This post has so many layers of significance – so here goes….
First: I’m writing to you on my birthday. So while today will be spent mostly in front of a computer screen it’s not all bad because every fifteen minutes or so I get a sweet little email reminder that someone in Facebook land is thinking of me. Don’t you just love how those two little words – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – from a long lost friend* mean so much.
*long lost friend – meaning we probably don’t phone chat or visit too often but I still know about the party they went to a few days ago via facebook photo tagging. I’m a dork, but you probably are too.
Second: Happy Birthday to me also means Happy Birthday to my twin brother Scott. If you goggle search him you’ll find that he’s a professional snowboarder. Pretty cool right? I’m the former raft guide/professional photographer and I’m the conservative twin, go figure. I don’t see him much. He travels the world for snowboarding (Japan, Alaska and spends him summers on Mt. Hood teaching snowboarding) and as expected I stay up on his life via facebook.
Third: I photographed some newborns this weekend, two separate Western Mass sessions actually. The first one was a set of… twins, Alexander & Olivia!! I photographed their parents, Kerry & Tony’s wedding last August. Of course Kerry & Tony mean a lot to me, they were the first ’09 wedding I booked. The first engagement session I ever shot. Photographing their twin newborns was a must!! Months ago we had planned a newborn shoot based on Kerry’s due date of July 12 (yesterday). Alexander and Olivia surprised everyone and arrived a month early and while they’re still tiny they are happy and healthy.
Olivia is on the left, Alexander is on the right
Here is Kerry with her little girl, aka JuneBug & Tony with Captain Long Fingers
Fourth: My second shoot of the day was with a friend of the family. Molly is about 5 weeks old and adorable and chubby cherub like. Her Mom MaryBeth used to babysit my brother and I. We took some time photographing the whole family and then spent some quality time with Molly getting all of her sweet little sleepy moments.
Fifth & lastly: My Mom and Dad dug up this little snapshot of my brother and I and it’s now my facebook picture at least for the next few days. I’m on the right and damn I’m cute!! I owe so much to my parents for being so very supportive for everything in the past 26 years. A short list:
-For ALWAYS having a camera at the ready to take photos of anything and everything. Seriously we have thousands of photographs hung and displayed in my parent’s house.
-For exposing us to so many wonderful opportunities.
-For always supporting us. [leave school, go back to school, spend a month in Costa Rica, move to Boston without a job, start my own business, etc…. ]