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MELISSA + SEAN | OSWEGO LAKE COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING

To me, Melissa and Sean’s wedding just screamed stylish and classy. There were so many elements I loved: the tie-clip with the initials of a dear friend lost too early. The makeup artist, Katherine, was insanely good. Holy floral goodness. One of the most energetic, entertaining bridal parties I’ve had in a while. Speeches I got teary over and laughed out loud, and I have no history with the people speaking or being spoken about (that’s a good speech). Sean’s laugh. MIDNIGHT SLIDERS. It was a great day, and I am incredibly thankful to share moments with people as genuine as these two. I mean seriously, what a job. It’s no secret I love a good strong woman (both specifically and literally with my wife, and generally but figuratively with subjects 😉 ), and Melissa is the perfect combination of strength and sweetness. Her portraits just feel so refined and regal. Many years of happiness, friends.

Massive thanks to the always perfect, and recently married Daron Jackson, for shooting with me.

Words of Advice from the bride: Pick a venue that does everything for you! It is so nice to have people on-site, day of, that you can delegate tasks to instead of delegating to your family. I have been to weddings where the mother is setting up chairs before hand and cleaning up after. It’s a day to enjoy and relax, let other people do the worrying. Also, organize everything up front. Budget, look, feel, all of it! The more organized you are up front, the less stressful the process will be down the road, ENJOY & HAVE FUN!

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Bride Dress and Bridesmaids dresses: Sophie Chang Collection

Makeup: Event Cosmetics

Flowers: Zest Floral

Groom Attire: Mr. Formal
Bride Shoes & Jewelry: Nordstrom
Cake: Lambs Thriftway
Chairs: Interstate Special Events
PhotoBooth: The Portland Booth
Printing: Anders Printing Company
Streamers, Robes & Shave Bags: Etsy

 

 

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SENIORS + VALENTINES DAY 2014

Senior portraits caused me to fall in love with photography, there is no doubt in my mind. I had taken pictures of many things throughout the years of having a camera, but no landscape, flower, animal or machine impacted me the way those young women and men did. I am older every year (science), although I don’t feel it. I attribute a good deal of my my false sense of youth 🙂 to the amazing high school seniors I spend time with. It may not be the fountain of youth, but it certainly does help.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” The quote is from the book of Proverbs, in the bible, and when I saw the second half  tattooed on the shoulder of a senior this last fall, it made me think about what an underrated skill that is. To laugh without fear of the future shows both restraint and abandon, all at the same time. To restrain yourself from worry and fear in a manner that allows you to give into joy, fully, to the point of laughter… well, that’s no small accomplishment. Equally so, graduating high school and moving into the next phases of life is something to be proud of. Academic success comes easy to some, and to others it is a fight. Popularity lives side-by-side with the outcast. The dramas of high school seem ultimately important at the time, although many of them will be something to laugh at later in life. It takes work to to spend those years wisely, and to take advantage of the opportunities.

So, congratulations to the nearly graduated, I hope you make the most of the time that’s left in your high school career. I hope you can laugh without fear of the future and do so while clothed in both strength and dignity… and maybe most importantly, allow others to do the same. High five.

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YOU’RE ALMOST THERE! Finish strong, and go make the world a better place.

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