I have been taking some photography courses recently and so naturally I wanted to put into play some posing methods I’d been learning when Miss Hannah came over. She was the perfect model to practice on!
Two days after Valentine’s day, Jonathan – a young, struggling entrepreneur, flew in from metropolitan Calgary, Alberta to a small New England town. And why? To meet the girl who would one day become his wife.
In our library hangs a picture. From 1970, a young man, the image of John F Kennedy, sits next to his young bride, a beauty in her wedding gown and bouffant hair. This iconic photographic in black and white perfectly captures young love and a simpler time.
She closed her eyes and took his hand as he led her through the woods. The snow crunched under their feet as they walked together, and the wind whistled through the trees. They stopped, and he let go of her hand. He told her she could open her eyes; and when she did, he was on one knee in front of her. And he had a ring.
It was seven years ago in January. I remember sitting in the audience, watching Rebecca and John being united for life. It was a momentous occasion – not only for them, but for me. It was the first wedding I’d ever been to. I don’t remember too much about their wedding because I was just a kid, and kids don’t notice the details, but I do remember one thing. They loved each other. And they were excited to be married, and I was excited for them. I remember them leaving the church, and, instead of throwing rice, everyone blew bubbles. I thought it was magical, but it was beautiful and special too.
Every family has something that makes them unique. Well, this one-of-a-kind family has not one, but several things that make it unique. Personally, I’m an authority on the uniqueness of this family – and I might even use a different word – crazy. I should know because I see this family just about every day, and I’ve seen six of these children within just hours of being born. I’ve watched almost every child take his first steps or talk his first word. I’ve held them all and supervised coloring activities. I’ve taken them on walks and played with them. I’ve fought over breakfast with them and sat with them as they do their school.
Of the many influential people in my life, there is one who stands like a beacon: my mother. I have never met anyone like her in my life. I know that I am not the only one who sees her kindness to others, her servant’s heart and her perseverance. She sets an example to anyone who crosses her path, and truly cares for others. She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman, especially verse 27: “She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
This sweet family was up for anything when we went to do their family pictures at one of my favorite urban locations in Asheville, NC! They posed so easily and naturally that it was a joy to photograph them. The kids were lots of fun to work with too – Elias was so dapper and handsome with his gelled hair and little Avonley was so precious – but I will tell you, it was super hard to get her to smile! We faced beautiful low 70’s weather that morning and it was delightful to have cooler weather compared to some of the warm temperatures we’ve had so far.
When the Mitchell family told me that they wanted to do a “10 years later” theme for their family shoot in Asheville, NC, I was super excited! Jenna had the idea to use a chalkboard sign, and the results turned out adorable. We met up just outside of Asheville at my favorite nature background location – a farm I’ve used for several shoots. (Like Caroline’s!) Unfortunately, the skies were threatening rain the whole time we were shooting – and it had previously poured twice! But, we made it through 45 minutes before it started raining again. It even sprinkled in the middle of the shoot, but we all cheerfully held picnic blankets and lighting reflectors over our heads while waiting for the rain to pass.
Not too long after launching Aria Photo, this sweet girl’s dad contacted me about a photoshoot for her for her ninth birthday. He told me that she loved baking, and we decided to do some baking photos (and other photos) at their home in Asheville, NC. She made some cupcakes while I was there, and we got some really great pictures of her baking! Emma was so much fun – she was full of ideas for props and posed so easily and naturally. Plus I am amazed at how much she knows about baking at only nine years old – seriously? She is so talented! Continue reading