A couple of weeks ago Wendy and I headed down to Charleston to photograph an engagement session at White point Gardens with Ana and Peter.
If Ana looks familiar, it’s probably because you remember the portraits we made of her family a couple of years ago.
Well, now the family is growing with the addition of Peter…and his family is growing with the addition of Ana…so everybody wins.
It was a gorgeous day in Charleston for photos but it was also a little chilly (at least for South Carolina), so we kind of had Peter and Ana snuggle up a good bit. They were such good sports about it–Peter didn’t seem to mind wrapping his arms around Ana one bit.
We stopped for a couple of photos at the gazebo, of course.
But some of my favorite photos of the day were actually in front of the water as the sun was setting. The up side was gorgeous light and a lovely background. The down side was extra wind and the threat of attacking sea birds. (No sea birds harmed anyone or were harmed in the making of these engagement photos.)
Finally, the sun set, giving the sky a gorgeous purple tint while the horizon glowed orange. Even as a USC graduate I can appreciate that.
Eventually, there wasn’t any light left and, frankly, by that point, all of our noses were really, really cold, so we decided to call it a night. Fortunately, with Ana’s bridals and their wedding in June there is a lot more to come. We’re looking forward to it, guys!
If you’d like to tell Peter and Ana how adorable they are together, you can leave them a comment in the Facebook box below. See you next time!
I’m not going to say that Halloween is the best holiday–but here at Lumos Studio, Wendy and I are very, very fond of it. In light of this fact, here are 7 reasons that you should love it, too.
1) You learn new things about your friends
On Halloween, people often show a side of themselves that they otherwise wouldn’t. Maybe it’s their inner bloodthirsty cannibal, or maybe it’s that they still have Soundgarden t-shirts and flannels that they’ve been stashing since the 90’s. Whatever, man, it’s Halloween, let your freak flag fly.
This Halloween I learned that my wife looks fantastic in green…like, a lot of green.
I also learned that if you wear a Star Lord costume, the most impressive part to men of a certain age will be that you have an actual, functioning Walkman.
2) It’s crafty
Let’s start with the most obvious. At Halloween, it’s not only accepted, but expected that you’ll take a fruit, cut a hole in it, scoop out its guts (parts of which you may or may not toast and eat), then carve its flesh into the likeness of a person, place, or thing, then set a fire in it, and place it in front of your house.
We bucked tradition this year by running out of time for all that carving stuff, and instead Wendy drew a mural on our kitchen wall. (What, you didn’t do that?)
3. Adorable kids
On Halloween super-cute kids just show up on your doorstep without any expectation that you’ll clothe them, teach them right from wrong, or pay for a college education. All they want is candy–a small price to pay for not having to change diapers.
And speaking of candy…
4. There’s candy
I would have taken a picture of Halloween candy to include here but, um, I, uh, handed it all out. Yeah…the children ate it. That’s what I’m going with.
5. You get to be someone else for a night
Sometimes life can get a little humdrum. People have expectations of you and if you don’t live up to them, well, there are social ramifications. But on Halloween, you don’t have to be you, you can be someone else…
Sometimes it seems like our whole culture runs on fear: fear that we’re getting older, fear that we’re not as successful as we ought to be, fear that other people have more friends than us, are better looking than us, are having more fun than us, fear that we’ll get toxins in our non-GMO cereal and that people whose political beliefs are different from our own are going to destroy the planet…
Sometimes we need to look at all that crap, own it, and just laugh.
7) Fellowship with friends & neighbors
Finally, as we become more and more insulated as a culture, I’m glad there’s still a holiday where we’re encouraged to wander around our neighborhood and knock on our neighbors’ doors. For a lot of us, it’s the only time we’ll see most of our neighbors face to face all year. Also, Halloween is a great chance to hang out with friends and take photos of their kids.
You could have a multi-generational meetup, such as Padme and Princess Leia. (Do you see the family resemblance?)
You might also run into Tim Tebow and a trucker…who has lost his hat…and his radio. Look, it’s a long road–let’s just be glad he’s awake.
You might encounter Marceline the Vampire Queen and…her masked friend.
We would also be remiss if we didn’t thank this lovely fairy who helped make all these photos possible.
But as fantastic as Halloween is, please celebrate responsibly, because when the Valkyrie and the intergalactic assassin throw down, you don’t want to miss it.
Cris and Rosey had their wedding on Folly Beach on the second weekend of October. Given that this is South Carolina, the weather was gorgeous and I still managed to get a sunburn. It was totally worth it, though!
You probably remember Rosey from her gorgeous bridal portraits. Well, now it’s time to take a look at her wedding to Cris.
Rosey, being a perfectly sane person, slept in on her wedding day, then lounged around in her pajamas while drinking mimosas and…wait, no. No. That’s not what she did at all. First, she got up at dawn and went for a jog…
Rosemary’s sisters joined her in her beach yoga which I think shows a tremendous, tremendous amount of love.
But hey, at least you can always count on the guys to laze around the morning of the wedding, I mean, if they’re even awake. Cris is probably just stumbling out of bed–maybe going to play some video games before he…
Nope. He’s surfing. I didn’t even know you could surf at Folly Beach, but apparently where’s there’s a will, there’s a wave.
Eventually, though, it was time to pack in the board and go get married.
Surely at this point Rosey has settled down for some coffee or maybe…
…she’s pointing her toe at the sky as though mocking physiology itself.
I’m just cutting back to adorable baby at this point in order to show a photograph of someone I feel convinced I could take in a foot race.
Seriously, though, Rosey, it’s time to get dressed. There’s a wedding to have! You’ve got to…
Fine, I’m just going to go take photos of the rings.
Well, eventually, everybody did decide to come in off the beach and get this wedding started.
I love this face from Cris. Some folks look nervous during the ceremony. Not these two. (I don’t know, maybe it’s the yoga.)
After the ceremony, it was just a great time of hanging out with friends and family.
…and a little dancing on the beach.
Cris and Rosey, as much as your incredibly healthy lifestyles are an inspiration, your love is even moreso. Wendy and I have loved spending time with you guys and wish you all the best in this new adventure.
If you’re not Cris or Rosey, you can tell them how beautiful they are in the comment box below, or you can check out some other weddings from people who aren’t quite so bendy.
Do we seem excited? It’s because we are! Partially about the season premier of The Walking Dead, but mostly about the fact that Rosey and Chris are married! And that means that we can share with you these bridal portraits that we took of Rosey!
You can understand our excitement, no?
Rosemary and Chris were married Saturday on Folly beach. It must have been a fairly popular date and location for weddings, because we saw one wedding to our right and another to our left just slightly later in the afternoon. I’ll give you one guess which of the three brides was the most beautiful, though…
You might remember Rosemary from our earlier posts about Gyrotonic Columbia. Since then, she’s also competed nationally in yoga. (Yeah, I didn’t know that yoga was a competitive sport either. I’d love to hear the trash talk. “You think you’re serene?! You think you’re serene?! I’ll show you serene!”) I think her hard work has paid off.
We had a blast getting these playful bridal portraits with Rosey. On top of everything else, Rosemary is a dancer (and used to dance with Wendy) so she knows how to move!
Isn’t she elegant?
Even in the simplest of settings, Rosey pulls of such a graceful form. She really makes our job easy.
Rosey, we love you! Thank you for being so lovely in your wedding dress and for being willing to play with us to get these photos.
Come back very soon, everyone! We’ll have a teaser from Chris and Rosey’s wedding later this week that will include yoga (non-competitive), surfing, a crazy cute baby, and an absolutely lovely bride and groom.
The World Languages Department – SVH – Weekdays 8:40am-3:33pm
With the fall season upon us, audiences are sure to be thrilled by the return of SVH’s The World Languages Department.
Frequent viewers of The World Languages Department are bound to be excited by the kick-off of this season with the return of everyone’s favorite cast members. Of course, last season began with the cast travelling to a magical realm in the unforgettable episode “Madame Stephens’s Adventures in World Language Land” and ended with Mrs. Ham and Mr. Grantham preparing to head off for an action-packed trip to Europe while Mrs. Schwarzbauer took a brief hiatus from her performance to introduce a brand new character, Baby Kyle.
Math, science, history–they’d all be very hard to learn about without language, so for those readers who have yet to experience the joy that is The World Languages Department, here’s a brief introduction to the cast, pictured below (left to right):
Bernadette (played by Mrs. Schwarzbauer), the bright and bubbly biologist who harbors the ability to unleash a tide of fury belied by her diminutive size. She’s married to
Howard (Mrs. Ham), the engineer with a truly dazzling fashion sense and only member of the gang to have travelled to space.
Leonard (Mr. Grantham) Self-deprecating and neurotic, but unquestionably the core of the group, Leonard is willing to step out and engage with the world, as long as the world isn’t wielding lactose.
Penny (Mrs. Stephens) The wild card of the group, Penny may not be a genius, but she is beautiful, fun, and outgoing. While her acting career hasn’t yet taken off, she has found great friends among these misfits.
Sheldon (Mr. Ugro) Brilliant, impatient with the mental shortcomings of others, and from a far off land (Texas), Sheldon would like to be left in peace so that he can advance the world of science, provided someone will drive him to the office (and the train store).
Amy (Mrs. Hernandez) A neuroscientist who still struggles to understand the complexities of human interaction, Amy is a devoted friend who has a lab full of cocaine-addicted monkeys with nothing to lose.
Raj (Mrs. Nazario) Howard’s best friend, Raj has a sweet heart and a gift for party planning (as well as astronomy). Named one of People Magazine’s “30 Under 30 to Watch”, he’s sure to eventually sweep the right woman off her feet (provided he can bring himself to speak to her).
Like all fans of The World Languages Department, I have my favorite. Personally, I love Mrs. Stephens–I mean, I’d marry her in a heartbeat! (Have you seen her in Breaking Bad? Amazing!) That said, every one of these characters brings something great to the table and this is, above all, a magnificent ensemble production. Check out this promotional still from the 2012-13 season.
So tune in to SVH Monday through Friday at 8:40am for laughs and lots of language learning.