Monday, November 30, 2009

Betschart Family

This is the Betschart family. Benjamin is is one of my son's best friends and Oslo calls him either Big Benjamin or Benjamin B (there were two Benjamins in Oslo's class at nursery last year). Oslo adores Benjamin and I can see why - in fact, he and his entire family are really quite lovable so when Tamara and Marc asked me to capture some family memories at the beach before they go traveling for a year (or so...!), I was thrilled.

One of the things I love about living as an adult in the same place where I grew up is the opportunity to meet old acquaintances in in new contexts. I photographed Marc's sister's weddding, and before that, I knew Marc from Warwick Academy, but now our children are such good friends and I have had the opportunity to get to know his utterly wonderful wife, Tamara. Love the circle of life that resonates so clearly when you see your own childhood echoed in the experiences of your children, with the children of friends from your own childhood - very cool, albeit a mind bender and tongue twister when I try to write it like that!

Adore the diptychs above and below...

This stance above is sooooo Benjamin. It was fun editing photos from a family I knew - I chose images I would otherwise not have included in a blog post as I knew they were signature mannerisms which I usually do not recognise.

Sweet Baby Oliver was happiest with his mummy nursing, but a little swinging around and we were able to extract an upside down smile!

I am rather envious of the journey the family will be embarking on in a month - they are heading over to Europe and just going to live life freely and fully while their children are still young. It is an amazingly courageous thing to do, but will be so life altering and enriching for the whole family.

Tamara, Marc, Benjamin and Oliver - thanks so much for such a fun shoot and hope these memories of Bermuda will keep you grounded as you float into your new adventures. Have a blast. xx

Thursday, November 26, 2009

McGuire Teeny Taster

This is the fourth time I have shot the McGuires, and their oldest boy, Cooper, is only 3 so they are definitely what you could call good clients, especially since Cooper was already 18 months at the first shoot! I then captured Baby Zach in his first weeks, again this time last year when he was 6 months, and then just now, when he was the same age that Cooper was at the first shoot. Our original session was rained out, and then travel and conflicts prevented us from scheduling again until recently, but I couldn't resist surprising such great clients with a couple early tasters to tide them over and for their long planned holiday card. Now this is definitely not the last of this shoot you will see as the whole thing was amazing - the light was so soft and creamy, I dreamed I must have been in California with all that heart breaking pollution diffusing the sun's rays into liquid loveliness. But I think that on these low0-sun winter days, on the rare occasion that the clouds hang back, it really offers some of the most beautiful light and we kept shooting until well past sunset - heaven!

Tina and Mike - thanks so much for yet another great shoot. All your props and details, from the buckets and Christmas crackers to the hats, balls and teddies, really made it special, not to mention how great you are at combining your DNA into mini versions of yourselves!