When an old college friend of mine announced on Facebook that she was engaged, I of course sent my “Congratulations!!!” and then followed it up with, “I know a wedding photographer.” I was only having fun but was beyond thrilled when she said, let’s roll! From dorm room parties, to watching her put on her wedding dress, seeing your friend grow and starting the foundation for her own family, is such an amazing experience to be apart of.
I remember driving to this wedding in Connecticut, just watching the sky. We had about a 60% chance of rain, however not one drop of rain was to be seen that day. The outdoor ceremony went off without a hitch, and the party, which started before the wedding, lasted until the very last song where the groom gave a singing performance like he was putting on his own concert. Yes, it was a FUN night.
Thank you again Jenn and Ryan for including me in such a wonderful day in your life.
Dress: Casablanca, The Wedding Embassy
Hair/Make-Up : Salon Odette
Location: The Heritage Hotel
Flowers: Flower By Danielle
Yes, I am just showing off my kid. A lot of us in the photo industry find that we get so lost in our work, we forget to focus our camera on what is important, our kiddies! I am just hours from leaving my kids for a long 4 day workshop, and I have a TON of packing and cleaning to do before I leave, but I just had to shoot a mini session with Kieran. He was looking like a little British rock star and I couldn’t resist.
He had a very rock star Christmas that featured a 5 piece drum set and a Beatles strap for his Buzz Lightyear guitar. Yes, Santa brought a 5 piece drum set, with 2 symbols. Believe it or not, the noise doesn’t bother me too much and have learned to tune it out pretty good.
So this year, whether you use a camera or even your phone, be sure to snap those kids EVERYDAY!
I am going to admit, although Surprise Photography had a wonderful year, I am looking forward to a fresh start in 2012. My personal life took some real bad hits with unexpected deaths of friends and family, a dear friend being diagnosis with cancer and Kieran taking about 10 years off my life with two major accidents in one year. Don’t worry, his is okay. And although I tried to not it affect my work, I found myself not able to produce a final product as quick as I would wish. I beat myself up a lot over it but came to realize, I am only human and I do have to put my family first. I hired a wonderful girl to work with me this winter and plan on holding on to her tight. She is the reason I survived the holidays season, our busiest ever!
Next year I will be lightening up my schedule a bit. I will be traveling and doing several educations workshops, and taking several mini vacations with my family. What I have learned last year, is that I need to put my family first, enjoy as much time with them as possible, enjoy life and take adventures, and surround myself with good positive people. A happier me will only make for a better Surprise Photography.
Again, I can’t thank you enough for being apart of our family this year. Here is a look back at some of the wonderful faces that we had the honor of capturing this year: