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I think most people are dillusional in their expectations of each other in relationships, they assume that in finding a soulmate, the love of their life that perfection will follow, you’ll never hurt each other, or fall out of love, and will seamlessly transcend through your lifetime for young newlyweds into elderly people whose wrinkled worn hands instinctively find each other while walking down the street. I photograph a lot of weddings, and I love them because I’m a hopeless romantic and I like the sense of boundless possibilities and hope and love that envelope the newlyweds throughout the day. Most of my clients I am fortunate enough to call friends and I enjoy even more having them back for maternity photos, infant portraits, family collections, it’s nice to watch that love grow and spread through generations. I love most when I get to spend time with the fun and outgoing couples that will playfully tease each other about their faults: her feet smell at the end of the day, he makes funny noises when he eats sushi, she just will not fold socks when she does the laundry, he makes sound effects to everything he does. It makes the love real, dents and cracks dulled but still real. Love really is about compromise, not only in a meeting of the minds on things you dont agree on, but letting go of your expectations of each other and yourselves allowing each other to change as we inevitably will, and not hold blame for them not being who they were, the epitome of the cliche “they’re not who I fell in love with” Lifetime loves are difficult, and messy, and painful, but you find someone who heals you, even when they are the cause of your pain. I think we all have a tendency to look at other couples and say “I wish we could be like them” it’s often a misperception of perfection when it really is just happiness. Some people are just better at accepting that we will cause each other sorrow and anger, but weathering through it will bring us to a place where we will say, I’m so glad we made it through that, or we would never have experienced this. We give up too easily, we think it’s easier to cut ties and start fresh, but it’s like building sand castles in the tide, the water washes a bit away, and it frustrates us but if we keep building it will endure the wearing away, if you stop adding to it, it will slowly wither to nothing as the ocean pulls it away, and while even in our most diligent attempts pieces will be lost, perhaps we’ll find the abstract remains are in someways more appreciated because the foundation remained strong. Those that lose heart and leave their castles to the ocean’s mercy, will never build anything that lasts…and isnt that the ideal outcome of a short life on earth; to spend our lives building something that will outlast it?
A pretty photo of 2 of my favorite people, ones that are the embodiment of what everyone hopes their relationship can be. They live, work, and play together and everyone around them is enamoured with their charisma. And of course they photograph beautifully.

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Platonic Sexuality

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Love Is Never Simple

but it seems that way when you see a couple that can laugh at each other and themselves and enjoy the memory of the past moments they have shared and a moment they are in now. This couple was so much fun to photograph and spend time with, I didnt have to say a word to them they just naturally were adorable and gave an endless string of photographic moments. This is the kind of couple the rest of us see and hope to find a love like, and I love getting to document that.

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Editorial

Put a beautiful woman between to gorgeous men, and you have the epitomy of the sexy editorial image… dig it:

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but the process has been an exciting transformation and I am so grateful for those that have so generously given their time and energy and talents to be a part of it. We are so close to being done, it’s looking probable that it may be completed by the 25th!

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Temporary Fix

The studio is coming along, of course the original completion date of thanksgiving weekend has come and gone with several other significant holidays… still originally we were putting in a dividing wall and that was all, since then we’ve finished the entire space, drywalled, painted, installed recess lighting, completely gutted and replaced the electric, separated a second room for consultations and my office space, put in a built in desk, an album display stand and bookcase, coffee and refreshment stand and a custom shower. We nixed the painting the concrete floor idea and instead installed a lovely tile floor instead. Still with all the excellent upgrades and watching it transform into this incredible space I am still anxious to have it completed. Chomping at the bit to get in and do some shooting, and have a place to comfortably entertain clients and meet for wedding consultations. In the meantime I have the brand new 5D MII waiting patiently for a good session to break it in… then I realized all my photos are taken by really talented photographers like Mr Church and Mr Bossinger, who I adore, but perhaps it’s time for a self portrait. So here it is: me stripped, no make up no hair styling, 10 minutes after coming in from working in the studio, inbetween work and the kids waking up from a nap… occasionally between photographer wife and mother there are still glimpses of me existent without the labels…

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