over the world, yet I don’t really have much of an elaborate plan other than to just show up and just let my presence be known.  With that being said, I had a few things to knock off my List and that was #89: Visit my girlfriend in Boston and #169: Eat crab legs in Boston with Toni.

My best friend has been living in Boston for almost a year now with her handsome husband and her little boy.  Between my other two besties and myself, we made a promise to come out and visit her while she continues her education in of the most historic cities in this country.  So Memorial Weekend was when we set out on our voyage to this massively wonderful town.

First day of arrival with no time to waste,  we immediately headed towards Boston Square to have a couple hot dogs in the park and did a little shopping on Newberry St.  Come dinner time we went to the infamous Barking Crab where I got to eat my crab legs.  And boy was it worth the wait.  After 20 minutes of walking, a few pitchers of beer, and watching a couple order a 10lb lobster later, I got to crackin’.  Literally, I cracked my little heart away to some succulent crab dipped in melted butter all in the presence of some of my most favorite people, in a historic town, at a restaurant featured in Man vs. Food.  On the way home, I got to first handedly dance my way on the well-known Freedom Trail.  As silly I know I was being, it really was cool to be standing let alone dancing on a historic landmark.

Next day, we were off to the Jamaican Plain where we had authentic and delicious Cuban food which was then followed by a fun little tour of the Sam Adams Brewing Co.  To be honest, I wasn’t much of a fan of the tour itself…no I take that back.  I did like the tour.  I especially liked the part where I get to sample some of Sam Adams popular brews.  What I was not much of fan of was the muggy heat creeping into the building while pretending to listen to an un-entertaining tour guide.  No offense Andy.  I really was just in it for the beer…the free beer.  We then came back to Boston to visit the original Cheers (you know from the TV show) and to our slightest disappointments it looked nothing like the TV show.  So we bought some souvenirs and left.  Our day was then topped off at a delicious Thai restaurant where I got to order some spicy curry.

Third day – Salem, MA.  The most laid back of all three days.  Salem pretty much reminds me of Mackinac Island but with cars and no horse poop or horses for that matter.  Set next to a harbor with their very own “pirate ship”.  At least that was what it reminded me of.  Ice cream, lunch, cemetaries, and scenic views of the bay pretty much sums up the day in Salem.  It ended with being back at Toni’s apartment for a delicious fajita dinner that her husband, Cut, put together and surprisingly got to perform #243: Rap a song on one of Cut’s original beats.  Now I know I may not look much like a rap star…mainly because I’m not, but I will say I had the chance to spit some super dope rhymes on some super dope beats and my girl Beans was part of that play.  I will also say that this maybe a beginning of a super dope future…I’m just sayin.  $1.57.

I’m just so super blessed to have the best of the best to be sharing journeys and adventures…and another city conquered together.

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June 05
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Sweet little Brynn made it in my studio not too long ago for her 6 months photo session.  She’s gone from sitting in her car seat to sitting on her own.  What a big girl!  She was as happy as she could be and mommy was so darn proud of her.  Brynn was even her rockin’ in her own purple shoes.

It was good to see you miss Brynn.  Big kisses to you, baby girl!!