that's what my calendar says for the month of February. which is perfect since two new books appropriately titled "less" and "secrets of simplicity" arrived in the mail this weekend. this month is all about slowing down, regrouping and focusing on ourselves for a bit. please be patient, while we revive.
alison was my pen pal for almost a year before her wedding day. she sent me thoughtful emails, sweet cards and even a box full of books. the handwriting on the labels always looked like i had addressed them to myself. when you have nearly the same handwriting as your pen pal you know that you must meet! i knew from the start that this pair would have a wedding that we wouldn't want to miss. i have a thing for creative couples, alison is a gifted writer and gareth an amazing illustrator. every little thing about their wedding was artful and original. they had their wedding at camp wing in masschushets. their guests had the full camp experience from lanyard making to archery (some even slept on bunk beds). since alison and i both love poetry, i was excited for their ceremony and to hear their selection of love poems.
beeswax cluster: a collection of photographs printed on tissue paper and then encapsulated in wax.
before last was a busy one. i made over twenty-something new beeswax panels to
display at the seattle wedding show. now that i've got the hang of it, i
plan on making some custom clusters for our clients to hang on their
i did a little (or not so little) preview post from judy and fabian's wedding a couple months ago. i focused mainly on my film shots that i had just picked up from the lab that day. now after spending time and doing a complete edit of their images i realized that there is so much more that i want to share. their first post only scratched the surface of this wedding story. a few of our favorite things from this wedding were; fabian's father and his lovely violin, judy's boots, fabian's big smile, judy's sultry stare, the farmhouse, the agave, the view, the beach, the sunset. sit back and enjoy. this is a long one.
judy and fabian were wed at rancho del cielo
(ranch in the sky) in malibu callifornia. the house and gardens look
out over a cliff at the never ending sea. they had a small wedding
(around 30 guests). after the ceremony guests enjoyed a delicious spread of snacks and appetizers
prepared by the owners of rancho del cielo.
guests visited, enjoyed the view, signed their wish tree, pocketed
lavender sachets (made by judy) and licked cupcakes. after the leftover
cupcakes were boxed up for guests to take home, everyone headed
down to the beach for a lovely dinner at the sunset restaurant in malibu. desert was coffee and sugar doughnuts followed with a moonlight candlelight stroll on the beach.
i woke to your face not looking at me
but at the bird that settled on your wrist,
lured by food. Its trust, for once, was rewarded.
you offered the bird everything you had.
i remember. that is how it began
with us: you held out your hand; i took it.
it's not often that we get to shoot a wedding in walking distance from our home. we lucked out this year when we met jessica and ryan, who are the sweetest, kindest and most considerate pair. we would have traveled a million miles to photograph these two, but lucky for us they live in tacoma just like us! they were married at a beautiful old church right in our neighborhood. we started the day with photographs down on the waterfront (where our friend chris spied on us shooting through her telescope up in her condo-ha)! then we headed back up to our neighborhood for the ceremony at st. lukes memorial episcopal church, the celebration continued over at the beautiful fircrest golf course. we are so excited for jess and ry, they just seem so perfect together. ryan got jessica a new camera and a few private photo lessons with me for christmas, so i''ll be seeing more of these two this winter. can't imagine a better person to share my love of photography with!
sticky fingers and a not so great paint fume buzz. that's how we rang in the new year. last weekend we did a wedding show here in tacoma and decided to redo our old booth a couple days beforehand. thus we did not get to go out and celebrate with friends on new years eve. instead we sanded, melted, painted, glued, taped and basically made a huge giant mess working away and staying up until sunrise. in the end it was worth the effort, working on the new booth was a breath of fresh air that we both needed. next weekend we will be up at the seattle wedding show showcasing our beeswax collage art. i decided to get a head start on the pieces and displayed a few last weekend at the tacoma show. last year i focused on larger pieces with lots of detail work (you can check out a few here). this year i am heading in a different direction with simple small pieces hanging in cluster formations. i am excited to see how they all come together this week. i just got a big box of wood panels today, so now i can complete the clusters. it appears as if this is going to be another wonderful waxy week.
jon's new years project was to make us a sign/camera out of a cardboard box, pretty cool huh?
(i have a feeling the next cardboard project is a slide guitar).
i had to display this clay camera that jon made this summer. not only is it beautiful but it can also function as a pinhole camera. you can check out more of jon's pottery over on his website and i've written about it over here. the bowl next to the camera is also a jon almeda original. i am a big fan of his porcelaincoral series. most of these pieces never leave the house because i love them a little too much.
i was excited about how this cluster of three small beeswax photos from erin and greg wedding turned out. i am planning on adding two more pieces to this row now that more panels have finally arrived! the photographs are printed on tissue paper and then covered in a mixture of beeswax and resin. i am loving these tiny little wood panels which are 4x4 inches and 2 inches deep.
a couple more images on tissue with beeswax over the top. these two are mounted on 5x7 panels.
if you are planning on attending the seattle wedding show next weekend, please stop by our booth. you can find us on the 400 row, we will be at booth # 423. come say hello and check out our new beeswax photo clusters. see you soon!