A Chicago Family Visit

I was happy to see some family members during my recent quick trip through Chicago.

My aunt & uncle’s house is full of shelties and cats, so of course I feel right at home.
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chicago sheltie

chicago sheltie

chicago sheltie

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chicago sheltie

Grandma! She always looks so elegant.
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A snippet of life in San Francisco

I love photographing repeat clients. Eddy and Nicci were married five years ago, and I shot their ‘secret mission’ wedding (parts I and II) and their not-so-secret reception. I traveled to San Francisco a few weeks ago and was quite happy to be able to see these two again.

Activities during photo session are great fun. When I asked Nicci what sorts of activities are important in their lives, she responded “quilting and reading aloud to each other.” I was quite intrigued with them reading to each other, so I followed up with further questions.

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– When did you start reading to each other? –
“Oh, probably about 5 years ago.  It was when we were living in Houston and we started reading this very long, (what turned out to be) very terrible book every night before bed.  It is called the Deptford Trilogy and we tried to stop reading it several times, but we sort of considered it a challenge to finish it, so we kept on.  The last line of the book was, “You egoist!”  We still say that to each other when something seems long and totally pointless.  Eddy has been reading to me every night before bed since then.  I read to him when we take car trips and sometimes when we are just hanging out at home.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– Whose idea was it? –
Probably mine.  I’m bossy.

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– How many books have you read to each other? –
“Oh, gosh, hundreds probably.  We have basically covered nearly all of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Madeline L’Engle, Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Bronte sisters, Harry Potter, and so many more.  Right now, we are working through a compilation of Jules Verne.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– What have been your favorite books? –
“We’re both pretty into Charles Dickens.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– How often do you read to each other? –
“Daily!  Sometimes several times a day.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– How do you choose what titles to tackle next? –
“Sort of weird free association!  Sometimes we’ll see a movie that we like and it will remind us of something then we’ll get the book and put it in our queue.  Like Eddy got a collection of Ray Harryhausen movies for Xmas last year and they’re mostly based on H.G. Wells stories, so we put those on our Xmas list this year.  Also, last time we went to an aquarium we decided we wanted to read Moby Dick.  We’ve been reading long enough, we’re pretty much always trying to think about what we can read next together.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

Aside from reading, every photo shoot needs some skipping and Monkees walks. Thanks for the fun afternoon, you two!
san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

My Parents

About a month ago I prepared an anniversary post on Facebook for my parents (43 years!), and went searching for a portrait of the two of them. I realized that the most recent portrait I had done of them was five years ago! So the next time I visited, I made sure to carve out some time for updated ones.

We went to the barn, and dad immediately went searching for props. And of course no portrait session in my family is complete without at least one animal (the darling sheltie, Iszy).
maine portraits couple barn farm dog sheltie

maine portraits couple barn farm

I convinced dad to drop the props for just a few photos. They’re so cute!!
maine portraits couple barn farm

Central Park Wedding Portraits with Katy and Hugo

Katy and Hugo traveled from Alabama to tie the knot in Manhattan and spend a beautiful weekend in the NYC area. I had a wonderful time exploring Central Park with them for some fun portraits.

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

Alternative Holiday Portraits with a Chicken Hat

I helped my sister and her husband again last year for their holiday card. I’m always a fan of something that will stand out on a wall full of cards, so I suggested a chicken hat. They decided to dress in concert black for the shoot.

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Their final choice was the one with just Lucy (on the left). While Cooper (on right) was visiting, I thought it was only fair that he be included in the dress-up fun.
alternative holiday portrait chicken hat dog

What fun holiday card ideas have you seen? I’d love to hear!