Now we might actually have guests :)

So our Save the Dates were mailed today – WAHOO!! Jeff and I looked at each other and said: “now people may actually come to our wedding!”

We had addressed them all before we left for California but we were waiting for our nifty return address labels to arrive so we didn’t have to handwrite each one.

As much as I wanted to sleep in this morning and get over the jet lag I REALLY wanted to mail them before New Year’s so I knew they were done.

We ended up sending out two versions – one for people who know us (or more importantly know Strider) and the other for people who haven’t seen us for awhile and might be confused by a big dog’s head on the card 🙂

Yes they are a bit hokey but after all so our we 😉

I’ll post the two different versions next week once most people have received theirs but I guess the address label gives it away a little 🙂

Check out my ORIGINAL POST on this subject to see how the stick was created

Merry Christmas from the Coast!

Hope everyone is having a great day – happy happy merry merry 🙂


California Dreaming

We’ve had a great RELAXING few days in California. Jeff has even gotten me to put my computer down a few times which is a beautiful thing.

We’ve done a bit of wedding planning and now have a clearer idea on our flowers, menu, and timeline. We also are close to finalizing the wording on our invitations, which we’ll order in January when we’re up in Vermont.

Two days ago we went to the beach to spend some time with our college roommate Scott. Sitting with my toes in the sand inspired me to do some business planning and longer range thinking. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and not make bigger goals – I’m trying to be better about re-evaluating on a weekly or monthly basis what I’ve done, what needs to be done, and where I’m going so that will continue in 2008.

There’s something about the end of the year and the new beginning coming – I’m so motivated to finish up projects I’ve been meaning to do which feels GREAT. I’m having some trouble reconciling that with relaxing and being on vacation but Jeff gives me gentle reminders when I need them. Jeff’s whole family is here so it’s been nice to spend some time with them playing games, cooking, and hanging out.

2007 has been a big year for me and I can’t wait to see what 2008 brings. As much as I try to leave things open, I have many things penciled in for next year – the most important one being July 12th (!!) but other’s too with friend’s weddings, weddings I’m photographing, a honeymoon, a mysterious trip, and lots of time spent with friends and family.

Many thanks to all my clients for their support, encouragement, and ideas – without you there would be no Orchard Cove.

I’m going to head outside now and enjoy this beautiful sunshine.

Love to all who read this blog and especially to my family (and to my Dad who has a big birthday tomorrow!).

Have a wonderful Holiday and make sure to take a moment to be thankful for all you have.

Holiday on the West Coast!

Jeff and I flew out to the west coast yesterday thankfully without too much holiday hassle so we’re now enjoying the sunshine and blue skies of sunny California! Jeff played golf this morning with his Father so I stayed behind, did a little work, and eventually became mesmerized by the beautiful hummingbirds outside their kitchen window.

These guys are fast! They weren’t sure what to think of the big black circle through the window but I think they’ll get used to me.

Fly by to check it out

After a few minutes of patiently waiting with camera poised – success!!

According to Wikipedia hummingbirds hover in the air by flapping their wings between 15 and 80 times PER SECOND.

Happy Holidays!


Freezing Cold Night Shoot/Trash the Dress Session

What does one do on a freezing Sunday December evening with a nor easter blowing through? An outside photo shoot with a model dressed in a strapless dress OF COURSE 🙂 Carla called me yesterday afternoon and told me that her friend Renee had decided that today was the day to do her trash the dress session! I was curled up on the couch watching football and snuggling with Strider but I knew I couldn’t miss this.

So I bundled up and headed out into the winter wonderland 🙂

Renee was a TROOPER and said it was actually only her hands that got cold

Carla working it (head over to her blog and check out her awesome new head shots courtesy of Mike Romano and her rocking shots from this session)

Paul & Krystal were also there shooting. Renee’s dear Husband is bundled up and trying to warm up Renee’s jacket for between takes 🙂

Here I break a cardinal rule of photography – don’t have any objects coming out of people’s heads. By this time it was raining and my hands were numb so I was happy I even got off a single shot before I dropped my camera and my hands fell off!! Wearing mittens was definitely a mistake -I couldn’t trigger the shutter without taking my gloves off. Ah well – live and learn!!

This is called “painting with light.” You use a tripod (or the floor depending on what you have at hand!!) and set the exposure for 10 seconds (more or less) and then you paint light onto the subject with flashlights, spotlights, etc. Paul did a great job here – you can’t even tell because of how even it looks…..HOT 🙂

That’s it from me – I hung up my camera early and huddled in the cold taking some video for Carla and trying to warm back up. A huge thank you to Renee for being a total trooper and smiling the whole time and to Carla for having me along…you guys are great!