A few images from an amazing engagement photo session with Vicki and Tom, a super sweet couple who are so meant for each other.Â You know how I can tell?Â It’s the way they look at each other.Â The way he kisses her on the forehead.Â The way she touches his face.Â The way they can’t help gravitating toward each other every time after I start them with a pose.Â Sigh…c’est l’amour.
Grassy field with flowers at sunset?Â Squee!
I absolutely cannot wait for the wedding!
I love this family, and adore their newest member, little Miss Lyla Grae.Â She is simply beautiful.
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Being a photographer is truly a dream job for me.Â I love being able to preserve memories for people, and I have the privilege of getting to know my clients on a personal level over time as I watch their family grow.Â I met Rosalie and Chris for a lovely summer photo session at Highland Park to mark their youngest daughter’s 6-month milestone.Â I can’t imagine a more perfect evening; the weather was warm (but not too warm), the lighting was golden and hazy, and there were flowers in bloom everywhere.
Rosalie and Chris, it was so great seeing you and the girls again!!
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A beautiful summer day, an awesome couple, and shooting with my friend Aaron Varga – the trifecta for an amazing wedding day!Â Ok, there were more factors that made the day even better, like the fun bridal party and fantastic venue, but then what would I call it? Quint-fecta?
Anywho, you may remember Maria and Josh from their engagement session, where we roamed the streets of Butler and found some pretty cool spots for photos. It was so great to work with them again!
Love Maria’s shoes.
As I was looking for a good spot to photograph the rings, I noticed that the family Bible was sitting open on the coffee table.Â This book does not collect dust in Maria’s house; there are so many passages highlighted and tagged with stickies that you know how loved and used it is on a daily basis.Â Maria says Psalm 91 is one of her mother’s favorites.
Maria has the cutest little sister ever.Â It is so sweet how close they are.
One of the things I love about having a second shooter: while I’m getting a shot like this…
Aaron is getting a shot like this at the same time:
Oh, and he’s there to photograph me doing ridiculous things like laying on the ground.Â Yes, I will do anything to get the shot!
I love to see a big Greek wedding dance!
The best part was being bombarded by a flying beach ball, lol.
Aaron and I have such a good time shooting together; as he said on his blog, we are both complete photo geeks who feed off of each others enthusiasm for creating cool and unique images.Â Â Behold, the result of our collaborative thinking!
Maria and Josh, I had such a nice time with you again – thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day!Â (((Hugs))) Sandy
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Ceremony: St. Fidelis Church
Reception: Butler Country Club
Flowers: The Bloomery
Cake: Mimi’s Bake Shoppe
Entertainment: Red Hot Chameleon
You’ve heard me mention my good friend Amanda many times on this blog; well today, dear Reader, you get to put a face to the name!Â Â Amanda and I have been kindred spirits since day one, and when you meet a friend like her, you thank your lucky stars!Â Â There is no measure to the worth of a true friend, and Amanda is as true as they come.Â I had the pleasure of photographing Amanda’s engagement session last fall, and soon I will have the honor of photographing her wedding!Â I know it wasn’t easy for Amanda to be in front of the camera (we photographers don’t like to be on the other side of the lens), but I think you’ll agree with me when I say that she had nothing to worry about.Â She is beautiful!Â Here are a few favorites from the day:
Love this one.
And this one.
Amanda had the great idea of bringing a few balloons to the shoot for a fun little punch of color.Â I love how a simple prop can add so much to the feel of a session.
Amanda and Sean, I had an awesome time with you both.Â I can’t wait for the wedding!!!
Confession time, dear Reader.Â I have a love/hate relationship with my yard.Â Love: It’s one of the biggest and flattest back yards in my neighborhood.Â It’s perfect for kids to play in.Â Hate:Â It’s lumpy and full of crab grass.Â You see, my husband and I are both one of those people – we live in a neighborhood where everyone has a perfectly manicured lawn, but we do not.Â We are anti-chemical, and anti-pesticide.Â It’s not that I don’t love the wonderful aesthetic effect that those chemicals produce; it’s just that I have a problem spraying harmful substances where I know my precious daughter is going to play.Â (By the way, no judgment here if you spray your lawn–it’s just our personal choice.Â We are trying to embrace a more organic lifestyle.)
There are times when I am tempted to break out the Round-Up, especially when a few thistles (a.k.a. jaggers) pop up and poke my bare feet.Â But, crab grass and other weeds are not too hard to live with, if you keep up with the mowing.Â It grows faster than the “good” grass, so things don’tÂ stay evenly cut as long as it normally would.Â Last month we went to the Outer Banks for a vacation with my family, and unfortunately, the person we had called to mow our grass while we were gone never showed up.Â From what I understand it also rained quite a bit here in the ‘burgh that week.Â So you can imagine the jungle that awaited us when we got home!
As I looked out the window in despair that evening, dreading the thought of struggling through the sea of tall grass and dandelions with our lawnmower, I had a thought.Â It just happened to be the “golden hour” of the evening, when the lighting is magical…and although we were not in some picturesque field in the countryside, I do love tall grasses and dandelions for photos.Â And, I never take enough photos of my own family (ironically).Â So, I tossed my daughter into a pretty dress and took her outside.Â I let her just be herself and enjoy doing what she does, which is to explore and marvel at things that seem ordinary, while I snapped away in contentment.Â It was a wonderful evening…and the grass got cut eventually.
When life hands you weeds, dear Reader – take pictures!
P.S. On an unrelated subject which happens to have the same name as my post title, if anyone knows when Showtime is going to start airing new episodes of “Weeds”, please do tell!Â Last season ended with such a cliffhanger!
A while back I had the delight of photographing the 4-month old daughter of one of my former wedding couples, the darling Miss Carsen.Â Isn’t she as cute as a bug?