Gavin and Katie in Red

My good friends Gavin and Katie are getting married in October.  Yay!  We wanted to do something different than your typical Bermuda beach engagement session.  The idea was a New York bar scene with a little Mad Men thrown in.  I would have loved to hop on a plane to New York for this one but instead we had to find a local spot that would fit our vision.  We found the perfect place.

Red  is one of the newer restaurants in Bermuda.  It is gorgeous and has great ambiance.  It has become quite popular since it’s opening.  We knew there was no way we would be able to shoot during business hours so the owners Rick and David kindly let us in on a Sunday!  Thank you so much Rick and David!!  Congratulations Gav and Katie!  I am super excited for the wedding and wish you sooooo much happiness together!

Instagram

I have a confession to make…. I am addicted to Instagram.  Well, actually I am addicted to my iPhone camera in general.  Sadly, I take more of my personal pictures with that than anything else these days.  It is just too easy.  My app of choice right now is Instagram.  I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t take at least 2-3 photos.  I live in such a beautiful place that it is so hard NOT to take pictures of it every day.  My husband and I have Instagram shoot offs on the weekend to see who can get the best shot.  I would like to say that I always win but that is not the case.  He is the Instagram King!   Because I do this for a living, when I am off work, it really takes a lot for me to pull out my “good camera” and lug it around all day.  I do really need to get back to that because the quality is immensely better.  We are so in a time of convenience and instant gratification.  It is so nice to be able to instantly post photos online in a push of a button.

Being a photographer, I sort of see the world through the lens even when it is not in front of my face.   The beauty and uniqueness in every day just stands out to me.  I think it is a great way to see the world and appreciate everything in it.  So for that reason, I like that so many people are so into photography these days….in whatever form.  If you are not out there looking for the beauty in your day, I really encourage you to do so.  The feeling you get when you take an incredible photograph and capture something that may never happen the same exact way again is fantastic.

So anyway, I decided to share some of my Instagram photos here because right now my account is private and not many people can see them.  I am not sure how great they are going to look online.  They are straight out of my phone with no touch ups or sharpening.  It got me blogging so that is what counts.  I am trying to get myself back in the habit, as you all know by now. 🙂

Here is a little peek my life and my beautiful surroundings.

My Muse

muse is the source of inspiration for a creative work.  I definitely have that in my friend Samantha.  The girl is just all around inspiring (not to mention very bendy!) to me and everyone around her.  She gets an idea in her head and runs with it…no looking back.  I want to be more like her when I “grow up”.   Her latest idea involved dragging me out at 4:30 am.  If you know me, you know that I DO NOT get up at that hour unless of course I am going on vacation.  Only Samantha and Italy could get me up at that ungodly hour.  So here I am half awake, being led through a small forest and out onto a cliff ledge in the dark.  We were seriously climbing down the side of the cliff with flashlights and my camera attached to me.  That is the other thing about Sam, she makes you get outside of your comfort zone and think outside the box.

I am not quite sure I can explain exactly what I was doing up there at that hour but I will give it a shot.  The whole concept of this session, which is to be used for a future project, was sort of an awakening so it had to be done at sunrise.   It had to be raw and earthy, almost as if two beings just landed on earth.  It really felt that way too.  Spittal Pond is such a volcanic, rocky place with so many quirky elements to it that it was the perfect place to shoot.

Now, I have not mentioned our co conspirator, Monroe.  The man is just beautiful and, being a photographer, I am allowed to say that.  Monroe is a personal trainer and boy does it show.  He has the body all of us want.   He was also dragged into this by our lovely friend Sam.  How she got him into that outfit I will never know but he was such a good sport.  We had a lot of fun.  I look forward to seeing the end result of what Sam does with these and can’t wait to do more.

Here is the cliff we were on

As the sun was rising

Shots from the cliff

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Loooong Overdue

Hello, hello?  Are you still there?  I don’t blame you for abandoning me.  I wouldn’t stick around on a blog that doesn’t get updated either.  Well, I AM still here and grateful that you stopped by.

After starting the year with the flu for three weeks then going right into surgery on my right arm (my shooting, photoshopping, blogging arm) for tendonitis, which put me off work for two months,  I was finally ready to get back to work.  However, then my computer crashed and I had to put it back together from scratch, even though I had a complete back up (loooong story).  There is more that followed but I won’t bore you.  Let’s just say 2013 is challenging me to the hilt.  I pretty much gave up on the blogging at that point as I was thrown straight into wedding season and catching up with my portrait clients.  I am now halfway through my wedding season and sort of just coming up for air.

So thanks for sticking around.  I have lots to blog, if I can only get it on the actual blog and out of my head.  I will start with a very cute couple who are getting married next year.  I love their St. George’s engagement session.  They wore Cup Match colors because Giles is from St. George’s and Danielle is from Somerset.  The wedding is in Somerset so we decided to do the e session in St. George’s….one of my all time favorite places to shoot.  It is so quaint and the alleyways, old buildings and walls are so rich in colors and textures.  I love how the colors pop in this session. Enjoy!

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Lindsey - July 11, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Becky….SOOOOO funny that today you blogged…I was looking at your site last night and said to Jay…where has Becky been on her blogging promise…now i know…you had a crazy start to 2013! Here’s hoping that the rest of the year is a little less stressful and i look forward to your blogs to come! x

admin - July 14, 2013 - 10:20 am

Thanks so much, Lindsey!

Ground Hog Day (Christmas Eve)

Happy Christmas Eve!! I honestly can’t believe it really is Christmas because it was just summer. It is a beautiful sunny day here…not very Christmassy but gorgeous all the same. Someday I would really like to have a white Christmas. So here I am once again, sending cards at the last minute, tying up loose ends, trying to find that Christmas spirit, taking a last minute photo of my boys to send out, and keeping my very excited boys busy before their heads explode. It does feel a little bit like Ground Hog Day. Didn’t we just do this?

Christmas is not an easy time to be a photographer. Our families get a bit neglected as we try to get all of our clients their photos by Christmas and most of the time, we can’t get it all done in time. I think we need to start Christmas in August next year.

This is the time to reflect on the past year and I wanted to write this post to say thank you for trusting me with your most precious memories and sharing your lives with me. I really have the best clients and I enjoy my time with each and every one of you. I thank you for your patience this year and for all your referrals. I am truly blessed to do what I do. I hope to see you again next year and to watch your families continue to grow.

So here are my boys, whom I barely recognize in this photo because they just look so darn big. I am embarrassed to post this as I quickly took it yesterday in the five seconds I had. Not very creative at all or what I had intended. But it is what it is. Next year I will take my own advice: if you have kids TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES! Childhood is so fleeting. My guys are turning into little men. I cherish this Christmas so much because I have a feeling next year one or both may no longer believe in Santa. So try to stay in the moment and soak it all in this Christmas. I hope all your Christmas wishes come true!