Monday, October 26, 2009

Where have I been?

I am so sorry that I have not been updating my blog these past couple of weeks. I've kept everyone on Facebook updated, but for those of you who do not follow me on Facebook, here's why I have been MIA. A few weeks ago I fractured my rib . At first it bothered me a lot but was not painful. Well, a few days later I had a wedding, which I did not want to miss. Even though I was supposed to stay in bed, I went and photographed the wedding. I paid the consequences for not listening to my doctor! After the wedding I was in so much pain. I was barely able to walk to the car by the time we were done. Since then I've had to take it easy. I am finally starting to feel better, but it has been a rough couple of weeks! Thankfully Art and I took the last two weeks of October off and it worked out since I have to pretty much lay in bed for a while.

I have so much catching up to do! There are MANY weddings and engagement sessions that need to be blogged!

I know some people don't like teasers, but I also know my couples will appreciate these teasers while they wait for the full post!

So here are just some of the weddings coming up on the blog, in no particular order:

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Rebecca & Rupen ~ Married!

Rebecca & Rupen are about to receive their photos by the end of the week, but I still wanted to blog them!

Below are some of my favorite images:

Lets start with two pair of cute shoes!

Getting ready shots:

I love this shot!

I have a new all-time favorite image! I know that when my little sister gets married a long time from now (she's only 15), I will cry just like Rebecca's sister :)

The timeline does not always go as planned. When that happens, we improvise :) We ran out of light by the time, we were going to do some portraits of Rebecca and Rupen at their reception venue, so we busted out the off camera lighting. Looks different from what you are used to seeing from me, but I like it!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Sneak Peek - Sammy & Ivan's E-session

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Free Portrait Winner

I've been typing and deleting, typing, deleting, typing, deleting. I decided to just type exactly as it comes from my heart.

Giving out this free session is difficult. Not because I don't want to give it out, but because the circumstances are heart-wrenching. I honestly wish they would get this photo session under different circumstances. A few weeks ago I received an e-mail that changed me in many ways. Not only did it make me appreciate my job, but it also made me appreciate life that much more. It has opened my eyes. When I first started reading the e-mail, I had to stop halfway. Only half knowing what happened, I went to the living room where Art was and I started crying. I told him, Micah, one of our grooms, passed away. Even as I type it, it seems unreal. How can that be? Someone in his mid-twenties, just married, full of life, with a bright future in front of him. How can that be? Micah's mom explained to me in the e-mail that she was writing to let me know how much the wedding photos meant to her and that the photos really captured Micah's spirit and love of life, family and his wife.

Last week I received an e-mail from one of Micah's brother's asking to enter the contest. I will not post the whole e-mail because I would like to keep it to myself, but I will post a part of the e-mail that I feel very strongly about. As some of you know, I lost my mom when I was 12 and the albums full of my mother's photos keep me from forgetting her beautiful face so I can relate with what Jeremiah wrote.

Jeremiah wrote:
Having experienced such a great loss we would be so humbled to win the contest and have a portrait of our family as now more than ever we realize that life is so short and in the end it's the memories both in our mind, in pictures and in video is all we have left after someone is gone.

To the Owen Family: It would be an honor to photograph you all again. My heart will hurt because we will be missing a very special person. A person that left a lasting impression on us. We've photographed many weddings and while many of our couples are also unforgettable, Micah is one of a kind. To us he will always be the groom who most cared about and for his bride.

To everyone else reading this, remember to cherish every moment you spend with your loved ones and hug all those you love.

The Owen Family

Micah...taking care of his bride, Heather.
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