She’s a teacher. He is a builder. They met through friends and later fell in love. Spending the afternoon with Bart and Lauren, it was obvious they loved each other. They were both so enthusiastic about each other, often times jointly telling stories and laughing about it before they could even finish. When we started planning their engagement session, I asked Bart how he proposed. He explained how he did it on a bike ride last autumn, hiding the ring in a pumpkin and stopping at a local park in Utica. Unbeknownst to Bart and Lauren, someone snapped a photo while he popped the question (he proudly showed me the moment, and yes, it was beautiful.)
Judging by the fun we had during their engagement shoot and how they describe their friends and family, their wedding is going to be quite the experience. The word “fun” doesn’t quite cover it. I can’t wait.
She is a country gal. He is a true gentleman. When I met Deanna and Ross, it was as if they were one personality. Laid back, polite, personal, fun and complimentary of each other. When we started to plan their engagement shoot, I wanted to incorporate their personalities into the shoot. It only seemed natural that we made it a rustic and country engagement session. Ross brought the bikes his grandpa made for him and his grandma. It was a beautiful thing to see the next generation ride them like his grandparents before them. No country engagement session would be complete without a little country music, dogs, and a pickup truck. As the evening approached and the temperature began to cool down, Ross kept Deanna warm truck and we got to capture some tender moments between them.
I can’t wait – it is going to be a beautiful country wedding!
Today is a day when we celebrate our moms. A common bond and communal feeling that we all have; our moms are our teachers, friends, supporters, cheerleaders, and care-givers. In our times of sadness we cry for their comfort and in times of joy, embrace their hugs of pride. They have all left their thumbprint on our personality and lives. My mom is no different. Some of my life’s defining moments have been shaped by my mom. I grew up standing next to her in the kitchen, and now I love to cook. Friends and family are always brought together around a meal. For me, to love is to provide and I learned this from my mom. As a high school teacher for 37 years, we couldn’t go out in public without her running into a former student. Even as adults, she could recall their names and their dreams. The students would always respond with unanimous enthusiasm and praise, explaining to her how she was always their favorite teacher. Years later, I too would become a high school teacher and am now beginning to share in those experiences.
Now, years later, I can attribute much of the success of my photography business to the love, support, and sacrifices of my mom and dad. While I was balancing two careers – teacher and photographer – my mom would help me balance my life. On wedding days, she would watch my dogs. During my longs days of teaching, photo shoots, and editing, I would come home to a refrigerator of groceries and an encouraging note. After a wedding, she always asks to see my work and hear the stories from my day. As I celebrate moments in other peoples’ lives, I often times miss moments of my own…but my mom is always understanding and works around my schedule.
I can’t even begin to explain the role my mom has had in my life. The stories are too personal and too important to me to share. I can say though, I am who I am because of the wonderful woman who is my mother. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.