4.08.2008

true love + bun in the oven = radiance, joy, fun

"You can select [friends] at random, write to one, dine with one, visit one, or take your problems to one. There is always at least one who will understand, inspire, and give you the lift you may need at the time." -- George Matthew Adams

I love that quote. Corie is my friend who inspires and makes me laugh. She is the sweetest girl ever who inspires me to be as kind-hearted and loving as possible because that's what she does.

I had the great opportunity to photograph her wedding a few years ago and I was overwhelmed in a good way with the love she and Keith had for each other. Sometimes you just know instinctively whether a marriage is going to last or not . . . whether they're in it for the right reasons. Because quite frankly, a lot of marriages are not for the right reasons. Corie and Keith were definitely in it for the right reasons. They were made for each other. They both put the other person first and complement each other perfectly as marriage and love should. You could just see it the way one glanced out of the corner of their eye at the other. Their eyes sparkled. It was so so so much fun to be the photographer who got to capture that with them. What an amazing couple.

Sunday I get to capture it all again but in a new way, and I absolutely can't wait. They are about to have their first baby and I get to photograph that love again plus the little one they created in Corie's beautiful belly. Isn't she the cutest ever?!

Since Corie and I are friends (Keith, too!) we're going to have such a fun time. I always do with people I already know well (a benefit to me shooting their weddings -- hint, hint, to future couples!). When I know people well in my shoots, I always want to try new things. Couples who know me know that I love to do new things. They are usually really comfortable with me and are open to my ideas and some even have ideas of their own. My favorite maternity couples as to date who were all for doing new fun things are on my website under "maternity".

I have a new (awesome fun clever -- yay me!) idea already in my head of something I've never tried before and never seen other photographers try. But I would love even more new and fun ideas. If you have any, please comment! What photographer doesn't love to try new things? (An idea inspiration: she is having a girl.)

As for my next digital photography 101 post, it's still in the works. I am waiting on a few things before I post, so I'm sorry about the delay in posting, which was suppose to be done over the weekend. Neil is in Atlanta, so it may take me a bit longer. We'll see. Maybe free time will magically appear?? :c)

p.s. Got the new cam and I'm loving it :c)

5 comments:

Erin said...

You are going to have such a blast photographing Corie and her cute belly! And yay for your new camera! That's awesome. Hope your week is going well, my dear!

lil ole' me..... said...

Val,
Thank you for this post! YOU are the sweetest and such an inspiration to me too! And, you bring tears (of joy) to my eyes just reading this.
I just can't thank you enough for your super-sweet words.

AND, I am SO unbelievably excited about our shoot this weekend. Good weather or bad, I know it'll be great. And, I'm trying to shed shyness this week, so I'll be ready for any kind of shot you wanna throw at me! :)
Keith doesn't know shy, so he won't be a problem. The other day he asked me if we would want him in his boxers! :)

We love that you are willing to take pictures of the biggest moments in our life! You capture them like no one else could!!!

XOXOXO

Jennifer said...

Whoohoo a new camera, and a new baby!!

Free time magically appear? LOL! Yeah, right. It didn't happen for me last week when my hubby was in TN for 3 days, maybe you'll get lucky!

Alexis Jacobs said...

What a cute post. Corie is so beautiful and you are so awesome at taking pictures that these pics will be amazing. Can't wait to see them!

Alexis Jacobs said...

What a cute post. Corie is so beautiful and you are so awesome at taking pictures that these pics will be amazing. Can't wait to see them!