Archive for July, 2011

Well…they WERE expecting, but now Oliver is here!  Yaay Oliver! He was really excited to meet his really awesome parents so he arrived way early.  Oh hey, Oliver!   Tania and Dave are going to make wonderful parents; both kind, patient, hard working, honest, and loyal.  I spent quite a bit of time with Tania that afternoon and I left feeling like I made a new friend.  The puppy Lola brought all the comedic elements I love on a shoot and this is what we came up with.  Enjoy! Thank you! Love!
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Gawwwwwwwd I love these people.  I love them in a way that makes me want to check if Jet Blue is running any sort of free flight program from Boston to San Diego if you make the trip once a week…which they’re not, by the way.
Isaac and Erin were friends in high school, started dating at 18 years old, and have been married for ten years.  Somewhere in their courtship they moved to San Francisco from San Diego.  They met Jon Gray in San Francisco.  I’m certain they met others while they were there, but they met a soul mate in Jon.  I too met Jon Gray in San Francisco, 11 months before Isaac and Erin met him, 14 years ago. Jon talked so much about these two people that their two names soon sounded like one: Isaacanderin.  Jon gushed pretty hard about the people he loved and he gushed CRAZY for this couple. They sounded awesome so I started asking about them every time I talked to Jon.  Though I didn’t know them, I kept up with their lives through Jon. I knew they moved back to San Diego, got married, had two girls, taught high school theater and music.  I felt like I knew this family so I was always happy to hear that life was still rad with Isaacanderin.
Jon died suddenly in Brooklyn on April 21st of this year.  I got in touch with Isaac immediately. I introduced myself, he had heard of me. Without ever meeting each other, Isaac helped me endlessly through those first few nights of realizing Jon was gone.  Finally, after 14 years of hearing the lore, I met IsaacAndErin at Jon’s memorial in Brooklyn. I loved them immediately.
As anyone knows who has lost someone they love, the sadness and loss comes in waves without warning. One particularly long and sad night in June grief hit like a sledge hammer. I was desperate to connect to Jon so I decided I needed to photograph Isaac and Erin and their girls in San Diego.  I asked if I could, they seemed psyched, we booked the trip.
I arrived at Isaac and Erin’s home with my camera and plenty of luggage. I stayed for three days.  It might have been the most wonderful three days I’ve had in a very long time. They have a life I have never seen.  They have it all: a beautiful marriage based on friendship, love, and FUN. Their home is constantly full of musicians and artists making music together and having fun. Their GIRLS!?!?!  Their girls are kind, hilarious, smart, happy, sweet, adorable, generous…and they harmonize when they sing together!  It is truly one of the best families  I’ve ever seen. It’s a harmonious, happy, low key, giggly, fun life.  The three days I spent with them showed me a life and lifestyle I didn’t know was possible.  They truly have it all.
Jon has left us with such an incredible gift and this friendship will always be focused on keeping him alive, always celebrating him, talking about him and loving him hard.  All the way to heaven and back, baby.
Jon, your generosity has floored me.  I love all the people you loved.  You had such good taste, man.  I love and miss you.  We all do.
Tell the people you love that you love them.  Don’t worry, you won’t regret it and you won’t scare anyone.  Being loved feels good.
The Langen family, baby… enjoy. I did. 🙂
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This is how Iris pees at the beach. Cute? I mean….kinda. (!!?!?!?)
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YUM!!!  I love this family, I loved photographing them.  I can’t say enough good things!!  Meghan and Christian have made a happy, relaxed home where their three kids are…well..really happy, confident, playful, giggly, and all around awesome.  It’s the kind of home that just feels good to be in.   I’ve been friends with Christian for something like 20 years and I wouldn’t wish this kind of love and beauty on anyone nicer or more kind. 
I especially loved this shot because Meghan and Christian wanted a candid, genuine, honest portrayal of their family.  Nothing posed, nothing fake, just playing in their back yard and in their home.  This is just the kind of family shoot I love doing, and for whatever reason I just don’t get to do much anymore.  I love photographing families *in their homes*, being themselves, being honest.  We were all on the same page and I think it worked really well.
Here’s what they showed me.  Enjoy. Thank you. Love.
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Since I have posted photos of Shannon on my facebook page I have been told many times that she and I have the same smile.  I love that, it’s the perfect thing for she and I to have in common.  Why? Oh, it’s because we’re both really funny. What?  Don’t hate because you’re not that funny.  We have father issues, are childless, and have cankles.  We deserve to be funny.  It’s God throwing us a lifeline.  You, young reader, may be really pretty but not that funny.  See, you get to be pretty.  Us? We get to be funny.  Don’t hate.
And good Lord does a sense of humor come in handy with… everything.   No matter how bad our family life gets you can find us (and both of our parents, for that matter) making a joke out of pretty much anything.  We tease each other about everything and laugh hysterically at it.   Our combined best material is usually about our parents or ourselves. Obviously.
Shannon, Mike, and Lola make a great family.  Lots of love, lots of laughter (and lots of long walks for Lola).  Shannon and Mike are following their dreams and turning them into reality, having a blast and supporting each other every step of the way.  Lots of adventures, lots of laughs, endless friendship and support.   All the stuff I admire in many of the couples we photograph is there in spades with Shannon and Mike.  A relationship where the friendship grows every year?  Yes, please! 
So, yes…here they are.  Shannon, Mike, and Lola playing on a beach on the Cape.  Shannon’s oldest friend got married last month and we photographed it.  At sunset I grabbed Shannon and Mike and we did a quick little shoot.
Introducing…my seeeester!!
I love you. Obv!!!
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