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Baby, it’s cold outside! I have one week left to hang out with my babe and get all the snuggles I can before she is off to daycare and I
cry my eyes out return to the day job. I thought Erin and Mike’s engagement pictures would be nice to look at this week since they were taken at Sandy Beach in Cohasset back in July when it was warm and I got to shoot barefoot with my toes in the sand. These two were married in November, and I will be sharing their wedding soon. For now, put your feet up, pour a warm cup of tea, and imagine you’re there with them on this gorgeous New England beach. It was an early Sunday morning, the sun giving off that special glow that only a summer’s morning can bring, with the sweet, peaceful sound of waves crashing behind us.
You know what’s making my heart pitter patter tonight?
Married 16 years with 2 beautiful sons and working side by side, Jen and John knock my socks off. Do you believe in fate? I do. I believe that people come into your life when you least expect it, when you aren’t looking for it, and make lasting impressions. Fate had plans for me last March when I walked into the CTPPA conference to hear Jasmine Star speak. I was nervous. I had never been to a photo conference before. I drove up to Hartford a flurry of snow, uncertain of what was ahead of me. I felt like the new kid in town. Would people talk to me? Would I make friends? What does one even wear to a photo conference? I sat down and tried to look busy searching through my purse since I was ill prepared and didn’t have a notepad in my lap or a camera strapped around my neck. A couple sat down next to me and we struck up a conversation. Nervously wary of egos and being a “newb”, I was struck by their kindness and instantly felt at ease. That’s just how it is with them. Easy.
Jen and John are funny, sweet, and amazing at what they do. I put a message out in September looking for headshots to be done, and Jen and John offered to do a photo swap. Pics of me for pics of them, an opportunity to get together and chat and learn and practice on each other. Jen mentioned that they didn’t have many pictures together other than their wedding photos. It always amazes me that photographers never seem to have pictures of themselves. But that’s how it goes, I suppose.
It was the most beautiful Saturday in October, in possibly the prettiest town in Connecticut. Stonington has that small town New England charm that I love so much. If I ever win the lottery, I will buy a house near the water and plant flowers and walk my bernese mountain dog and wear dresses and hats every day. Did I mentioned recently that I’m a dreamer? But on that day we simply walked and talked and took pictures and I saw this awesome spark between these two that just makes that heart of mine pitter patter. I get to photograph and witness beautiful weddings and see “the beginning”. I often think about my couples after their wedding day, hoping they’re enjoying married life, and hoping that 16 years from now, they’re more in love than ever before. Because I see that with Jen and John. I hope for that with Sean. To find someone to live with and laugh with and grow in love over the years is something remarkable.
Can we just call bygones on how long it’s been since I blogged a client post? I know it’s been nearly a month. Whoa, it was a crazy month! Crazy good, crazy hectic. Let’s just say I feel refreshed. I reached a major milestone over the weekend. Not to be coy, but it’s pretty exciting. You’re gonna love it, I just know it!
So here we are in May and Chris and Carrie have been very patient with me. They met me on a beautiful April morning in Southport for some pictures at the beach and local library. It was the kind of morning that was quiet and calm, a little hazy but still bright and sunny. I love early morning engagement shoots, it’s a really gorgeous time of day to work with a couple before too many people are out and about, especially if the session is in a public area. We also lucked out with low tide which allowed us to have even more beach space to work with, and I am so glad these two weren’t afraid to walk in a little mud. I think it was totally worth the slightly dirty shoes we had by the end of the day!
Sean and I have known Chris for close to 10 years now, and he and Carrie were set up by mutual friends a couple years ago. I truly enjoy spending time with these two. We’ve hiked mountains together, cooked dinner for each other, and camped out in the pouring rain. These are through thick and thin friends. It’s been a joy to watch their relationship grow. We were overjoyed when Chris asked Carrie to marry him in Paris last summer (I know, right??), and they are planning their wedding for October of this year! They are kind, caring people, and they complement each other perfectly. I am blessed to call them friends.