Archive for August, 2012

So, it was Junior year in high school when Jen and I became friends.  I think we sat near each other in English class and a few of us got to know each other while we weren’t listening to a word the teacher was saying.  I don’t remember the specifics of our conversations, but one was obviously about music and how I didn’t know a single band she loved.  I must have said that I ‘lived under a rock’ as she listed every cool band that wasn’t Janet Jackson.  See, I was a cheerleader type then and my music taste was about as unique and interesting as I was.  That is to say: not at all.  Jen was, if we’re sticking with stereotypes and since we’re talking about small town high school  why stop now, the artsy drama chick.  Gorgeous, creative, and kind, if ya ask me.  Not much has changed.  Anyway, one day in the hallway she handed me a mixed tape she had made for me.   It was titled “From Under A Different Rock”.   I gotta say, Jen has had a place in my heart since.  The tape had The Pixies, The Ramones, and a bunch of other cool shit that, again, was not Paula Abdul.
Thank god for facebook (eww, did I just write that?) which has allowed Jen and I to be back in touch.  I surprised her in March by walking into her art opening at a coffee shop in Salem.  We hadn’t seen each other in 17 years. 🙂  I fell in lovvvve with her paintings and we decided to trade: painting for photography.  (hooty hoo!) If you know what’s good for you you’ll go to her site right after you fall in love with her in this post.  Her website is HERE.
Ya, so…Jen and Jan (pronounced Yahn), Tobi, Jasper, and Leo are ummm…I mean…what?  The best looking, most creative, cool, kind, chill, smart family…ummm…ever?   We met at The ICA in Boston and well… I pointed my camera at these five people.  Honestly? Wasn’t that hard.
Jen? I wouldn’t wish this life of yours on anyone more deserving.  Soak it up, Love.  You must have been a cockroach in another life. 😉
See you soon.  Thank you for liking my work enough to deem in worthy of a trade with your paintings and to chronicle your truly gorgeous family.  I am beyond honored and humbled.  I’ll hang under your rock anytime, sis.  More love than you know.
peace.
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I have been lucky enough to photograph something like five family reunions this summer.  I’m super grateful they (you) thought of me and included me on such fun and special occasions.  Thank you. 🙂
The Barth/Knight family reunion, however, stands way out for me.  Kathy and Paul, the organizers/supporters/parents/children/siblings/partiers/good friends of mine who put it on are blessed enough to own *the* most beautiful home on the Cape.  I’d love to be jealous of them, but they’re just so damn generous with it I can’t be.  In exchange for the shooting time of their day long reunion they let me and three of my friends spend the weekend at their house in October.  I can play Rich Kid like nobody else. 🙂
Anyway, this reunion was so gorgeous.  It was actually a week long, but I was invited for the final day.  It started out with pop overs then an unveiling of a life long scrap book then arts and crafts then swimming then bacci ball then the mosssst delicious dinner overlooking Brewster at sunset.  Ridiculous. 
Anyway, the whole lot of them are gorgeous and kind and lovely.  I was filled up nice from this day.  Here are some of my favorites:
Enjoy. Love. and Thank you. thank you thank you thank you.
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gahhh, I love families that are funny.  It’s my favorite kind. Better even than nice ones and in this case y’have both.  Colleen is the sister of one of my best friends and hairdresser, Brian Rand at Trephin Salon in Boston.  I met her years ago and it was love at first sight.  Colleen is salt of the earth, easy to laugh, cool, smart, capable, and endlessly kind and generous.  I saw this from the moment I met her.  Erik on the other hand…. ;).  Erik is rad.  Also endlessly kind and generous and deliciously hilarious. If Erik is in a room I want to be next to him.  He’s that guy. 
They met me on the hottest morning on Planet Sweats A Bunch at a dog park in Hingham.  We chased each other around and got’er done before Erik got cranky. 🙂
Enjoy. Thank you. Love.
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Stop it. right. now.  Is this a real baby? Is this a real family?  Kaitlyn and Dave are two of my favorite clients-turned-friend of all time.  We shot their wedding in 2009 and I can’t even tell you what a joy it is to be able to be with them as their family grows and life changes.  Kaitlyn’s family rented a place on the cape and I just about fell over myself to get down there to photograph them.  Kaitlyn and Dave are suuuuuch good parents. No surprise, I guess, but it’s always so so so nice to see.
You get the point:  I love these people, they’re exceptionally good looking, and their baby is the second coming.  nbd.
thank you. enjoy. love. tons of it.
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