Archive for October, 2012

sighhhhh….Sometimes I don’t know how to start these posts because I don’t know what to say, other times I don’t know where I’ll stop.  Everything I’m about to write is going to sound like hyperbolic gushing and I. don’t. care. 
There is no family like the Romeos.  Not one I’ve seen, at least.  I’ve known Kathy, the matriarch of this pantheon for over 20 years.  I know her parents and her brother, I know her first love and her oldest friends.  This chick is a solid, loyal, kind, funny, cool, talented, creative, generous woman and she has been this way since the day she was born, I’m certain.  To see the life she’s created is both amazing and no surprise at all.  She married Jason who’s cool, confident, hilarious, and fair.  Together Kathy and Jason are raising Grace, Ellie, Charlotte, and Lucy to be funny and smart, confident and kind, respectful and playful.  This is the second time I’ve been able to photograph this family (the first shoot is HERE) and both times I’ve driven away from there home in tears of gratitude.  I’m so grateful for my life and my time spent with families like this.  There is nothing more fulfilling, for me, than spending time learning from little kids like this and seeing old friends so very happy and so grateful themselves.
The Romeos just moved into a big ol’ beautiful home, and all four girls were standing at the door as I drove in. 🙂  We ran around their backyard where I showed them how to run around like a crazy monster, and then we went to an apple orchard because that’s whatchya do in Bolton in October.  The girls are so beautiful and so very kind to each other, they’re truly best friends.  Another year of being filled up nice by Kathy, Jay, Grace, Ellie, Charlotte, and Small Lucy.
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you for trusting me with documenting your family. lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove
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I went to high school with lots of very funny and cool people in a small town on the beach in Massachusetts.  Joyce and Pat were two of the very coolest.  I don’t even think they knew each other in high school, but for some reason I knew ’em both (partied with Pat, graduated with Joyce).  Sometime soon after high school Pat and Joyce met, fell in love, and got married.  Comes to find out that was some time ago now, though it honestly feels like yesterday.  Pat and Joyce and their three truly beautiful, cool, funny, smart kids live directly on the beach in our home town. Take the term ‘prime real estate’ and smoke it in a crack pipe.   Pat is a lobster fisherman and his daily commute consists of taking a dingy out to his lobster boat from his back porch.  He is back home in time to help his kids with their home work and cook a meal so good you’ll ask the guy out on a date. Joyce is an E.R. nurse in a pretty rough town and if you’ve ever known a nurse who is great at their job then you know just what Joyce is made of.  She is honest, trustworthy, hard working, smart, compassionate without being patronizing, brave, funny, cool, and though it has nothing to do with nursing it doesn’t hurt: drop dead gorgeous. 
Spending time with this family fed me in a way only some shoots do.  It’s very hard to explain what it feels like to connect deeply with such little kids so quickly.  When children meet me and just trust fall into a shoot like these three did I could fall over with love. I know they learned this trust and confidence from their parents; the two coolest people in a room no matter where they are.
I hope the pictures say it all, but in case they don’t:  The Twomey family loves and respects themselves and each other, they welcome *everyone* to their home, and they have never met a stranger. They laugh easily, they’re deeply grateful for what they have been given, and they’re always surrounded by a laughing and loving crowd. 
Joyce and Pat, it was an honor to be able to do this for you guys.  I hope you look at these pictures and only see a reflection of all your good parts.  Joyce, you have a place in my heart for the rest of my life.  You can count on that, sis. Thanks for bringing three good people to Planet Earth. We needed that. 
Love. Thank you. Enjoy.
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So, when Stephanie was 30 years old she was married with no kids.  She’s 35 now and has five boys.  🙂  You can do the math, but the long and short of it is that she was pregnant for the past five years save a month here or there.  And then, of course, there was a set of twins thrown in there.  All five of these boys are named after kings and their home is an old historic house in Bolton.  This is an extremely kind, sweet, and adorable family and after I picked my jaw off the floor when *five* little boys greeted me at the door, none higher than my hip, I was in heaven.  One of the main goals of the shoot was to capture the twin’s curly hair before their first hair cut #cuuuute!  So… after they all showed me their antique, sweet rooms, I chased them around their yard and watched their mom and dad smile right from their hearts.  Family is good, big families are great.
Huge love to you guys.  What an inspiration.  Hang in there, good luck, feel all the love you’ve created.
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