Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You've Got A Friend In Me

Cue adorableness.
Cue the song you hear at the beginning of Disney's Toy Story about best buds.
Cue best-friend-brother-and-sister-duo, Spence and Ellie.

" . . . We stick together and we see it through
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me

Some other folks might be

A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too
But none of them will ever love you the way I do
It's me and you
And as the years go by
Boy, our friendship will never die
You're gonna see
It's our destiny
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me."

I always ask parents of the children I am photographing what it is they most want to remember and hold dear about this time in their child's life.  Because a true portrait is more than just a snapshot. A portrait should capture the essence of who you really are. Sure, there's the "science" of photography: lighting, composition, background, location, aperture, shutter speed. . . all of those details are important. . . but those details are not why I love photography.  I love photography because I love to see people. Really try to see who they are on the inside and try to bring it all to life - that nano-second of history that tells a story forever.  So for this shoot with Spence and Ellie, I was inspired by what their mom said about their wonderful, playful,  funny, silly, sweet-with-a-cherry-on-top friendship. It's pretty special. I mean, they even have a secret handshake, as you will see ;)

                                                         we "raised some eyebrows" ;)
                                                         the secret handshake! love it! ;)
                                      And mom and dad sneaked into a few pics as well . . . .

Bff's ;)

I had so much fun with you two, Spence and Ellie!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thunder Road

". . . And let the wind blow
Back your hair
Well the nights busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back
Heavens waiting on down the tracks
Oh-oh come take my hand
Riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh-oh thunder road, oh thunder road oh thunder road
Lying out there like a killer in the sun
Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run
Oh thunder road, sit tight take hold
Thunder road . . . "

-Bruce Springsteen

Need I say more? No explanation needed for The Boss, right?
Well, maybe a little explanation. You see, this little dude in utero is going to be named Jacob Thunder - and so he is just destined to be cool. 

This mommy-of-two-to-be is one of those tall slender gorgeous pregnant women, who, if you saw her from the back, you would not even guess she was 8 months pregnant! 

The light was so perfect for this shoot, and sweet big sister Sarah was the best flower girl ever (who says you need to be in a wedding to be a flower girl?!)

I'm so happy for the adorable Collins family, and can't wait to meet baby Jacob!