Archive for June, 2010

…As love’s young dream – Thomas Moore

There’s something special about weddings.  Beneath the stress and chaos of the day is an energy felt by all involved in the event.  It’s exciting.  It’s intoxicating.  It’s love.  I had the honor of shooting for Heidi of Velvet Owl Photography this past weekend and assisting in capturing a new life for Christy Rider and Jonathan Tanner.  Never have I seen a groom so enamored by his bride.  I couldn’t help but smile when I saw how he looked at her as she walked down the aisle!  I felt honored to witness true love and the start of their journey together!  Jonathan and Christy, I wish you the best!

“Just trust me, I have a vision!”

I’m not sure how many times I usually say this per session?   I see my clients looking at me out of the corner of their eye…one eyebrow cocked in suspicion.  They are wondering what in the heck I’m thinking as I have them follow me to a 10×10 patch of grass in an abandoned corner of a city street.  Some are more vocal as I drag them along .  Most laugh, shake their heads and tell me they just don’t see it.  That is, until they see their images.  That’s when it hits them! “Ah…Amber ISN’T crazy!”  And that’s when they wish they would’ve relaxed, followed my direction and let me do what I do best.

Trust is so important!  When you trust someone, you relax.  When you relax, you can be yourself and let those natural expressions flow.  So here it is, a blog post dedicated to trust, just for you doubters!  Take a look at the images below.  What do you see?  I see a little girl transformed into one of her favorite fairy tale characters.  I see Alice, about to have herself a little nap under a big shade tree; soon to be lost in  world of enchantment and wonder.  If you’d seen the pull-back of this setting, you would’ve seen a hospital on one side, an office building on another and a freeway on-ramp on the other.  Many may drive by this small corner and never give it a second thought.  It’s all about seeing potential and beauty in the everyday!

Now, there’s one more thing about these images that’s quite important to note.  Little Alice is not sitting perfectly and flashing a forced smile at me.  She’s in her own little world, exploring her surroundings and mom is not prompting her to “smile!” or “say cheese!”  (Though admittedly…there were a couple promises of a big, fat ice cream cone after this session ;) )  Children tend to tense up when parents are stressed and pushing for smiles worthy of hanging on grandma’s wall.  I may ask you to take a walk while I play with your child.  I may ask you to sit back, relax and play one of those addicting games you have on your iPhone for a bit.  Know that your family is important to me and is in good hands!  Again, trust me :)

And here we go…the images I promised during all that rambling…

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank”

“…what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’

“…suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!”