Wednesday, February 17, 2010

forrest & jess, engagement

Jess & Forrest met at church while volunteering at for the youth group.  Since Forest was an intern at the time Jess likes to tell everyone that she was the Boss!  The love that they share for each other is obvious the first second that you are in their presence.  
We shockingly had a beautiful day for our shoot, even though it was a little cold by the river.  It's not Arizona weather, but for February it was nice.   I love the timing of the day we shot in and the all the sun flair.  Super hot!
I can't wait for your big day in July.  All the elements of your day sound amazing and I am so glad that I will be a part of the fun.  Thanks for spending your Friday afternoon with me.  All the best to you both,  Em

trevor, senior portraits

Trevor contacted me this fall to shoot his senior portraits.  He always knew that he wanted to shoot his session during the winter, so we took a few images for the yearbook entry this fall and then after the snow piled up a bit we hiked outside and shot the rest of his session.  I'm flexible like that!
I love how the blue sky and the pipes in the background match his eyes so well.   Thanks Trevor for really being yourself!  All the best to you during your last semester of school.

I am so very glad we were able to use your incredible talent to capture Trevor's senior pictures.  I have to say the pictures you took are nothing short of fantastic.  The enthusiam and compassion you shared with us during the photo session will never be forgotten.  Dispite all elements of cold and wind you have provided us with a lifetime of amazing photos.  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your patience, compassion, and the wonderful photos.
I am not sure how full your calendar is becoming but I would like to schedule a time for family photos once all of the grass and trees have returned.  Please let me know if you are filling up or if you feel we can wait to schedule.
Angela Zutz 

Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

jagoditsh family

 Meet the Jagoditsh family. It was so nice during the cold days of winter to meet such a lovely family of four. And on the way for Daisy and Lola, TWIN siblings! Now they each will get a new friend to play with in a few months! Thank you for inviting me into your home to join the fun. Your girls were just lovely to work with and I am thrilled for you new arrivals.
All the best to you in these next months,  Em

Friday, February 05, 2010

tyler and fam

Two years ago I met Tyler for the first time the day after he was born. And now look what a big boy he has become! Some of my favorite shots are of Tyler from his first year photos. (Tyler is the first picture under the Kids & Moms on the new web site) I just love his blue eyes and big smile.

Tyler brought his mom and dad this time as well as his soon to be brother. I am thrilled for them and that he will have a partner in crime soon!

Next time I'll bring the suckers and you can introduce me to your new sibling. Be good. Love ya, Em

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

something to think about ...

Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:
the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the till and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:
A 3 year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly, as the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced them to move on.

45 minutes:
The musician played. Only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.

1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments .....

How many other things are we missing?