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…the anticipation right before taking the next step…
It was a little humid that morning, but the coastal air still blew and you could smell the ocean water. It stuck to your skin in the softest way. Although a bit warmer than usual, I had no complaints coming from the Arizona desert where, right now at this time of year, triple digit weather from AM to PM is our daily existence.
I stood there and waited, wondering what she would be like. What they would be like. If they would be outgoing, if they would be shy. And as if she could hear my thoughts, she appeared from around the corner followed by Dad and her two beautiful daughters. She smiled a smile that instantly put me at ease and I hugged her a tight one as we met for the first time.
Normally people would probably think they are the only ones nervous to be in front of the camera. But meeting someone for the first time? And someone who has mentioned that they have followed me and my blog for years? Well, let’s just say it’s a little intimidating and a lot overwhelming at times. Actually, to be honest, all the time. No matter how long I do this I think I will always be amazed when I meet a reader of my blog. But there was Miss Molly. What if I disappointed her? What if I wasn’t what she expected? I was in my head a little too much…
But as we walked along the coast line and talked about life and everything in between it was if I had known her for years. And as I got to watch their family from behind the camera, there was laughter and joking and love and it was all perfection. Absolutely perfection in Laguna Beach that day.
Miss Molly…words can’t describe how much I adore you. You and your family – I am so grateful to FINALLY be able to meet you and to have been able to document the four of you. I can’t wait to follow your own new venture and keep up with your family. Thank you so much for being you…
It was a Saturday afternoon. The sun kissed every surface as Savannah, her mother and myself walked the streets of Downtown Laguna Beach. While photographing at our favorite spots we found, the three of us spoke about the future for Savannah. Excited to be headed to the next chapter, Savannah spoke of living in Long Beach, attending college and majoring in business.
We stopped at a spot and went through the wardrobe she brought with her. After pairing up a new top to layer over her dress I then reminded her to snag the pair of shoes she would want. Looking at eachother, her Mom replied with, “You know what? Just go bare foot. It’s more you anyway.” A smile crept across my face as I lifted the camera to my eye and photographed Savannah.
Miss Savannah…you are absolutely stunning. And you know exactly who you are. Which is why these next few years of your life will be absolutely amazing. Grab hold to every moment and savor it. Savor it and remember that it goes fast. Cheers to graduation and walking into the next chapter…bare feet and all…
As a business owner, I am constantly evaluating. Everything. Workflow, marketing, streamlining…you get the picture. As an artist, I am constantly growing. Throughout the last six years I have grown, adjusted, attempted, failed, gained, learned and loved so much. And throughout all of this I have left so much out there right here. This small space within the web universe that I feel safe to do so.
And those of you reading right now? Thank you. Thank you for reading, for writing me, for supporting me, for believing in me and what it is that I do.
When I first started I was a photographer. As I have grown, I like to think of myself as an artist. A curator of beautiful imagery. A lover of photographs and having a desire to truly document people and their beautiful lives. When I first started I was also a blogger. And as I have grown, I would like to think of myself as a writer. A story teller of sorts. A voice behind the photographs to give them another layer. Another level of depth. To connect more with what I am photographing. These labels truly mean nothing and everything all at the same time. However, they are a way for me to put into words where I am at in the journey and where my passion truly lies. And where I want to truly be as an artist.
And now you may understand why I have been quiet for a bit as I have envisioned, planned and really jump to the next step and to always be focusing on the “why” of what it is that I do. Because if I don’t? Well, the growth ends there most likely.
So as this blog becomes a little something more, I hope that you continue the journey with me. Because to be truly honest, the next steps just wouldn’t be as sweet without you. So much love to each and everyone one of you. Thank you from the deepest part of me…