June 2011

My Current Obsessions

June 29, 2011

My current obsession: True Blood. Ok, it’s been my obsession for the past 4 years. I might have read the entire series of books hiding under my blanket with a flashlight on a nightly basis for months as well. I eagerly watched the first episode on Sunday and suddenly got very sad. An opening with fairies shooting 1980’s laser beams at each other? This is not what I fell in love with. In fact, it was terrible. Midway through the episode, I thought about moving on with my life and on to something much more mature and mentally stimulating. Something like The Voice or Toddlers and Tiaras.

HBO redeemed themselves by putting the second episode online to watch the same night. Much better! I won’t spoil anything but I have been waiting for this Eric storyline to pop up for a long time…since I’m the loser who read the books. I am now excited for the show again and Pat will have to endure walking into our living room at the worst moments and wonder what is wrong with both this show and especially me. Everything is what I usually tell him.

My other obsession: The Beach. I think about it all the time, I just haven’t gotten there yet and summer has officially begun. Luckily, I have a couple short trips in July and plan on baking in the sun, reading a book and drinking a Mai Tai…or two.

We usually take one big trip every summer but we are stashing all of our money away for our wedding and honeymoon at the moment. Our far away travels will have to wait until next year. We definitely plan on making it a good one though!

What are your summer plans? I hope it includes corn on the cob, sprinklers and skinny dipping…at night, please god only at night.

My Current Obsessions personal

My Current Obsessions personal

As we all waited for Anna to come down the walkway, Adam paced the area, waiting for his soon to be bride. After years together and three beautiful daughters, they were finally making it official. Their guests joked that they were just getting around to straightening out their paperwork. The look on Adam’s face told another story; a story that no one could possibly fully understand but the two of them.

It was a small ceremony with only their closest friends and family in attendance. Their daughters were a huge part of their day and absolutely adorable in their white dresses and butterfly wings; pretty much a photographers dream. As Anna came down the walkway, she was glowing and smiling from ear to ear. She looked gorgeous. Really, she did.

Their day unfolded so naturally that it honestly didn’t feel like Pat and I were working. It felt like we were with friends and just happened to have cameras in our hands. They were a dream couple to work with; happy, easy going and naturals in front of our cameras. Anna was effortlessly beautiful and fell into her new husband as if that’s where she belonged. I could photograph a wedding everyday if it were always this easy.

Congratulations Anna and Adam! You guys were the absolute best. I hope you have many years of happiness to come!

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Anna and Adam   A Stanley Park Wedding weddings

Here’s a slideshow of their day:

Keeping it Classy

June 20, 2011

My dog thinks she is a human. A pampered one.

We started yesterday off at Pat’s parent’s house to wish his step-father a happy father’s day. This is when our dog, Kali, found out she is very fond of hot tubs. That’s right, hot tubs. They recently acquired a brand new, state of the art one and my beast of a dog thought it would be a amazing to jump in and swim laps. In all 5 feet she had to swim around in. I’m surprised she didn’t sit back and let the jets sooth her aching back. She has an aching back from getting her spa treatments on a daily basis. There is photographic evidence of this, but I haven’t gotten my hands on them yet.

Only my dog.

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

Later on, we went to my rentals. After all, have to drop my dad’s very important gift off. Vodka. I, being the most amazing daughter there ever was, know the way to my father’s heart. “Only one for the ticker”, he says. You have got to love the reasoning.

My Papa.

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

We sat by a fire, sipped on our heart medication and rolled in the grass with our dogs. Literally. Unfortunately, my mom was in charge of the fire and it was more of a dull roar. Kind of like a match stick at the tail end of the actual stick. Pathetic. Pat’s Eagle Scout side must have been having a heart attack.

I mean, do you even see a flame? That would be a negatory.

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

Father’s Day with the Douthwright’s and O’Brien’s; quite the classy affair if I do say so myself. Luckily, I got to take some cute pictures of our pups; the only sane beings in a 1 mile radius.

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

My broski. An adult male, spooning a dog for comfort. Nuff said.

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

Pat, praying to god he doesn’t drop a bite.

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

My brother took this picture. It only took 10 minutes to show him to use the focus button. Thankfully, we ended up with one winner of Pat and I. A rare picture of the both of us.

Keeping it Classy personal

Keeping it Classy personal

Hope all you dad’s had an excellent father’s day!

 

 

Monday Inspiration

June 13, 2011

Hello Monday! I never blogged once last week, yikes! I was really feeling awful all week and hated staring at a bright computer so I shunned it from my life. During my sickness, I asked twitterverse what movies they recommended on Netflix to pass the time. The ever so cute Amanda Watson recommended I watch The President’s Photographer. It was amazing. In fact, it got me so in the mood for documentaries, I watched 6 hours of them. Yeah that’s right, 6 hours. I emerged from my couch dizzy and with my hair in the shape of a bird’s nest but way smarter and inspired.

The President’s Photographer followed Pete Souza, President Obama’s full time photographer. He follows his every move while going to every meeting and event he attends; all to document history in the making. Can you imagine the pressure this man must feel on a daily basis? I turned to Pat and said, “If we get this nervous over shooting a wedding, how nervous would we be to have this job”. His photojournalist photography is moving. He catches every moment without skipping a beat; something all photographers strive for.

I have been going through so many of his pictures to find inspiration. A good photo is captured in the small details we never knew happened. That’s what I want our focus to be on when it comes to our wedding photography; small moments that are so natural but mean so much.

Here are a few of my favorites I came across with perusing the web.

Monday Inspiration personal

Monday Inspiration personal

Monday Inspiration personal

Monday Inspiration personal
Monday Inspiration personal
Monday Inspiration personal
Monday Inspiration personal
Monday Inspiration personal

Monday Inspiration personal

Monday Inspiration personal

JFK’s version of this picture – cute overload

Monday Inspiration personal

Monday Inspiration personal

Have a beauty-ful week!

I can’t take it. I can’t take the cuteness, the dorkiness and the hilariousness. I was perusing through some pictures yesterday and came across this gem of Pat as a wee little lad.

Time Warp – Furry Mouse Style personal

Time Warp – Furry Mouse Style personal

First of all…I can’t even come up with a first of all right now. Ok, where do I really start? The green mouse bracelet?  Oh, you mean the one that just happens to match his full green sweat suit? Yeah, that’s a good start. Apparently you lifted up the head and it was a watch. I’m so jealous I didn’t have this in hot pink when I was a kid. It would’ve gone great with my gaggle of pound puppies in my arms.

Also, how about the fact that there is a statue of liberty backdrop behind him?? I’m not really sure what the purpose of this is but it’s nothing short of amazing. Oh, 80’s culture, I miss you. Come swooping back into my life with Velcro shoes, mischievous looks on children’s faces, the beginning of a bowl cut and watches that double as a mouse trap.

I make fun but I really find it adorable. This picture was worth every penny his mom paid for it. I think we need to find a man sized version of this and make a recreation as long as I get a matching outfit in pink…or even rainbow, I’ll take rainbow.