Monday, October 31, 2011

destination anniversaries...bonus!

Because Vermont is such a huge "destination wedding" site, so many of the couples I get to photograph come from somewhere else.  Most people can't imagine how hard it is to plan and execute a wedding from afar. Luckily, I can relate...because I did it too!

A decade ago I was working for an aerospace company in Connecticut and planning my North Carolina wedding...mostly via fax machine.  Seriously, you guys don't know how good you have it with the internet.  Oh sure, the internet existed, but it was not the well oiled machine it is today., no.  Hell, social media in general was pretty unheard of... unless you count Friendster.  Logistical challenges aside, it was perfect.  My favorite seaside with all my favorite people;  declaring my love and commitment to the man who is now the father of my two amazing boys.  It was heaven.  And the cool thing about a destination wedding?  You always have an excuse to go back!

A couple weeks ago it was our 10 year anniversary. So we loaded everyone up and drove 15 hours to the Outer Banks.  And just like it always is...heaven.

I am so proud to be married to this man. I can't wait to go back and celebrate the day we became a family over and over again.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Megan : Senior Portrait Session : Burlington, VT

Senior shoots.  I so wish there was such a thing when I was in high school.  Where I grew up, we all showed up at the gym,  waited in line so a photographer could lead us to a stool placed in front of a big backdrop of fake clouds. Once they lay the black sash/shawl thingy across your chest...




That was it.

I wish I had a copy to share...I don't.  That's how awesome that photo turned out.  (I won't even go into the Glamour Shot nightmare that followed. My mom still claims to love those photos.  I just pray my children never see them).

But with a "shoot" you get so much more than a snap shot.  A collection of photos capturing that youth...or rather that merging of youth and adulthood.   Just as the whole world is opening up, to freeze those last bits of childhood. When the apron strings are thread bare, just about to give and release you into the "real world."   Full of dreams and fears. Excitement and anxiety.  A time before the grey hairs and baby weight.  When skinny jeans might have actually been doable.  I mean, THAT is something to document.  (okay, I'm not sure skinny jeans were EVER doable for me, but I must say I at least exposed my upper arms now and then).

Such are things I think about when I get to hang out with my seniors.  I love hearing about their plans, their bits of drama.  I mused with Megan about heading to school in the city next year, while marveling at her fresh freckles and coveting her earrings.  I need more shoots like keep me young.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The first is "THE Kiss"...the rest are just a bonus.

My favorite smooches from the most recent Two House Photo wedding.  To see what Carin got and a bit more, be sure to check out the Two House blog.