Over 6-years ago I photographed Philip and Lidia getting married. They had a beautiful wedding to match their relationship--filled with laughter, beauty, and a wonderful time with friends and family.
Fast forward to this fall, and I received a message from Philip: they were expecting. And unknown to Lidia, he had booked a maternity session for her while they were in town over Christmas.
What a delight to watch as she drove up to the session, Philip and I waiting for her to arrive. She rolled down the window, beautiful smile on her face, and said, "Is that Christine Lee Smith?" We spent their session taking photos of the three of them and catching up from the past several years.
Such a joy to see these two doing so well, and growing into a beautiful family! Congrats you two!
Old friends, catching up, taking photos. I had a great time with the Burns family the other weekend. With both girls grown up, working and finishing senior year at university, their family has changed, transitioned, grown up. Hearing about all the adventures of school and job changes, moving houses, coming home made the experience of photographing them in the freezing cold, seeing their laughter, their hugs, their silliness made it all more special.
Thank you Burns' for a wonderful session, and for catching up with me after these years on our own separate journeys!
New Year's resolutions aren't my thing. I've tried it off and on over the years. Never successfully. So today as I'm watching my Facebook feed fill up with well wishes and goals and reflections on the year gone by I'm conflicted by the desire to participate in this cultural tradition, and yet not quite feeling it for myself.
As I was putting in time on my photo transfer commission thoughts were floating about in my mind as they do when I'm working with my hands. And I thought about how many resolutions I've attempted throughout the years have been about less: less worry, less debt, less whatever. It got me thinking about how this turning to "less" feels like deprivation, which isn't all that inspiring--not that those goals in and of themselves were bad or negative. So I wondered: What if my thoughts for 2016 were "more"?
What do I want more of? Where do I have need in my life? In that spirit, here are a few things I want more of in the coming year:
What do you want more of this year?
Share in the comments.
Here's to embracing all that is and will be in 2016 with courage, freedom, and wonder together.