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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 183.

I love these kids.

Little bodies, fervent in their purpose of striding through a field of frost-tinged grass. Little boy in red, miniature hands in pockets, imitating some other person in his life-- a small sway starting in his feet, signifying a little mischief. (Really.) Little girl in brown corduroy, moving with constant purpose and intent. Always with a plan in mind. In that moment, I notice her hair's growing longer. (I like it.) He in blue, moving with spring in his step, and this certain comical little swagger in his walk. Like he's growing up or something. (He is.) He in his big brown jacket, a step behind, his body in downswing, just ready to raise his foot to run and catch up with the others. Always wanting to be sure he doesn't miss anything. (He doesn't.)

I love these little kids. I love their little lives. Lives moving too quickly. Don't run. Wait. Savor. Rest. Slow down, little ones.

Because I don't want to miss anything. Slow down.

“I would savor the moments a lot more this time. I would probably work less and enjoy it more.”

-Walter Cunningham, Lunar Module pilot, Apollo 7 mission (b. 1932)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Family: (n) a group of related things or people.

A beautiful fall session in New England. We tromped through colorful leaves and crispy grass to get some images for this beautiful family. It was so nice meeting all of you, H family! Thanks for trusting me to document your memories. Enjoy your photos!

"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."

-Earl Nightingale

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sneak Peek: Siblings

Many more to come of these two adorable siblings. Thanks to Diane, Keith, Mikaela and Liam. I'm looking forward to showing you the rest from your beautiful session!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kennebunkport. Relived.

A respite to Maine. Paul and I.

I love New England. Drive 2+ hours, and you feel like you're in a totally different world. Nice.

The Maine coastline is awesome, in the real sense of the word. So loud and ferocious, even though it wasn't windy. I think it would be an amazing experience to see this stretch of coastline during a storm. The surf sounded like thunder. But somehow, it was so relaxing in its sound. I love the ocean.

A little shot of George H.W. Bush's humble abode.


This next one is Paul's-- He's becoming quite the photographer lately. Way to go on the negative space, hon'!

Another one of Paul's. I'm liking it:

Look at the reflection in Paul's sunglasses. (Yes, he forgot his razor...)

Look again.

Hello, blog readers! (Do you like my new gloves?)

Beautiful, beautiful weather. It was snowing in CT while we were away. Heehee!

This question can only be answered correctly by 6 people in the world. To my Ryan family, what very unique location do you think this photo reminds me of? Correct guess wins you... um, nothing. Post edit: I changed my mind. There is a prize: 12x18 print of your choice, with 100% profit going to Autism Speaks. I thought I'd jog your memory a little bit... :)

Don't you think Paul deserved a trip for putting up with me for 11 years? 11 years!? What?!

Love you, Paulus!


I know I've used this quote before, but as we were sitting by the ocean, this poem kept running through my mind. It was so appropriate for that moment:

"Break, break, break on thy cold gray stones, oh, sea! And I would that my tongue could utter the thoughts that arise in me."

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet

(1809-1892 )

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This months' charity is 'Autism Speaks.'

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Senior: Jen

I'm going to be short on words for this post, and long on pictures. Jen's been waiting so patiently for me to post her senior session, so I want to get right to it. Just a few things: Jen, I loved working with you and meeting your mom-- and your sister and your grandparents. Thanks to them for letting us shoot at their beautiful farm! Senior shoots are one of my favorite things about my job, and clients like you are the reason why! Thanks for being so welcoming, accommodating, and just plain enjoyable to be with. And thanks for humoring me when I 'found' some beautiful light right as our session was supposed to be done. I think it paid off.

All the best to you as you decide on colleges! I'm sure you'll do wonderfully.

My favorite is below. No question. Look. at. those. eyes.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau