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Jul 15, 2015

A Heartfelt Answer Over Fettuccine

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We were recently out to dinner with family friends of my parents enjoying a nice meal and time catching up. Somewhere between shrimp cocktail and the fettuccine the friend looked across the table and leaning forward said, "So you're a photographer, but what makes you stand out and people book you?" 
 
Weren't we just talking about football? What happen to chatting about the recent stormy weather or the latest best seller?! His out of the blue loaded question kind of caught me off guard and I had literally just taken another bite of my bread. I gulped and could feel the dry sourdough travel all the way until it hit my stomach. And before I could really think or second guess, I answered him from my heart... Well, I'd say the biggest thing that makes our photography different is... US. We connect with our couples and they're drawn to the way Chris and I see their unique love and capture it. They have been through the ebb and flow of life, and yet have found true love like Chris and I have. Their stories are truly beautiful and never cease to inspire us... Silence. All 12 people at the table were quiet and my answer was just hanging there. I wanted to nudge Chris under the table to save me and make my answer somehow sound complex and profound, but there it was. I could hear the silent buzzer go off. EHHH: wrong answer. Clearly not satisfied with my answer, he placed his fork down and shifting in his chair replied, "Yes, but what do you do that makes them want YOU to capture their wedding?" Sitting up straighter, with a small smile I replied, We are authentic and so is our photography. We spend time getting to know our couples, their lives and their love stories. Chris and I work hard, care for our couples, and love what we do and I think and hope that shows... Maybe he was looking for a less emotional answer and one that was more strategic or technical. I think he was looking for me to say we use a specialty camera, tons of secret equipment or lots of complex photoshop techniques that no one else knows how to do, but the simple fact is we don't. We use the same cameras many professional wedding photographers use and there is nothing special about my flash over anyone else's. It's how we connect, see, and capture things. WE are the biggest and truly differentiating factor between us and any other photographer. It's as complex and simple as that. 
 
I looked at Chris and as the conversations began to resume around the table on other topics, he gave me a quiet smile and nod. His nod had, YOU GO GIRL written all over it, or it least that's how I interpreted it. I smiled and began to twirl another bite of fettuccine around my fork, confident that whether or not it was the answer he was looking for, I had given him my honest from-the-heart answer.
A Heartfelt Answer Over Fettuccine
Written In The Details
Jul 8, 2015

Written In The Details

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I love family reunions, birthdays, the wide ocean, the graduations, the hustle and bustle of NYC, the beginnings and ends of the big things... The BIG picture. Sometimes I get caught up in the big picture - the year after this one, the meetings and appointments, the overall game plan, all of the people, the schedule for next week, the 5 year goal, the planning of trips. 
 
However, life is written so strongly in the details. In the goose bumps, Greyson's fingerprints on the car window, steam from the coffee mug, changing of the leaves on my favorite tree, the squeeze of a hand, a hug from my mom, the jumping of rain drops as they reach the puddles on the ground, hearing the quiet click of Chris' camera next to me as we capture a couple's first dance, the welling up of tears in a new mother's eyes as she feels pure joy holding her son, the wrinkles on my grandma's hands as she makes her famous meatballs, wet nose puppy kisses... Sometimes we have to slow down to notice and embrace the details within the big picture. 
 
Cause let's be honest, we all need that beautiful balance: to appreciate life as a whole in its months and years, as well as in the seconds and details that can cause it to change and really make you feel alive and the fragility of life.
Jun 23, 2015

Part Of The Bits And Pieces

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Every year Chris and I meet, spend time with and photograph couples that are truly amazing - each in their own way. Our brides and grooms are one of a kind, and after each wedding season I tell Chris I hope that all our future couples are just as awesome. And as cheesy as it sounds, each year they are. Their stories inspire us, and we are better artists for knowing them - they color in more of the world, showing us another bloom of true love. 
 
So I was completely surprised and at the same time not really at all when I received an amazing stop-in-my-tracks email from one of our brides last month. She's just that sweet, nice and thoughtful kind person that any photographer would be lucky to have as their client. To have my hand written note be part of the bits and pieces that make up her collage of everything she loves and looks forward to is such an honor. Having brides that are just as excited about you being their photographer as you are about being the one who gets to be a small part of their life during this exciting time is something I don't take for granted and will forever be grateful for. 
 
Below is my bride's email and the photo she sent along with it (thankful she let me share this since it meant so much)!
Part Of The Bits And Pieces
Golden Honey Afternoons
Jun 18, 2015

Golden Honey Afternoons

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The days were warm, slow and sweet, like golden honey. Every afternoon when the baby was napping Chris and I sat on the porch of the nestled away cottage we were staying at in Martha's Vineyard... just drinking in the salty breeze and watching the hummingbirds dart from blossom to blossom. The birds sang songs to us everyday as we daydreamed, read, journaled and talked. It was a perfect slice of heaven and a much needed time away to relax, unplug, recharge and just be. On our last afternoon there we picked up the freshest lobster rolls and crab guacamole at the harbor and sat on the porch and talked about everything and nothing. About the silly little things and the super important things that make up our days. We talked about being parents to a toddler, new dinner recipes to try, future plans, our herb garden and big dreams. Six years ago this past weekend Chris and I were married, so we reminisced about our wedding day and this first half decade of marriage, the milestones and small details. We talked about what God has done in our lives and our gratefulness for His blessings. 
 
There on that porch we decided we want more of this. More of this sitting around doing nothing but just soaking in the present moment and staring at the wind rustling through the tree branches. We want our back-to-reality to include time at home that feels like time away, even in the midst of all our responsibilities and To Dos. Because those golden honey afternoons feed the soul and allows us to refocus on what's really important. 
 
Snapped a photo with my iPhone of that sun drenched porch in Martha's Vineyard so I wouldn't forget those lazy rest filled afternoons. :)
Jun 12, 2015

Our Wedding Anniversary

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Tomorrow Chris and I celebrate 6 years of marriage!! As cliché as it sounds, it feels like our wedding was just yesterday and yet 20 years ago at the same time. I could have never imagined that day the blessings that would be poured over us all these years, but my heart could burst with an overwhelming gratefulness for them all. I am so thankful to God for bringing this amazing man into my life - what an honor it is to call him my husband and sail through the ebbs and flow of life with him. 
 
A few weeks ago Chris and I photographed a wedding in our town at the church where we were wed. It brought me back to that special day and the hope and excitement we both felt - we were about to embark on an adventure together that would be better then my most beautiful dreams. 
 
Chris, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I can't imagine going through life with anyone else by my side. You are my heart, my north star and the sweetest soul I have ever known. I love you. Here's to the next 60 years! xoxox
Our Wedding Anniversary
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