7 continents 1 year: spain (and, making time for personal work)

“Busy months” fly by so fast, and suddenly, you find you’ve had 2 years of consecutive “busy months” in a row. And perhaps this “busy month” thing is actually just a myth — and it should better be referred to as life.

And so, here I am. Welcoming myself to ‘life’.

From this moment on, “life” means; making time to exercise every day because waiting ’til everything is checked off of my ‘to do’ list will never happen, taking that wine tasting class because I said I wanted to someday — and today could be that someday, and, blogging our personal work because this is our real life and we are real people who want to share the authentic stuff with our couples. (Not to mention, our incredible couples share their most personal moments with us as we capture them, so it is only fair that we show up here, too, right?!)

We visited the magical land of Spain back in 2014. It was a part of us visiting all 7 continents in one year.. another crazy post we have yet to create / write / share. (Like I said, those busy months sure have been flying by…)

We started in Madrid, hit [“Holy]Toledo[!”] and shimmied our way down to Barcelona.. a day trip to Cadaqués, then Seville, Cordoba and finally Granada. Here are a few glimpses into what we saw.

Highlight: visiting Salvador Dalí’s house in Cadaqués, a short rental-car ride from Barcelona. We made a reservation to get inside, and I’m so glad we did! What a magical world of deliciously weird… I was inspired for days!

(Next inspo for a bridal portrait inspired by Salvador’s portrait of his lady?! Who wants it?) 😉

 

While in Seville, we rendezvoused with the fabulous Megan + Mike of the Fresh Exchange. We hadn’t met them in person before, but had been World Wide Web Franz for years, so it was such a magical accident that we were in the same place at the same time and got to sip countless pitchers of sangria together.

These guys are total sweethearts, and are very near + dear to our hearts. They also happen to be good at actually blogging in the moment, so feel free to check out their rad posts on our days with them in Spain here and here

On to Cordoba! The Mezquita de Cordoba was a major bucket list moment. Just delicious..!

And finally, last stop Granada where we hit up the Alhambra. We typically skip most ‘tourist traps’ when we travel and debated about giving this one a miss, but I’ve gotta say, it was so worth it. The shapes + architecture made it worth the lines of school kids there on a field trip..

And a little look at what we looked like in 2014. 😉 Check out #spainreveals to see more of the iPhone shots we posted from our adventure in the moment… More soon! xo

mother’s day with jess, corey, charley + lola.. family photos in tennessee

This past Mother’s Day, we had the pleasure of doing a sleep-over-then-photo-shoot. The kind we do where we get to wake up when you do, and we get to capture a glimpse of what life ‘really’ looks like.

We were in Tennessee, of all places. With Jess, Corey, Charley + Lola.. And I mean, these 4 love each other madly. It felt physically magical to be with them on Mother’s Day.. to follow Charley waking up her mama and see the joy they shared in the celebrations…

Jess has a blog called the Mother Years, and even though I am not a mother, I read it religiously and often find myself ugly-crying over her intimate ponderings and insights into this life. She is a huge advocate for adoption, and an incredible voice of possibility and love. Here is a glimpse into her most recent post. It is gold.

“Dear Girls,

Some day soon you’re going to connect the facts of being adopted and being sisters and possibly, quite possibly, you’ll have this moment where you’ll tell yourself that this must mean you’re not real sisters. Because real sisters, you’ll reason, share the same womb or same sperm bank. And if you were both conceived by different moms and dads from different backgrounds and countries and in different cities then this must mean you aren’t real sisters.

[…]

Tonight you all were helping one another water the flowers in the front when I heard the doorbell ring. As I walked through the dining room to unlock the door for you to come in I saw you holding hands and running down the stairs and across the front yard to hide behind a tree. I opened the door, acted confused, said, “hello??,” looked around and tried really hard not to join you two in your belly laughing.

Shortly after I started the shower for the three of us and you, Lola, said you had to pee. You then, Charley, said you had to as well so you ran off behind her. I was already in the shower and within minutes I could hear you both in-sync with the type of laughter that turns silent. I got out of the shower to find you both on the toilet together peeing at the same time.

Doorbell ditching together and tandem peeing aside know this:

Shared wombs, shared sperm banks or shared genetics aren’t the only ways to make sisters. Families aren’t just formed by nature. It’s important you understand in your own time that your sisterhood is ordained and is not imaginary, fake or artificial and it absolutely – with the utmost level of importance – deserves to be regarded in a serious way.

People, even the kindest ones with the best of intentions, will ask you if you’re real sisters. Answer yes. And, if they ask again, “Right right, but are you really real sisters?” Answer yes again.

The answer is yes.

It always will be.”

[Are you crying, too? No? Just me?? 😉 ]

The utmost adoration for you 4.

Thank you for showing the world what Love is.

light lab x spring street social society secret supper los angeles

Last month, we introduced Light Lab — the new photo / studio space that we have been creating since the beginning of the year. This past week, we got to collaborate with dear friends, the creative genius duo behind Spring Street Social Society, and create the very first event of Light Lab’s history.

Together with Kitchen Aid, we put on a secret supper — a 5 course dinner for 40 — with 3 acts of performances throughout the evening, too, and this is what it looked like..

After countless hours of hard renovating, it felt awfully wonderful to see so many enjoying the space..!

Much love to Patrick + Amy of Spring Street for flying all the way from NYC to create this event with us. We can’t wait to collab again soon. xo!

space + styling: light lab / production: spring street / florals: the nouveau romantics / rugs: coco carpets / chef: joshua pressman / cocktail syrups + wine pairings: round pond estate / dessert: rucker’s pie + jeni’s splendid ice cream / act 1: faux margaux / act 2: shaun evaristo of the movement lifestyle / act 3: amy virginia buchanan + colin hatch / photo + video: echo + earl

family photos in macedon (laurine+adam+abi together) – melbourne family photographer

We’ve been photographing these guys since practically the very beginning of our blog days. (Try 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014…) Its pretty special to be the official documenters of such beautiful humans, and add a dose of nostalgia, too, because damn. Life really does fly, and these yearly check-ins sure do prove it!

This new edition of Laurine + Adam + Abi includes the news that Abi is 4(!), Adam now has his PhD(!), and he + Laurine were just in Toronto to open a new exhibition at Angell Gallery. The exhibition, Of A Great And Mighty Shadow, is on ’til July 2nd, so if Toronto is on your map this month, do go see his exquisite work!

And now, a few frames of these beloved people.

my favorite shot of the day..!

June 6, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Kerrie Unbelievable! You guys have captured so many amazing facets of each of their personalities in these shots. Stunning. Love them. Xx

‘let them eat cake’ boudoir sessions : coming to LA, san diego, milwaukee + chicago!

Last year, I blogged about Let Them Eat Cake sessions.. the come-get-your-makeup-done-and-take-photos-and-drink-champagne-and-embrace-your-sexy mini shoots for lady babes. I did a few of them with my girl Rachel of Remba Productions, and damn, we had a good time!

I continue to get messages from ladies wanting to have their own sesh, and the messages are from all over, too, so I’ve finally set some dates! Are you ready for this?

Los Angeles: this coming Sunday, June 5th at Light Lab

San Diego: Saturday, July 2nd 

Milwaukee : Friday, July 29th or Sunday, July 31st (email me if you’re interested + we will sort out deets!)

Chicago : Sunday, October 9th

What it involves: champagne. a gorgeous space with lots of sexy potential. an incredible makeup artist. a 30 minute shoot with me (and time for an outfit change, too!), plus, the high res edits for you to download (and then print / post / gift / etc)! cost: $400. ($200 down to reserve your spot.) let’s do this!

Email me with questions and/or to reserve a sesh : caroline@woodnotephotography.com