Shhhh…don’t tell anyone, but I just had the big birthday. Yep, it happened–I turned 40. When James turned 40, he wanted a party with his family and closest friends. While I would have certainly enjoyed that, I knew what I really wanted was to take a fabulous vacation with my husband and daughters, so that’s exactly what we did. We spent a wonderful, relaxing week in June in beautiful (and steamy…) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We stayed in Nuevo Vallarta, which is basically “New” Vallarta; it was great! We spent the week doing exactly what I wanted to–relax and be together. On my actual birthday, June 14, the girls and I swam with dolphins, which has been the dream of our youngest daughter, Teagan, for the past 3 years. On most other days, our routine was as follows: lounge around our room, James and I would go exercise, back to room, lunch, slather ourselves with sunscreen to arrive at the pool just in time for Happy Hour at the pool bar at noon, drink mango margaritas in the pool, read in the shade while the girls swam, back to room to enjoy the luxurious air conditioning, shower, relax, out for dinner, dessert, and back to room for more lounging. Repeat. Not overly exciting but exactly what we needed. Here are a few snaps from the trip (disclaimer from James: please excuse the less than stellar images, as the humidity made it extremely difficult to use professional-quality equipment).
We received this incredibly heartfelt letter from the mother of one of our recent high school senior graduates and just had to share. Her words describe the gift we have given to her, but really, her letter, her daughter, and their entire experience is the greatest gift–to us. A great reminder that the senior portrait session is so much more than just pretty pictures. Thank you Linda for allowing us to share your words.
“I wanted to let you know what Madeline’s session with you did for us. If I can sum it up. . . . It was transformative. . . . It was important. . . . It was a rite of passage. . . . It did for us the favor of seeing Madeline in a new light. . . . All grown up – at the beginning of something grand. Every change of costume showed us something different about her. The train station was everything I could have dreamed of. My girl, at the beginning of her journey, hopeful and timid, but brave. The white flowers and the white dress showed us her softness and vulnerability. And the balloons with the hoop skirt. . . Well, that showed us that there is no one else in the world like her. She is a true thumbprint. Sherlock Holmes meets “Up” – that could only be Madeline. And finally, The Striped Corset. . . she is strong, she is fierce and she is bold. When I showed my sister-in-law that shot of Madeline she literally gasped. In that moment I knew we’d done it and that my daughter was ready to take on the world.
When I told you on the phone that we chose you because we knew you could give us what no one else could, I knew I was right. In one very fun afternoon you managed to capture her. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for an unforgettable experience and the enduring memories.
Vinyl is killing the mp3 industry…
I’ve made no secret about my recent (re)-infatuation with vinyl records. Several months ago, I dusted off my 35 year old turntable I bought in Oregon a while back, got it refurbished, and began spinning again. I either own digitally or have access to almost everything I could ever want to listen to, but I can’t compare the feeling I get when I take the effort to place an LP on the platter and drop the needle. There is something deliberate about it, calculated and valued. The analog crackle and pop of the spinning wax conducting through the needle somehow seems incredibly more “real” than pressing play on my mobile device. I get to touch and view the artwork in the size and format that the artists intended. When I buy an old record, I’m having the same visceral experience someone had 30-60 years ago. My daughters (and their children) will someday be able to hold these and experience them the same way I did, even when I am gone.
The parallels to my photography business hit me like a ton of bricks. I love digital technology. It has allowed me creative opportunities I would have never realized or been able to express. But as time goes by, I am realizing that despite my greatest digital creations, without a physical representation I “have” nothing.
About two years ago an educator/peer in my industry unexpectedly lost his wife in a tragic accident. Immediately he searched for her photographs and memories of them as a couple. She had always been the one in charge of storing/archiving their digital media and he was in a near panic as he could not locate anything. He feared all those memories were lost. Fortunately he was able to locate the old hard drives and the data was still intact. He immediately printed the images and they are still hanging on his wall.
We are excited to introduce our Class of 2015 senior spokesmodels! Our spokesmodels this year represent 10 different school in our area. If you recognize any of them below, be sure to contact them directly for a special offer on your senior portraits. Senior Portrait season is almost here, and now is the time to call and schedule your session. For more information and galleries please visit our senior site HERE. Also be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for to see the most fashion inspired and artistic senior portraits around!
We first met the Weygandt family when they were just newlyweds, being photographed with their adorable bulldog for their holiday cards. We have since had the pleasure of photographing them on multiple occasions as we watched their family grow from just their canine babies to their first-born child, Mr. H. We documented his arrival, starting with their maternity session and culminating with his 1-year portraits. He was such an easy newborn to photograph! As H grew, we learned more about his personality, always very much the observer and not quick to give up his adorable smile. When he did, however, he just melted our hearts! Thank you Weygandts for sharing your little man with us!
Hey 2014 seniors, it’s not too late for Spring Senior Portraits! We have a few spots left for this year and then they are gone. Visit our SENIOR SITE for more information.
The Booth family is one we have been photographing since their first maternity session when expecting Mr. B, who is now a big brother! The very best part of what we do is getting to know families during their journey of becoming a family and then growing it. We were thrilled to be able to capture this most recent special time in their family, first with their maternity session and then with the newborn session of their latest addition, little Miss B! The Booth’s first maternity session with us was all in-studio, so we opted for a different look outdoors this time, which was especially fun for Mr. B. The love this family shares is so apparent in their portraits each time we photograph them, which translates into something so magical! Can’t wait to see them again soon for Miss B’s second Bebe session