September 27, 2014

Josh and Anna | 9.20.2014

Josh and Anna's wedding day was one of my favorites. But then again, I say that every time I photograph a wedding. I don't think I could ever actually pick a favorite... 

Anna was a bridesmaid in (another favorite) wedding I photographed last fall... so we met almost one year ago to the day of her wedding. When she wrote and asked me to photograph her wedding, I was so excited!!!  Anna is fun, beautiful, and easy going... and her wedding is definitely a reflection of that. 

I met Josh (and his posse) probably 5 minutes before I took this shot. They all came from Idaho, except two, I think. They wore cowboy boots and complained that they didn't bring their guns... (at least, bring them TO the photo shoot. I'd assume they probably had trucks somewhere with guns in them). I had a hard time holding my camera steady I was laughing so much. Photographing groomsmen is radically different from photographing bridesmaids. You'll see what I mean.

And then there are the girls! Anna and her girls were a blast too-There was a lot of laughter here too, but there were also tears, hugs, and "aw" said over a million times.  There were some of the bridesmaids from last year's Fall wedding that Anna was also in, so we decided this Fall Wedding Occurrence has officially become tradition now, and one of these girls is destined to be married next Fall. 

There's something extremely special about taking family photos at weddings... I love seeing family members re-unite, seeing new additions to the family meet for the first time, seeing a grown group of siblings laugh and joke like they did as kids, seeing parents stand back and watch the photo taking, or rather, their little children who just grew up before their eyes. I love it so much.

The ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt and filled with incredible live music. The bride's siblings and cousins all played during the ceremony, which was the icing on the cake, I thought... It was like having Alison Krauss & Union Station and Jay Ungar all present.

Josh and Anna made everyone around them feel loved and important. They treated their guests like royalty when THEY were the VIPs. That really stood out to me. I know I was blessed by them, and I'm pretty sure I could speak for all of us who were there. Congratulations, Josh and Anna!

September 12, 2014

Eight Years

A lot of friends have recently brought up the fact that they think I should start blogging again. One friend pointed out that September is the 8 year mark for Crooked Stream. (WHAT? 8 years? Can we all take a moment of silence here to freak out that 8 years just whizzed by? Thanks.) Anyway, and the book I'm reading is encouraging you to define your vision for photography with what's true to you, because that is where you will blossom the most. 
Of course, this all got me thinking...  

I didn't realize why I stopped blogging until people asked. Blogging isn't my favorite thing... which is weird, because I like writing and photography, so it should be a perfect fit, right? But there was something about it that I didn't like, and I never thought about it long enough to put a finger on it, until now...  

I love tangible things, I love paper, I love talking with people and sharing real life stories.  I even notice the eye color of pretty much 99% of everyone I talk to. (random note) When I'd sit down to blog, most of those meaningful-to-me things vanished. There was no paper, no people, and there was definitely no "being open" when I knew every single thing I posted would circulate through the whole world wide web. Is that worth it? Honestly, in the end, is it worth it? I guess my answer was no and I didn't even realize I felt that way... Blogging just faded away in the light of being able to write on paper and talk to faces. Those things were just SO much BETTER! There wasn't a conscious choice involved to stop blogging, it just naturally happened: blogging lost.

I still use this site to showcase photography jobs, but I don't showcase my life here... Which got me thinking: how could I share my life and photography in a more "true to myself" way? By now, we could guess it would involve paper, talking to people, and telling stories to a more intimate crowd than all of cyberspace. The first thing that came to my mind was photojournalism. Maybe I will start my own printing press in the basement. Hey, that's a good idea! 

At any rate, happy 8 years, Crooked Stream!

March 14, 2014

Watercolor Journals of Friendship

I recently finished a group project with two of my dear friends! We each made a watercolor journal and painted 4 paintings in each girl's journal. Now we each have a journal with 12 paintings- done by all of us. It was an amazing experience, and I am so thankful we did this!