Double Trouble

Meet the Twins.  They’re fun, five, and full of sugar.

No, literally.

Note to self- when babysitting your friend’s twins, do not – I repeat- do not. For. All. That. Is. Holy….do an impromptu photo session after they’ve just consumed what had to have been the world’s largest chocolate chip cookie.

It started out as a noble idea.  You see, with Mother’s Day less than a month away I thought I’d be the coolest friend ever and surprise my dear, sweet friend with a gift.

Yeah, I know.  In my defense, I’m pretty sure my siblings dropped me on my head a time or two when I was little……

Here’s a few of the photos.  It was in the midst of this sugar induced shoot that my flawless plan became flawed.  I forgot one very important fact about five year olds.

They can not keep secrets. Ever.

Me: camera in hand  “Remember, don’t tell mom.  It’s a secret”

Twin 1: squeals with excitement….or sugar high spiral “I can’t wait to tell her!!”

Twin 2: equally sugared up “Yes!!! We’re going to tell her!”

So….I beat them to it.  Once I got them calm enough to sit still I went to work and here below you’ll find a few of the calmer ones.   And if you’re wondering “Summer is constantly doing black and white photos…why?”  Well, because I like them.  And I hope you will too.  Especially the last one.  That’s a favorite of mine and their mom’s.

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Moving Forward

This past year has seen a lot of changes.  One of those is that I’m no longer able to see these smiling faces.  img_1978

At least not in person.

That’s the beauty of photography, am I right?  Capturing moments, that no matter where you go, will always be with you.  This photo (and a few others on this post) was taken just a week or so before we loaded up the moving truck and headed up to (a currently) snowy, blustery northeastern Maine.   A far cry from the dry heat and almost constant sunshine of southern New Mexico.

We traded in a view of the Organ Mountains for flora, fauna, and Fall.   A fact that is currently lost in translation, since everything is still slightly covered up by fresh snowfall…. (Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it.  In fact, the townfolk are beginning to wonder if I’m demented or just a few fries short of a happy meal….)

My view outside my window might be one of winter but I only need to click on this pic below to be reminded that in some areas of the world the sun shines in Spring.

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Just a few short weeks after this weeklong photo shoot, I arrived in Maine. Within a month, my camera was aimed and ready to capture the world.  And yet for the past three months, my camera has been sitting untouched in the dark; just waiting to be picked up to for moments like this one below.

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And others like these from the handful of family sessions I did this past year.

 

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We managed to capture some truly magical moments and I enjoyed every single person I’ve worked with, but I’m just not a family photographer.

And I’m learning that that’s okay.

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My pace will be set at my leisure.  My time spent shooting those moments that capture me in their awe and beauty.

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Not confined by the rigors of necessity or priority.  Dictated only by serendipity and fate.

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IMG_8793We should always be moving forward, but it’s good to look back and remember the moments.  After all, each and every one- whether big or small, have a part to play in the evolution of All.  All that we are, all that we believe, and all that we want to be.

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In the wilds of art, that’s where you’ll find me.

All Is Merry And Bright

As a beginner photographer I can honestly say one of my biggest nemesis’ is lighting. They say practice makes perfect and I don’t mind practicing one bit.

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Especially when each family has been crazy fun and super cute.

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To battle my nemesis, Bad Lighting, I showed up late morning when the sun shone bright through a magnificent wall of windows.

We started our Candid Christmas photo session with that quintessential tradition that’s been bringing families together for longer than I know.

The Christmas Tree

IMG_1378.jpegAnd what a gorgeous tree they had, indeed. Standing a glorious thirteen feet, she was a beauty to behold and the perfect backdrop for their family photoshoot.

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Okay, and sometimes the perfect umbrella…you know, for that adorable baby!!!!

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Obviously the bulk of our morning was spent pouring over family ornaments and finding space for them on the tree.

And posing for the camera of course.

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Tree decorating, especially a thirteen foot behemoth, is no easy feat.  So we rested our feet and settled down to regroup with a storybook that’s close to this sweet family’s heart.

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The tree and story were done but we weren’t.

IMG_1957 I had with me a bag of fun and oh the fun we had.

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And Snowballs

And Candy.

Oh My!

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Thank you for sharing in this little photographic journey and may I wish you a very merry (and bright) Christmas.

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Hello June, We’ve Been Expecting You

It’s the first day of June, and our first June in Maine.

The sky is slowly filling with heavy-laden clouds promising rain later in the day.  Until then, we headed outside and had a bit of fun.  And cooled off too.  Note to self, buy a few fans for the house.

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IMG_3906Alexis enjoyed it a bit more than her big sister though.

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