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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friendship: (n) the state of being a friend; association as friends: to value a person.

I don't know where to start with this one; this session was unique and enjoyed for many reasons -- because of the landscape surrounding us, the beauty after a storm, and the relaxed nature of these friends.

You know how just after a thunderstorm, there is sometimes a short window of time where everything sparkles from raindrops still on the grass, and the skies change color from gray to blue to yellow/pink? We had so many different types of beautiful light within the time of our session; it was so enjoyable to shoot through all of them.

Ann Marie & Holly made the shoot very lighthearted and easy-going. A big change is upcoming in their lives as Holly is engaged, and moving to Illinois after her upcoming wedding. (I have to interject here: far too many of my family/friends/acquaintances live in IL... :) Anyway, this session was a capture of their friendship as both living in CT. We tried to incorporate the feel of their comradeship, and they brought along some great ideas for props/backdrops.

Thank you for a nice evening, Ann Marie & Holly. I enjoyed getting to know you both a little more.

I am really looking forward to shooting your wedding soon, Holly! (And Toby, too. I promise having photos done is relaxing and enjoyable. ;) -- Paul and I wish you both many blessings as this new chapter begins!

A tribute to Holly's future in a farming community:

Holly said she was going to miss seeing trees, so we incorporated a pretty one into the shoot, with sun flare added for good measure:

Oh, this one makes me smile- the light, the light.

A pretty little sun shower came along, just in time... so very pretty-

Warning: if it's evening light, I'm gonna' try to get some sun flare. Do you blame me? :)

More sun flare... combined with dreamy, soft light:

I had an assistant for this shoot. And the comment from my assistant on this shot was: "It looks like something from 'Anne of Green Gables.' I like my assistant's line of thought. I have to agree with the statement.

Introducing my trusty assistant for this session.

Joel has been wanting to travel along on one of my shoots, but I told him it had to be someone that I knew, since I didn't want a new client to think I had an 'almost 10-year-old' second shooter. Holly and AnnMarie said he was welcome to come along. I'm glad he did. (Because it was a good excuse to go out for ice cream with him afterwards. And because, well, I love this kid.)

"When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla."

-from 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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  1. AnonymousJuly 29, 2009

    Awesome quote for this shoot! Holly- you will be missed by many MANY people. Ann Marie- the pictures came out awesome-I am so glad the weahter cooperated for you! Betsy- as usual, amazing photos! Joel- you did a great job because these pictures are some of my favorites!

  2. rachelvirklerJuly 29, 2009

    WOW! I dont even have words..these pictures are simply amazing! :) You will always cherish these photos, and im sure they will always bring back many memories of the times you've spent together! And yeah, the weather just makes them all the best...absolutely gorgeous! And of course, great job again Betsy!!!! You capture the best pictures everrrrrr! =) I'm looking forward to our session:)

  3. AnonymousJuly 29, 2009

    I cannot echo the above comments enough! The quote ties it together so well! The pictures are my favorite of all of your pics, Betsy, fantastic job and you girls look beautiful and fun-loving! Never forget this time and cherish the friendship. We love you & will miss you, Holly!

  4. AnonymousJuly 29, 2009

    Betsy, I can't even express how much I LOVE the photos!! Thank you so much for the enjoyable evening and for capturing memories of the friendship that I have with Holly. You did an AMAZING JOB....

    Thanks again,