Every once in awhile it’s good to take a deep breath, step back, and do some personal work. Sometimes you just need to remember your roots—what grew you into your passion that is today. So, this afternoon I took a break from the routine to thumb through some frames I shot earlier this summer while in Minnesota at Andy’s grandmother’s cottage. Unlike Andy, I didn’t grow up spending my summers at the cottage, but for some curious reason it still holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because to me the cottage is the epitome of summer—a place where time hangs lazily—carefree—in the air, and bikes await adventure on pine-lined country roads; where fishing rods are kept for a late afternoon cast, and swim trunks and towels hang out to dry on the clothesline. For the time that the cottage has been in my life it’s always been a wondrous, quirky place of which words have escaped. Its walls, the collectors of years gone by, are filled with trinkets and tools, old hanging lamps, and fly swatters. Beds dressed in flannel and floral patterns line the porch walls. The old yellow table, at the head of which Grandpa always sits, does double duty as dining table during the day and card table during the night. The refrigerator, a modern addition, sits outside the kitchen, tucked on the side of the porch—inside it reside the resources to make unending root beer floats. It’s a happy place for sure, one that I was definitely happy to photograph.
We’ve never really had a conversation about it, but I’m pretty sure Coleson and I feel the same way about posed photos—they make us both want to cry. On the other hand, seeing new things? Exploring life? Going on adventures. Yes. Yes. And Yes. All three of those definitely equate to a good time and when you throw a camera in there then you have a childhood story just waiting to be told and one happy kiddo!
Seth is the brother of one of my dearest friends, so it was super-fun to photograph his wedding! We spent the afternoon with them just photographing away as they laughed and hugged and kissed and loved—it was my favorite.
We’re aliiiiiiivvvveeeee! I’m singing, Staying Alive, in my head right now, but I replaced the word, “staying” with the word, “we’re.” It doesn’t quite have the same ring, but it works. I bet you’re singing that song now, too. :) Anyway. . . we’ve been shooting like maniacs this past month. It’s all been quite the whirlwind, but looking through these images today helped me to realize how awesome it’s all been. We’ve gotten to hang out with some of the best couples around and take pictures of some pretty nifty things. Below is a quick snapshot of what we’ve been up to lately! Shout-out to all our amazing couples out there—we think you rock; thanks for making our jobs a blast!
PS—there’s a self-portrait of me in the mix below. Gold star to you if you can find it! ;)