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One Year Old!

Today is a huge deal, you guys. Today my sweet little baby girl is one year old. Crazy. I mean, CRAZY. I can hardly remember this time last year – it seems so long ago, and pregnancy is so strange that once your body recovers, it’s really hard to remember what all of that was about even – and then I look at this little tootsie pop and I can’t believe she’s already walking and talking and being a big girl.

Awwww.

She’s becoming a big girl. *tear*But she’s still very much my little baby, and the joy she brings to us is completely unparalleled. It’s so huge and so real – it’s absolute true love.

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Real Wedding: Kim and Ian

I’m so thrilled to share tons and tons of pictures from Kim and Ian’s garden wedding. They are two of the sweetest, most genuine people you’ll ever meet, and they are dear, dear friends of ours. They are ALSO our neighbors! But we were all friends well before that. We just happened to buy nearly identical homes, just a block from one another, and move to a brand new neighborhood – that none of us knew anything about – last fall. It’s like something you’d only dream up as a 12 yr old playing M-A-S-H or something. We are living our adolescent dreams!Being so close made it super convenient for Kim and her family to get ready at our place, which I secretly LOVED, because for the first time ever, I got to dress the bride myself.

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She wore a gold-striped, silk chiffon gown with inserts of English netting throughout the skirt and hand-gathered lace around the neckline – formed to look like baby’s breath. I was so honored to make this gown for Kim. She’s helped me so much over the years, not only as a supportive friend, but as an enthusiastic volunteer, driving to-and-from NY with me each year to stand for hours upon hours at the bridal market. Always laughing the entire time. She’s amazing. I wish I could make her fifty gowns!

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Family LOVE: The Farritor’s ANTI-Portrait

One of my most favorite ANTI-Portraits. Oh, whats an ANTI-Portraits? Well, its an unconventional portrait that captures the spirit of your child without conforming to traditional portrait standards. These images are made from moments that just happen, and they can be magical.

Here’s another one:I never said “smile” or “look over here”. They’re just cuddling with each other. And my heart melts. Be challened to think in terms of ANTI-Portraits!

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The Baird Family

Lovely light. A family that inspires. I was overwhelmed by the love and connection of this family.I’m proud to say that I won over all three of these dear ones, especially the oldest. She loves to read, and we talked and talked about the mystery novels she loves. Reminds me a lot of me when I was her age. The youngest. She did a lot of hiding from me. Little did she know this would turn out to be one of my favorite images of our play time together. Photographer: 1. 3yr old: 0. Ok, she got me there. Mom requested a shot of each child with each parent. It was one of coolest part of our time together. Watching each child’s face as mom or dad told a story about them or recounted a funny baby story was completely amazing. Ha!

I’m not sure mom and dad totally knew what to think of me. I am pretty ridiculous when I’m playing on my photo shoots. Now that I’m a mom, I could see how it could drive another parent crazy to watch their child go extremely nuts in front of the camera (and photographer). But parents, let me tell you a little secret. Its fun for me too. As crazy as it gets, I love it. I love getting to see them almost explode from having too much energy.

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And this one. I have no good reason for including this image except I LOVE IT! I have no idea why. Maybe its just the perfect ANTI-Portrait. Baird family, thank you for letting me into your world for a bit. rw

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Poppy’s First Birthday Party

Buuuuut …. It is so impossible to take photos while you’re prepping and then hosting a party. Keith thought I was going overboard when I mentioned getting a photographer, which I understood at the time, but now I’m like …I told you!!

Anyway, most of the pictures are of Poppy having a good time, which was entirely the point of the thing, so MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And thank goodness I have amazing friends who snapped some awesome shots for us – otherwise I wouldn’t have anything. But I didn’t get many shots of the decorations. Wah wah. Oh well, guess I’ll have to throw another party.

How to have an Awesome Wedding Part 4

**Welcome to our ‘How to have an Awesome Wedding’ series. This series is about what we wish someone would have told us when we were planning our wedding. Its also because we like to photograph awesome weddings. Feel free to accept or disregard anything we say. Maybe we’ll give you some great ideas, maybe you’ll want to drop-kick our face. Either way, thank you for being here, for reading our thoughts and seeing our images, for caring enough to come back to this blog regularly. We’re thankful.

TIME. On a wedding day especially, time seems scarce. There’s always hours of hair and makeup and breakfast and golf and waiting. Always WAITING. But once the day “starts”, meaning once the bride has seen her groom, its a non-stop frenzy of pictures, family, details, and friends who keep trying to hug you even though the ceremony is ABOUT to start. “Go sit down,” you say. But they don’t. They ramble on for 5 minutes while you’re trying to line up and have some sort of emotional connection with your Father who has recently showed up at your side. Anyway, I digress. I spent from 7am-5pm without seeing Ben on our wedding day, and it was agony! Our photographer Janine still shot some amazing images, but then our guests had to wait an hour and a half to eat.

The point is, brides, would you rather spend 5 hours at a salon with your bridesmaids and 10 minutes alone with your soon-to be-husband or the other way around? And grooms, would you rather golf for 3 hours at 6am so by the time you do see your soon-to-be wife at 4pm you’re a cranky mess? I vote for the not cranky mess, personally.

And I’m telling you all of this for one very important reason, and its a secret that other photographers probably won’t tell you. Here is it…… ready…… the secret is it takes TIME to create fantastic, interesting, memorable, transcendent images of you on your wedding day! It takes TIME for you to connect. It takes TIME for you to take deep breathes and be present on the most important day of your life. It takes TIME away from your family and wedding party so you can focus on each other and let all that anxiety die down. It also takes TIME for us to compose images that aren’t a cheap copy of another photographer’s work. If your wedding photography is important to you, you must set aside time to let us create images you’ll cherish forever. These images will be used to remember you long after you’re gone, thats how important they are! I’ll be honest, we can make great images in a time span of 10min. But our best work from weddings has been when we’ve had hours, not minutes to work with.

With a bazillion photographers out there its easy to forget that some of us are artists and photography is a creative process. And our creative process takes TIME.

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Well That was a Great Weekend

I want to sing LOVE SONGS to those chairs and ottoman. I got them from a dude on Craigslist and spent more money than I’ve ever paid for something on Craigslist, but $625 seemed reasonable for two gorgeous down-filled chairs plus ottoman. I took a chance on the crummy photos and just paid for them through email, and then my saintly parents picked them up for me. Maybe if I had seen them in person I could have talked the guy down a bit in price, because the rosey wood looks pretty bonkers next to the amazing mossy green velvet, buuuuut I don’t care. I’ll probably whitewash the wood in the near future. Anyway … I LOVE THEM.

Speaking of my awesome parents, they also gave me this huge vintage buffet for our dining room.

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How to have an Awesome Wedding Part 3

**Welcome to our ‘How to have an Awesome Wedding’ series. This series is about what we wish someone would have told us when we were planning our wedding. Its also because we like to photograph awesome weddings. Feel free to accept or disregard anything we say. Maybe we’ll give you some great ideas, maybe you’ll want to drop-kick our face. Either way, thank you for being here, for reading our thoughts and seeing our images, for caring enough to come back to this blog regularly. We’re thankful.

The wedding of Luke and Laura on the soap opera General Hospital in the early 1980s incorporated the unity candle and showed the world how beautiful and simple the custom was. This international broadcast marked a huge upswing in the request and use of unity candles in modern North American weddings.

This is the most concrete answer I could find when searching for the history and hugely popular use of the unity candle. A soap opera people!! Apparently there is no definite origin, it just came from a mixture of ceremonies from many different faiths and rituals. Which is cool. And literally thousands of wedding ceremonies in the last 50 years have added meaning to this ritual. But heres the thing: does it mean anything to YOU?

The easiest way to write a form letter is to copy and paste, make a few name changes and you’re good. But weddings aren’t form letters. Just changing the names (and sometimes the pastor can’t get that right) and calling it good is not a wedding ceremony. Which brings me to the Unity Candle. Use it, treasure it as part of your service. But make sure it means something to you. If it doesn’t, if it falls into the ‘form letter’ category, ditch it. Replace it, don’t replace it. If you love music, sing songs. If you love the ocean, mix sand. You could leave it out completely. Ben and I washed each others feet. That came with some funny challenges….like Ben trying to get his socks back on.

Either way, don’t spend 5 minutes of your wedding ceremony staring awkwardly at a burning candle that you don’t give a crap about.

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Chairz

Total Palm Beach glam squad. First, let me just say that I’ve been completely obsessed with the famous banana leaf print for, I do not exaggerate, my entire teenage and adult life. I have big plans to splurge and use it in our condo, but I have to save a bunch of pennies and come up with some free time first. Anyway, because this is a fantasy world, I’ve made some giant drapes out of it, which flank imaginary french doors, not shown (because they are imaginary).

I think the yellow chair works so well in here, because it’s quirkiness plays off all of the other quirky things, but it still manages to be grown-up enough for the serious sofa. This room makes me think of lounging around in a bikini in really cold air conditioning.I don’t understand that either.

Here are your sources!

Paint: Peachtree by Behr; Sofa by Herman Miller; Coffee table, Side table, yellow chair, Prattware lamps, flokati rug  and coral all available at Chairish; Sheepskins from Ikea; Campaign Bookcases from One Kings Lane; Braided rug from Restoration Hardware, Chandelier from Wildflower Organics; Painting by Jenny Andrews.

How to have an Awesome Wedding Part 2

*This series is about what we wish someone would have told us when we were planning our wedding. Its also because we like to photograph awesome weddings. Feel free to disregard any of our sarcastic comments. But as you know this is our blog, so we get to be as sarcastic as we want!

#1: Let your groom buy his own suit for his wedding!!!

Tuxes are gross. They look nice, with that vest and tie and all that. But lets think about the last person who wore that tux. Especially if its prom season. It probably ended up on the floor of some cheap hotel room with Zima bottles littering the floor. See? Gross.

As the bride you get to spend all this time and money searching for the perfect dress for your wedding. It devalues the experience if your $2000 dress is standing next to a $75 tux that a pimply high school kid wore last weekend. Buy a suit, or wear your dad’s suit, or your grandad’s suit. It has character and history, two things that help make an awesome wedding. So lets go with that.