“C’mon, dehg.” I hear as they make their way out across the drive, and up a hill into the forest…
From the beautiful craftsmanship and artistry that they both bring to the world in careers, to the way in which they chose to spend their free time and their days, Sarah and Stuart are one of those couples that I almost can’t believe I was lucky enough to find.
She’s a stunning little firecracker Long Island native, and he’s a Vermont-born and raised master welder, builder, woodsman, snowboarding adventurer! (needing few words to display a heart of gold:) Being given the honor of getting to know these lovebirds was an inspiration.
We walk through the woods and out into a clearing that rolls down to a fairytale worthy frozen pond. Flanked by trees so tall they’ve surely seen stories of many generations, it set the scene for Stuart’s next idea of fun: boot-skating Sarah around in Notebook-worthy fashion;)
It was both a visual and emotional oasis for me, their slice of heaven in these green mountains (which is why I spent hours upon hours hearing more about their story together in this magical place).
One of the best things I can do for my photo clients is take the time to get to know them — We love the photos with meaning, and authenticity. They resonate, and they have soul. When getting to know them also turns into seeing yourself, your own values (as well as parting phrases like “I feel like I’ve known you my whole life!”) you know something is going right. Thank you Sarah and Stuart, for putting your trust and story in my camera-laden hands! I wouldn’t be able to continue this pursuit and passion without you.
“He’s taken me with him before,” she says, speaking of his early morning turkey hunts. “It’s very dark, peaceful… you can’t see anything because it’s so dark, but that tunes you into all your other senses. It’s a wonderful experience, you wake up with nature, and the sun…”
Baby girl W is here and already one week old!
I was hoping this blog post would be Just the thing to invite her out into the world (after she missed her due date and then some!). Alas, as has been the case with my blogging opportunities, the post lay dormant as another pesky draft floating unseen on the waves of “busy season” – which was extra eventful for me this year!
Thanks to quite a few incredible new clients, colleagues, and networks, I’m encouraged to say that I’m excited to keep growing this business: from my nomadic New England existence, to a new home base in my beautiful home state of Vermont, here we go!
The photos we capture (and the experience that invariably comes with them) are why the long, never off-duty, mind constantly ticking, hours of planning, and prep, and post-production, are worth it to me… I get to share my passion for freezing moments and light; I get to share time, fun, and thoughts, with people who begin to tell me their story; I get to learn, and connect, and inspire, and be inspired. If there’s one thing I’m certain of it’s that human connection matters. I hope the photos I take help bring that to life.
Kristin & Matt:
These two have a quiet, (peaceful) love for one another… it’s so true, and so present, however, that it shouts at you from just about every one of these photos. I have been dying to share the complete set, so without further ado!
Not celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Not sure what your partner wants from this day because you said “we’re not celebrating” but still feel compelled?
Here are some ‘still make it special’ suggestions for people in your shoes!
The best part about this day (should you happen to have the time set aside to celebrate /acknowledge it /etc.!) is that it gives us the chance (if we let it!) to focus for a minute… Little things, simplicity:
A big romantic gesture is rarely first & foremost (or even at all) an expensive one — it’s the thought behind it that makes it grand
Think, for your loved ones sakes, what & how do they love?
A holiday that celebrates romantic love is a nice opportunity to think & act selflessly. I’m not a proponent of the day being too heavily weighted – as isn’t it Every day, that we should try to do our best at giving and receiving love? However when we think about the things that really matter: people, people who love us and whom we love, it IS nice to have a day that reminds us we should keep that alive (& appreciated).
Without further ado, 5 things we might love to give & get out of this ‘time-out’ to acknowledge love, happiness, and the little things…
It’s no secret I have an obsession with dogs.
Man’s best friend. Unconditional love. Fun-seeking spirits!
If you already have a dog (cat, bunny, monkey-baby??) ENJOY their company together!
If not, perhaps in the spirit of Love, and Giving, you take a trip to your local animal shelter and see if you can’t help sponsor or volunteer.
There’s ALSO a new service of which I’ve only recently been made aware: It’s called Bark’N’Borrow and it connects local dog-owners and dog-lovers (borrowers!) for walks, playdates, or weekends. What! Haha, so fun.
2) A Cozy ‘Day In’ + relaxation (before or after an outdoor adventure!)
If you’re like me and living in the North East, you’ve surely heard about this weekend’s WIND CHILL. It may or may not have you canceling your outdoor plans, but either way, a nice cup of hot cocoa or tea & a sweet neck or foot massage may be something so “Netflix & chill” simple, but now made special thanks to a few extra ounces of TLC.
Does your person like to get artsy, or crafty?! Creating together is a beautiful thing! If that sweetie of yours has 100+ cupcake decorating activities saved on Pinterest, it’s a good sign you’ll make them happy suggesting a whimsical task like this — it’s fun to try your hand at making something new (& pass or fail, you’ll have either a lot of laughs or a new side business endeavor?! win-win)
4) FOOD is love!
Perhaps you’re so on top of your cooking game that this list is irrelevant to you (& you’ve already planned the perfect 7 course meal for your lovie dove!), but for those of us still honing our skills in the kitchen, try taking on a bite-sized project together and create something you can then turn around and enjoy.
(NOTE: this is a great exercise in love & learning about your partner… if things get heated – and not in the oven, flame or microwave sense of the word – just remember that peace & love are more important than “doing it right”, and also that you’re not alone. Haha, I’m proud to say that my boyfriend and I have learned to no longer tell each other how to stir, wash dishes, cut grilled cheese sandwiches)
And lastly, and most generally, in case none of these bullets have been any use:
5) A Gift of Love: Kind words, a sentimental gesture, a special object, your time, or a hug — yes, I stole those from a famous piece of reading/philosophy by author Gary Chapman that I found at the suggestion of a friend a few years back.
It talks about how we each experience “love“. The message is that we all do so individually, & the key is not to use the “love language” you love, but that which speaks to the person receiving it. Novel, not so novel really, but another good reminder:)
SO GO FORTH, SHARE LOVE, and if you like puppies and your people as much as I do, consider booking a lifestyle family, portrait, or couples session that celebrates just this – appreciating the things that make life AMAZING!
Fourth of July weekend: Holy Cross + Dartmouth + Berkeley + the beach…
Caroline and Michael’s wedding was chock-full of Pin-worthy details, an elegant guest list, and stunning estate setting (complete with sweeping Grand Allée landscape and 360 hilltop views of Boston’s north shore at Ipswich’s Crane Beach). But beyond the undeniable glamour and timeless elegance of their affair, the beauty in Caroline & Michael’s union far surpassed the fodder and fancy of wedding planning blog post perfection. Caroline and Michael are a grounded couple who know about love, commitment, and navigating life in conscientious and heartfelt selfless ways. It takes a lot to top the visual masterpiece their outdoor ceremony afforded, but its beautiful themes – “community, gratitude, presence, equality, adventure” – and their custom vows, did just that.
It was an honor to capture this day on film, and I am forever grateful for the complete trust these two put in me to see, to create visual time capsules, and to be present in these moments. Enjoy visiting/revisiting this AMAZING wedding day: