A Charmed Life

A few months ago I did a show (The Secret Garden) with the brilliant director Jim Christian.  One night he was talking to us about how so many people in life think “I would really love to do …. ” but then they never do.  We however, were doing what we loved to do and we needed to savor that and recognize what a gift it was.

I’ve thought about that a lot.  I have a lovely charmed life.  Admittedly I sometimes want to put my head through all wall, but even while I’m thinking that I also think “and isn’t it great?!”.  True story.  I consider myself a storyteller, and I have the opportunity to do so through film, theatre, words, and images.  I couldn’t wish anything more for anyone in this world than the will to follow their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.

What brings me to these thoughts while writing this post is who I’m posting about.  This is my beautiful, dear friend Sarah.  I met Sarah in 2001 when we did The Pirates of Penzance together.  We have been friends ever since.  We have seen each other through some beautiful times and some brutal times.  I’ve had the immense joy of watching her daughters grow up.  One of the most precious gifts of being a photographer is having an “excuse” to see friends at least once a year.  We all wish we could stay in touch better and we all know how life gets.  It is a joy and a privilege for me to be able to document people’s families through the years and to be a part of their lives.  What better story could anyone ask for?

Saturday was Sarah’s wedding and it was a beautiful, perfect, MAGICAL day.  The weather was exquisite, the venues gorgeous, and the bride breathtaking.  I’m sitting here at my computer at 6:02 am on a Monday morning and thinking about the joy of the weekend brings me to tears.  Sarah, there are not words to express how happy I am for you and your family.  I will love Joe forever for the joy that he has brought you.  Thank you so so so much for letting me be a part of your entire day.  All my love to you both (and the girls of course)….

The best past of having a wedding be done is getting to post all the images that you couldn’t before because you didn’t want to ruin the surprise.

Here is Joe and Sarah’s guest book for their reception.  Enjoy!

“Parking!”

27The session I had right before this one got rained out, and as I sat in my car in the pouring rain I called them and asked them what they wanted to do.  They said they were coming anyway and we would see what happened when they got there.  I am SO glad we didn’t cancel!.  The weather cleared and we got to shoot in that magic right-after-rain light.
30 We had so much fun!

When I told them not to worry about the sign, I could take it out no problem, they said they actually thought it was funny and wanted a pic in front of it.  So here they are “parking” sans vehicle…I think it’s funny! 🙂74