The end of the year is always a little bitter sweet for me. I welcome the break from weddings every weekend and yet I miss weddings every weekend. Photographing weddings is a lot of work…but it also gives me a lot of joy. I do really have a fantastic job and I already look forward to next season.
The end of the year is an opportunity to reveal in some of this year’s most memorable moments for me, notably:
I feel so lucky to take these photos. I get an incredibly personal look into people lives on their wedding day and I experience the joy, sadness and strength as I photograph it. I need to thank all of the wonderful couples who allow me this opportunity.
I hope everyone cherishes the time with their families this holiday season. Life is so precious.
Twice a year At&t offers a $1,000 scholarship to a student who best answers a technology question. This time the question is about on-line media and how it is impacting our lives.
Below is my response, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks!
I don’t have a TV and I watch more television than ever. As a child, I enjoyed sitcoms on a black and white TV with knobs to change the channel. Now, my five year old streams commercial-free, shows while we drive on the Interstate. What a remarkable leap in technology in just one generation.
My household consumes media solely through the internet, which has been, mostly, positive. I enjoy watching shows at my convenience, without commercial interruption and having the choice to watch multiple episodes in a row. The biggest drawback for me is a social one, I tend to be seasons behind when an episode actually aired, so I am wary of friends, radio or other real-time media that will spoil a show ending. But really, that is a rather persnickety complaint.
The greatest challenge online television has provided is it’s unprecedented convenience. What is to stop me from wasting away in front of a screen all day? Having what I want to watch, when I want to watch it – at my fingertips – has meant I am watching more television than ever. I suppose that is great news to an advertiser, but not the best news for me as a student.
Television is a distraction. A wonderful and enjoyable distraction in moderation. Self-moderation is, of course, a fantastic skill to practice and I welcome the exercise in self-control that Netflix has provided. In an era where technology seems to offer an answer to every problem, I think we need to be cautious about what problems technology itself is creating.
For now though, I look forward to seeing the ending of Breaking Bad whenever it finally makes it to Netflix.
I wrote yesterday that I had two very emotional weddings over the weekend and here is the second. Katye and Brian were married at the Exeter Inn in Exeter, NH. Katye brother left for Afghanistan just days before and her father has been suffering from a degenerative disease. Needless-to-say, emotions were high and amazingly so was the couple’s spirit. They celebrated Katye’s brother’s four children in the wedding party, Kayte walked her Dad down the aisle and she held her dad standing (in heels) so he could share a parent dance with her. Not a dry eye.
I truly treasure the glimpses I get into couple’s lives on their wedding day. As the season comes to an end here in November, I feel a little nostalgic for all the couples who have shared their wedding days with me this year.
This weekend I photographed some of the most lovely couples of my career! My weekend started on Friday with Veronica and Ellen at the Steele Hill Resort in Sanbornton, NH. This was a wedding 28 years in the making.
Veronica and Ellen have been together for 28 years and since DOMA was over-turned, they wanted a legal marriage. At first they thought they would just elope to a marriage equality State (like New Hampshire), but when they shared that plan, many of their family and friends wanted to join them in support.
Veronica and Ellen were visibly overwhelmed by joy at their wedding. Veronica kept saying, “I just can’t believe we are really here, celebrating our wedding.”
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