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{Just Married} Tara & Glenn

I have known Tara for about a year and a half now, but only met her for the first time – the day before her wedding!

We were partners in a crochet swap all through 2011 and both knew that we had found a lifelong friend because of it.  When Tara asked if I would be willing to come to Canada to be her wedding photographer, I nearly squealed like a little girl!  (Okay, I must admit.  I did squeal like a little girl!)

To say that I feel thankful to have been there and present capture their wedding day, is a complete understatement.  Really, I feel more honored than anything.  Tara and Glenn trusted me, someone 652 miles away from them…someone they had never met, to come and document the most important day of their lives together.

And after spending time with them both, I feel as though I met a couple that will stand the test of time. Two people who where meant to spend their lives on this earth intertwined in each other’s fate.

I mean really, ice cream floats instead of a wedding cake!  A signed canoe paddle instead of a guest book!  How about a Bride and Groom in the middle of a lake on their wedding day?!  They are unique in life and unique in their relationship to each other.

So here’s to you guys!  Cheers, my dear friends! There was Spiderman & Mary Jane, Romeo & Juliet, Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy, and now we have Glenn & Tara.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Xoxo

{Just Married} Anna & Daniel

A few short weeks ago, I had the honor of photographing my cousin Anna’s beautiful wedding at the Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge, MT.

What you should know though, is that she lives in Germany – and had to plan an entire wedding from 3,000 miles away!

I can’t. Even. Imagine.

Let me tell you though, she had everything down to the very last detail.  It was gorgeous!  Her dress.  The flowers.  The candelabras that sat center stage in the middle of beautifully adorned tables.  The menus in both English and German. She made the most unbelievable gifts for the guests as well!  Elderberry Syrup (So bright and delicious, she is right that it “Tastes like Spring”) and being very talented in pottery, she made mugs for each and every one of her guests as well. It was magical!

I had so much fun exploring the resort with them taking their photographs.  Daniel is such a great man and the way that both him and Anna look at each other just goes to show that they were made to be together.

Cheers to you both!  I wish you all the happiness that you both can hold

{Families & Children}/{Engaged} Tara & Glenn

Today, I was unbelievably blessed to meet my friend Tara in person for the very first time.  After a 562 mile drive to Canada and a good night’s sleep, we met at a beautiful lakeside community for a session with her family

I can’t tell you what it felt like to see her walking towards me across the parking lot.  I would like to say that I know her, but after feeling her hug for the very first time, I can tell you she is just as warm and loving in person as she has been to me across the countless emails and packages we have sent each other over the last year and a half.🙂

To say that I am giddy just to be here, is a serious understatement!

The weather for our session this morning could not have been better, and I mean that!  The sun was shining, the grass was still wet with morning dew and after introductions and hello’s, we made our way around the property and chatted while I got a feel for the area.

Oh yeah, and by the way – I absolutely love this family!

Her parents, her brothers, and of course there is Glenn and his boy Jeremy.  I could just hang with these guys all day long!  They are people that make you comfortable and happy by just being around them.  Which is why they were so much fun to photograph of course!

So here’s your sneak peek from today’s session.  I hope it holds you over until tomorrow when I get to witness the most gorgeous bride marry the most handsome groom.  Oh, and I haven’t forgotten about you Jeremy – you are going to be the most handsome guy ever!

Xoxo

{A Day in The life…} This one time, we went camping…

I have camped in the mountains enough years to know that it’s never the same trip.

Even if you camp at the same site.
In the same mountains.
With the same people.
Even if you bring the same food and drink the same beer…

It’s different every time.

The last time that we went, (gosh, that was about six weeks ago now), I gave myself a challenge.

My challenge was to use a lens that I rarely bring out and to take photos while I was camping, of the little things.

The kids were in the camper trying to catch a nap and the hubby could tell that I was itching to take a walk by myself.  So he offered to stay with the kids while I meandered around the area.

I saw some really neat things that day.  That’s not to say that I haven’t seen a pine cone or an old rusty nail before.  But I did see the smallest pine cone I had ever seen in my life.   And, I crouched in and around an old rusted vehicle from the 30’s that was abandoned next to a swollen creek – surrounded by overgrown forest.

Had I not taken that walk, I wouldn’t have even known that all those little things existed just a short jaunt from where we set up camp for three days.

To me, its really eye opening to look at those photos and think that 99% of the people that have or will camp right where I did – won’t take the time to look closely at their surroundings.  It’s too bad too, cause if I have learned anything about life, it’s to take in all the little things while they’re still there to enjoy.

A Day in The Life…

The smallest pine cone I have ever seen.  It was the size of the tip of my pinkie finger!

This is just magical to me.  I am pretty sure I will frame this one (above) in the studio.

And to think, this could be a massive tree someday.

Last, but not least.  <3

{Specials} Announcing…Summer Mini Sessions!

It’s finally here!  For the first time ever, I am offering Summer Mini Sessions!

I have six slots available for Sunday August 12, 2012.

9:00AM
10:00AM
11:00AM
2:00PM
3:00PM
4:00PM

Morning sessions will take place on location in Columbus and afternoon sessions will take place on location in Park City.

Please email atriversedgephoto@hotmail.com to schedule your time slot!  I will make sure to update At River’s Edge Photography on Facebook as time slots get reserved.

(Cash, Check, VISA accepted)

{Families & Children} The Robertson Family

I have known this family for the longest time and can’t even begin to say how thrilled I was to be able to photograph them again!

I love that I have been able to watch them grow and change over the years.  To see the girls grow into beautiful young ladies, and Jack become a more handsome little man each time I see him, is one of those amazing joys that you get through a friendship.

Misty is such a strong and loving woman, and I am so proud to be able to call her my friend.  Watching her interact with her kids, makes me want to be an even better Mom to my children.  She is just THAT amazing!

Thank you so much for letting me spend some time with you guys and capture you as the beautiful family that you are.  I had such a great time and can’t wait to come visit and check out how that garden of yours is doing girl!

Enjoy!

 

{A Day in The Life} Getting back to my roots…

I don’t even know how to start a post like this.  So I guess I better just do my best and see how it goes.

When I bought my first camera, I am almost positive that it was WEEKS before I took my first photograph of a person.  I walked around my small home on Lynn Ave. every chance I had, and took photos of things that people wouldn’t even think to look for.

I took pictures of the rings in an old tree stump in our backyard.

I would lay on the grass and get as close as I could to our pansies to capture what it would be like to look at the world from the height of a pansy.

I know it probably doesn’t seem that important to you reading this, but I was looking for beauty in anything at this point.  ANYTHING.

I had just lost my Dad and my brother and had a completely different perspective looking at the world all of a sudden.  I felt like someone had taken a 2×4 and slammed me in the head as hard as they could, leaving me alone, stunned and hurting – and knowing that I had to figure out how to get my ass up on my own.

Eight years later (tomorrow), to see how far I have come since owning my first camera and finding the beauty in the smallest things, I feel an incredible sense of strength, but I still feel lost.

I have a family that I love with all I have.  I have a husband who is my best friend, and sometimes the only person that I seem to have nowadays that knows what I am going through.  I have a home that makes me feel whole when I need it most.  But you know what?  I still feel lost.

I took a passion (photography) and turned it into something I never would have imagined.  Owning my own business and trying my best to help support my family is sometimes the most rewarding yet exhausting venture I have ever taken on.  But do you know what I miss?

I miss capturing the little things.
I miss the dew on a blade of grass.
I miss capturing a bumble-bee covered in pollen.
I miss taking a photo of the inside of a tulip.
I miss the beauty of a mountain range, and how it can make you feel so small.

I miss doing what I used to do.

So I guess what I’m trying to say, is that from here on out, this blog is going to look a lot different.  This is still a place for my clients to come and sneak a peek at their latest session, and a place for people to come and get to know me a little better.  But also, it is going to be an outlet and way for me to try and focus on what really brought me to photography in the first place.

The little things.

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