Never alone

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For beautiful eyes,
look for the good in others;

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For beautiful lips,
Speak only words of kindness;

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And for poise,
walk with the knowledge
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that you are never alone.
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-Audrey Hepburn

A beautiful, young couple. In love and waiting for the arrival of their first child.
It was an honor to get to know them during their Maternity Portrait session.
They enjoy the outdoors and nature and were hoping to have their portraits
in the woods.

We were fortunate with a peek of sunshine on the day, it made the below freezing temperatures seem warmer, at least.

At their Image Reveal last night, they were excited to see the photographs
and relieved they didn’t look as cold in the images as we were while taking the photos.

Memories preserved for a life-time. She will never be eight months pregnant
with her first child again, except in her Maternity Portraits.

Beautiful women

  
A strong woman is one who feels deeply & loves fiercely. Her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft & powerful. She is both practical & spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world. -unknown author

I’m always grateful for a woman’s trust when she’s on the other side of my camera. While I attempt to make her feel relaxed & beautiful, I wonder how she interprets my gestures, especially when I see THE shot. (I’ve been told) I sometimes make sounds – like an audible smile noise, sometimes just “yesyesyes”, quite often a tear forms in my eye when everything lines up & I hope the photograph looks something like my vision! 

I see a woman’s strength. Its not in the form of skinny, in perfect makeup, in designer clothes. I see strength in what she’s been through on her journey up to when I press the shutter. I see her beauty shine when the wind messes her hair, when she laughs with her girlfriend, when her feet are bare, in the earth, on a mountain, splashing in the shallow water of a chilly lake. 

She’s the woman I love to photograph. With her stories, with her pain, with her resolve & her laugh lines and all the reasons she is who she is today. That is real. That is a beautiful woman. 

my obvious obsession

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Cleaning out files and space on my computer, I end up deleting so many images, so many memories. With each file of photographs I open, I revisit the photography session – in detail – the laughter & the smiles, weather strategies, the beauty, reflecting on all the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to meet & who have allowed me into their lives.

I am brought right back to the sounds of the playground, capturing Spiderman ‘fly’ on the swing. I feel the cool shade of the woods and damp earth as I watch ‘magic’ make a teen aged girl smile as I press the shutter. I recall the quiet pride in height of a high school senior, the late autumn colors as a fleeting back drop. The love for a fairy granddaughter, a mom giggling on the swings with her quickly maturing pre-teen daughter.

Then, the moment of realization that I have an obvious obsession!

I have a large portfolio of photographs of… feet! Different than a shoe fetish, it doesn’t matter to me if there are shoes on my subjects’ feet or not. Summer feet, fresh from the lake feet, playground worthy, in her sparkly shoes she won’t take off or dainty fairy toes with purple polish – it’s all fair game to me.

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“Photography takes an instant out of time altering life by holding it still”
-Dorothea Lange

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This moment will last for a split second. 

Those sparkly shoes won’t fit her feet six months from now. The Crocs will be worn out by the end of summer. The Converse…well…don’t throw those out yet.WAVphoto fairy feet

Perspective is what allows us to enjoy the beauty of the present moment.