June 23, 2015

Love can take you anywhere

When I was a teacher, one of the perks of the job was the excuse to read children’s books all day long. There were so many beautiful stories that you could read aloud to your students. One of these books was called Grandfather’s Journey. This was a sweet tale of a man who made the huge choice to immigrate to America from Japan. He told the tale and the theme of the story was that once you move from one place to another, you have a huge problem. You fall in love with where you moved to, but you long for that place you once called home. If you moved back “home”, you would long for the distant land you were once new to. What truth! Even just moving counties I can see this to be true. I long for the bustle and energy of a life lived right outside of Los Angeles, but know I would miss the quiet and beautiful outdoors of the place I now call home.

One of my past students contacted me about photographing her and her new husband. What an amazing gift that social media has brought to me. It has the ability to bring people from your past back into your life. I remember this student so well, she was amazingly thirsty to read, learn and write! This brave, beautiful, intelligent girl also made the move to live with her husband in Europe. She was traveling back to the US and asked me to capture them as they are now, young, in love, and with the whole wide world as their blank page to write upon. If you read any of her writing, even as a second grader, you would know that she will have lovely stories to tell. I cannot wait to read them. young couple at beach

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June 19, 2015

Central Park Proposal

I lurched around the corner of a huge tree hugging the waters of Central Park’s Lake in New York City. The boughs of the tree weighted down heavily, the tips of them rested in the water. Just as I neared the water, a young couple leaned into each other and kissed. Quickly I snapped a photo with my phone. How romantic. Their kiss lingered long enough that the world around them seemed to stop, and they unknowingly drifted into the banks hitting the rocks that lined the water. When I looked at my camera, I decided I loved the picture, and thought not much more of it. Knowing they were just feet away, I excitedly walked up and told them the serendipitous event and asked if they wanted to see the picture. The young girl had a tear streaked face, she was crying! He just asked me to marry him!!! And I said Yes! I couldn’t believe my luck, and now theirs. Photography has evolved for sure. There is not a chance I could have gone home, developed my film and tracked these two down. But with the technology of a cell phone and ten digits, I could share this with them.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

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  1. Lynne Slouka

    Wow! What a treasure for them!

  2. Michele

    What a moment to capture! Only you.

  3. admin

    Thank you for reading it Lynne, I really really hope so!

  4. admin

    Haha! I could see you doing this too!