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After being inspired by a competition on www.rocktheshotforum.com/ to post a self portrait, I thought it was a great idea! As some of you may know, that in addition to being a photographer, I’m also a volunteer firefighter. This is me with my son Tavis, who was 1 week old at the time.
Ivanette and I have had the agonizing time waiting to tell everybody our amazing news. We wanted to make sure we made the appropriate phone calls to family, and let all of our great couples know, who have all been amazingly supportive.
The time has come, and we are happy to announce that later this year, there will be an addition to the BH Photography family:
We are both thrilled with the thought of becoming parents, and will certainly share more of the journey to come!
Since I was a little girl, Valentine’s Day was all about the cards, chocolate, and cutesy stuffed toys…did I mention the chocolate?? Now that I’m older, Valentine’s Day means more than ever–since I’ve been blessed with finding my best friend and husband, it’s not so much about the goodies as it is about the good. As you all know, I am lover of love, and especially those couples that we meet who are so much in love. In finding out their stories, we learn how best to photograph their day, and it is so amazing to hear each amazing story. In the same manner, I started doing some research into the history of Valentine’s Day, and it’s even kind of romantic…
Historians trace the origin of Valentine’s Day to ancient Roman Empire. It is said that in the Rome of ancient times people observed a holiday on February 14th to honor Juno – the Queen of Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also regarded Juno as the Goddess of Women and Marriage. On the following day, February 15th began the fertility festival called ‘Feast of Lupercalia’, which was celebrated to honor the Gods Lupercus and Faunus – the Roman God of Agriculture and the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.
An interesting custom was followed in the Feast of Lupercalia to bring together young boys and girls who otherwise were strictly separated. On the eve of the festival (February 14th), the names of young Roman girls were written on a slip of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew out a girl’s name from the jar and was paired with the girl for the duration of Lupercalia. Sometime pairing lasted for a year until next year’s celebration. Quite often, the couple would fall in love with each other and later marry. Can you say “Awwwwwwww”?
Wishing you all a wonderful, Happy Valentine’s Day, and if you’ve decided to solidify your “pairing” with an engagement ring, a special congratulations from Brian and I!
In October I attended Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skill Set boot camp. Unlike most workshops, which concentrate on posing, flash photography, and the business of photography, Cliff concentrated on natural light, mainly full sun at high noon. His techniques baffled me, so I just had to go! I would highly recommend Cliff’s workshop for any expert photographer.
The first day of the workshop we photographed at Washington Square, Philadelphia, working with high noon light (when the sun came out). The second day I had a blast photographing at Eastern State Penitentiary , which used to be the home of Al Capone.
Here’s a look at some of my work (none of these images have been processed in photoshop, other than colour correction):
Only two of the following images used flash, can you pick the two?
Last Saturday, we photographed the wedding of Pamela and Alex, who you may remember from their engagement session. Theirs was a lovely intimate ceremony at St. Theresa’s, a beautiful church hidden away from the downtown core. I have yet to come upon a groom more excited than Alex, and their wedding party was simply hilarious! We had great weather, great light, and even a great horse named Diamond…
P.S. If you ever have the chance to have a mashed potato bar as the midnight snack, don’t hestitate for a second–best dessert EVER!
On October 16, Brian and I had a really fun afternoon photographing an engagement session for Rebecca and Neal at the Governor General’s Residence. Rebecca and I worked together a long time ago in the Emergency Room at the Civic Hospital–what I know of Becky is that she is truly an exceptional person and RN–she is a constant patient advocate and is the type of person who does the right thing…purely because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve often heard her speak of Neal, and have always had an impression of a good, honest, gentleman, the kind that doesn’t come along everyday. When she contacted me about photographing their engagement photos, I was really happy that Brian and I would have a part to play in their lives leading up to their vintage inspired wedding in 2011.
Rebecca, Neal, and their adorable poodle made for amazing subjects, and their willingness to shoot in some pretty cool places has made for some images that we are really proud of. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we did in making them, and I wish all the best for Rebecca and Neal!