January 2007

January Baby

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I just love photographing my couples when they welcome a new baby into their lives.  This little bundle was such a sweet little thing.  She slept, cried a bit and even showed us her baby blues.

 

The Small Wedding

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Since I am typically not photographing weddings this time of year, I thought I would share some of my favorite things from weddings of the past. 

One of the most successful, and unique, small weddings (30-50 people) that I photographed was at an orchard in Massachusetts, north west of Boston. 

The couple had decided to mix up the traditional order of the day.  They had the cocktail hour begin the day, followed by portraits, the ceremony, and end with dinner.  The cocktail hour was enjoyed by the guests along with the bride and groom.  After a quick family photo session the ceremony began.  Rather than have a processional, all the guests walked to the ceremony site on the lawn beside the house.  A beautiful view and gorgeous sunset set the tone for the ceremony.  After the rings were exchanged, the vows were made and sealed with a kiss.  Once the ceremony was over the group made their way to the house and sat to a gourmet meal accompanied with the orchard’s fine wine.

What was most unique about this wedding was the fact that both the bride and groom were always with their guests, celebrating side-by-side with their favorite people.  It was very sweet to have the bride and groom hug their family and friends after the ceremony rather than marching off to be seen again after the cocktail hour.  Quite unique and not necessarily for everyone, but a rather successful day.

Walking to the ceremony with their guests

A big congratulatory hug

The moon rising on the way to dinner

I’m Back!!

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Vacation is over and I am busy working on my album and print orders.  It is finally cold outside!  The weather began to warming up just after we saw “An Inconvenient Truth”.  Gore picked the right year to release this film.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.  An awesome display of evidence in response to Bush’s claim that global warming doesn’t exist.  Anyway, India and I have been enjoying kicking the soccer ball back and forth out in the cold as she waits for her bus.  I feel like a New Englander relishing the cold days.  Who knew that I could even have fun in 30 degree weather.  I guess I am no longer a California girl. 

We have had fun dreaming about building a green house this week.  We visited the National Building Museum in DC on MLK day and toured the “Glide House”, one of the only prefab houses on display for the public to walk through.  If you haven’t heard, pre-fab housing is the latest cool thing in building.  Basically, designers are creating 3-4 different designs which you can purchase and have put together like a kit.  Beyond having a wonderfully designed home these houses are also green and have the ability, if you get all the bells and whistles, to be unconnected to most (if not all) utilities.  A self sustaining house… what could be better?

It sounds like this year we are off to an activist start.  Ha!  Oh ya, there’s one more radical thing we are changing in our lives.  We have started this year by saying bye-bye to the Atkins mentality and hello to vegetables.  Not that we were ever on the Atkins diet, but you have to admit that our entire nation was swept into a no carb frenzy.  Every once in a while I am reminded of nutrition and the importance of eating right.  This year “The China Study” has helped me to remember all the things I had forgotten… and tell me things I didn’t know.  We (hum, I) have decided not to purchase meat for our home and even limit the amount of egg and dairy that we consume.  We are not super strict vegetarians, just trying to limit our intake of animal based products.