I feel no shame in admitting it: I envy the ability of West Coast photographers to create sun-filled, dreamy images of 70-degree weddings and family sessions during what for us is the obnoxiously frigid dead of winter. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the winter light on the East Coast — it is gorgeous and unparalleled — I just find it hard to forget that in order to capture it, we come dangerously close to freezing off our extremities, every time.
There are times, when I’m photographing, that I get so wrapped up in the moment I go into overdrive: I see an interaction, a glance, a giggle I want to capture and I act with haste to ensure I get it. Sometimes, this yields exactly the result I seek; other times, it’s clear I acted on impulse.
I keep a small, white, porcelain snail atop my desk as a gentle reminder to slow. the heck. down. Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy your clients. Study the light. Frame your subject. And THEN press the shutter. Full stop.
Pause. Forget, for a moment, that this is the time of year during which there are all sorts of built-in reminders to reflect on your good fortune. Pretend, for the afternoon, that your refrigerator is not full of Thanksgiving leftovers, your calendar is not full of festive celebrations, and your shopping list is not full of holiday gifts.
I’ve always been a sucker for curls – especially on a darling, drooly-faced baby boy. Aman began flirting with me promptly upon my arrival, and well…that little monkey had me at hello. His twin brother, Tanvir, is equally adorable, and with his huge, smiling eyes, was quick to compete with his brother for my affections. The duo kept me on my toes for the better part of a warm, autumn afternoon; I was grateful to have such easy-going and patient parents on hand to help me manage all the cuteness. Anuja & Sanjay are a fantastic couple with an impressive reserve of energy for their little ones.