My oh my, these two. What a fantastic pair of people.
Ashley and Matt contacted us a few months back, wondering if we had any interest shooting their wedding that will be taking place this summer, in the Redwoods of California. From that first email, our excitement has only grown, not only for being privileged enough to be a part of their wedding day, but for the opportunity we’ve been given to get to know the two of them, little by little over emails, and then finally in person.
A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to fly out to San Francisco and shoot Matt and Ashley’s engagement session. Ashley and I talked quite a bit about what she was hoping the session would look like, and I could not have been more happy when she came back with the idea of taking me to a bunch of the places they like to take friends who are visiting from out of town. We decided a more fitting term would be an adventure engagement session; an afternoon hanging out, touring their apartment, meeting their kitty Mora, driving up beautiful route 1, eating oysters at Point Reyes, visiting Nick’s Cove, and taking photos all the while. It sounded like a dream, and truly, it was.
There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful these two are, or how great of an afternoon I had with them.
Thank you, Matt and Ashley. Eric and I could not be more excited for your wedding this June. (and Eric is quite excited to get to meet you both in person!)
Nearly every year my Dad goes down to Florida. He loves fishing, and vacations growing up always had fishing involved if Dad was along. Last October my parents rented a house on Pine Island for a few weeks, and invited us down to join them for their last week. The weather was nearly perfect, we had kayaks at our disposal, and there were two hammocks that were right next to the water. It was almost everything one hopes a Florida vacation would be. (the only thing missing- a beach)
“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Cousteau
We signed up knowing this would be good. Good for us as a couple. Good for us as a business. Let’s network, make friends, learn new things, surround ourselves with people that inspire us. We did, and it was better than we could have imagined.
This was the sort of “conference” that can’t really be called that. This was a get-together, or something that more resembled a (rainy) weekend at summer camp. Photo field trip.
There were photo walks in the rain to see the ocean, introductions to new friends, late night conversations in our cozy cabin, wise words taken to heart and advice on things ranging from how to edit photos to how to work with the person you’re married to. There was dancing, laughing, walking, talking, posing, and just a little bit of picture taking.
We left feeling inspired.
Thanks field trip team. We’re so thankful for the new friends, and newfound inspiration we found during our stay at El Capitan Canyon. We can’t wait until next year.
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the weekend, one quoted to us by the talented Dan O’Day-
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”- Elliot Erwit
We are so looking forward to September, when we’ll get to shoot Ashley and Laura’s wedding at a park in Paoli. (We think it just might be a little bit warmer then, too!) Thankfully it was one of those fluke Wisconsin winter days the afternoon we went out for these photos; the sun was shining and it got up into the mid-30′s. Plus the day before left a beautiful fresh coat of snow on the lake. We couldn’t have picked a better winter day for it.
Jens and Leslie are seriously great. We had the opportunity to spend a day with them capturing little moments of their time together. It was a fun afternoon of baking, feeding their chickens, and doing a crossword with their handsome dog Troy before meeting up with a bunch of their friends for hot cocoa and a fire on Madison’s completely frozen lake Mendota. We said farewell to a great group while they huddled in close to the fire and the sun set over the Madison skyline.
A tree bustling with cardinals in the heat of summer is a beautiful thing, but how much more exciting is a single cardinal, outlined by the stark snow in the chill of the winter?
It can be so easy to let the cold get into your bones this far out from the warmth of spring. I took a walk today, the crunch of the snow was so satisfying as I walked on through the quiet. I stopped to admire the trees lining the river. Their big buds told me that they are even more eager than I am for the thaw. They must ache for when they can finally wake up, stretch their arms, and spring to life. I un-fogged my glasses and could almost feel the potential energy I was surrounded by. Not long yet I thought. Not long yet.
Rounding up these images gave me such joy. Looking back over our photos of 2013 took quite a bit of time, and I feel like these are only a fraction of my favorites from the past year. We got to travel to quite a few new places, shoot our first international destination wedding, team up with a couple of non-profits, start an exciting new project with friends documenting craftsmen, meet and make new friends, and of course, enjoy many cups of coffee and shared meals. What a blessing this year was. Go ahead and grab a cup of tea or coffee and take a look at the favorites I narrowed it down to.