You may remember my posting of Lindsay and her giant belly back in December, on the first snow that we had. The twins, River and Wren, are now three weeks old and they, plus their parents, have been through a series of adventures particular to birth and twins. Suffice to say everyone is home and cozy now, phew. Two days ago I visited their farmhouse on a very cold, sunny day and in between holding/rocking/gently bouncing River while Lindsay tended to Wren, and in between nursings and tea, we made a series of shots of the newness of being in this world.
Lindsay turned their summer and fall harvest into baby food at the ready, when the time comes.
Jo Kaplan Lee and Dave Lee, the talented duo from Allegro Photography, are due any moment with their first baby. They are on my mind so it’s high time a few of these photographs we made together get a special send off, and a last look at “before.” Before their lives will be forever more so different than they are today, in the most amazing ways.
On the first snowy dusting two Saturday’s ago, my sister Jeni and I headed over to Lindsay’s house. Lindsay, her 8 year old daughter Stella, and her husband Scott are the new inhabitants of a toasty farmhouse from where Scott is Appleton’s dairy and livestock manager. (Appleton Farms is one of my favorite places and where we visit frequently during farm share season). Twins are due so soon and we took this hint-of-winter day to document. If you happen to be friends with Lindsay you might persuade her to show you all of the shots we did with her gorgeous body in all its glory! Excited to be invited to return and photograph the new family members soon.
A note about the turkeys in Lindsay and Scott’s yard! I haven’t spent much time with turkey flocks but was fascinated by their tandem behaviors. They strutted and spread tail feathers in seamlessly choreographed movements. A Turkey Carnivale tribute to Lindsay’s twins perhaps!
Today Brett Mentuck, the mastermind behind Mighty Aphrodite consignment maternity clothing, came by the studio for a headshot. I typically do these while standing on my windowsill using the huge amount of natural light behind me. Today was the first time I seriously made a mental note of the large glass panes and my body pressing up against them. Why? Because Brett, that effervescent beaut, has a laugh so infectious that some of our pictures had camera shake. Plus every time I asked her to lift her chin a bit her eyes went up instead. (Brett, if you are reading this I wonder if you were the Simon Says mastermind too, saying one thing but sneakily coaxing everyone to follow your actions?)
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Some of you might remember the utterly gorgeous Vanessa and her dashing husband Ryan from their wedding awhile back. For a refresher, below is a snappy image of those lovebirds on their big day that I shot in Boston’s Public Garden in October ’08. It hangs on my studio wall at a full five feet tall where I see it all the time and am happily reminded of their celebration that culminated inside the oh-so-delicious Mistral Bistro in the South End.
So you can imagine my pleasure at seeing them again to photograph Vanessa’s beautiful belly as they await the birth of their daughter. Any minute now! Here is a last peek at Vanessa and Ryan at this momentous time, before they head full-throttle into becoming a lucky someone’s mama and papa!
Krishna, Sarah and young Maeve were expecting wee Tessa within. I enjoyed a separate day of photographing Sarah in her historic home which has so much light and interesting shadow at every turn. We played with her beyond colorful saris of rich blue, red and green. Just Sarah, the belly, so much color and light, that, as you can imagine, the ideas and images were a flowin’. On a separate day I came back and we joyfully included Krishna and Maeve. I was treated to many moments of their deep connection, and here’s a small sampling.
Papa Matt and I have known each other for years and yet photographing a friend who is about to have a child for the first time is a whole different kind of celebration. Serene, wonderment, joyous. Mama Kristen was a dreamboat to photograph in her final burgeoning days. Indeed, baby Lev came along just a few days later. Talk about love at first site, and for days after photographing him I’d happily sigh, “Lev.”