november birthdays. the birthday boys. jonathan turning 13, joshua turning 11. thanksgiving (this is my beautiful/favorite mother. I love her and this picture a lot.) alex took photos too, you can see them here. november 29th, decorating and such. november 30, me and jesse’s first christmas tree. it’s very small but I’m very proud of it. it’s missing jesse’s ornaments and we left room to start our own collection but (despite it’s lopsidedness) we’re really excited about it. I love coming home to this tree and listening to cheesy, overplayed christmas songs and I just really love this time of year. happy december!
I found these photos in my drafts folder after neglecting this blog/photography far too long so I thought I should publish them anyway. I don’t remember much about this day except telling brooke she dressed like a child but not in a bad way and kelsey’s hair wild on the trampoline and how beautiful they both are when they laugh.
this is mady. she’s really beautiful and she takes really beautiful pictures and i love her because she thinks anthony raneri can do no wrong and just wants to write and be broke and drive across the country as well.
we met a very interesting family while taking pictures behind their workplace building.
the grandmother came out and asked us about school and our cameras and why did we want to take pictures in this ugly old alley.
“i like it. it’s pretty,” mady said.
she told us if we wanted to take pretty pictures we should take pictures of jasper because he’s so photogenic. and boy was she right.
“there’s four of them, you know, and they’re all so photogenic,” she said.
“do you wanna meet the rest of them?” she said.
we shrugged our shoulders and followed her into the print shop.
we met jasper’s two older brothers and sleeping baby sister and they are all so beautiful with pretty eyes and cut smiles.
their grandmother had an entire wall of pictures devoted to her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. she named them all and told us their stories. one was an artist, one had moved far away, one had played a lot of sports in high school.
the grandfather was a photographer before the digital age and he reminisced about his dark room and how much technology has changed.
i showed him the live view feature on my camera and he shook his head, impressed.
it was getting late and we wanted to get to the water front before the sun was all gone so mady and i ducked out, not quite sure what had just happened.
we had just spent almost an hour looking into a stranger’s life.
people are interesting.
water is just really pretty. really really pretty. and sky.
i can’t argue with that.
it was such an odd and beautiful day and i’m glad i got to share it with mady.
these are my grandparents and they didn’t want their picture taken, but i’m really glad they let me take their picture anyway.
and this is my mom, isn’t she beautiful?
“don’t take my picture! you’ll break your camera!”
“get that camera out of my face!”
“grandma’s gonna give you the look!”
i said, go ahead, give me the look.
so she did.
i wish people didn’t hate having their picture made so much. especially parents and grandparents.
i don’t care that you’re getting old, i don’t care that you still look in the mirror and feel much younger than you look.
people grow old, it’s what people do. aging is a part of life.
spend too much time fighting it and you miss out on a lot.
beautiful sisters with beautiful smiles.
hope everyone is having a wonderful christmas!