May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true.
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
(lyrics to “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan)
Caitlin is one of those girls who just exudes warmth. Her energy is absolutely infectious and vibrant and after knowing her for only a few weeks I feel like we’ve been friends our whole lives. Caitlin is, in the simplest of terms, absolutely, incredibly, wholeheartedly Capital F Fun. When she approached me about shooting a boudoir session as a gift to her soon-to-be-husband, I asked her if she was at all interested in shooting it outdoors, as an outdoor boudoir shoot has been on my Dear-God-I-Want-To-Do-This list for what seems like ages, and she jumped at the chance. Which made me, almost literally, jump for joy.
The word boudoir means different things to different people, but to me, a boudoir session is about documenting a woman’s innate beauty and her own unique, and often subtle, vulnerabilities. Accomplishing this can only be done with confidence and through trust, and Caitlin brought both in spades (and some Jack Daniels, just in case. Because it’s always good to be prepared!). I am completely in love with this session and cannot wait for more opportunities to capture the female form – in my most favorite outdoor spaces.
Before I was a photographer, I was a mom with a fancy camera and a blog. A blog that has laid dormant for many months, while I’ve spent the majority of my time here — building this website, filling it with content, and posting weddings and portraits and collectives (oh my!). In that space of days and weeks and months, I’ve found myself many times missing The Family Pelton. It was a place where I could share anything – everything- with whomever cared to listen. Er. Um. I mean read. After a day spent with a dear friend – and a conversation about this blog – I realized that the two don’t need to be separate any longer. I don’t need one place for my business and one place for my personal life. That’s not who I am – divided. Secretive. Oh no, I’m a sharer (read: OverSharer), and a writer, and a poster-of-gratutious-photos-of-my-kids-er. So from this moment on, this blog isn’t just about business anymore. It’s not just a photography blog – this website – this place – is staked and claimed as mine. So brace yourself folks – it’s going to get awesome.
And it starts, with a my girls and a waterfall.