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It’s behind the scenes for this month’s self portrait. Mostly because I needed to multi-task. As in Dave take my picture while I answer emails. As in I don’t have time to put on makeup so don’t shoot my face. As in I might as well take a picture of what life is really like right now.
It’s that time of year where I feel as is my life is swirling around me and I’m just trying to keep up. As a photographer I don’t just photograph amazing weddings and fabulous engagement sessions, I also have to run a business. It’s a lot of work. And while I can’t dream of doing anything else, there are times, like this month, where life just swirls.
So June and July have been a month of weddings and engagements and portraits. But also a lot of emails, blogging, Quickbooks, budgeting, coffee runs and upkeep. Yet as I battle with my computer I can’t help but smile. Sweet, slobbery kisses are given to my knee. And I remember that it’s all worth it. I love this job and the freedom is gives me. To work from home, to take my dog for a walk, and most of all, to enjoy puppy kisses in the middle of the work day. Happy Weekend everyone!
Without much expectation Jon and Emma looked to me for guidance when it came to the specific locations for their Boston engagement session. “Show us your Boston,” they told me. A photographer’s dream come true, I thought! Immediately I got to work thinking of all the wonderful and fabulous locations that I would show them. My secret little spots that I loved. I would show them my Boston.
But as the weekend neared the weather took a turn for the worst. Because Emma and Jon were visiting for just a few short days there was no time to reschedule. We would have to make due. Suddenly my grand ideas and secret spots flew out the window. It would turn out to be an afternoon of extremes and nothing that I expected!
First we battled the heat. The sun was BRIGHT and the humidity was HIGH. We tried to find shade the best we could and made the best of what the weather dealt us. Though we were dying in the oppressive heat, secretly I was overjoyed it wasn’t raining. I showed Emma and Jon around Copley Square and Trinity Church in all it’s touristy glory. And despite having been to this area of the city a hundred times over, we made it our own that afternoon.
With an outfit change I brought my sweaty but amazing couple to the Boston Public Library. A hidden gem I called it, lauding it’s marble staircase, beautiful courtyard and quaint library. I couldn’t wait to show Emma and Jon one of my favorite spots in Boston. But as they were quickly changing in the bathroom my worst fears came to life. An unruly security guard began yelling for everyone to get out, the library was closing. This can’t be happening I thought. I racked my brain thinking of some place that would be just as wonderful as the Library trying to get Emma and Jon away from the unruly security guard as quickly as possible. Suddenly my Boston wasn’t looking so great.
As we (and many others) were hurried out of the library we were met with a gruesome looking sky. In a matter of minutes the weather had turned from hot and humid to dark and stormy. Thunder and lightning filled the sky and we RAN for cover. Only to find ourselves, and many others, seeking shelter in the beautiful, but now crowded, Fairmont Copley. We snuck around for a few photos and then decided to make the rainy trek back to the parking garage.
A church, a closed library, a hotel and a parking garage. That is my Boston. And while the conditions weren’t perfect, we made it work. Emma and Jon rolled with the punches (and the weather) and made even a dimly lit, gloomy parking garage look fabulous. I can’t thank you both enough for trusting in me and being so willing to go where I suggested, even if it seemed crazy. And the weather? Well this is New England after-all, it does what it wants. We take what it gives us and make it fabulous!
To view more of Jon and Emma’s images, click here.
I’ve got some stylish grooms who love Bonobos! Jon is the second groom of the month to sport these fun shorts!
Wedding Tresses did an amazing job with Emma’s hair and makeup. She looked flawless! Emma decided to have her wedding hair and makeup trial coincide with her engagement session. A great way to not only look amazing for your session but also get in a trial run for the wedding day!
The two images we snuck in before the security guards kicked us out
Before we headed into the Fairmont the skies cleared for a glorious five minutes before suddenly opening up again.
Right as I was taking a close up of Emma’s amazing JCrew pumps, the skies opened and we ran for cover!
Emma has a GORGEOUS yellow diamond engagement ring that I was coveting;)!
Many thanks to The Music Bed for providing the music for Jon and Emma’s slideshow “Pink Champagne” performed by Lovedrug.
Recently I was chatting with a friend. Talking about our dreams for the future and where we’d like to see our businesses in the coming years. I have a clear direction of how I want to grow and where I want to push myself.
But as I spoke to her my dreams I had to be careful to make the distinction between who I am and who I am NOT.
The reality is that sometimes I see myself not as who I am but as who I think I should be. As if I’m not content with who I was created me to be and rather desiring to be someone I am not. I see what other people are doing, I see what other people are achieving and I see who other people think I should be. I listen to those voices and then align my dreams and hopes for the future based on untruths. I base my future on the things that I am not.
As I’ve grown in age, as most of us do, I’ve realized that I am who I am. And with each year older, I am steadily becoming ok with who I am not. I am slowly learning to let go of dreams and aspirations that just don’t line up with who I am. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped dreaming or stopped trying to grow. I’ve got a long way to go. It just means that I’m learning to align those dreams and goals with the unique person that I was created to be.
Are you with me?
This might not make sense to anyone but me. But I hope that if you’re out there and struggling to find balance between where you want to be and who you ARE, just let it go. Let go of your expectations, your this is what I must be thoughts. Let the character and person that you are dictate how you live your life, not some predestine thought of a stranger of who you have to be. Maybe I’m the only one who struggles. But I have found freedom and release in learning to embrace who I am not and running head first into the things that reflect who I truly am.
Who am I? A frizzy haired red head who loves her dog, a little to much