My son is turning five this month and so I’m thinking a lot about the last five years and how much we’ve all grown, how much love and life and laughter we’ve shared, how many struggles we’ve overcome… mostly about the love and life and laughter though, I’ll admit it.
The biggest lessons for me as a parent, come from Chésaweh’s constant invitations to be present, to live in this moment. It’s remarkable, and when I’m open to it and receptive then it can be breathtaking. I just want to remind myself of that, when I inevitably get overwhelmed or caught up and forget.
This was taken last summer, when I was shooting some of Cameron’s pots with my assistant.
Did I get that Stained song stuck in your head now?
Well. Life has happened since I last posted. Unsurprisingly. They really meant it when they said ‘Time marches on’. Don’t ask me who they is. I have no idea.
I got hacked. Not as glamorous as you might imagine. Decidedly less so in fact. And more likely some bot built by a 6yo than the 6yo herself as she’s busy doing more interesting things. Anyway, I’ve not had access to post or edit anything on the blog for most of that time. Happy to be back. I’ve been posting more on my personal blog and that has been really good for me.
You may see a few wonky things about the site that I’m still working on resolving. I’ll get there. Thanks for being patient.
In about a month’s time I will have a 5 year old child. Mind. Blown. That’s been true throughout my experience of motherhood… I am constantly blown away by the experience… it is always more and different than I expect. My heart keeps growing and I keep learning.
I’m working on various personal projects- which has been incredibly rewarding. Love staying excited about making photographs.
I’ve got a few slots open for March, so give me a call and book a lifestyle session today. It’s the perfect weather for it!
Awesome, awesome mama and me session plus a 30 second dance party? Heaven! More from this session to come!
Funny things he’s said this week:
While playing chess against the computer- ‘I’m a geek! I’m such a geek!’
Playing rescue heroes- ‘You burn me up!’
Yes, it’s Mini-session time!
Saturday, August 3rd at Point Pinole, Richmond
Sunday, August 4th at Tilden, Berkeley
20 minutes. 5 images. $250
Only 5 spots left, call (415) 425-7543 now to book yours!
Do you do them? I see daily and weekly prompts all over the interwebs, from shuttersisters and iheartfaces to Fat Mum Slim and project life 365. One of my faves is the one my friend Shelly runs. Every week she posts a prompt on her blog and invites us to look at our lives a little more closely. I love them and I thought you might as well. Go look at this week’s prompt- Sun Flare. Wherever you post it, instagram/facebook/twitter/flickr/g+, make sure to tag your photo with #wpmyview so we can all see it.
Flare is one of my favourite things so I was quite excited about this one. It is just sooooo pretty. Honestly, it’s quite rare that I think there’s too much flare in a picture… it just adds that long summer days nostalgia to an image and I adore that. On the other hand, I can’t imagine an entire session’s worth of images done with flare. You definitely have to be a little more conscious of what you’re using it on.
Here’s an example of it in a photo of the kiddo, looking impish while playing on the sidewalk. It was pretty late in the day and the light was just gorgeous.
Okay. I’ll concede that there may be a little too much in this one of Shelly. But it still makes me smile! I even love that haze and all it does is remind me of how warm that day was. And how lovely it was to sit in sun so bright, all I wanted to do was close my eyes and lean back, feeling the light on my skin. Listening to my friend talk and watching my family play. Warm, fuzzy feelings ensue.
So, while I was shooting Cameron‘s pots the other day, and specifically when I was shooting that gorgeous celadon jug that you saw yesterday, I had an assistant who suddenly decided that he wanted to be in the picture. So he jumped in. And I couldn’t even be mad at him because, I mean, well… look!
He chose this edit, btw. I had a different b&w in mind but he liked this one best, so we went with it.