Monthly Archives: May 2013

Another Glimpse

Amy was so fantastic we just couldn’t fit all the images into one post.  Here’s another look at this springtime bride under the arbors.

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Awaiting her groom.

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Thank you Amy for making spending such a wonderful afternoon with us and bringing the arboretum and our visual of a blushing bride among the lilacs come to life.  I can’t wait for the next Jamaica Plain shoot!

 

Amy in the Arboretum

Amy was married two months ago in Salem, Massachusetts.  When she returned from her honeymoon, we decided it would be fun to take advantage of her gorgeous gown and the incredible blooms at the Arnold Arboretum and do a magical twilight shoot.

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It’s all about the light in the veil.

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Amy has the most exquisite taste in shoes.  Her wedding shoes are so amazing, they just had to make an appearance.

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The rest of the shoot will post next week, please come back to check it out!

Flowers for Mom

One of my favorite days in Boston is Mother’s Day in the Arnold Arboretum.  Families enjoy a day of sunshine with the air thick with the sweet fragrance of lilacs and children’s laughter.  It reminds me of a lovely day my mother and I spent strolling through the cherry blossoms, exclaiming over the carpeting of purple and yellow, and talking about family, friends, and life.

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  • Arnold Arboretum LIlacs
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  • Arnold Arboretum

This year, my mother is in Michigan, where they are, unfortunately, getting a new blanket of snow.  I thought that one of the nicer presents I could get her, to show her how much I love and appreciate her, is a bouquet of flowers to remind her of the warm sunshine which is on its way.  When Boston’s flower petals have fallen in a shower of white, pink, and purple, she can send me some pictures of the cherry blossoms which will be in their glory.  Here’s a taste of Boston in all its loveliness.

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My mother is incredible for so many reasons.  She is the strongest person I know.  She never stops growing, exploring, and reflecting.  She is willing to try new things, as scary as they may be, and embraces life with open arms and an easy laugh.  Her love has created a circle of family and friends, blood and chosen, who look to her in times of joy, sadness, and challenge.  Her home is a place open to all, where everyone is always welcomed and accepted.  I am inspired daily by her and reminded to be courageous, bold and grateful.  

Hitching Post Photo

Hitching Post Photo

My grandmother is one of my favorite people in the world.  She is braver, stronger, and more resilient than most people I have met.  She tells the best stories from those about being a tom boy in the upper peninsula of Michigan, to those which tell about her as a young deaf woman dancing the night away with any of the eight men who asked her to marry them before she picked my Grandpa.  Although I have heard most of them so many times that I can tell them myself, I laugh every single time (you can see the evidence below, clearly I’m not the only one who is charmed).

Photo by Jake Bauer

Photo by Jake Bauer

Her emails are the highlight of my month for their amazing one liners, both the funny ones, “I am looking forward to getting outside for my walks once again.  I believe I have “calluses” on my butt!!!  Sound like Grandma??  BETH DON’T BLUSH!!!  I haven’t changed just getting older!!!” to the ones that fill my heart, “Once it [the wedding I was shooting] starts you will relax because you will hear me behind you saying ‘Beth just relax and enjoy it you are doing great!! Smile!!!’ ”  I think of her every day and wish we lived closer, so we could laugh and play cards, even though I know that no matter her age, she will beat me in cribbage every time.  I treasure every moment I get to spend with her.

Grandma and Beth

Hitching Post Photo

A huge thank you to Chandra at Hitching Post Photography for these gorgeous images of the two most important women in my life.  I will treasure them always, both the pictures and the people.

Happy Mother’s Day!

A New Little Girl Joins the Jumpstart Family

On April 5th, Sue and Andrew welcomed a new baby girl into the world!

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My story with Sue began quite a few years ago and also involved the development of young children.  When I met Sue in my sophomore year at Tufts, I was beginning my second year as a Corps member in Jumpstart and Sue was my site manager.  I had no idea when we first met the impact she would have on my life.  Due, in significant part, to Sue’s mentorship and unflagging support, nine years later, I am a program director at Jumpstart, with the great privilege of working every day to prepare preschool children in under-resourced communities for kindergarten success.

Sue encouraged me into my first leadership position, gave me more responsibility than I thought I could handle, and didn’t let me fail (as I easily might have done).   She showed me the importance of taking bold risks to serve children and communities better and of seeing mistakes as a way to learn and grow.  In my second year as a site manager, we aligned our curriculum with the latest research, which demanded new books, new materials and an overhaul of our systems and planning.  Sue told us, “If we have a curriculum that is better for children, we have a moral obligation to do it, no matter how hard the change might be.”  She was right.  We stumbled, we problem solved, we pulled best practices together, and today children are getting more intentional curriculum through the Jumpstart network because of this hard work.

Jumpstart 20th AnniversarySue is a model of grace under pressure, authenticity, and care for others.  She inspires those around her to care passionately about everything we do and to never give up.  She has demonstrated that caring about each other is equally as important as caring about our work.  She affirms and reaffirms in her interactions, with those throughout of organization and her life, the impact of deep relationships and empathy.  

20th Anniversary VideoJumpstart’s 20th Anniversary Video (click the picture to watch, most of the images are mine taken throughout my years in the program)

Sue taught me the importance of finding fulfillment in and outside of work.  As a site manager, she took a dance class at night so that she could teach children better during the day.  Following her lead, when I became a site manager, I started taking photography classes at the New England School of Photography.  And this has brought me to the day I had the distinct privilege of photographing Sue’s little girl.

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I cannot tell you how deeply honored I was when Sue and Andrew asked me to take photographs of their new baby girl, Adalynn.  There is a lot more to say about this beautiful baby and her incredible family in the next post, but for now, enjoy Ady on her eleventh day.  She is one of the most precious people I have had the honor of meeting, and the love both of her parents have for her is truly touching.

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