Emily & Jonah welcomed newborn Ananya into their happy home earlier this year. I was so touched by the love, tenderness and appreciation with which the older brothers interacted with their baby sister. Stepping into a family's life for a few hours is so special and intimate.
Meghan & Andrew married on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in scenic Shelburne, Vermont. The day was peppered with rainstorms and sunshine and bridesmaids that looked like pink tulips. Meghan & Andrew both live in Texas, but wanted to return to Vermont to tie the knot. Many friends traveled long distances to make it to the celebration, and when it came time for dancing everyone was doing the Texas two-step.
I love creating photographs in a scenario like this, where the family comes together and everyone has the chance to relax and enjoy being with each other. This is when the real, authentic moments happen. Moments you could never stage, like Jayden becoming fascinated by pine needles and Grandma & Grandpa holding him close.
"Alena, when I think of my life before I met you, it is as if I am watching an old black and white movie with grainy edges and muffled voices – the story is there but the colors and the clarity are lacking. Each day that I have been with you has vibrated with an electricity that sparks a passion for life. I love our silly banter, our spontaneity (and our planning!), our adventures in the city, the wilderness, and the coast, and our soul-nurturing partnership where we feed upon each other’s excitement for life. I promise to always listen with open ears, work to find compromise, and above all, be with you in laughter and joy." - Eric
Cool, dark forests lead to baking hot dunes marked with shifting footprints, the temperature begins to drop as we hike continually upward and find feet of snow on the trail, the just-audible sound of swallows swoop overhead as the sun sets red behind distant mountains, and blue shadows creep across a deep canyon. Gas stations with the same salty snacks, drive-thru espresso shacks, street signs and open maps, a double yellow line that leads forward and people who make me smile. Around 3,800 miles and it was awesome.