Archive for March, 2017

001since moving back to the shore, I have become increasingly close with my cousin, caitlin… I even wrote about it during her grey t-shirt session :)  she never ceases to inspire, delight, and impress me – and she can always get me laughing, regardless of what’s swirling around us. last week she became a mother for the second time and I knew that I wanted to document these first days – there will be a follow up session once they all get settled at home that will include her husband, jamie, their son, gray, and of course the family pup, diesel. but I wanted these early moments together to be saved forever. the day that I met her first child, gray, I wrote this for him and it’s just as applicable for kie – I love all of you so much!

‘dear Gray (and now Kie), I met you this morning and the first thing I noticed was just how perfect you are. the second thing was that your mom looks so different than she did 2 days ago.. in the most beautiful way. she is a mother and she is radiant. as the remaining representative of my small branch of your extensive family tree, I wanted to let you know a few things. first, you will be the most photographed child on the eastern shore. fact. also, as we get to know each other, I hope to share all I know about the family members who have come before: your great-uncle Paul’s kindness, your great-aunt Ethel’s grace and your cousin Cornelia’s strength. we are a big, beautiful, and kind of crazy family but we love each other with all of our hearts and are so happy that you’re finally here. welcome to the world little man.’  

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March 21, 2017
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1as we drove to the park, I reached for her hand.. ‘I’m really happy that you asked me to do this.’ I said. ‘who else would I ask?’ she replied. a few months ago, elsie called me saying that she wanted a simple portrait… basic head and shoulders shot, nothing ‘fancy’. I was over the moon ~ if there was anyone that I wanted to capture, it was elsie. neither she or I are fans of having our photograph taken, so this was a dream come true and we chose an afternoon for the session. ‘of course you are the one to take it,’ she continued, ‘your mother took her first steps with me…’ I had heard the story a million times, but I never tired of it and during the ride she shared more memories, including a pretty hysterical moment about my parents that was new to me. the truth is, there really isn’t anything about my family that elsie doesn’t know. nicknamed ‘elchie’ by my mother when she was a toddler, elsie has always been there through every chapter of my life… big and small, happy and sad ~ in times of celebration and those of mourning. the first summer after my parent’s divorce, I came down to the shore to stay with my grandparents and she found me in my room, crying. I immediately stopped and pretended that I was fine. I was horrified and so embarrassed. she came and sat on my bed and told me that crying was the best way to clean the soul and that it was a good thing.. I was 8 years old, I was sad, and scared, and angry, and she made it okay for me to feel all of those things. she made my world safe. as I got older, she would giggle at my tween struggles whether it was ‘tragic’ puppy love or the panic of not finding the perfect outfit – but she would always listen and always help. the night before my grandfather’s funeral as she sat with me, my mother, and my grandmother around the kitchen table, it was her that shared stories that had all of us laughing between the tears. she knew how sick I was 15 years ago but stayed silent, prayed for me, and let me figure it out… but once I told her I had done something about it, it was the first and only time I ever saw her cry. when mom was diagnosed, she was the first person to the house and it was her kind eyes that I sought out before I walked down the aisle on my wedding day. I knew all of these things, obviously – but it wasn’t until I was editing these photographs that I felt the full weight of everything that elsie has meant to me. as we drove back to my house, she commented that it had been 10 years since my father’s passing and we both sat in the reality that they were all gone… then said she gave my hand a little squeeze and said ‘but you’ve got me.’ I love you

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March 15, 2017
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1every moment I have spent working with and getting to know casie and frank has been so awesome! they are such a wonderful couple and have so much fun together that it’s impossible not to be drawn into their happiness. from their e-session to their wedding, and now to their daughter frances’ (aka frankie’s) first session, I have been honored to document portions of their story together as a couple and now as a family. because frankie came early, we couldn’t do a newborn session until a couple of weeks ago, but once I walked into their home and met this smiling and happy girl, I was smitten. she has such a vibrant personality already and was a joy to photograph. of course, me being me, I had to get the family pup, chester, in a few shots as well. thank you for a wonderful morning ~ it was so nice to see you and to meet your beautiful daughter xoxo

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