Last year we discovered the joy of vacationing just the three of us. We love taking trips with our friends and family, but there is a peacefulness of traveling with just our tiny family. We don't worry that our schedule is too early for everyone else. We don't worry about other people's dietary requirements. We don't worry about Willow's crying upsetting somebody else. We don't worry about spending too little or too much time doing anything. We can just go with the flow and relax in a way that we never quite can when we're with others. It's really nice.
You guys. We went an ENTIRE year without new family portraits. Can you believe it? I certainly couldn't. Also, our good friend Andrea Pesce moved so it was a little sad to think we'd have to be photographed by someone new! Haha! But luckily we remembered Stephanie, who is not only the best and had photographed Erik and I years ago... but she is my photographer twin and when I say twin, I do mean twin...
Oh, boy. Where to even begin. Willow is two. "Two, not one" as she would say. I told her she wasn't a baby anymore and since I call her "baby" so much she responded, "not Willow anymore!" Baby is just synonymous with Willow I guess. She really isn't a baby anymore though. She walks, she talks, she has her own ideas. It's a whole different world from where we were a year ago. It's tragic and beautiful and wild and fun.
I have a DOUBLE session to share today. Strangely enough, this was not my first twin senior portrait session. And also strangely, I really enjoy photographing two sessions at once. If inspiration is lacking or my client looks a little uncomfortable, I just pop over to my other subject for a while and it's all very fluid and simple. Hm, I should consider this for the future... ;)
Oh this wedding. This was such a unique experience for me. I've known Nicole, well probably as long as she can remember. Since I rang her family's doorbell every morning so that I could walk to the bus stop with her older sister and my best friend Kristen, starting at age 10. I went on nearly every Hamlin family vacation with them from then on out and I've literally seen Nicole grow up before my eyes. In fact, she's probably the person I have photographed the most in my entire time as a photographer... she was my FIRST portrait client when I did her senior session long ago. I took some "just because" portraits of her and Stephen when I was filming a promo video for my website. We did the engagement session this past summer. And now of course, the wedding.