The Cutest Ring Bearers and Flower Girl (IMO). I love the nervous excitement of having everyone watching at the same moment in time.
This was fun sunny afternoon hanging out with Brother Boone in Ballard, the neighborhood where I live. It's an old Scandinavian fishing village taken over by bigger homes, condos and people that think they're sailors. I don't have a beard this bushy anymore, but I do love this neighborhood.
It's common knowledge but I'm going to say it anyways. Photographs are amazing. They are amazing because they capture a moment. It's an instant reminder of the emotions and events that were taking place at that time. In one glance you remember different hair styles, glasses, and clothes that represent who you were in that moment. And who you were then makes up who you are today.
I love polaroids (instant) photographs for that reason. They are an unfiltered snapshot of life at that moment. As I've been reflecting on photographs from my childhood, there are goofy smiles, bad hair, and hammer pants. And I've never looked at a photograph that my mom took with her point-and-shoot nikon and thought, "Man, Mom, you should've taken me to a spot with better light." No. It's just a rad moment in time with me in hammer pants at my birthday party with all my 4th grade buddies. (Thank Mom for capturing those moments.)
In our modern life, we snap iPhone pics and have apps that remind us daily what happened a year ago and I love it. I'm reminded of when my kids were younger and the funny little mannerisms and quirks that are lost and forgotten as they age and time goes on. It's often the most normal photographs that remind me of these things. Walking my daughter to preschool in the morning. A trip to the hardware store. Make dinner together. That's life. Capture it. Whether it's analog or digital, my message to you is to make photographs often.
My wife Ashley and I taught a food photography workshop together (hosted by our friend Aran Goyoaga in her beautiful new studio). I really enjoyed working alongside my talented and beautiful wife and people traveled from all over for the workshop. We walked to Pike Place to photograph all the wonders that the Market has to offer. I really enjoyed working through all the nuts and bolts of photography with a fun group of creatives.