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What Will You Remember About your Mother?

Mother’s Day is fast upon us… are you ready? It’s not like you have to do much beyond finding a nice card and taking your mom to a good brunch or a nice dinner. Even those things were kind of pushed by the card companies and it all turned into a holiday on everyone’s calendars. At it’s best, it’s a day to actively celebrate someone you love.
Over the years, I have been privileged to do several portraits of moms and kids and it always makes me think of how, years from now, those moms will look at the photographs and see time. The kids won’t appreciate that sense of time until they are much older and then they will understand how much history and time are intertwined.

Most of my childhood memories are of a working mom and a lot of the pictures reflect that. One of the very early photos, though, is one that catches my heart every time. Bath time on the kitchen floor… I love her wide open smile, her glee in this chore so evident!

On Mother’s Day, my mom liked getting homemade coupons for jelly donuts from a favorite bakery… back then, I was able to set up a deal with said bakery by prepaying…I was 12 or so. I don’t think gift cards were a thing yet. ;0)

Make pictures of the real parts of your life… you don’t always have to be perfectly dressed and posed, ok?
Let me know if I can help. ;0)

And Now for Something Completely Different


Photographically speaking, there are several important parts to every wedding… some parts that can be controlled and some that can’t. As a rule, I tell my clients that I will try to find an interesting space to frame them in and then let them loose… maybe some minor guidance if needed, right? Well, Cait and Matt started off in a sweet sort of embrace… something you’d expect of two people about to get married. Somewhere in their hug, they must have whispered this in agreement because with no warning, they went into a series of about 8 very high jumps… Cait got almost as much air in the first couple of leaps but I couldn’t pass up Matt’s sheer exuberance in this frame!

Laughing and flushed, we spent about a half an hour putting two very real lovers into the camera… these are portraits they will revisit for the rest of their lives. Years from now, they and their families will marvel that they were ever this young.

And that is my job. Short and sweet, the definition of a professional wedding photographer is to catch all of it… the posed and expected and the absolute joy of the unexpected.

I wouldn’t have missed this one for the world!