I know I said that the next entry would be about the engagement, but if I am to go in chronological order, I would need to back up to the choice of the ring…
There’s a saying that goes, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” I
have felt at times that it should have been “Always the photographer,
never a bride.” Those days are over. I am thrilled to share with you
all that I am engaged to be married to the love of my life, my one and
only, my dream come true.
And although I verge on being a
facebook junkie, I don’t usually like to divulge too much very personal
stuff about my life to the public at-large (and now the universe
at-large it seems, via the internet). I will, however, be sharing my
thoughts and experiences about being a bride-to-be here on the blog for
the next however-many months until we tie the knot. I thought it would
be a great way to get advice about things and to share in the experience
with the soon-to-be-marrieds (and marrieds…and singles) among you. I
must admit that I get hives just contemplating planning a wedding.
After eleven years of photographing weddings, I have seen it all
from the casual to the most elegant, the simplest to the most elaborate,
the smallest to the largest, the easiest to the not-so-easy. People
have said, “Well, you MUST know what you’d like for your own wedding.”
No, I don’t. I have some general ideas, but when I think I know what
I’d like, I have a completely opposing thought.
After the first
question, “Who’s going to photograph YOUR wedding?” comes the
inevitable, “When’s the date?” I don’t honestly have an answer for the
More in my next entry about other things.
engagement. And then, of course, the ring. But here’s a sneak peak of
Julie and Ross and their adorable children found me a number of years ago, and this past year we did their family portrait for the third time, though I think it was Mia’s second. By this point, we’re good friends, and their girls are becoming more and more beautiful every time I see them.
Part of it is their eyes. All of them: Mom, Dad, Lily, Talia and Mia.
Each of the girls has their own special beauty and distinct personality. I love capturing that aspect of kids…
I look forward to next summer, as Julie’s already given me the dates of their stay, and am so happy that they love this photo, as it is one of my all-time favorites:
The prints are on their way, Julie, and I hope that the photos bring you the joy and warmth of your 2009 vacation throughout of the year until your next visit!!!!
Make that shame, shame, shame on me! I cannot believe that my last blog post was more than three months ago! I will now state that I have so much to share that I could go on and on in order to have said it here and not apologize in future posts…
Okay, now that’s out of the way, I should say that I fell into the bad habit of posting new events and photos on facebook instead of blogging. And then I realized that when I post something on the blog it shows up there, too. Oh well. Please feel free to become a fan of Nicole Friedler Photography on facebook!
I received a call from Megan Burke-Kidder last week, asking if I would be available to do a family portrait for her daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law as a wedding present to them. The shoot was arranged, and I went over to Chappaquiddick last evening in somewhat iffy weather: the fog was rolling in to Katama, but when I called Katie to check the situation across Edgartown Harbor, she said it wasn’t too bad, but that even though it was a bit foggy, it looked pretty cool.
Katie met me at the ferry, and we went down the road just a bit to the Kidder household – an amazing spot right on the water. Katie and Tom will be married in early September, and are combining two families: five amazing kids, all with their own personalities. And boy, did we have fun!
Katie and Tom, the best of everything for your new life together. Your wedding, with my friend Jocelyn Filley photographing, is going to be awesome – so sorry I couldn’t be there to record it for you. I’m only thankful I got to participate in your celebration through this gift from your loving family!!!
Back in November, I had the privilege of photographing India Rose and Sterling Bishop for their engagement.
Beautiful day, beautiful couple, beautiful family…Here’s wishing you a beautiful life!
I recently ran a Mother’s Day Special, and here are some of the highlights:
Facebook can be quite time-consuming, as many of you know. It can also be the source of endless hours of laughter. Take, for example, the link put up by one of my friends, illustrating REALLY BAD FAMILY PORTRAITS!
I don’t know where people find these things, but I can assure you that I will NEVER take a photo like that.
Yup, I succumbed. I took a silly iPhone photo while at dinner last week at an Asian restaurant. They had fabulous sushi…and Thai and Chinese food to boot. And fortune cookies. This has got to be the funniest fortune I’ve ever seen. And I wish the iPhone camera had a flash!!
Okay, so now I get it.
I hate getting my picture taken (okay, well I’m trying not to be a hater these days, so I’ll amend that). I am really uncomfortable getting my photo taken. It used to be less bad when I was a little kid, hamming it up for the camera, but in adult life, I’ve found it difficult, except on rare occasions, to have a photo taken that represented what I thought of (or perceived) as ME.
My good friend, Millie Figueroa and I spent some time working and comparing notes together last week at her studio in Mullica Hills, New Jersey. She has a sweet little set-up with a showroom/meeting place up front and a great studio set up in the back, complete with all of the studio lighting and backdrops and gadgets that I don’t have, nor that I “do”. So she asked me if she could take my photo, both for her “practice” and my use (need a new bio pic for the new website, which will be up soon under a new URL: nicolefriedler.com). So we spent 45 minutes to an hour of very painful (for me) time having me pose in different poses that felt kind of unnatural and weird. It’s pressure to be one-on-one with a photographer who’s looking at you through that black thing, attempting to make you feel relaxed enough to try to forget that they’re in your face taking your photo.
Near the end of the shoot, Millie recommended we use the natural light in the front room, and I thought the blue of the couch was really nice and might make my blue eyes look…bluer…so we took some shots there. And here’s what Millie got:
Thanks, Millie, for the great photos and for teaching me a great lesson and making me appreciate what I do so much more than I already do!!