March, 2014 Archive
On Revelry | Our Different Sameness
March 31st, 2014

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.”
― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

I remember nights of intense revelry. Existing in the moment in celebratory communion with the crowd, I launched myself into the universe as so many have done before me. Rebelling against time. Finding anonymity in the noise and the bustle. Searching. Always searching.

I sought connection. I sought transcendence. I sought a reprieve from deliberate thought and all that comes with it (insecurity and anxiety and hubris and confusion). Those attempts at seeking were rudimentary, yes. But as I excavate the past to inform my journey forward, I find many precious jewels.

Revelry takes a different form now. I live amid constant revelry. My life is noise and chaos and boisterous merrymaking. It is all around me. I watch. I take part. I watch some more. It is laughter and shrieking and breathlessness and silliness and potty humor and affection and four and two year old run amok-edness.

Sometimes, it is just noise. Other times, it is revelatory.

I find now that what I sought in the revelry of my past is more easily found in the inverse – in a quiet stillness, vast and strong. A stillness that, in truth, is more a state of mind than an actual state of affairs in my busy and highly animated home. It is this idea that is represented by my contribution to our project this month. In the profound stillness of this delicate tree, I saw beauty and promise and hope. I reveled in it. I felt, for a moment, that I had found exactly what I was searching for. I stood in the cold and soaked it in. I felt alive and connected. I was rejuvenated and intensely satisfied. I was free.

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Our Different Sameness is the combined effort of a group of photographers seeking to explore our human connection through images and words. In our attempt to authentically capture what may prove to be intangible and elusive, we seek only to journey together honestly. Every month, we will explore what it means to be human, and how we experience life as part of a collective. Our goal is not only to explore these themes, but to celebrate the sameness we find within them. To learn more about the project and view our work, visit us here.

twenty minutes last Fall | alexandria virginia family photographer
March 28th, 2014

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton

Disclosure: I love these three. I met and photographed them for the first time when my business was very young. Nate was just turning one. We chatted about our commonalities (our Southern roots, law degrees, and almost one year olds to name a few) and spent a lovely fall afternoon together.

What I love about life is that it is full of connections, and it’s impossible to know what a connection will yield. In that first fall of my new business, I made a beautiful friend. We are so different and, yet, so very much the same. And, this friendship has truly borne sweet fruit. It has honed me and influenced my journey forward. It has supported me and encouraged me. For it, I am so very grateful.

Last fall, I spent twenty minutes with my friends and made some of my favorite family portraits ever. It felt so wonderful to capture these three loving life and each other and to have the opportunity to reflect a bit on all that has come to pass since our first meeting. I am blessed indeed to know them.

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these two sisters | a project in 52 weeks
March 27th, 2014

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” – Charles Dickens

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