Monthly Archives: December 2015

Joy to the World

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Many of my friends have had a tough year, marked with loss and sadness. Many other friends have experienced a year of success, new births, and reasons for hope. All of us will face both ups and downs in the coming year, including me. I recently read an interview with Stephen Colbert in GQ, in which he cites the above quote, and talks about how he dealt with the loss of his dad and two brothers in a plane crash when he was 10. He’s a thoughtful guy, and he’s thought about this a lot. One of the things he says that has stuck with me is this: “The world—it’s so . . . lovely. I’m very grateful to be alive.” I’ve been trying to be mindful of this every day.

Each year I get to witness the loveliness of the world firsthand, time and time again. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be at so many celebrations where love, joy, and peace are so evident.

I wanted to put together a short two-minute slideshow of 45 of my favorite portraits and wedding images from this past year. Please forgive me if your favorite image isn’t in there—it was a challenge to whittle them down, and I had to set aside many favorite shots.

I hope some of these images will make you laugh or cry, but most of all my wish is that you’ll find hope for the world in all the love, joy and peace so present in these images.

I’m grateful for you all.

Mary Meyer Toys

One of the great things about being a photographer in Vermont is that you don't need to specialize in just one type of photography. As a result, I get to do weddings during wedding season, then portraits, events and product photography the rest of the year.
One of the great things about being a photographer in Vermont is that you don’t need to specialize in just one type of photography. As a result, I get to do weddings during wedding season, then portraits, events and product photography the rest of the year.
These images are from a photo shoot for Mary Meyer Toys. Children are drawn to these soft, beautiful stuffed animals, and I just catch the moment.
These images are from a photo shoot for Mary Meyer Toys. Children are drawn to these soft, beautiful stuffed animals, and I just catch the moment.
We did the shoot in one of my favorite spots—the South Newfane one-room schoolhouse. The light is beautiful.
We did the shoot in one of my favorite spots—the South Newfane one-room schoolhouse. The light is beautiful.
Joanne Staats does the styling, and is great to work with! We kind of get into a creative groove, playing off of each other's ideas.
Joanne Staats does the styling, and is great to work with! We kind of get into a creative groove, playing off of each other’s ideas.
Joanne loves hats. I mean, who doesn't love hats?
Joanne loves hats. I mean, who doesn’t love hats?

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Steve Meyers is always there to make sure the toys are properly placed and fluffed so I can focus on the kids and the light.

I get paid to do this.
I get paid to do this.
I think we were all ready for a nap by mid-afternoon!
I think we were all ready for a nap by mid-afternoon!
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Steven Meyer is always there to make sure the toys are properly placed and fluffed so I can focus on the kids and the light.

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My years in graphic design have taught me intuitively to leave room for type. I think this would make a great catalog cover!
My years in graphic design have taught me intuitively to leave room for type. I think this would make a great catalog cover!
And yes, every child in Vermont is beautiful.
And yes, every child in Vermont is beautiful.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I did making them!
I hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I did making them! It’s not too late to get one of these Mary Meyer toys for the holidays. Just saying.