My daughter is an actor. A Shakespearean actor, to be precise, though she also loves musical theater. She’s really pretty good and has some great pipes, if I do say so myself. It’s fun keeping up with her headshots. For this session, we needed some modeling-type shots, as well, as there’s a talent agent interested!
I love this age. They can turn from a little girl into a teenager and back again, in the blink of an eye. My eyes are watering, trying to keep them open.
“I’ve got waterfront, boats, bridges, old railroad tracks, some woods and trees, a playground, a beach, you name it!” I told Kelly and Tony. And I do, just within a mile or two of my studio. Kelly and Tony narrowed it down to the woods for a Texas vibe… and they’d take some waterfront and tracks, too! I love how it always ends up being such a different shoot each time I photograph a couple in Kingston Point Park, customized just for them.
It was a beautiful day and such a lot of fun. And now we all know each other a little better. I love how relaxed and intimate they seem in this last photo. It just makes the wait for their wedding day next year all the more deliciously difficult to bear! :)
Sometimes things in life just match up perfectly. Like me photographing weddings in the Hudson Valley where there are so many gorgeously renovated barn venues. There’s something about a barn that makes me swoon: the raw, empty space; the light leaks through the wooden slats; the doors with their antique handles and rounded ways and historic dates marking their tops; the sound of feet dancing on those thick, barnwood floors.
Last weekend, I photographed a wedding at Grasmere with Hudson River Photographer. And during a very fun day of shooting with Diane, I made these texture photos on my iPhone, just for fun.
I am a Pinterest-party-planning wannabe.
No one in my family is born in the summer. Until my second daughter, Sabine, came along! Her birthday is the one chance I have all year of throwing a lovely garden party. And lucky for me, she is a happy collaborator when it comes to planning something particularly girlie and sweet. This year, Sabine and I trolled Pinterest looking for fun party ideas. Mermaids? Strawberry shortcake? Blueberry shortcake? Eventually, she settled upon a fairy theme. Very appropriate, don’t you think, for a 5th birthday party?
And Pinterest is a treasure trove of fairy party ideas! Unfortunately, many of them didn’t work for us in real life. Our fairy dust came out black instead of pink. I needed a net to ward bugs off the snack table. And our toadstool cupcakes, while wildly delicious, needed some explanation. But, in the end, I think we put together a beautiful party… on Pinterest. And in real life, we had a great time with friends who cared more about celebrating with us than about how red our icing turned out. All the big sisters did a beautiful job with the face painting. The boys made a super-fun train track. And Sabine and I spent wonderful hours licking that icing bowl together as we prepared for the big day! If you’re like me, you might want to call my party-planning-, party-designing- savvy friends at Hudson Valley Ceremonies, Cinderella4ADay, Floral Fantasies by Sara and A Night in Bloom, for whom I have *even more* renewed respect!