Edelman seems to have quite the sense of humor and he's quickly becoming one of my favorites on the team (that pass against Baltimore certainly didn't hurt). If you get a chance, you may also want to check out this Smoothie Tyme video, it's also pretty funny.
This week's Friday Night Video is Julian Edelman's throwback post from last week, his own version of the theme song from the show, Growing Pains. He entitled it "Growing Pats" and it's adorable.
We all know that posts are always better with pictures so I have included a couple that I took of my godson with one of my son's footballs. I have no comment at this time as to whether the ball was properly inflated or not but I do have to say that his expression tells it all about how I feel about the story at this point.
Happy Friday, everyone, I hope that you all have a great weekend!! Go Pats!
The other day, as I was working on Kason's pictures, I kept feeling like some of them reminded me of someone. I couldn't quite figure it out who until I looked at some old pictures and realized that it was me:
Now that I think about though, I think the resemblance is all just in my head, or maybe it is what's not on my head that makes me think this. My kids all had tons of hair so no little bald babies for me, consequently none of them really reminded me of me. But whether it is an actual resemblance or just a lack of hair, he still looks enough like me that I felt compelled to dig out an old picture so I am going to enjoy it! Happy Thursday, everyone, hope that you all have a great day!! By the way, It is absolutely gorgeous to look at today, too bad that it's 15 degrees out there, yeah just what I need around here, another frosty teen in my life!
My website was way overdue for an overhaul. Regular readers know that I do this on occasion, just one day change the look of my website. Regular readers will also know that this drives my husband crazy because it is not the way that you are supposed to do things. You are supposed to analyze and plan these things, not just change everything one day on a whim. And he's right, it doesn't make the most business sense but the main reason that I even do this is to feed my creative soul and if I am bored with the look of my website, then it is not doing that. Rather than suffer through it or ignore it, I change things up so I can get excited about it again. Actually my husband should feel thankful that I have this to satisfy this need for change because it used to be my living room that I would change and this is a lot less labor for him!! So there you have it, a new look brought to you a whim on a Wednesday (ooh, maybe there is a weekly feature in there somewhere, Wednesday Whims?) Plus I figure that there are many teenagers out there that feel the same way about changes (probably a lot more of those than there are teenagers that read business books about the proper way to brand) and we all know what a special place teenagers and senior portraits have in my heart! Happy Wednesday, everyone, if you have a whim this Wednesday, why not indulge it?
So earlier today, I posted on Facebook that the weather outside is frightful (it is crazy out there, while we were out shoveling, I went out back to make sure that my dryer vent was clear and the snow was above my knees) but what I have to work on is certainly delightful. Truer words have never been written. In addition to finishing up the Wallace wedding, I also got a chance to work on the pictures of my godson. And oh yeah, let's not forget, his oh so handsome brother. They looked so cute in their matching outfits and it was great to get some of the two of them together.
After we made sure that we got a couple of cute ones of the two of them together, we let Kason's big brother off the hook. He wasn't a big fan of having his picture taken, not a big surprise there, getting pictures taken is not the favorite activity of most little boys in my experience. Kason, on the other hand, as long as we kept him engaged, he didn't care what I was doing. And I had a couple of props (well actually toys from my own kids) that he got a kick out of, including one that had special meaning, it's a rocking plane that my mom had given my son when he was Kason's age.
Then it was time for an outfit change. Kason's mother had brought along a special outfit that he had received from my aunt and uncle as a christening present. My mother's father had emigrated to America from Scotland when he was just a toddler so when my aunt and uncle (my mother's brother) visited Scotland last year, they made sure to pick up something for Kason that would represent his heritage, and be adorable, of course.
You may have noticed that one of my props is an old fashioned wooden sled (also courtesy of my mom). It was pretty cold out that day so we had decided that we'd work inside but then once we had the sled out and Kason had on his warm Scotland outfit, we decided that maybe we could venture out for a bit. After all, we had gotten a bit of snow the day before and I just didn't think that there was much point in letting it go to waste. I am so glad that we did, Kason loved it!
Then it was back inside. When I was pulling out props, I also happened to come across a Red Sox shirt that was just Kason's size. Since spring training is around the corner, I asked his mom and dad if it would be okay to take a couple pictures with it on. In one of the pictures, he looks like he is either yelling or cheering about something, hmm, perfect Red Sox fan, already?
His mom had a picture of Kason's brother that she wanted to recreate (a mom having a special request, you all know that I loved this!) with Kason. And it was such a great idea too, it involved a towel, a yellow rubber ducky and an adorable baby, sounds like the recipe for a perfect picture to me! Since he was shirtless already, I also figured that we could get some pictures of him in a basket that I had. I think he's getting a little too big for that, he tried to escape!
What a wonderful way to spend the Sunday between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. I was wondering what I was going to do on a Sunday without football (the pro bowl doesn't count!) and I got a better answer than I could have even asked for. Thank you to Kason's mom and dad for letting me have some time with your boys, it was awesome! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Kason's pictures.
We did get a snow day (days, maybe?) and we have been lucky not to lose power (keeping my fingers and toes that it stays that way) so now I am ready to blog about the rest of the Wallace's wedding. After a beautiful ceremony, the wedding party and their guests moved to the barn so that the fantastic, and really efficient, staff, led by the coordinating efforts of Anthony, at the Publick House, could get to work on setting up Paige Hall for the reception. While the guests were enjoying cocktails and each other's company, we did some formals of the wedding party but first, Matt and Cat took a moment to admire Matt's new jewelry.
After we finished up, it was time for the wedding party to be introduced. I think that it is safe to say that they were all honored to be there and that the bride and groom were pretty excited about their new relationship status!
After the introductions, it was time for the first dance, they started out having the dance floor to themselves before inviting everyone out onto the dance floor to share the moment with them.
Then it was time for the blessing and the toasts. The blessing was given by a dear friend of theirs and was very nicely done (and featured cameos by a couple of adorable members of the wedding party, his twins). The toasts were given by each of the best men, one of the matrons of honor and the bridesman. Much like the vows, the toasts were very special and heartfelt, and invoked visible emotion.
The cake cutting is usually a highlight of the day but I think that it is safe to say that it was even more eagerly anticipated at this wedding.
Another touching part of the day was Matt's dance with his mother, it was obvious that it was very special to them both. When it was Cat's turn, she had something unique up her sleeve. Sadly, Cat's father passed away many years ago but rather than let it get her down or skipping the dance, she found a way to honor him by choosing someone special to dance with during this dance (she also had her sister light a candle in loving memory during the ceremony). She also managed to include her mother in the moment, she had the DJ announce that both her and Matt would dance with someone special and Cat danced with her dear friend and bridesman while Matt danced with Catherine's mother, Mary. They chose the Beatles, Let It Be, a song that's first line is, "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be" How perfect!
During the course of the day, we got some special group shots, the guest were great at assembling themselves. Especially for one shot that just epic!! I have to admit that I had nothing to do with the largest group shot, they posed themselves and then came and got me. I wish I had set it up, I would have been proud to have done so!
Then it was time to open the dance floor and let the dancing begin. The DJs from Platinum Productions were fantastic and very professional. As a photographer, it is very important to know what the schedule will be. One of the DJs came right over to us and went over the schedule of the day and promised to give us plenty of notice for the toasts, the dances and the cake cutting (although the kids were so excited about the cake, we didn't really need the alert about the cake, ha!). Of course, the most important quality in a DJ is the entertainment. In this regard, they did not disappoint, they were terrific. The dance floor was hopping the whole day, and their lighting added quite the touch to the day, and to the pictures.
Before the day was over, Catherine and Matthew took the opportunity to sneak away and take some pictures outside. I think that I may have mentioned once or twice (or a million times) that it was cold outside. Not that you can tell from these pictures. As I said in a Facebook post, Billie Holiday must have been on to something when she sang, "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm". On our way in, they posed with a sign that they feel perfectly encapsulates their relationship. I also grabbed their rings to get a couple of shots.
Before we knew it, it was time for the last dance. Everyone gathered to watch Matthew and Catherine share one final dance on their wedding day, well everyone watched until the happy couple invited them to join them.
Thank you Matthew and Catherine for allowing us to help you to capture your special day. It was an honor and a privilege and we wish you many, many years of joy and love. Hopefully the love that helped to keep you warm on your wedding day will continue to grow and to keep you warm for many years to come. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the pictures.
I did not leave my house at all on yesterday or today. As a matter of fact, the only time that I even stepped outside was briefly this afternoon to take a couple of pictures of my godson (more on that later this week). Not only did I not mind leaving the house, I so appreciated it, it was wonderful! For the first time in a while, I really felt that I regained my equilibrium. I had a lot of time to clean my house, edit some pictures, catch up my laundry and just generally regroup. And I did it all when I felt like it (trust me, it wasn't all work, there was a lot of reading, napping and just generally sitting around that happened this weekend as well). Although, now that I think of it, the one thing that I didn't get in was a trip to the grocery store to buy bread and milk. If you live in the Northeast, you just said,. "Oooh, that might be a mistake." I am fully aware of this but then I realized that we have not eaten bread around here since I figured out that I am allergic to yeast two years ago and as for milk, well Cumberland Farms is less than a mile from us, we can probably walk there on Wednesday afternoon if we really need to get milk (although all that we really use milk for around here is cereal and hot cocoa, hardly the staples of life). All in all, I am pretty confident that we will be okay! A big part of my satisfaction this weekend was my picture stuff, getting to work on the wedding pictures of this great couple:
and getting to take pictures of this handsome guy, and his handsome brother, today::
By the way, I am hoping to finish working on all my pictures and to blog about the rest of the wedding pictures early this week, maybe even sooner if we actually do get this storm that has the meteorologists all excited! I have to say that it is so nice to start a week feeling refreshed and ready for whatever's coming, even if it happens to be a blizzard! And in spite of the fact that I dropped the ball on the milk and bread, I am pretty sure that we will be just fine! Good luck everyone, please stay safe and warm!
I know that I have featured this song more than once but I have a reason to do so once again. At their wedding last weekend, Catherine and Matthew chose this as their last song. I got a kick out this because I had introduced them to this song last year when I worked on a project with Cat. I used this song partly as a filler but Cat decided to keep it in there. I know that Cat and Matt share a mutual love of music so it meant even more that they chose this song to be played at their wedding. By the way, is there a word for music people, you know like food people being called foodies? if so, can someone tell me what it is? If not? Then we need to work on this! Anyway, I was thrilled when Cat used it last year so you can imagine my delight when they danced to it at their wedding. I was almost as thrilled as I was when they asked me to take their pictures. Actually scratch that, it doesn't even begin to compare. Few things compare with realizing that someone has the faith, and the trust, in you to take pictures on one of the most important days of their lives. Now that's a thrill! Happy Friday, everyone, have a great day and a great weekend.
Catherine and Matthew had such a beautiful, and heartfelt, wedding ceremony. Like the rest of the wedding weekend, it took place at the charming Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge. If you know Cat and Matt, you know that this was the perfect place for them, mostly because of that key word in the name, Historic. They both love history. In fact, it can be argued that their mutual love of history was a major factor in making them realize that they were meant for each other. One thing for sure, it certainly wasn't their baseball team allegiances (more on that in a bit). Matt was escorted in by both of his parents (they looked lovely, or dashing, in the case of his dad). They were then followed by the rest of the wedding party.
They had some pretty adorable kids in the wedding including Matt's youngest niece, I think that she was pretty excited when she spotted her parents up front (they were officiating the ceremony).
And then it was time for the bride to enter, escorted by her mom. When I saw her, the word regal immediately came to mind. Well actually my mind was torn between regal, stunning and breathtaking, I'll let you be the judge. By the way, I am pretty sure that Matt was on the same wavelength (umm, Matt, thinking like me, you may want to be afraid, be very afraid!
The ceremony itself was wonderful. It started out with Catherine's sister lighting a candle in loving memory of all of those that could not be present. Then Matt's sister and her husband took over, Matthew and Catherine had asked them to officiate and they did a splendid job. Then a couple of their dear friends were kind enough to do readings, the first reading was a Shakespearean sonnet (I am not the biggest fan of public speaking so I think that doing a reading may be the hardest job at a wedding ,although bustling. may give it a run for the money). In case you are wondering, they both were awesome!
Then it was time for the vows and the rings. Matthew and Catherine wrote their own vows, my own personal philosophy is that If you can invoke visible emotion, then you are doing something right. By this criteria, Cat and Matt were a smashing success. Although to be fair, they got here easily, all it really took was mentioning their baseball allegiances. See, Cat is a die-hard Red Sox fan while Matt is a rigid, uncompromising, Yankees fan. Sorry, Matt, I'm a Red Sox fan, I just couldn't resist throwing those in here when they came up as synonyms for die-hard in the thesaurus. What I really mean is that Matt is a staunch, true blue Yankee's fan, and from what I hear from Cat, true blue is a perfect description for Matt. Not because he is a huge Yankees fan (which he is) but because he's a stand up guy and super loyal too!
It was such a beautiful ceremony that there was nothing left to be said, well except maybe, "You may kiss the bride" so ..:
Now how can you top that? Well most likely you can't so you have no choice but to leave, so they did::
And so everyone else did too:
The bride and groom managed to capture a moment or two before it was time to get ready for the reception.
Please click here to see the rest of the ceremony pictures and please tune in later this week for pictures from the the reception,
As we were leaving the rehearsal dinner, Catherine mentioned to us that she was going to start getting ready at 5:30 the next morning. She was also quick to tell us that we certainly did not have to be there that early. I didn't get there quite that early but the sun still wasn't up when I arrived at the inn. Everyone was gathering in the library (anyone that knows Cat appreciates how perfect this location was!) and when I got there, the talented artists of Beauty in Motion were hard at work on the bride and her attendants in the. Brittany, Ashleigh and Amanda operated like a well oiled machine, they were very focused on the task at hand and worked hard to ensure that the ladies remained on schedule, and looked absolutely beautiful, of course!
While they were getting ready, I took advantage of the extra time to take some pictures of the wedding dress and the rings. The rings were nestled in the most adorable boxes and since they were well protected, I took the opportunity to bring them outside and get some pictures of them with the snow as the background. As for the dress, it was so stunning that I simply hung it up by a window and let its gorgeousness speak for itself!!
I also used the time as an opportunity to get some detail shots and trust me, there were plenty of wonderful things to take pictures of including the venue looking so beautiful and some really cute touches by the bride and groom!
While the bride was finishing up, we rounded up the groom and his groomsmen (and one groomswoman) to get some group shots of them. They were so awesome that they even agreed to go outside for a bit even though it was really cold that morning. That actually had nothing to do with us, that was all Matthew. All we had to do was tell him that Catherine requested a picture of him and the groomspeople on the sleigh and he rounded them up. We also got some of the whole group inside as well (they liked those ones a little better, I think).
When we finished with the guys, we checked in to see how the girls were doing. Catherine was just putting her gown on so it was perfect timing. Everyone else was busy putting the finishing touches on everything including Cat's bustle. Once we were all done, we all agreed that Catherine was one stunningly beautiful bride!!
Then Catherine headed downstairs so that she could go see Matt. They had decided in advance that they were going to see each other before the ceremony. When I had asked Catherine if they were going to see each other beforehand, she had such a good answer, "I have to see him, I know that I will be a nervous wreck and he is the only that will be able to calm me down." They chose to do it outside in the cold (again, they rock!) but honestly, and this is going to sound corny, there was so much love and joy out there that none of us were cold (okay, maybe we were a teeny bit cold).
Paula and I each took a different angle:
I think it's safe to say that Matt was pretty happy to see his bride. And seeing Catherine's serene expression when she saw Matthew proved that they had made the right decision.
They posed for a couple of pictures and then we headed inside. On the way in, Matt couldn't resist a glimpse of the back of Cat's dress.
We took some group shots and then it was time for the wedding party to gather and get ready for the ceremony to begin.
Please click here to see the rest of the pre-ceremony pictures and please tune in later this week for pictures from the ceremony and the reception
Wow, what a weekend it was around here. It was a weekend that started with Catherine and Matthew's rehearsal dinner and ended with my daughter achieving her goal of qualifying for states in gymnastics and a convincing win by the Patriots (yes, I am aware that happened last night but since I really didn't do anything today, I am not even counting today, ha!) Cat and Matt's (really, how cute is that, Cat and Matt?) wedding weekend took place at the Publick House Inn in Sturbridge Village. Since the wedding was scheduled for 11:00 in the morning, Cat and I had decided that it would probably be easiest if I stayed over the night before. That was a great decision because it also ensured that we could get some pictures of the rehearsal dinner. My friend, or in this case photography partner in crime, Paula, and I arrived in Sturbridge around 4 on Friday afternoon. We met briefly with the bride to be for a quick tour of the venue and to make a plan for later that evening. We got ourselves settled in before heading back to the main inn for the rehearsal dinner around 6. When we got back, it was dark outside and the venue looked so pretty that we couldn't resist taking a couple of pictures.
It was such a nice evening, everyone was so happy for Cat and Matt. It was wonderful to see everyone together and the evening was just fabulous. We were able to get some good pictures of the couple by themselves and with the important people in their lives. Cat and Matt were such gracious, not to mention, grateful hosts, so it was quite obvious that they really appreciated all the support. By the way, the food wasn't bad either, as a matter of fact, I liked the salad fixings so much that I stole a couple of ideas for a salad that I made for dinner tonight!
There were quite a few kids in the wedding, which was great for us, there is no better subject than kids (that's just my own humble opinion). And these kids were especially cooperative about getting their picture taken, all that we had to do was promise to show them the pictures after!
I am so glad that we were able to go to the rehearsal dinner, it was the perfect chance to meet their families and the members of their wedding party (and get some pictures, of course). Plus it served to make us pretty excited for the wedding. After the success of the rehearsal, we knew that the wedding day would be special day, and it was!!
Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the rehearsal pictures. And please make sure to come back if you would like to see the wedding pictures (trust me, they are such a wonderful couple that you will want to come back!)
Wow. I have not done one of these in a while. Okay, in my defense, it is not just the Friday night video post that I have been neglecting, I have been really derelict about posting anything lately. Oh wait, that's not any sort of defense, that is just making things worse. Never mind, let's just start over. This week's Friday Night Video happened because I happened to hear One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" (well happened to hear is a bit of a misnomer, one of my daughters is a big 1D fan, see even know the lingo, so I just "happen" to hear this song all the time!).
Anyway this song is in honor of all of the senior girls that I had the privilege of capturing this fall. I get asked quite often if the girls are all as stunning and amazing as they appear and as I describe them (well I get asked about the boys too but this is a girls only post!). And you know what? They are! It is so tough to be a female these days, there is so much pressure to look perfect all the time, to live up to some unrealistic, super edited (words and pictures) ideal of womanhood, and not only that, but they are expected to be smart and talented and athletic to boot! And these girls not only handle it, they rock it! When I met with them this fall, they had it all under control and were so sweet and pretty and just plain awesome. Of course, most of it is all because of them but I think that part of it is that senior year is such a special time of life. Seniors are so full of excitement and promise that I find that it doesn't take much to coax that light and promise out. In fact, I think that it is almost impossible for them to hide their light, it just shines from within! But even with that, they still aren't always sure of themselves. So as I noted above, I heard this song the other day and I realized how perfect it would be for this post (and for this time of life), " You're insecure, Don't know what for..." How sad that most girls (and women too) seem to feel this way. It frustrates me so much to see them picking themselves apart about every little thing. I mean, just look at them, do they have any reason to be picking themselves apart?? My answer, an emphatic no! And I think that it's pretty evident what makes them beautiful,!!
Happy Friday, everyone! Have a great weekend, enjoy the extra day off!! Go Pats!
Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to capture some memories for Carolyn and Bob's wedding. They decided to hold their ceremony and celebration at the House of Brews here in Stoughton, an absolutely wonderful venue for a small, intimate, winter wedding. It was the perfect place for Bob and Carolyn to begin the next phase of their relationship. If you have never been to the House of Brews, then do yourself a favor and check it out sometime for a drink or an appetizer (not necessarily for a wedding, that was a rather unique occurrence). It has a very warm and cozy atmosphere to it. With a fireplace and a few couches artfully arranged in distinct seating arrangements, it gives the feeling of having a drink in your own living room. Well maybe not my living room, the House of Brews is much more stylish than my living room ever thought about being!. Guests started arriving about a half an hour before the ceremony was scheduled to begin so there was plenty of picture taking opportunities prior to the official event.
There were a great many interactions and re-connections going on while we waited which made the time just fly by.
Bob's son, John performed the ceremony and he took his duties quite seriously. Before the ceremony even got started, he was taking care of his dad and making sure that he looked perfect for the occasion.
It was a beautiful ceremony, John did a fabulous job, he was quite funny and entertaining and he made sure that everyone was engaged and absorbed in the proceedings. In addition to Bob's son performing the ceremony, the couple also enlisted the help of Carolyn's niece to stand up for them. She was also in charge of the rings and the bouquets and passing out favors later in the day, quite the multi-tasker! By the way, you may recognize her from Sammy's blog post last fall, Sammy is her older sister (as is Katie, another one of my seniors).
After dinner, we made sure to take some more shots including one of the groom with the bouquet and one of the bride's mother with all of her grandchildren. And of course, one of the new Mr. & Mrs.
And then it was time for the toast. Carolyn's youngest son was responsible for the toast and he did a fantastic job. I imagine that the goal of any toast is to produce some laughter as well as at least a lump in the throat, if not actual tears. After looking through the pictures, I think that it is fair for me to say that he achieved both of these goals magnificently!
Then it was on to the cake cutting. I think that maybe the bride and groom wanted to make more of a ceremony out of the cake cutting but one bite of the cake and they got derailed, the cake was that good. According to the happy couple, the only thing that surpassed the beauty of the cake was how delicious it tasted!
After the cake cutting, it was time for some group pictures including some family ones, friend ones and of course, one with the owners of the House of Brews and then it was time to call it a day. A joyous, memorable and fun-filled day at that.
Every day, the House of Brews features "Today's Thought". On Saturday, it was on the wall right above the cake and I think it is the perfect thought with which to end this post:
Congratulations, Carolyn and Bob, thank you so much for allowing me to help you capture some of the moments of your wedding day. It was so special to witness your family and friends blending together. I wish you many, many years of joy and happiness together. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the new Mr. and Mrs. Lee's pictures.
Have a got a treat for you all today, quite possibly the cutest sisters ever. Although I may be a teeny bit biased
because they are my nieces (by the way, I have the best nieces ever, each one is as nice and as wonderful as can be!). I have to say that I think the relationship between aunts and their nieces (or nephews, let's not forget the boys here) is so unique and special. You get the privilege of knowing them all their lives and spending special times with them but you don't have the overwhelming responsibility for them. What I mean by this is with your own kids, you always have to be on them to make sure that they are safe and behaving and have good manners. With nieces and nephews, they already have parents to do all that so you can just enjoy their company. And enjoy it, I did! I got a special bonus visit with them last Tuesday to take some pictures. We met at one of my favorite places and we got started right away, mostly because it was pretty cold out but more on that in a bit.
So as I mentioned above, it was cold out that day. So cold in fact that the girls would put on their coats immediately between poses. But other than that, it didn't faze the girls. They were such troopers, whenever we got to a new spot, they would just shed their jackets and pose for me, oh so cutely, I might add! We did sneak in a couple with their coats on, luckily they matched perfectly. I included a couple of the youngest 2 walking around so you could get an idea of just how cold it was.
It was so chilly out that we took a much deserved break in the middle of the shoot to go back in the car and warm up. And once we did that, the girls were more than happy to pose for me once more. The youngest kept trying to make me promise that we would only take one more. But of course, they were so cute that it was pretty much impossible for me to force myself to stop shooting. As most of you know, I am not the biggest fan of the cold so it speaks to how much fun I was having that I wanted to continue on!
As you can see, I showed them most of my favorite spots at the estate and as you can see, they definitely did them justice. I can't wait to get them back there when it isn't so cold and I made them promise that they would do it again with me in the warmer months. Oooh, maybe we could get the whole entire family to join us there sometime, wouldn't that be something?
Thanks Jolley girls for braving the cold with me. I loved our bonus visit and I can't wait to do it again another time when it is warmer!! I love you all and am so happy that you're my nieces, you are the best nieces that I could ask for (never mind the cutest!) Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the Jolley sisters pictures.
Monday was a banner day for me because not only did I get to work with the Durand family, I also got a chance to hang out with Alexandra and Brandon later that day. You all may remember Brandon, he was one of my seniors this fall. Well a couple of days before Christmas, I heard from his older sister, Alexandra, about possibly doing some portraits of the two of them together as a present for their parents. They figured that this is the perfect time to do some portraits because in addition to Brandon being a senior, Alexandra is a senior also, a senior in college. So this is a pivotal time in both their lives and of course, I think that there is no better way to mark a pivotal time in life than with some portraits.
Even though we took the pictures after Christmas, this was a present for their parents. We tried to schedule it before but just could not make it happen so they gave them a card on Christmas day telling their parents that portraits were coming. Their parents were thrilled, especially their mom. I can imagine, I know that I would be. Any kids that read out there (where you are 13 or 30 or 60), a portrait is pretty much always a safe bet to be your mom's, and most likely your dad's (I'm a mom so I feel more confident speaking for the moms of the world) favorite present!!
Alexandra and Brandon were great sports that day, it was pretty cold out and they did not complain even once. They could have to because even though the outfits that they were wearing were extremely stylish, they could not have been all that warm. Aside from that, I thought that their outfits were perfect, not to mention very complementary to each other, and I gave them high marks for their style. And they let me drag them all around the place, you all know how I love that!! Although since it was cold, not the whole place, I do have somewhat of a heart, you know!
I haven't many opportunities to see Brandon and Alexandra together since Alexandra has been at college for the last couple of years but from what I saw that day, they have a strong bond between them, It's obvious that they have a lot of love and respect for each. And as I saw a couple times during the shoot, they bring out the best in each other.
Thank you Alexandra and Brandon for spending some time with me this vacation. It was an honor to be chosen by you to help you give your parents such a nice gift. I wish you both much luck as you finish off your senior years, I am sure that there is much success in both of your futures. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Alexandra and Brandon's pictures.
On Monday, I was lucky enough to work with the extended Durand family. It was such a pleasure to meet them and to get a chance to work with them. The reason that we did it this week is that some of the members of the family live out of state and this was time when they would all be together. I love seeing families all together and I consider it such an honor to be invited to participate in such an occasion. I met them at the home of the grandparents. Unfortunately it was a bit chilly out but they were all great sports and let me get some shots outside.
After taking some pictures right around there house, we headed over to the community center. Years ago, prior to a vacation at Disney World, my husband and I got a guide book that advised us to walk purposefully to Space Mountain as soon as we arrived at the Magic Kingdom. I felt that way with the Durands, we were very purposeful as we walked over to the community center. Of course, I couldn't resist getting a few shots of our journey over there.
Before we got to the community center, we did make one more stop to take a couple more outside pictures.
Once we got inside, we defrosted (both literally and figuratively) and got some more pictures of the whole group,
as well as just the grandchildren,
and the various combinations.
I was also able to get a couple more candid shots as well as another one of all the grandchildren before we left to go out into the cold once more and called it a day.
Thank you Durand family. It was truly an honor to be a part of the gathering of your extended family. I wish you and your family a very Happy new Year. I hope that 2015 is a year filled with much joy, laughter and happiness. If what I saw on Monday is any indication, your family has the joy and laughter thing down pat! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the extended Durand family pictures.