I hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday season! I met up with Lauren & Tyler a few weeks ago on a rainy Sunday afternoon by their home in East Boston. It was so lovely to hang out with these two, and I can’t wait for their wedding next fall at the Pierce House.
December 9th, 2013
December 3rd, 2013
I just took 10 days off, fairly unplugged, in the middle of nowhere in Iceland. I drove over 1300 miles around the entire country and I spent Thanksgiving eating fish and chips. This was my second trip to this amazing country and I’m already planning my next visit. There is something truly special about it, and if you ever get a chance to visit do not hesitate!
I was in such a hustle to deliver all images to my clients before I left so that I could truly enjoy my vacation with nothing work-related on my mind. It was amazing to do that. From now on that is what I will strive for. Thanks to my intern this year, who has taught me how to organize my days so that I can spend more time doing what I love.
Many more weddings and other things to blog, but before I get back to business here is a shot I took by Lake Mývatn. I sorta can’t believe this is a photograph, and a color one at that. Taken with my Mamiya Univeral on Fuji FP100C. This is a straight scan of the negative.
November 22nd, 2013
When I was in college there was this commercial for Citibank. I don’t dare watch it now because I’m afraid that it is not the fantasy that I remember. You’ll remember it when I start talking about it though, everyone does. It was this father and son, and the son decided to take his dad to “the motherland” for his 65th birthday. Once they got there, they went to go look up his ancestors in some book, and they realized that he wasn’t actually from Ireland, but England? So they jetted off…Something about that commercial always made me cry…This was before you could just look up any commercial on YouTube, and I actually contacted the ad agency who made it, and they SENT ME THE COMMERCIAL ON A CD. I loved it so much. I thought, I want to do that but it seemed so impossible at the time.
I grew up in the restaurant business. When you have restaurants, you can’t take vacations. We never once went on a family vacation as a kid. I only realized that was not normal as an adult. All of my friends have vacation and camping trip stories from when they were little. I have stories of me standing on a milk crate so that I could reach the counter in our restaurant to make the daily spinach pie, at 10 years old. Do not get me wrong, I am COOL with that. I had a weird childhood and I think that is pretty great.
I love my dad, I don’t know how I would have made it here without him. Every time I have fallen (and there have been SO MANY times) he has been the one with no judgements, no “I told you so’s”. Ever. It is all love all the time. And it’s the awesome awkward love only a dad can give. You know, the kind where you call him crying and he is all “something something Ortiz something…” before being able to talk about the situation. The thing that I love most about him besides that is he’s one of those people who, when gets an idea in his head, it is THAT OR BUST.
Fast forward, Citibank commercial still in my mind plus it’s the Year of Self Love and Doing What I Want. I had to do this. I had to take my dad on a surprise trip for his 65th birthday to see the Northern Lights. Classic me bought plane tickets and told him immediately. I can’t keep a secret. Ever since I can remember he has talked about what a dream it would be to see them, and tomorrow we leave to chase them together. So this is to you, Dad. Happy 65th Birthday.
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November 7th, 2013
Juliana & Dave were married last month at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Despite the rain, they were able to hold their ceremony at Landry Park just outside the museum, and all of the surrounding trees were on fire. So beautiful. We started off at their apartment in Allston. Something about Allston man, I get majorly nostalgic over there. When I first moved to Boston, I lived just a couple doors down from them for a couple of years and it is such a crazy part of Boston – I feel so young whenever I’m over there! ha ha…Back to Juliana & Dave. I know I say this about a lot of my couples, but there was just so much love displayed between – and for – these two on this day. Juliana’s mum will go down as one of my top 3 favorite MOB’s of all time. This is the most busy time of year for me (because it’s so gorgeous outside!) and I don’t usually smile when I edit, I don’t think, but I was caught smiling for two days while I worked on their pictures. Thank you to Juliana & Dave for that. xox