My work at home space.

I’m not a tv watcher, by any means, but occasionally if I head to bed before my husband and find myself in control of the remote, I flip to the home channel. 100% of the time. There’s just something about peaking into someone else’s space that’s enjoyable. So I thought I’d share my space.

Home Office-14Not the whole house. God forbid. I don’t have the energy to tidy up more than my little nook. But this is where I do the darn thing. 8,10,12,14 hours a day. If my kids ever came home and found me on the couch or in another part of the house, questions would be asked, like “why are you over here?”.

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Because I spend so much time here, it’s filled with things that make me happy, like scripture, photos of my family, candy, and things from the $3 section at Target (like my hello! sign).

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I also have two camera collections flowing out of this space, one for vintage toy cameras and one for real cameras.

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The antique cameras are special to me because, for the most part, they are gifts from my husband, and they’re not the kind of gift you can just pick up from the mall on Christmas eve. You gotta work for these. And not a Christmas goes by without a new (old) camera for me. It’s very sweet. The other reason I love these antique cameras so much is because it links me to the rich history of photography. It truly makes me appreciate the art of photography. When I see old photographs I make the connection that they were taken with 15 minute exposures and on glass plates, and with equipment that was beyond challenging to operate. Gosh we have it easy.

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The other thing you’ll find in my space is ART. I LOVE ART. Most of the art in my space is from my daughter Amaya, but I also feature many other artists, such as drawing from Lynn’s daughter, Hadley, a Lego camera from a friend’s son, a piece of pottery from my son’s best friend, and several finds from various Etsy artists. The gorgeous painting above the chair, entitled “Eve” by my favorite artist Stephen Godlieb . I try to get at least one new piece from him every year. He is so talented. Ohmyword, if you love art, check him out.

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Then there’s the beast. My desk.

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..with all her signs, paper mache flowers, and zou zou pets…

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..and candy, and teeth, and toys.  The “Stop Working” sign is a reminder for me to stop working because I need to be reminded sometimes. I should get another one that says, “Go do something fun” because..true confessions…I have to force myself to put work aside to go do something fun. The paint swatch is the future color of this little wall..it’s been there for 2 years. uhh ..back to the desk..

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..and a heart rock (I LOVE heart rocks!), a picture of the fam, a camera business card holder that the sweetest client gave me (she also gave me the JOY letters), and of course, a unicorn to keep watch over all me and all my happy little knick knacks.

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And a pull back of my little space..

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Sometimes when I’m editing late at night, my son and his friend will come up and sit in those chairs and hang out and chat while I edit. Those times are precious to me. But don’t tell them I said so. 😉

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I do think the best part about my workspace is the fact that it’s in the heart of our home. Even though I work a lot, I am within earshot of my peeps. Actually, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the home channel, is that it’s all about location!

 

 

 

 

Prescott Park Proposal – NH Photographer

A few months back I got the idea that I wanted to photograph a wedding proposal as it was happening. I immediately texted Erin and told her what I wanted to do, and I think I even explained that I wanted to be ‘all detective like, and hide in the bushes’ while doing it! She told me she would keep her ears out for any opportunities that she may hear of.

As luck would have it, Leah, the videographer we collaborate with on our new video and photo product, had a friend who was about to pop the question to his long time girlfriend. She passed along my phone number to Michael and things happened pretty quickly after that. Michael planned to propose to Sarah within the next couple days but was still hammering out the details. Since it was Memorial Day weekend we were both working around the holiday and trying to factor in the ever changing weather forecast for his outdoor proposal.

I pretty much was ‘on call’ for the big moment and I knew it was going to happen sometime early evening on Saturday. Since Michael was trying to keep this a surprise he was just going with the flow of whatever Sarah wanted to do that evening. Michael and I were exchanging brief text messages when ever he could sneak his phone for a few minutes and with each text I was getting more and more excited as we got closer to ‘go time’!

Finally just as I was getting ready start cooking dinner, I got the ‘we’re headed to the park’ text and knew it was time to go! I grabbed my gear and jumped in my car. I drove down to the Prescott Park area in Portsmouth and said a little prayer out loud that finding parking wouldn’t be too tough. After some ‘creative’ parking 🙂 I raced down to the flower gardens and scoped out the area. I couldn’t believe how empty it was that evening! Usually the fountain area is packed with people, but tonight it was unusually quiet. It was perfect. Michael somehow managed to text me that they were walking my way and I positioned myself to be out of eye sight.

Michael had sent me a picture of himself and Sarah so I would be able to recognize them…and soon enough the couple from that picture appeared. They sauntered around the fountains and chatted for a few minutes while Michael seemed to be working up the courage to ask Sarah one important, life changing question. After a couple minutes they stopped walking and were still, and Michael took Sarah’s hand, and I could tell the moment was beginning to happen. I began shooting and trying to move my vantage point slightly so I could see them better now that they were in their final spot, but also so I could remain out of sight.untitled-9
untitled-12 copyThe moment was beautiful. I admit I got a little misty eyed watching Sarah’s reaction though my lens. Once the question was asked, the ring was slipped on her finger, and the hugs and kisses were exchanged…it was time to reveal myself. It is SO fun to be the first person to congratulate the happy couple! We took advantage of the last few minutes before sunset for a couple more photos before they headed into downtown Portsmouth for a celebratory dinner.untitled-23 copy

Thank you to Michael and Sarah for allowing me to share a small part of such a big moment in your lives. I hope you two have a wonderful engagement and life together!

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NH Family Photographer | Rae Family

Erin and I were contacted by a Mom who wanted to do a family session with her husband and two young children. Pretty standard request, BUT Mom also wanted to have some photos taken of her daughter in her wedding gown! I I was so excited at the idea of doing this! What little girl doesn’t LOVE to play dress up and what could be more fun to dress up in than a wedding gown!

The session took place in Portsmouth on a clear cool evening. The sun was bright and it felt good to get out in the fresh air. Once the family arrived we starting taking some family photos, and because their children were just about the same age as my own kids, it felt so familiar and fun to be photographing them. I had been chatting with Dad when they had arrived about the family’s busy schedule, and how the past week had been particularly busy and hectic. It was so nice to see this family play and laugh and reconnect.

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As I mentioned I have two children just about the same age as these two cuties, so Im pretty familiar with how siblings can be together. 🙂 Well, I have to tell you that I have NEVER seen a brother and sister get along so well. From the first second they got out of the car they were always walking together, or holding hands; when one of them would run ahead of the other, they would instinctively turn to see where the other one was! It was really such a sweet relationship to watch and I hope that it continues to grow and flourish as they get older!

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And finally it was time to pull out THE DRESS!!!! I think I was channeling my inner (former) bride, because not only was I so excited to see that sweet little girl in her moms wedding dress, but this whole thing REALLY made me want to pull out my old gown again!

Since it was so long on her, pretty much once we got her into it, we just kept her in the same place LOL! We had some fun with a little make shift bouquet and some rose petals to toss….SO much fun!

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Thank you for allowing me to play a part in such a fun moment. I won’t divulge if I actually pulled my own wedding gown out the following day (a’la that Friends episode we’ve probably all seen) but I will say that SOMEHOW I now know that watching TV feels fancier when you are wearing a wedding gown and veil! 🙂  I will leave you with one final photo that I just found so sweet…some day, MANY years from now I have a feeling that this great Dad will be just as attendant to his beautiful daughter in her OWN wedding gown.

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NH Maternity Photographer | The Doucettes (featuring Charlie David :)

Hi friends! This is Lynn checking in again! I had the pleasure of photographing the sweetest family on one sunny day in mid May. When I found out we were going to do some photos in the studio, and then also outside, I was excited we would be taking a lot of pictures! I knew the Mom-to-be would be bringing along her husband and their son, and I love chatting with soon-to-be-older-siblings about the baby on the way!

Chelsey had won 1st place in Mercy Street Studio’s 2015 Photo of the Year contest so I had already seen a picture of her little guy, and knew he was a cutie. When they walked into the studio I said hello and asked him his name. He didn’t miss a beat when he replied ‘Charlie David’, which Chelsey explained was his first and middle name. Now, any 3 year old who introduces himself with his first AND middle names has my full attention!  We got right to work taking some photos of the whole family, and Charlie was a very willing stand in while Chelsey changed into our maternity gowns. What a little ham!COLLAGE3.jpg

 

We moved outside to a sunny, but windy day. They all were great sports about the temperature being still a little chilly. I think Charlie actually thought it was pretty funny that it was cold out and that we didn’t make him wear a coat! Fortunately, halfway through our outdoor photos the wind died down and it felt like the temperature rose 10 degrees!

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I feel so lucky that I was able to capture this special time in their lives before they became a family of 4! Erin has since taken newborn photos of their sweet baby girl and she is the perfect addition to this fun family.

NH Family Photographer | Richardson Family

One of the best things about photographing families is getting to know people on a deeper level. You don’t really know someone until you’ve seen them with their tribe.

bgRichardson-2Leah and I run in the same circles: church circles, photography circles and exercise circles.  We are probably at only like 2 degrees of separation, out of seven.

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But I have only met her family on one other occasion, years ago. So although I have worked with Leah, had coffee with her, and taken her zumba class, seeing her with her people was a special honor.

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And her people are quite awesome.

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And the love. The love they have for one another just pours out.  It’s really unique and beautiful.

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And this one. Well, she’s an old soul. I kept trying to figure out what is was about her that I connected with. Finally, I asked, “Is she an artist?”.

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Of course, the answer was yes. Fourteen on the outside, but she’s got depth beyond her years.

bgRichardson-21Thank you Leah for sharing your people with me. I loved every minute of your session.  (Particularly your Halloween Family Photo – not included here, ahem) 😉