Fairytales may not happen to everyone you meet but you know it when you see it. Elena and Leigh have been in love since grade school… they knew early on they were a true fit for each other. When I first met them a few years ago, I had no idea how special this bond was. We started with an engagement session and I realized that it was going to be a deep and important relationship for me, as well. The wedding was perfect and personal and we have since done belly pictures and baby pictures and family sessions. In all of that, I feel like we are related… like we can talk about anything.
I am inspired by these two every time I get to spend a little time with them.
Find the one who truly loves you and love them with everything you’ve got… the world will be a better place for everyone. ;0)
Sara and Zach had a bright August day at Hunter Creek Farms in Wilsonville… a sort of fairy tale place just off the country road. It is a very versatile venue… lots of light and charming spaces to work with. Theirs was a family oriented and classic sort of day… simple and elegant.
The sky that afternoon was full of high wispy clouds and hard sun… it was a good time to try the digital version of Infrared film. It doesn’t have quite the same touch as the old Kodak product but it still conveys a different world.
One of the main advantages of hiring a professional photographer is that we have a sense of how a space will work in different seasons, different light… sometimes from having already shot there or from scouting it before your event. It’s a major strength in any case. Keep it in mind, ok?
Photographers must all have a longish list of shots that we only took in our head… I can’t be the only one.
Opera Boy and I went to Venice for the first time in 2006. We got to our little hotel completely beaten up by the flying. The tall windows in our room looked out over Campo San Stefano… interesting and busy in the late afternoon light.
So we walked to stretch out and find a quick meal, stealing to bed as it got dark… it was like drifting off to sleep on a movie set… the cafes don’t get going until after dark so all of the friends and laughing people gathering for dinner mingled with faint music and, always, the sound of heels on stone.
I woke up at dawn and looked out the window… trying to identify a sound.
Here is where you will have to imagine the Campo empty save for one man and a two wheeled blue cart. He was sweeping the whole place with a long brush broom… made of twigs like we see in our fairy tales. No cars in Venice, of course, so he is the garbage service.
I was so entranced by the whole thing, I had to just watch. The camera, in the unpacking of it, would have made me miss something I wanted to see.
I went back to bed but my dreams were colored by that early morning encounter. Next time, I will be better prepared.