I got just what I needed this week… I got to hang out with two fabulous ladies for a day. Wendy & Jessica came and visited me here in Portland. I absolutely adore the fact that my job lends me the opportunity to meet people like them that I would never have had the chance to without. They were funny & sweet & the conversation just flowed like old friends all day. Not to mention that we got one of my favorite little models back in the studio (and her kill-me-with-his-adorableness little brother). The Measure outfitted our little angel & Knuckleheads wardrobed our mini pilot. Seriously… good day.
And to make your day… The Measure is giving away the little pants & shirt on our little girl below (size 6). To enter to win just comment below or on my FB page! I’ll pick a winner Tuesday :) **We have a winner!! Congrats to Galina Tarantul… email me your address! :)
portland | OR
I’ve been reflecting a lot on the importance (or lack of) of our daily strive to make more so we can get more.. be popular.. be cool.. keep up with Joneses.. create that business that brings you the ‘right’ clients. But the thing is, I think all of our ultimate plans are to make it to a ripe old age right? And if we are lucky enough to make it to that old age, I guarantee not one of those things will be important. They won’t be what is spoken of at your memorial or what is remembered by your loved ones. It will be about your kindness.. it will be stories told of laughs shared & tears shared.. the love you gave to others.. the type of person you were to the people around you.
My grandpa just passed away and not one person said a word about how far up the corporate ladder he had risen or how many cool things he owned. Every single memory was of the kind of person he was. I watched an entire house of things he had collected over the past 81 years go out the door. I didn’t want any of it. Without him connected to it, it was all just stuff. I wanted the pictures. I wanted the ring that sat on his finger every day. I wanted to see his handwriting on a card. I realized that in my own life that those are the things I should be paying attention to when I have people I love around. Those are the things I should be striving for and collecting every day.
He had a ’65 Mustang that he used to drive to the cemetery every Sunday to visit my Mooie. My first instinct was that I needed it. It would somehow make me feel closer to him. That wasn’t a possibility so I decided second best would be to do a shoot of the kids with it. The funny part is that the whole time I was shooting, the whole time I was thinking about it after I finished, the whole editing process… I just wished I had done a session of him with the car. I hadn’t taken enough pictures of him.
I guess the lesson of the day is I hear people every day struggle with photography- how to make it a business, how to make more money, how to be well known for doing it… please don’t do that to yourself. Each time you capture something special- someone special, you are surpassing anything you could ever want from the ‘business’ end of things. That is what you are going to look back on and give the people that you love. That is your legacy.
My grandpa kept every single picture he was ever given or had taken. It is the best gift he could have left me.
Handsome sucker wasn’t he? One of my favorite stories told when I was down for his memorial was from a lady friend of his in the neighborhood. Apparently he was the catch of the neighborhood and all of the widows would take walks on his street in hopes of catching his eye (caused a bit of a stir amongst them in the process- hehe).
This is the only time I ever got the ‘real’ camera out to have pictures done of he and I. It was when I had just purchased a digital SLR and had NO idea what I was doing (with the camera or PS). This is a lesson learned… as I got better the camera started only being pulled out for ‘business’ and so I have nothing since (*changing that is at the top of the to-do).
And the one last spin with the Mustang…
santa ana | CA
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
My last stop on my whirlwind two-week tour: San Francisco (I think I forgot to tell the story of how a missed flight in NY turned a one week trip into two… ah- adventure) ;) Good excuse to go out for a drink…
SF, I have to say, turned it on for us… gorgeous weather, perfect company, more amazing designers & models. We got to be tourists for a day… the Wharf, Cliff House & a little shopping on Haight… followed by Jenny and Stephanie hosting a fabulous day in the country. Sara provided her gorgeous kiddos as models (seriously- she’s breeding models over there) ;) Not sure how I turned hanging out with a bunch of fabulous ladies for the day while talking about all the things I love into my job but you aren’t going to hear any complaining over here!
(plus one of my favorite Zozo pieces ever… a tee-pee!!)
oakley | CA
I’m not much a girly-girl. I mean, you will find me in dresses all the time but not the frilly kind. I’m more the bohemian-maxi-dress-with-flip-flops and a cardigan type girl. I’m definitely more farmer’s market than four star restaurant. Matter of fact, I didn’t even wear heels at my wedding… or shoes for that matter. yep- I was barefoot under that long dress ;)
All that being said- there is something about putting a little girl in beautiful, fancy dresses that makes me smile. Maybe it’s the light in their eyes as they play ‘princess’, maybe it’s the way they go to their toes when they run in all the fluff or maybe it’s just how dressing up makes any girl (big or small) feel special in that moment. When I’m craving that feel I think Eden’s Bouquet. They take that inner little princess and deck her out in the most fabulous beauty you can imagine. When I found out one of my workshops was going to be held at a winery in the hills of Santa Cruz and that we had three adorable little girls as models and that we would have Coastside Couture styling our day (thank you Heidi!!)… I was beyond excited to get Eden’s Bouquet to wardrobe them all. Michelle and Heidi planned an amazing day with some of the most talented & fun ladies I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with. The weather, the location… I felt like I was at a retreat all day. And the bonus? I got to photograph these little darlings…
wardrobe: Eden’s Bouquet
styling: Coastside Couture
location: Beauregard Vineyards
santa cruz | CA
I am a west coast girl- the attitude, the vibe… the Pacific Ocean runs through my veins. I love to travel but I don’t feel at home unless I’m here. That said- my travels have final found a city that if I had to move to the east coast, I found my place. Boston, MA. It is charming, it’s friendly, I could sink into a laid back mode… and that Boston accent doesn’t hurt either ;)
It was a jam-packed visit- I got the chance to hang out with Renee & photograph two of the cutest little girls, photograph one of my favorite families and meet a new family that I can’t wait to photograph again. I also got to hang out with Kiki (The Measure Designs) and Jen (The Trendy Tot) for a night at Cheers. (Yep- those are two Trendy Tot originals on the girls below… check the end of the post for a GIVE AWAY!)
Boston charmed me… I can’t wait to return ;)
And a couple of family sneak peeks… ;)
Now for the GIVE AWAY!!! Do you want the adorable dresses in the first session? All you have to do is @reply me on Twitter or Facebook or comment here and tell me which one you want… I’ll pick a winner Thursday!
wardrobe: The Trendy Tot
boston | MA