inspired by our upcoming trip to mexico i was cutting and gluing late last night. rusting and melting probably when i really should be packing. now i am posting when i definitely should be packing! here is my most recent collage of a very special girl named zoe. the wax is still settling but i am quite pleased.
20x24 beeswax collage panel paper, paint, lace, dollhouse pieces and lots of little milagros that i collected on my last trip to mexico. am excited to find new treasures and inspiration this week. to see more photos from my session with zoe go here. and i love this square of the two of us. to see more on my collages please visit my website.
last night i read a few paragraphs that really resonated with me and i thought i would share. i was enjoying my new book titled " a certain alchemy" photographs by keith Carter. his wife patricia wrote the afterword and since i always look at art books backwards this is where i began.
"i don't know what constitutes a creative life for other people. one night in mexico we were at dinner with a diverse group of friends-there was a chef, a writer, a musician, a scientist and a couple photographers. the talk, fueled by good food and ample wine, was about the creative process-how to catch that spark that ignites the imagination. each person had a different take, but the musician capped the conversation when she said "i think you just get run over by a sugar truck".
"earlier i had had a conversation with our scientist friend, who spends his days doing research which has the potential to benefit us all. he is married to a photographer, and was talking about the difference between his work and hers. he said his own work would get done, with or without him.. "what I am looking for is there to be discovered, and if i don't find it, one of my colleagues will." "but an artist," he said, "if an artist doesn't do their work, then that work never gets done."
i must have read that five times last night before turning the bedside table light off with my waxy fingertips. feeling content knowing i had done my work. so the rest of you, please go make your art because no one can do it for you. we are off tomorrow with lots of work to do in mexico.
it's my delight to share these lovely photographs from eileen and matthew's wedding! this is one of the first weddings that i shot where i felt magic. it left a deep impression. it cast a spell on me. after this day i was determined to follow my heart. it sent me on my way to approaching wedding photography as my art. it made me realized that the two did not have to live apart. from this day on, i knew my artistic subjects of choice would be sweet brides and grooms and darling flower girls. i experienced the enchantment of sharing a similar aesthetic vision with eileen and mathew. the bliss of knowing that they appreciated my blurry, soft and somewhat antiquated style. i could never go back.
"The full weight and mystery of your art rests upon your relationship to your subject matter."
this wedding was timeless. classic and beautiful. it could have been forty or fifty years ago or right now. it was neither but a few ago (well, five ago). nothing looks dated. it is still more precious and beautiful than one could dream. my memory of this day seems to get more vivid as time goes by.
"This wedding casts the same magical spell. It's a simple backyard
wedding transformed into something otherworldly by flowers and fairy
curtains strung in trees....and by love and community and commitment." meg, a practical wedding
flowers by the fabulous and always inspiring laurie cinotto. eileen's dress was designed by the amazing lisa defrance. the long vintage netted material was a train for the ceremony and also could be wrapped around eileen's arms for the reception and photos. it was so unique and beautiful. the delicate pattern and texture of the dress photographed beautifully. including the soft ruffles and feathers on her shoulder.
am so excited to have one of my sweetest weddings ever featured over on a practical wedding! meg, the author of "a practical wedding" asked me if she could post this delightful wedding because it made her believe in fairies. it also reminded her of these sweet backyard parties she use to throw as a teen for her friends. i think meg was born to plan practical creative weddings. can't believe this wedding was five years ago. i shot the whole thing with film only, didn't even have a digital camera back then. at the time i was teaching high school photography and feeling completely overwhelmed by it all. to simplify things i just gave eileen (the bride) all the negatives. don't know how many times i've wished i had a better scans of their photographs. have always wanted to work on these images and share them with others. this seemed like the perfect time to reconnect with eileen and finally properly scan and edit all of their wedding negatives. i think you will agree that this wedding has a special magic about it. meg has such a unique and thoughtful way of looking at the world. she falls in love with my favorite weddings, we both share a mutual appreciation for simple beauty and genuine moments. she featured my best friend ember's wedding this summer and it tickled me pink to read it. am tickled again today, she amazes me with her words! now go read the whole story of eileen and matthew's wedding.
in addition to this awesome post by meg, we have been featured on some other really great wedding blogs the past couple months. don't know what brides did before blogs, seriously. so much inspiration and pretty ideas are out there in blogland! reading them is like getting a brand new bridal magazine everyday. except it's free and you don't end up with giant pile that you have to recycle. check out a few of my favorites and our photos featured on them.......
snippet and ink is full of stunning color boards and real weddings, we really enjoyed all the positive feedback from this post.
peonies and polaroids is the perfect place to visit when you want to reflect and unwind. a recent bride herself and gifted photographer her blog is full of inspiration and beauty. she just did the sweetest post with a set of three of my most favorite B&W photographs.
if you need a little break from weddings and photos, i highly recommend a visit to marta writes. this girl spins magic with her words. have really been enjoying her write club weekly posts, with fun prompts to get the brain and pen moving. she linked to us during a blog hunt last week, go check it out it's full of awesome links. as an added bonus she also designs beautiful wedding invitations and bridal books.