I had the idea for this session in my head at the start of spring. I drove by an abandoned building every day on the way to drop my kids off to school and it just drew me in. Inspired me. I can’t quite explain it – I needed to attempt to put into images what was swirling inside my head. I had to get it out there. I knew I wanted to do two different set-ups, almost opposite ends of the spectrum from one another. To challenge myself. To explore the light. To refresh my creativity. To do something that was just for me. We lucked out that we had incredible light on the day of this session, the model being drop dead gorgeous didn’t hurt either. And it was everything I hoped it would be. I am so incredibly excited to share these images with you. This is my art, my heart.
About 7 weeks ago, I went to Julie and Rich’s home for their maternity session as they awaited the arrival of their second baby and their first daughter. They have a lovely family and their son, Landon is just the sweetest thing.
Just a little over two weeks ago, Charlotte entered into the world and I had the great joy of capturing this brand new family of four. And what a beautiful family they are.
I needed to get out. Out of the house. Out of our routine. Out of my own head. It was one of those weeks. You know what I’m talking about. Where you can’t put your finger on it, but you are just in a funk. Where you feel like you’re going to jump out of your skin if you have to spend one more second standing where you are. We were being teased with warm weather one day, then cold and rain the next, which wasn’t helping at all. There was a trail that I passed everyday, twice a day on my to and from pre-school. I thought about stopping with the boys there but it just never happened. On this particular day, we were having work done at our house, and I needed to leave to pick up my twins from school. I threw my camera in my bag, and left the workers, told them I might be a while, and left to go pick them up. It was going to rain. You could see the storm coming. But, that didn’t phase me at all. I pulled into the dirt parking lot, took the boys out of the car and took a deep breath. I was only 15 minutes from home, but it felt like a vacation.
The boys ran. I followed behind. And we played until the rain drops fell.
I went to New York City at the beginning of the month to see Waitress (starring Sara Bareilles!!!) with my mom. The show was freaking phenomenal. They bake pies in the lobby of the theater. Pies. That you can eat. It was just incredible – the cast was out-of-this-world. So here’s my plug for the show – go! Go see it!
I’ve been to New York before, but it was mostly a quick bus ride in – go to see a show – leave right after types of visits. But even with that, I haven’t been to the city in 8 years. So I really wanted to take it in when I was there – even though it was a day visit. I remember feeling overwhelmed the first few times I was there, enjoyed my time but was happy to leave the hustle and bustle.
This time was different. I felt vibrant, invigorated, electric. The city felt smaller, less hectic than I remember, yet so very much alive. And I didn’t want to leave. I could have stayed there all night, walking around, just feeling the vibrations and energy it was producing. I brought my camera, but honestly, didn’t use it a whole lot, I wanted to be in the moment.
In looking at these images now, a few weeks later, I felt that the images spoke the most in black and white. It somehow lowered the volume, but helped to retain the intensity of the city. Cleared the static, so I could see more clearly. I can’t wait to go back.
I met Noah when he was just about 6 weeks old. He was alert, awake and super chubby and absolutely adorable! I love newborns, don’t get me wrong, but at almost 2 months old, when a little handsome fella is making eye contact with me and giving sweet little smiles..well, how does it get better than that?