Back from vacation!
Hello to all of my readers! I’ve just put back on my Denver Portrait Photographer hat after a two week vacation! I was on the east coast visiting family, as well as visiting a potential wedding venue with my lovely fiance! We absolutely love the place that we took a tour of, but have no idea what we can realistically afford. We also want to have a baby via gestational surrogacy, so we’re not sure what is our priority, yet. But it was still fun to finally see a place as an engaged couple!
I had a great time with family, celebrating my Mom’s 75th birthday. It’s always so emotional to visit home…and as an adult, it’s odd to think of leaving home to go visit home! My Mom always has been and always will be my best friend. At 75 years old, she still takes care of pretty much everyone around her, which never leaves much time for me to see her one on one. But I treasured the time I did have with her, as just being in her gentle presence reminds you that everything in life is going to be ok.
Growing up I had a…shall we say, “Strained” relationship with my father. When I was younger, I felt this was because we were so different. And while that is absolutely true in certain areas, a lot of what bugs me about my dad has to do with our similarities. Funny how you realize that the older you get! With time, our relationship has improved…and I have never questioned that he loves me.
During my stay, my dad presented me with a wrapped package. I had no idea why, as my birthday was months ago. When I opened it, I was shocked to see that my dad had taken the time to print out all of the blogs I wrote during my Paris stay and had created a keepsake book. It truly, truly warmed my heart. I do not ever take it for granted to have such wonderful, incredible parents.
And speaking of Paris…
Going back into time
My Paris obsession was really fueled after falling in love with the Dior Bar Suit, originally created by Christian Dior in 1947. The iconic black and white photograph of the Bar Suit was taken between 1955 and 1957, and that’s what I was determined to pay homage to.
Although I had photographed Maggie back in Denver wearing the Bar Suit, I wanted to do something different in Paris. In Denver we used a vintage “saucer hat”, similar to the one seen in the iconic photo. And while it looked amazing on Maggie, I was afraid to bring it in my suitcase to Paris. Instead, I left the straw hat at home and opted for Maggie to be a redhead!
I purchased a gorgeous red curly wig by Carl Brown, which I felt would look so gorgeous with the simple colors of the Bar Suit. Combined with the “God light” (as photographer Sue Bryce would say) of that morning, I feel like we truly made magic!