Posted on June 19, 2013
By the time I returned to New York in late March, Leigh was growing into her little baby bump. I actually don’t have too many milestones as an adult like childbirth or an engagement (30 will be awesome, though), but when I look at the pictures of Leigh and D I just smile. It’s kind of weird to think of myself being a part of their lives at that just point even though I was just taking their picture. But something really does happen when you’re a photographer taking pictures of people. I really do connect with people. I have cried over events and pictures too many times to count. If I’m not crying or smiling I’m usually just sleepy.
Either way… you can’t tell but it was cold when I photographed Leigh and D. That’s what I love about New Yorkers; cold isn’t cold until it’s bitter cold. Cold for me is 75 degrees. Sorry, I’m a wimp. Leigh showed up wearing her cute outfits and I was wearing a three-quarter length puffy coat and still freezing. And if you haven’t noticed, I’m a slightly fascinated with the clothes pregnant ladies wear. I think women just look so great in clothes when they’re pregnant. I especially loved Leigh’s heart sweater from ASOS. I would have purchased one, but when I got to the online checkout I wondered how pregnant I’d look wearing it, and opted out… (I’ve never been pregnant, btw.)
Anyway, for Leigh and D’s session we explored SoHo one day then I convinced them to meet up with me again in the Meatpacking District. Those are two of my favorite areas in New York. I like how industrial the buildings can look. (Side note: I love it when people say Houston Street like “How-stun” not “Hue-stun”. I pretend I’m a New Yorker because I know to call it the former and I know that 1st and 3rd is 1st street and 3rd avenue.)
So I love photographing Leigh & D. Wouldn’t you? At that time I was so excited to see what Baby C would look like.
See their other sessions here: January 2012.
Posted on June 18, 2013
I really love my job. I love that I get to be a part of people’s lives and help them remember their awesome milestones. For Leigh & her family I was so lucky to photograph them through last year. I’ve been trying to figure out the best time to post the series, so in celebration of Baby C’s recent birthday, I thought this was finally a great time to blog about all the images from his family from 2012.
I met Leigh & D at the Highline in New York last year for their photo shoot. And to be honest, I liked them right off the back. They were up for anything. An they’re so down-to-earth and funny. I’ve loved that we’ve become friends since that first meeting in January.
This session was pretty exciting as I found out Leigh was pregnant! So even though she wasn’t showing, I thought we had to throw in a little maternity/prego/baby action in the pictures.
See their other sessions here: March 2012.
Posted on June 16, 2013
So it’s Father’s Day.
It’s kind of crazy to me how many kids my parents had. Even more so that my dad was our sole provider while my mom stayed at home with all of us as kids. Over the years he’s shown me what kind of man to look for in a husband and even more how much I have to be thankful for. I’m like him in so many ways and could not be where I am today without him or my mom. I really do have great parents. And over the years of my own ungratefulness and hormonal angst and negativity they’ve always loved me.
And I think they did a pretty good job raising me.
* The first picture is of me and my dad circa the late 1980s. One of my favorites of me and my dad. (please forgive the poor quality. I don’t have a digital copy of actual picture handy.)
The second picture is my favorite father/daughter picture I’ve taken over the years. It’s my brother and his first daughter at the hospital the day she was born.
Posted on June 12, 2013
1. Explore the marina district.
2. Visit the De Young Museum
3. Eat a lunch at the Ferry Building
4. Explore Sausalito
5. Ride my bike as much as I can.
6. Get up to date with my project life album
7. Do the summer reading program at my local library.
8. Take more pictures with my big camera or instax
9. Donate clothes.
10. Organize my life and my closet and all the work supplies I have
11. Watch a movie outside somewhere
12. Wake up “early”
13. Take care of my wrist and elbow and shoulders and back
14. Have a sushirito yummy.
15. Love life more.
Posted on June 11, 2013
So I’m here at the hospital in labor and delivery again to shoot another birth. My last birth was three days ago, and for a long time I was scared these two ladies would have their baby on the same day. I think it’s baby season. I also did a newborn shoot on Friday right before that first birth. March was like this as well. Three births in one week.
I’m filled with so many adjectives. anxiety. exhaustion. happiness. excitement. joy. curiosity.
Births are simply amazing.
Posted on June 10, 2013
Just a little bit of sweetness to melt your heart.
Jason nearly a half hour old, with his daddy for the first time. This is why I love birth photography. I get to witness such precious moments.
*the song in the video is “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
this video was made with Photoshop, and I learned how to do it at the video blogshop with designlovefest.
Posted on June 9, 2013
Today it’s a nice 80ish degrees. So it’s summer…I think. With the Bay Area, more specifically living here right by the water, summer weather is rare… in my opinion. (I’m almost always cold so it’s usually colder than it’s hotter.) So for the first time in months, the heat’s called for me to open the windows and let a cool breeze come in.
I’d been sitting here for about three hours before I realized I wasn’t playing any music. And usually whenever I’m working I need to play some music to keep me focused and productive. But not today. Today I listen to the music of the wind breezing through the trees, wrestling through its leaves. The light “kink” and “cant” noises the blinds make as the breeze hits it against the window. The steps of children running up their front doors and neighbors taking walks. It all lulls together to this calming, gentle melody.
I love days like this. In these moments it’s easy to remember that today is God’s day. And not just that today is Sunday, but that I owe every day of my life to Him. Every joyful, peaceful moment is His. He gives every good and perfect gift. And today, right now is a good and perfect gift for sure.
the picture above is from my trip to denver.
Posted on June 6, 2013
I haven’t done a list in a long time so I shall list away
Things about June.
1. I finished designing the bulk of my packaging goodies until I can have it all professionally done.
2. I had to pay for some big purchases. New packaging. Estimated tax. Two plane tickets. One conference (ALT Summit! Yay!!!!). 8 days at two hotels. ugh. And that’s pretty awesome. I like to pay bills. I like the satisfaction of going back to “zero” every month or pay period.
3. This is the last month of “free” weekends. I use that very loosely. Starting in July, I’m shooting a wedding every weekend until September. Yikes. I don’t know why I do that to myself.
4. I’m not traveling at all this month… and it’s nice.
5. I’ve been pretty productive these first 6 days of June. I’m more productive without deadlines, ironically. I balk under pressure. I learned that that’s due to the fact that I’m a discouraged perfectionist.
6. I sold my google stock and made lots of money. I’ll buy it again when it goes back down.
7. My parents celebrate their 40th anniversary this month. I celebrate that I think I can remember what day it is. (My sister got married the day after them and for the past 8 years I’ve had a hard time remembering which date was my sister’s anniversary and which was my parent’s anniversary. Finally another sister gave me good way to remember.)
8. My littlest niece is 6 months old. And I’m happy to say I haven’t missed her baby-ness like I have with my other nieces and nephews. I’m capitalizing on this time when I can still cradle her.
9. I’m very happy. I’m excited to ride my bike. The weather’s been great.
10. I started reading my first fiction book since who knows how long. So far. So good. I started reading it last night. I’ll likely finish it in the next couple of days. (It’s good, Karen!)
11. I keep a list of books I’ve read. I’m trying to someday read 52 books in one year. This year I’m failing miserably. I was supposed to finish 20 books by now. Last year I did pretty well. I almost got to 25 by the end of the year. Now I’m aiming for three books by the end of June.
12. I like that I have stacks of books in my room. I’m going to try to sort through the ones I’ve read and the ones I haven’t
13. I’m doing Ali Edward’s One Little Word Class. My word is “fresh” and this month is “think fresh”. So far this One Little Word class has been awesome. I love it.
14. So far been having really good devotions. Like REALLY good. I’m looking forward to what else God will teach me this month. (It all goes real well with “think fresh”.)
15. I really need to eat some new york style pizza. I’ve been also craving a caprese salad. desperately craving one. It’s been less than two months since I’ve been to New York. I’m sad it’ll be another three before I’m back. This will be the longest I’ve been away for a long time. But… I have an exciting idea for this coming trip.
16. I’m 100% set on going on a trip for my 30th birthday. I can’t wait to go. I think I’m going to start planning this month.
17. This month I also started taking a class called “Thrive”. It’s been amazing and I can’t wait to implement what I learn into my business. June is my first month, but I have a handful of months of catch up work to do.
18. I am schedule to photograph two births this month and the more I think about it the more I think the babies will be born on the same day. (I think the 14th. The first 5 births I photographed were born the 14th. Amazing, no?)
19. I’m going to go to the De Young this month. For fun. For me.
20. I also plan on (mostly) catching up on all my project life awesomeness.
My outlook is good. Bring it on, June. I’m excited to see what you have for me. yay.
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And because posts are boring without pictures… Here is a picture of a gate at Angkor. I think it’s the victory gate. I liked the smiling faces. Enjoy