Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Real Thing

I realize that this is from a wedding I shot just a few days ago but I already know that it will be a favorite image of mine for a long time. Getting to know Elena and Leigh has been a rare treat… they fit each other to perfection. Maybe it’s a little because they have known each other for 14 years but I think it’s more that they are complete equals in the relationship. The wedding day was stellar… the flavor of it sweet and simple. I am so very happy to have been a part of it.

The cast and crew get a lot of credit, too. Running the show, clipboards in hand, Samantha and Krissa from Soiree. Solabee crafted a welcome fresh take on decorating the fireplace on the Ecotrust roof and Simpatica put on a marvelous spread for all, even with the monster stair climb in the mix. ;0)

Come talk to me about your wedding plans… I’d be happy to tell you what I know.

Two Hearts in Gearhart

I think I am just in a mood to go to the beach today so my post for the week reflects an unanswered wish. ;0)

You may recall this couple from an earlier post. Ali and Anthony had one of those lucky days at the coast… October, mostly rain, but then this beautiful window of soft light right when we needed it. In this photo, we had just finished the private camera time and were heading back to a houseful of celebrating friends and family. I’d like to think Ali was facing back to the scene to try to stitch it into her memory. It’s hard to keep any of a wedding day in your mind and that’s why the photographs really count.

The Last Ritual

Micki is one of the most no nonsense women I have ever met. She is clear and strong in all things as far I can tell. Her wedding day was no exception… she set her veil a little more squarely while her sister smoothed her beautiful gown and moments later, her Dad came to walk her down the aisle. No whining, no false starts.

She and Boyd now have two gorgeous, head-strong daughters… they will be good women, too.

Strength of Character

I read the paper every morning and I try not to get sucked down into the gloom and stupidity around us… it’s not always easy to imagine the World having a good day, you know? What lifts me up again are the couples like Mariesa and Tyson… two strong people who can stand on their own and believe that they are moving in the right directions… heads high and having a fine time, thank you very much!

Vintage flavored the entire day… vineyard courtesy of Edgefield.

You Are Here

The year was 1965… the summer I was 14. Walkabout wasn’t the term we used then but it best describes the type of wandering with cameras that we did. On this sunny day, Mom and I were exploring downtown Roanoke, Virginia… a bigger place than our own town of Salem about 20 minutes away. We were near the train station and I remember she took a great shot of a man walking on the tracks… we were almost above him on an overpass and the light was snapping off of the black rails. Down on the platform I found this luggage cart… it was shot on Tri-X in a Yashica Twin Lens Reflex…. I loved that camera and used it until my last year in high school when my Nikon life began.

Fast forward to 2011… one of my goals is to archive my portfolio. This project involves culling the strongest pieces in my files so that I can create a body of work that might survive into the future. This particular negative had gotten so beaten up that I couldn’t have printed it straight… lots of scratches and holes from traveling all over the country in my many moves. I have learned to take better care of my film since but all of it will need a certain amount of coddling. The final outcome should be everything in one place, scanned, reworked and archived to last.

What I love about photographs is sharing someone else’s viewpoint… sitting behind their eyepiece. I don’t know what will happen to my work when I am gone but part of me wants to think that others will enjoy it somewhere down the road.