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The first day of school was always so exciting for me! I always loved school as a student and in later years as a teacher. The start of a new school year brings the excitement of a fresh start, fun Fall days, reconnecting with classmates, meeting new teachers, and a whole year of new adventures ahead. In some ways this always felt like more of a new start to me than New Year's Day. It's a great time to reorganize, set goals, and focus on a new season.
I absolutely LOVE seeing everyone's back to school photos. Keep sharing them! Here are a few shots of my first day of Kindergarten, 1981. I didn't attend preschool, so it was my first time going away from home to school. From the looks of it, I had a great time!
Happy New School Year!
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to travel to Massachusetts to photograph a wedding and visit family and friends. Being there for this wedding was very special to me for several reasons.
First, I have known the bride since she was in elementary school, she is the best friend of my cousin. I knew her all through her childhood and also photographed her proms and took her senior photos. It meant a lot to me to be there for her BIG day!
Next, my two cousins were in the wedding party. It was fun to be there with them while they celebrated with their lifelong friends and took part in the wedding. I knew most of the wedding party as well. They all looked gorgeous and genuinely enjoyed themselves so much!
Another wonderful thing about photographing back in Massachusetts is that I got to partner up with my sister-in-law Jen (Jennifer Lima Photography) again! When I lived in MA, we used to shoot weddings together all the time. We stepped right back into our roles like a day never passed and had so much fun working together again! I loved being back in action with my partner in crime!
Another reason that this wedding was so special to me was watching family and friends come together to celebrate in person. We all know how many weddings, trips, and events have been canceled since 2020 and it was heartwarming to see everyone celebrating, hugging, dancing, and just loving being together again.
Finally, I was able to take this opportunity to visit family and friends. After not being able to travel for over a year...it's been so great to be able to see my New England peeps again! This is something I will never take for granted. The wedding was a great reason to sneak in another trip up North!
The day was FILLED with laughter, enjoyment, and love. Take a look at a few of my favorite moments.
It had been a while since I had updated my professional photos. Last week I finally took the opportunity to get in front of the camera instead of behind it! It was interesting being on the other side. Instead of the things I usually think about when I do a photo session, I had to think about what to wear, how to wear my hair, location, posing. It was fun but a little nerve wracking as well.
I'd like to give a huge thank you to Lia of Kodachrome Photo Co. She made me feel very comfortable, involved me in the decisions, and I think the photos came out great! We spent a pretty afternoon in Uptown Greenville. I love taking people there for sessions, therefore I thought it would be the perfect spot.
Here are a couple of my favorites. :)
It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father ~ Barack Obama
This year I won't see my dad on Father's Day, but I'll see him next week so we can celebrate together then! I'm so grateful that we are able to travel and get together with family and friends again. My Dad has always been there for me. He is one of the hardest working people I know, he puts his family and career on the top of his list. But he also makes time for fun! He loves golfing, swimming, and spending time with family. I miss my parents tons and I can't thank them enough for guiding me to the place I am today. They are wonderful role models. So on this Father's Day, I say THANK YOU Dad. Enjoy your day, I'm sure you'll spend it golfing and poolside. :)
This photo was taken 3 days after I was born. My mom wrote on the back of it "Your daddy didn't hesitate holding right on to you. And you snuggled right into his arms."
Happy Father's Day!
I've missed my family so much over this past year. I'm so thrilled that this year I get to spend Mother's Day weekend in Massachusetts!! As I was thinking about Mother's Day this year, I decided to look at some old photos. I found this one of my mom and me, taken 3 days after I was born and she became a mom for the first time. She wrote on the back, "Jan. 4, 1976 Truesdale Hospital, Fall River You were the most beautiful infant in the nursery! And we were the proudest parents!" I am grateful for my mom everyday, and I especially want her to know today, on Mother's Day, how lucky I am to have her in my life. All I can say is THANK YOU and that is not even enough.
In addition to my mom, I have great female role models in my life. Aunts, cousins, in laws, friends, colleagues, and more! Mothers are the strongest women I'll ever meet and I hope they all know how amazing that they are. It truly does take a village and none of us would be where we are today without amazing moms...our own and others who come into our lives in big and small ways.
I hope all the moms out there enjoy their special day. Happy Mother's Day!