Month: January, 2011
One of my dearest friends is about to have a baby. This little girl is going to be born into so much love: from an amazing, huge family of strong women, two big sisters who are so excited to meet her, and a bunch of devoted friends who are going to spoil her rotten 😉 My friend is extremely blessed to have such a support system, I couldn’t be happier for her.
Today we celebrated baby B’s upcoming arrival with an intimate, relaxed baby shower. It was unusually warm for January, a beautiful, sunny day. We indulged in some scrumptious desserts and good conversation and had a truly memorable afternoon. Here are some of the details:
The decor was executed by the talented interior designer Misty Smith.
“A Piece of Cake” in Tyrone, GA made the gorgeous two tier marble cake with caramel filling that was to-die-for. Martha with “A Piece of Cake” reproduced our bird theme beautifully in this custom creation. The flavor and texture of this cake was just amazing; needless to say, it was all gone by the end of the party.
Instead of the traditional games, the guests each hand-made a bird ornament out of eclectic, mismatched fabric, and inserted a wish for the baby before closing it. These birds are going to decorate a mobile that will go in the nursery. Isn’t that the cutest idea?
And finally, just a few of the girls having fun
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Being married to a marine for ten years, I am very familiar with the phrase: “pain is weakness leaving the body”. If that is the case, I have taken giant leaps towards being stonger this past few days. Every single inch of my body is screaming in agony as I push it towards a new lifestyle of physical fitness this week.
When I decided to be a wedding photographer, no one mentioned that besides attention to detail and artistic vision, physical endurance and stamina is crucial. Running after a spirited toddler on a two hour session is a piece of cake compared to the activity level involved in a wedding.
Some things I do at a wedding:
Stand for ten hours straight in professional attire.
Hold steady a heavy camera with an even heavier lens and flash for ten hours straight while I squat, sprint, climb step-stools, etc.
Charmingly command the attention of large groups.
Hug and comfort the bride about the weather, the flower girl throwing a tantrum, or mom being overbearing, all while holding my camera, lens, and flash.
Shed a tear while the bride and groom exchange vows.
Adhere to a super-strict schedule.
Make more jokes.
Some things I don’t do at a wedding:
Sit, unless you count quick bathroom breaks.
Eat anything more than a granola bar.
Put my camera down.
Granted, I passionately love what I do, and adrenaline is known to pump us humans and do things that we never thought possible. Thank God for adrenaline! But the day after a wedding I found myself useless, tired, and sore. I also reached that magical age when you can no longer eat a McDonalds happy meal and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey without paying the consequences. So I dusted off my old P90X DVD collection and have been torturing my body for the past three days in unfathomable ways.
Some things I can do today:
Wake up from pain every time I change positions while sleeping.
Wimper if I have to reach up to put the dishes away in my kitchen cabinets.
Walk like a duck.
Scream if my daughter jabs her elbow in my stomach
Some things I can’t do today:
Go down the stairs.
Get up from bed without employing my hands, elbows, and every physical effort known to man.
Put on my pants while standing.
Not walk like a duck.
I did consider milder ways to start an exercise regime, and even now I wonder if that wouldn’t have been the safer way. But P90X has never let me down in the past, and with wedding season just around the corner, I want results. By releasing my intentions out to the cyber world, I am no longer alone in my quest for health and fitness, no longer allowed to fail or come up with excuses, this blog post holds me accountable.
So cheers to the pain that shall make me a stronger photographer!
Today I went on a little expedition with one of my 2011 brides to visit her venue: Meadowlark Gardens in Griffin, GA. The place is beautiful! Even with all the naked trees and ice covering the walkways I can just see how gorgeous this venue will be in the spring and I can’t wait!
This is an awesome group of girls. Ever since I booked this wedding last year Meagan and her family have been so welcoming and sweet, I feel like I’m part of the family. I’m thrilled that I will be shooting this wedding and can’t wait to share!
Two snow/ice falls so far this winter… yipeee! The most we’ve had since we moved to Georgia. This morning I decided to pay a small tribute to photography master Ansel Adams, and I ventured out in the ice to get some black and white shots of our humble winter wonderland. So bundled up in my coziest winter gear (that still didn’t do the job, blame it on being a hot-blooded latina) I went for a walk crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t slip on the ice and shatter my lens.
There something about walking alone in the snow that is so peaceful. It has an appeal of its own. The birds have left their homes, the streets are isolated. The only sound resonating in my ears was the crunchy layers of ice swooshing under the weight of my rubber boots; and the now bare, skinny tree branches shivering when kissed by the icy rushes of wind. It’s like the world, nature is holding it’s breath in awe of its own beauty. I smiled the entire way (ok, I smiled about half the time, and the rest of the time I held my scarf over my numb face) and I came back home energized.