Monday, March 17, 2008

Memories of Al...

Tonight I was going through tons of old discs full of images from when I first started doing wedding photography. I found one that was somehow mislabeled. I opened the contents expecting to find images from a wedding I shot in 2004 but instead I opened it to find scans of negatives my friend Sarah did for me of all of my medium format photography from college. One of the first images I saw was of my grandfather who passed away in 2002. Instantly my eyes got hot and the tears just came out. I just couldn't help it! My grandmother also passed away that same year and everything was very hard on our family. At the same time it really brought us all together. Both of them were only in their early to mid 60's, so young!

Here are the images that I found. They both capture him EXACTLY how I remember him.

To an outsider it is just a old guy laughing and doing a crossword on his porch. But to me and my cousins it's Al, big Al Clymer. Sitting in his carport, BS-ing with whoever was visiting that day, in those big dark leather & wood chairs that had been around since before I was even born. The chairs that went to a table who's base was a giant barrel and with a wooden top that was glossy with a million coats of lacker.

When we were young Grandpa Al would send us (the grandkids) down to the circle k at the end of the street to get him lottery tickets & cigarettes. We all knew that meant to get him a diet coke. It was so cool that he let us go alllll the way down to the circle k alone. It was like an adventure to us. Now that I have grown up I laugh at this when I realize the circle k was only 3 houses away.

I remember how in love and crazy he was about my Grandmother. He was constantly trying to find ways to give her a kiss, or hug, or a pinch on the rear when he thought we weren't looking. I remember him calling her "Margee Baby" a lot.

Like everyone, he had his vices and ultimately they caused his poor health. But he was a good man.

When I was about 15 years old I wanted to find out how/why people know they are meant to be together and how they just keep on going strong through all of the highs and lows of life. All my Grandmother could really tell me was that every single day when she woke up and saw her husband she still got the butterflies like she did when they were first dating. At that moment I knew I would not settle for anything less than that in my life.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Samantha & Scott!!

Samantha & Scott are my April 5th couple! Yesterday, we went out to the park where they got engaged and had a fun engagement session. Here are some of my absolute favorites! I can't believe during this hour and a half session I shot over 250 pictures! Luckily I narrowed it down to about 100 final images... hahaha!

Samantha is my friends Jen's sister & the aunt to my favorite kids in the whole world:

Her & Scott have been together for about 8 years now, since high school! I can't wait for the wedding!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mister Cricket (Sir Cries A lot)

Today I have been extra tough on our cat Cricket. It is really hard for me to explain his personality but I can best describe him as a 2 year old who *really* needs a nap. He wants to get in everything and is very vocal about it. He always wants more... more food... more lovin'... more toys... more boxes to sit in... more things to knock off or the counter and eat (bread, apples, beef jerky are his recent favorites). Today has been full of the classic "NO" with the stern finger point, as well as the spray bottle. But then he can be just so darn cute and good and you can not be mad at the guy!

In honor of him being a pain in my rear today and a constant distraction, here are a few portraits I took of him a few weeks ago!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Maternity session in the Poconos!

We had a great trip to the Poconos this weekend! Well let me rephrase that...

Everyone else had a great trip to the Poconos this weekend! I spent half of the trip sick in bed with a nasty stomach virus. Once I was feeling better on Saturday I was able to do a mini-maternity session for our friends. It was a blast even though I had next to zero energy. This is probably my absolute favorite shot of the two of them!

I should have more pictures up soon but right now there is a television and bed calling my name!

Oh and just so you all know...