I have really debated whether I should write about this or not. Yesterday, one of the seniors at our high school was killed in a tragic shooting accident. This combined with the recent death of a 3 year old has left our town shaken and terribly saddened. On one hand, I don't want it to seem like I am trying to capitalize on these tragedies but on the other hand, it does not seem right to just continue on and not mention them either. I think that I am going to let a song from Rascall Flatts do my talking, one line in particular keeps replaying in my head, "It hurts my heart to see you cry". And these tragedies do, they hurt my heart. They just plain hurt my heart.
One of the constants on Saturday mornings was the Bugs Bunny show. As we all know, the show featured quite the cast of characters, including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and maybe the most famous of all, Road Runner. What makes me think of Bugs and the Road Runner is that I think that one of the 2 shows that I watch on a regular basis, Bones or NCIS, made a reference to Road Runner this week (umm, not too sure of anything here, am I? Maybe Road Runner is the most famous and I think that one of 2 shows may have referred to the Road Runner. But I will redeem myself right here, Wile E. Coyote is the best character name EVER, for any character!) I will further redeem myself and make this a double bonus and offer a Bugs and a Road Runner clip.
Hey, what are you still doing here, what are you looking for? Don't you know......
So this is totally not a Friday night video but it's also my blog and my rules so I will bend the criteria when I want to :) I decided since this is the last Friday in September (where did that month go?) that I should commemorate all the birthdays that we had in one of our most birthday heavy months (February has the most). We have had family or very close friends celebrate birthdays on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th, 2 on the 14th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 25th, and the 26th plus my cousin's 40th birthday is tomorrow (Happy birthday, Jen!). And since this song and the accompanying pictures are absolutely hilarious, it is not a bad way to start off your Friday. For all you September birthdays, this one's for all of you, happy birthday month!
I wish! Boston Public Library.
So the last month or so (really since right before school started) has been just crazy busy around here (in stark contrast to the lazy, hazy, beach days of summer). Since I have a football player and a cheerleader, I have no expectation that it will be anything but crazy around here until at least Thanksgiving. In addition to school starting, I have also taken the portraits of 7 seniors, 3 families (2 at the same time), shot a wedding and contributed some photos to the local Patch. And of course, there is editing,to do and let's not forget to mention the ever present taxi service that I provide for my kids around Stoughton (I should charge them a fare and then maybe they would appreciate it more!). Anyway in the midst of all the beginning of school insanity, a job opened at my youngest daughter's school. I was really torn about what to do because I love subbing but in the long run, I decided that applying for the job would be the best thing for me because it would help to calm the chaos in my life. Well I am happy to say that I got it! I am really excited about this because it's a job as the school librarian and I have a lot of ideas about things that I would love to do with the library. How lucky am I that my jobs are my 2 favorite things, photography and reading. Plus it's only 3 days a week so if I need to save the other 2 days for editing (or heaven forbid, housework!), I can but if I want to work them, I can still try to pick up some subbing days. And it's only a mile from my house so I can walk to work if necessary (that will really come in handy next year when my daughter gets her license) and it is for school hours, so I'll be home when my kids are home (oh wait, 2 teens and 2 almost teens? Maybe that's not such a benefit).
So part 2 really just picks up where part I left off - gorgeous family, gorgeous place, gorgeous light. I know I say this about every season but there really is nothing like a gorgeous fall day in New England. Well I say that about every season except for winter. I would be happiest if it snowed every day for the 2 weeks around Christmas and I could go sledding and walk in the fresh snow and do a little ice skating on the side but after that we could go back to any of the other seasons. Anyway enough wishful thinking, back to the Shute/DiCaprio families. After we left the gardens, we moved onto the meadow but not before we saw a farm stand complete with a blackboard and a great, big, red barn door.
In the meadow area, there's a path and plenty of great trees and benches but really, the absolute best thing about it is the light, it is just incredible!
Plus if you go to the other side of the pond, you not only get a cool fence but also a great view of the "house".
And on the way back to the car, we encountered a couple of trees that were so cool that none of the "kids" could resist climbing up them!
It was really such a fun session and I hope that they had as much fun as I did. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the Shute/DiCaprio family shoot.
So on Sunday, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with the Shute and DiCaprio families. Mr. Shute (Matt) and Mrs. DiCaprio (Suzanne, awesome name!) are brother and sister so the families arranged a time that they could all get together and a get a whole list of shots (there really was a list on an index card, love, love, love organized people). With the help of my wonderful assistant (my 14 year old daughter), we were able to get all of the requested shots. And the best part was that we had an absolute blast doing it. What's not to love about being outside on a picture perfect day (pun intended), at a gorgeous estate with a bunch of fun loving kids and terrific adults? We started things off under this camouflage tree, look closely, and tell me that the bark doesn't look just like camo.
Next we went through the woods to visit another garden (the Bradley Estate is really a pretty cool place). This garden featured an arbor and a stone wall that was just right for little ones to lay their bellies on! And the arbor was completely bathed in sun. I tried to incorporate the sun to make some cool portraits but I think that there is a little too much glare, I do love the "upside down rainbow" effect though.
After that, it was off to run in the meadow and check out the llamas (I'm telling you, it's such a cool place, great for a fall foliage picnic, I'm just saying). Unfortunately, I have to go get ready for work so it looks like this will have to be continued tomorrow. Another cliffhanger, I know, I know, I'm sorry. But speaking of cliffhangers, tonight I will FINALLY get to know what happens to the NCIS team, yay! Have a great day, everyone!
Yesterday was a total double bonus. I got to meet with 2 great families that each had 2 kids, 2 boys for the Shute Family and 2 girls for the DiCaprio family. There were also 2 Suzannes, myself and Mrs. DiCaprio. And I brought my daughter with me so there were 2 Jolleys (a big shout out to my daughter, she was a big help!) There were even 2 photographers there since I happened to run into my friend (and photographer extraordinaire), Stacey Norling of Stacey Norling photography. Funnily enough, her client was also named Suzanne (so I guess that makes the Suzanne thing a triple bonus, well you can never have too many Suzannes!) It was an absolutely beautiful day outside and I felt pretty blessed to be able to spend it outside with so many nice people, hanging out with all those great kids. Enjoy this sneak peek, I hope to have the rest up here tomorrow or Wednesday. Happy Monday (if there is such a thing as a happy Monday).
So today's cartoon is inspired by an exchange that a friend of mine had with her dad on Facebook. She changed her profile picture to this great picture of her and a friend and that's when the fun started. Her dad made the comment that it looked like Betty and Veronica. She then wrote, "How many people do you think will understand that?" Then he responded, "Well you did, so your age and older should be able to figure it out,but you'll have to explain it to the girls.." I wasn't involved in the thread but it made me chuckle reading it because it just seemed like such a typical father/daughter exchange. A little sarcasm, a touch of exasperation and a whole barrel full of affection. It's nice to know that some things never change, no matter how old we get or what kind of technology we are using! So in their honor, an Archie cartoon (since I am the same age as she is, if you recognize the cartoon, you may want to keep it to yourself because then you may be "our age or older").
In honor of my wedding anniversary which is this Sunday, my Friday Night Video this week is our wedding song, It Had to Be You. We didn't dance to this version (we danced to the Frank Sinatra version) but this version also played a part in our story. See we were friends for years before we finally started dating. And I saw this movie at a dollar show with my husband, another friend of mine and my mother. Now you need to remember we were just friends at this point so this was not a date because bringing your mom and a friend on a date would be a little bit odd although when we were on our honeymoon, there was another couple that was on their honeymoon and they brought her parents with them. Anyway my mom told me later that watching "When Harry Met Sally" with us was pretty uncomfortable and that she spent the whole movie hoping that we (really she meant me) would smarten up. Ultimately we did smarten up so this is kind of like our movie. And really, I always just knew that he was the person for me. You know, I knew the way you know about a good melon!
Funny little side note, my brother and I rented this movie so often that we finally decided that it would be cheaper to buy it. Of course, we did buy it in the used Blockbuster bin (we must have inherited my mother's thrifty Scottish genes). Happy Friday everyone!
So last Saturday, my husband and I went down to Gillette Stadium to watch Troy Brown's induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame. We had already planned to go but it was such a beautiful day that we figured that we'd head over early to see if we could grab a bite to eat and a couple of adult beverages (which we did). After that, we headed over to the CBS Scene to see if we could find a good spot to watch the festivities. Unfortunately, the first spot we tried turned out to be not so good. See, it had a lady that that could not wait to tell me that I was in her way. Now, I can appreciate how frustrating it can be to have a spot and then have someone stand right in front of you at the last minute so I apologized profusely. An apology, that I will have you know, wasn't even acknowledged, unless you count a sniff of her nose. You know, that is one thing that really gets under my skin, people that can't acknowledge a thank you, an apology or an excuse me. In the end, though, she did us a favor because our new spot was awesome!! We met some much nicer, much friendlier people there. One of whom was kind enough to inform us that Drew Bledsoe and Gino Cappelletti were right inside finishing up a radio spot. They both looked terrific and I was really impressed with their demeanor and manner, especially Drew Bledsoe's. He was so cool, he posed for pictures, signed autographs and shook hands without a shred of impatience
I wish that I had known that Bledsoe would be there signing autographs because I have a Drew Bledsoe shirt that is signed by Troy Brown that I've had since my daughter was one (she had her 14th birthday on Tuesday) and I would have had brought it and had him sign it. (Sorry, I just couldn't resist, I just had to add some pictures!)
Speaking of birthdays, one of our new nice friends had their daughter with them and her mom told us that it was her birthday the day before. They were supposed to go to Canobie Lake Park to celebrate it but when she found out about this, she insisted that they do this instead. My husband and I loved this because we were joking around all day that this was our anniversary dinner (our anniversary is this Sunday but we have a really busy weekend ahead). I'm almost glad that we are so busy this weekend because this was the perfect way for us to celebrate. Especially because my husband often says that he knew I was the girl he would marry when we were at a party after we first started dating and someone asked, "Who were the starting linebackers for the 1976 Patriots?" and I rattled them off without pause.
Enjoy some of my favorites from the day like when they put Troy Brown's Bingo commercial on the big board or him flashing his trademark smile. It is really hard to tell with athletes and celebrities what kind of people they really are but from everything that we saw the other day, Troy Brown seems to be as genuinely nice as he appears. He was certainly as appreciative and as gracious as you would expect.
Patriots throughout the ages came to the ceremony including some of Brown's teemmates like Deion Branch (he was nice enough to bring up some lip balm in the middle of the speech), Ty Law and Tedy Bruschi (perhaps the next inductee?).
At one point, Brown and Bruschi looked like little kids up there telling secrets. And speaking of kids, this guy obviously came right from football since he's in his football pants and rib pads (pretty nice spiral!).
All in all, a great day! We saw a fantastic sunset and we even got a chance to stop in at the new Trader Joes for some groceries and some 2 Buck Chuck.
Ho hum, another day, another gorgeously photogenic, really sweet, ultra cooperative senior. I don't even know why you all bother coming back to visit this blog, it is so boring! All kidding aside, MaryBridget is a cousin of ours on my husband's side. Her dad and my husband are first cousins so although all my seniors are special, the family ties made this one a little sweeter (well that and that outrageously beautiful blond hair!). We met on Sunday at my new favorite place, really you can't beat it, there is an exquisite mansion, 2 formal gardens and acres of woods. Not to mention a pond, a couple of rustic fences, a plethora of trees, benches, rock walls, sigh, I could go on all day. MaryBridget was all set for her session with a couple changes of clothes and a smile ready to be put into action (did I mention the hair? I did, didn't I?)
I asked MaryBridget what she wanted her major to be and like Derek, she answered quickly and decisively (radiation therapy). Seniors these days (ooh, did that made me sound old) have such clear ideas about what they want to be, I don't think that I was that sure when I was a senior. Well considering that I started college majoring in Physical Therapy, graduated with a degree in Business, am currently working as a substitute teacher but applying for a position as a school librarian and am working as photographer hobbyist on the side, I guess that if it's fair to say that I wasn't sure at all. Oops, off on a bit of a tangent there, sorry! Anyway Mary Bridget has a pretty good idea what she wants to do with her life and also had a pretty good idea on how best to pose for me.
There is a teeny bit of coincidence here between Derek and Mary Bridget. Derek's uncle (who is good friends with friends of ours) met an Irish girl and got married in Ireland (they stayed over there). MaryBridget's dad also met an Irish girl and got married in Ireland (they moved here to America). Since I love an Irish accent, spending the day with MaryBridget's mom was not a hardship, to say the least. I have to say that her daughter looks a wee bit like an Irish country lass in a couple of these pictures, now doesn't she?
Once again, I have to give a hearty thanks to a great senior and her family for putting up with me. They get a special thanks because not only are they family but they also got me out of the house for the end of the Patriots' game. They lost so I'm glad that I did not have to stay and watch the debacle and the added bonus that I did not have to deal with my husband (I am quite sure that he was screaming at the TV and I would not be surprised at all if he threw something as well).
Please click here to see the rest of MaryBridget's pictures.
I am on quite a roll these days. Not only has every day that I have scheduled portrait sessions been absolutely perfect (temperatures AND lighting) but the kids have been absolutely perfect as well. And Derek was certainly no exception, he was very pleasant and agreeable and once he warmed up to me, all too willing to flash his fabulous smile. I met him and his mother on Thursday night and we went to the Bradley Estate in Canton (seriously may be my new favorite place, the light there is just fantastic). I know Derek's mother from my work at the schools and she is a really nice person and it certainly seems like the apple did not fall far from the tree. Derek took everything I asked him to do in stride and needed very little direction when it came to posing. As a matter of fact, his mom and I were teasing him that he could seriously be a model. C'mon, look at these and tell me that he doesn't have that American Eagle or Hollister look?
When I was chatting with Derek about senior year and college, I asked him what he was thinking of majoring in and where he would like to go. He told me that he wants to go into music engineering. How cool is that? I have never known a music engineer, I only hope that Derek remembers me when he is rich and famous someday. Maybe he can hook me up with tickets for whatever cool act that he's produced (hmm, I wonder what you call it, produced, worked on, engineered? I should have asked Derek.)
His mom stayed in the background but she would occasionally say or do something that would make Derek smile or even laugh. When I asked him where he wanted to go to school, he told me that one of the schools that he was interested in was in Florida. I asked him if he thought he would mind being that far away and he said that he didn't think he would. I think maybe he will mind a little though, especially since his mom can get him to smile like this.
I would like to thank Derek and his mom for being so awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, it made me realize anew that I really have the best job/hobby EVER!! To see the rest of Derek's pictures, please click here.
When last we left her, the breathtakingly beautiful Erica was driving away in the equally breathtaking vintage Cadillac (a little over the top, I know but it is the conclusion of the cliffhanger after all. Today you will know the rest of the story, unlike NCIS which I am STILL waiting for). As soon as they pulled up to the ceremony site, Erica wanted to make a quick shoe change from the spectacular purple H for Halston heels into something a wee bit more comfortable. We were thrilled because we got to pose Erica with those gorgeous things.
Paula captured these next pictures of Erica while she was waiting to go meet her dad (and her groom). I think that the one on the left is absolutely stunning.
Paula also got a picture of Erica and her dad as they got ready to walk down the aisle while I was at the end of the aisle and got a couple from a different angle, including Ben and their adorable son seeing her for the first time.
They got married at the beautiful gazebo in the back of the Middleborough Elks. The weather was perfect and we even got the occasional cloud cover to help us out. It was quite obvious to everyone how much that Erica and Ben adore each other. I think that they may have kissed 4 or 5 times after the Justice of the Peace pronounced them married and told Ben that he could kiss the bride
We took some formal pictures...
and had a little bit of fun with the bridesmaids and the ushers...
and then it was off to the party and let me tell you, these people know how to have a good time.
If you would like to see the rest of Erica and Ben's pictures, please click here.
When I was putting together part 1 of Erica and Ben, my daughter was sitting across the table. Now I think that I have mentioned that I am a bit of a photo blog stalker. Well my kids are used to this so she didn't realize that it was my own blog that I was looking at, she thought that I was stalking someone until I happened to say something. Then she said, totally incredulous, "Wait, those are your pictures?" When I told her that they were, she proceeded to tell me that they looked very professional (my friend, Paula, and I make a great team!).
Speaking of that daughter, this week's Saturday morning cartoon is in her honor. She has been a bit, shall we say stressed (crazy!). She's a sophomore in high school and they don't fool around up there, the work starts in right away as soon as school starts. Actually she's a cheer leader and had plenty of summer work so the craziness really amped up in August. Right now, she's working on a project for history and as extra credit, she needed to do a poster of the preamble of the Constitution so my husband played this School house rock over and over. He's a guy so he loves to tease and she's a teenage girl that doesn't like to be teased so I'm sure you can imagine how this ended. Let's just say there was some stomping, eye rolling and door slamming involved!
I hate to do this to you all but I'm afraid that I'm going to have to make a cliffhanger out of part 2 of Erica and Ben's wedding. Again I'll admit it, I just didn't get it all done in time. But the good news is that this cliffhanger will last only a couple of days, not like cliffhangers on TV which last all summer. Like NCIS, for instance, I am STILL waiting to find out what happened there especially if Ducky lives or not. Anyway, sadly I'm forced to offer a cliffhanger but that's not all that I have to offer today, I do have a sneak peek for you too.
Last night, Derek, his mom and I went to the Bradley Estate to get his senior pictures done. We wanted to try to go to Borderland State Park but I was a little hesitant about the time factor. I wasn't sure that we would have enough time to get there while the light was still good (it gets dark so early now!). I had just seen something about the Bradley Estate in Canton which was closer and seemed to offer what we were looking for. I really like to have a feel for a place before I shoot pictures so I took a ride over there yesterday afternoon (a big part of the reason that there is an Erica/Ben cliffhanger). I really liked what I saw there so when I met Derek and his mom, I was pretty excited about the place and the opportunity to work with another senior. Well neither disappointed and I don't know which was more awesome, Derek's take it all in stride demeanor or the fantastic light at the estate. Actually yes I do, it was definitely Derek, he was an absolute pleasure to work with but the Bradley Estate, well, that was pretty terrific too.
Happy Friday, everyone. Have a great day and a great weekend!!