My first time at Smith Gardens, I was absolutely enchanted by this little postage stamp-sized park in the middle of a beautiful Oakwood neighborhood. It truly was the perfect setting for such an intimate ceremony -- officiated by no less than the mayor himself! And what could top dinner afterwards at the MEADOWLARK ? Thank you, Margaret & Brian, for allowing me the privilege of capturing the day's magic for you!
It doesn't get any better than this! A dreamy-sunny August day in upstate New York. Stone Tavern Farm all to yourself. Black sky spilling with stars. The bluegrass band leading everyone to the reception. Handmade everything. Friends. Family. Love. (And a resident golden retriever as your wedding coordinator.)
Ryan & Emily, thank you so much for asking me to be with you. And, Lynn, my friend of years, this could not have been a more special honor for me. XO!
I love it when Dee calls me up and says she'd like a session - it's always a good time. And what a good reason for photographs: family visiting from all over the country. Yes, there is the inevitable chaos, but little gems of quiet moments always manage to shine out.
Some of my favorite images from Lori & Brian's wedding happen to be in black & white...
(I just love these old-fashioned, back-of-the-car photos... so classic.)
Years ago I photographed Martin & Jami's pocket-sized wedding in Franklin Park Conservatory's tropical island garden. Martin & Jami were joining families, and their kids were so young. I was just tickled when Martin called to say their daughter was getting married and ask if I was available that day. We met for coffee and he & Jami brought their album - shot in film! - which brought back their day for me vividly.
Photographing for their family again was like being with friends you haven't seen in a while - a fun rush of catching up all wrapped up in an ease of being with wonderful people you already know. Such a lovely afternoon!
Traveling east to Albuquerque on one of my favorite roads in the country: route 60 from Springerville, Arizona. Needing an astronomy fix after leaving Kitt Peak, I stopped at the Very Large Array in west-central New Mexico. As wondrous as it was to see miles of radio telescopes listening to something far far away, I was only there for an hour or two, and I couldn't help but miss the rhythm of my time at the observatory. Nothing quite compares.
I had all these plans. I'd spent time in Tucson before (almost moved there 16 years ago) and I was excited to visit favorite spots: Gates Pass, Antigone Books, all the vintage clothing stores on 4th, the Donut Wheel, etc. So the day after I arrived at Kitt Peak Don said, "Let me know when you'd like to go somewhere." I just looked at him. Leave the quiet paradise of the mountain for the crazy world below? No way. I didn't even go to the Center for Creative Photography. (I know, I know... just shoot me.)
We did, however, spend a bit of time at the San Xavier Mission while on a grocery run...