This sweet outgoing couple gave me the opportunity to photograph them last night, their silhouettes like statues set before the array of colors displayed at sundown.
This really enjoyable weekend with my little family captured an essence that remains timeless in my memory and my heart. These photographs are not only precious to me, but also was a step forward in my work and accomplishments on a professional and personal level.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do ..
I've always preferred the sunrise over sunset, but it is a rare occasion that I am out early enough to enjoy it. Sometimes I wonder if my natural clock is set in the tropics of the Pacific; I spent ten days in Kailua on Oahu, loving each moment. This was before my son was born, in 2009 - so I, naturally, planned to fulfill a dream and get up early one morning to watch the sun rise on the East coast.
It wasn't too difficult rolling out of bed at four am (being sure to check for roaches first, of course), as I'd been up at six am each morning - on vacation. Being nine am here on the mainland, I felt like a Goddess there on the island - being able to rise so early with a bounce in my step (prior to an ounce of caffeine) was enlightening and challenged me to fill the day with as many adventures as possible. It also, made me feel like a hundred years old; as while I was rising at six am - I was also crashing around eight - nine pm!
On this particular morning, I woke and crept out to head down duck lane (true story) in the dark; warm salty pacific breeze gently hissed through the palm trees planted between the lanes in the road. This and the lull of my flips shuffling against the pavement, became an unforgettable lullaby under that silent starry night.
At the end of duck lane, the sky began to glow as I turned down a sandy path of overgrown flowers scaling the walls on either side of me. I headed for the East coast somewhere in Kailua, relaxed on an unknown beach, and just as majestically as I had imagined it, gracefully watched the earth rotate, greeting the dawn, with Oahu by Menomena playing in my ear buds.
As those rays pierced across the surf, I became enchanted with the surfers out on the waves. They left just as quickly as I had spotted them; what a beautiful lifestyle, I can only imagine - to say at your eight am shift while in your business suite, that you already went surfing at dawn...
I gathered my things and headed back after a short time; promising that from that minute forth, I would live my life with purpose and ever fulfilling direction - taking one look back upon the graceful glow against the water, I snapped this shot (with my low pixel, point and shoot, early 2000's model no-name brand camera) - blinded to how it actually would turn out.
And to this, I share a gimps in to one of my most savored memories of this lifetime.
I embrace big challenges. And as I strive to summit to the culmination of my efforts for the past year, I couldn't be more gratified, elated, and filled with so much optimism!
With my new website, comes many new opportunities of editing and publishing, challenging me to think outside of the picture. I recently added my entire collection of photographs to my library and was shocked at the sheer number (in the five digits range, in just nine months)! This just goes to prove how much I love what I do, and that I do it for the passion and vision of its end product. I just get excited knowing that I can capture a moment, and share exactly what I envision with others through such an artistic, and literal, sense.
All of this couldn't have come together at a much better time, than the start of a new year. I started 2013 off by taking a trip out to the Olympic Peninsula; we left a little late for the 4+ hour trip - but did happen to catch the polar bear plunge happening in Edmonds before hopping on the ferry! All in all, timing couldn't have ended more perfectly, because I spent some much needed bonding time on the beach with my camera, and took these fantastic shots just as the sun had set. What makes me really excited is that shortly before the end of 2012 I discovered the world of RAW and began shooting solely in this format. I could not be more pleased with the results; like they say - once you go RAW you never go back!
My goal here is to post at least one photo daily... if not more. I've always got some adventure up my sleeve, and am working on one project or another. Not only will I be sharing photographs from all the places I visit and travel to, sessions, weddings, etc... but I will be coming out with some exciting products and will be anxious to share them once they are developed!
So... there is much to look forward to here at Inspirare by Jennifer! I hope to get familiar with many of you... schedule some sessions, and share my artwork!