I just love photographing this crew, over and over. Every time, the kids are perfect. They laugh and run and smile and know what it means to feel secure and loved. Every time, J & M trust me with whatever I suggest. We always shoot at their home, and it’s relaxed and easy-going. Every time, I leave with a huge smile, knowing it’s a privilege to see those two little love bugs with the big brown eyes growing up so, so quickly.
J, M, J & M, thanks for having me take your photos again, and again and again. You leave me with a full heart.
Sometimes the things closest to your heart are the most difficult to put into adequate words.
I love these kids. Really, really love them. And every time I get to photograph them, it makes my heart squeeze a little, to see the passing of time, to feel the memory-soaked laughter of these 6. So, so many memories over a decade and a half. Even that’s hard to believe, that passing of that many days. Each time I do their photos, it’s not about perfect pictures, but another memory made. It’s always laid-back, they’re happy and smiling, and we just do our thing. Oftener than not, we end with a run for ice cream, piling into two or three cars, calling Paul and the kids to join us. I hope they remember this, the spontaneity of being young, the closeness of friendship, and the love we have for every single one of them.
This is Samantha, Elsa, Lois, Owen, Maddie, and Tucker. Constantly growing up. And always, always loved.
Theirs was a day of easy, carefree enjoyment. Which belied the fact that such extraordinary physical work had gone into their wedding. The venue was Rachel and Jesse’s beautiful home, set on a pretty piece of land in Brooklyn, CT. But mere months ago, it was reported to be anything but beautiful. They cut down trees and built walls, scrubbed floors, painted, installed plumbing, hung drywall, ran electricity, and so much more. Intense planning, concentration and patience went into building the space, working together with the help of a slew of friends and family. It could have made for a stressful event if it all didn’t come together. But on their wedding day, they moved with complete appreciation and relaxation through every moment. From getting ready, to the ceremony, on to the reception, and right down to the last firework, they beamed. It had all come together, the start of something so good. And whatever comes, it is obvious to all who surround these two- They will face the future with hard work and a whole lot of love, both for each other and everyone around them.
Rachel and Jesse, wishing you so many, many blessings.