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Whenever I'm in a particular environment and I notice that there is some kind of art on the wall, I always try and stay attuned to life imitating art, either literally or somewhat subjectively. Body language is completely universal and I always find it remarkable that, as long as the painter knew what he or she was doing, all you have to do is wait for it... it will happen. It always happens. Just keep those eyes open.
seek the joy
Yup, it's that time of year again. I'm only a couple of weeks away from the end of my crazy busy season so the reflecting, tidying, and new challenge making is about to begin. So what better to start with than a look back at 2010? It was a really wonderful year - one of immense intellectual growth for me. Lots of time studying and learning about images and intense critique of my own work. Looking back through these images brings me right into the moments in which they were made - all the jitters, laughs, sweaty dance floors, silence... the incredible range of human connection that I get to witness and document during a wedding celebration.
For me, it's always been about documenting relationships - the relationship between two or more people, between people and their environment, people and their stuff... I always go back to what I believe to be the most important thing I learned in acting school about the human condition: behavior defines character and environment shapes behavior. What we do and how we do it gets at the core of who we are as individuals. The environment [physical, emotional, spiritual, etc] seasons that behavior. It gives whatever we are doing shape, contour, and context. People are so dang beautiful and fascinating. I just can't help but marvel and get caught up. The mundane is miraculous. Just keep your eyes open. All you have to do is notice it.
So with that, I now, ever so humbly, present to you The Best of Love, 2010. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful moments that are our constitution.
You know, if you are interested you can check out The Best of Love, 2009. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts about how my image making has evolved, changed, some differences between the years...
Be Joyful. Seek the joy of being alive.
Once it gets above 60 degrees, I'm pretty much rendered useless... winter is where I belong and I always get so excited when couples decide that they'd like to have their Together Session taking advantage of the snow and winter. For Nicole and Elias we waited until there was some wonderful snow on the ground and headed out to Appleton Farms. It's this lovely area filled with snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and plenty of pastoral landscapes to awe even the most computer obsessed soul. And, of course, no evening romping through the snow is complete without a warm fire, some snuggling, and some hot cocoa. Summer, please don't come back. Ever. We can go straight to fall and apple cider.
seek the joy
Krisan and Todd had the esteemed honor of being my last wedding commission of the season. It was lovely, in Boston, and filled with all sorts of family celebration. So evident on that day were the incredible bonds between her family - they are all just as close as close could be. I love that. Emotions ran high and the couple celebrated in fine style with merriment abounding.
When the celebration was over, I went down to my car and just sat in the parking lot for about an hour trying to catch my breath and reflecting. It was a very long and very difficult year. I wouldn't trade it for the world and was so lucky to find the couples that I ended up working with. Great matches all around, exciting adventures, and many journeys into the unknown. Can't wait for the 2011 season!
How do you seek the joy? ....we are working very hard now...putting in the time and sacrificing some of our joys to finish graduate school. we are preparing and are extremely excited for the joys of our future. we are very much looking forward to May when we both graduate and get to spend more time doing the things we love. Mainly just being together and with our friends and family.
seek the joy