Photo Shoot

Celebrating 10 Years Together

We kept tradition alive and did our annual anniversary photo-shoot yesterday on the actual day of our anniversary.  And tonight we’ll celebrate with a proper dinner date!  I think we should celebrate all weekend…

10th Anniversary

10th Anniversary

This year’s location was an easy choice; it’s our favorite Thursday date-night location.

And you can see a few outtakes after the jump…


picture perfect

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of shooting some family friends for their daughter’s annual birthday documentation and upcoming holiday card.  They make it too easy!  Seriously — of my first 10 frames I think 8 of them were ready to be hung on the wall.  They give a whole new meaning to the phrase “point & shoot.”

Loupe Family 2013

LOUPE FAMILY New House 2013

LL #4

And I can’t believe that little nugget is 4!  See last year’s right here.

i’m back!

The Dominican Republic Vacation

I can’t believe that today is the first day of the “real world.”  It has been quite an exciting four+ weeks and I’m bursting with creative energy and a desire for routine again.  (Granted my routine of wake up, eat, lay on the beach, nap, eat, lay on the beach, eat, sleep, repeat…. was a pretty good routine!)  I’m sure I’ll still be processing it all for while, but I cannot explain how wonderful it has been to have a bit of a sabbatical.  I feel refreshed and energized to tackle what’s coming next.  And I have some exciting things on the horizon — personally and vocationally.  I’m full of fear and anticipation as we settle into our *somewhat* new life together.

One of the biggest highlights of our time off was that we celebrated our 9-year anniversary.  Gosh, that makes me feel so old.  But I also realize that I was just a baby when we got married (26!).  As is tradition around here, we did another photo-shoot.  This one just so happened to be in The Dominican Republic where we were having a good rest.  In years past we’ve taken lots of photos and made a bit of a montage, but this year, a single photo summed it up.  Sitting under that cabana for 9 days… reading, drawing, painting, thinking, staring at the ocean…. was beyond perfect.  And it feels like it’s just where were are in our relationship too: deep, deep peace.  We know we are at the right place a the right time.

So in the next few weeks, I hope to return to a regular blogging schedule again as this platforms provides some sort of outlet that I still (after 5 years) can’t quite put my finger on.  I hope to share more about the places we’ve visited (including The D.R.), books I’ve read, our updated and newly re-arranged apartment, and new business ventures.  Although B mentioned that he felt like it was the middle or end of summer already since we were just on vacation, I actually feel like we are just starting summer… and the rest of our lives.

It’s good to be back.

brooklyn wedding

Well since I’m in the business of sharing good news, I thought I would finally share some of the Brooklyn wedding we attended just two weeks ago (really, ‘cuz it’s feeling more like a year ago!).  We had a wonderful rehersal lunch at Lodge.  Brad was pumped that he could order breakfast at 3 in the afternoon and I was glad they had an ice cream brownie!  Seriously though, the food was delicious and the place was full of panache.  The wedding itself was at a very unique venue called reBar.  There was a bridal suite with plenty of room to chill before the ceremony; the food was delish, and it quickly converted into a great dance space.  All three are important priorities.

Right after the ceremony we walked a few blocks to snap some photos under the Manhattan Bridge and then onto a little park with the best view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.  You might not know it from the photos but we were FREEZING.  It was a beautiful, sunny 48 degrees!!! But yeowzer, my little dress did NOT provide any warmth…. but I sure like it.  That little pink number is a dress that B picked out for me all by himself whilst traveling across Europe last summer!  He’s the best…

Brooklyn Wedding

8 is great

I can’t believe that we are celebrating our EIGHTH anniversary today (and that we aren’t together!)  But in the spirit of tradition, we did another self “photo shoot”, but individually this year.  And it’s completely campy and silly, but you know, that’s kinda who we are.  As much as I have romantic notions of looking like something out of a progressive music magazine being all intense, sexy, and mysterious…  it’s just really not who we are.  We are however, madly in love (still!) and we like to have fun.  (I mean, come on, my two favorite comedies are this and this — what do you expect?!)

It’s been fun for the last four anniversaries to capture something that is going on at that time in our lives.  I don’t think they are defining moments, but just us being present.  (Somewhat like this entire blog!)  We will change and grow emotionally (and physically!) and I hope we can continue to capture these wonderful moments — and not ever take ourselves too seriously!

Although we are 5,000 miles apart, I always carry you in my heart!

[see more silliness here]

lucky #7

We had so much fun goofing around on our bikes for this year’s anniversary photo shoot.  You wouldn’t know that really we were melting.  I thought we might go for an actual ride when we were done, but with the mercury reaching over 100, it was out of the question!  I feel so fortunate to have shared the best 7 years ever, with my best friend! (See #6 & #5 too!)

(You can see part of the original “analog” shoot here.)

parting thought — robert burns

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

~Robert Burns


we celebrated our 6th anniversary over the weekend.  without a doubt it was quite memorable.  being inspiring by the recent collection of photo booth shoots and keeping in step with last year’s activities, we decided to make some memories.  i wouldn’t mind this becoming our anniversary tradition.

i’m so glad my husband shares my crazy.  it’s why we work.

*Oh, this little guy made this shoot so much easier than this one, or this one.  I highly recommend getting one!

one for the books

I feel as if I should be more contemplative since we are closing out not only another year, but a decade.  The aughts are over after all.  But ten years is a bit much to take in at once; I’m just pleased to have made it another 365 days healthy, happy and with most of my mind in tact. Not too much of significance seemed to happen this year.  It was a lovely stay-close-to-home kind of year.  Out of the other side of my mouth will be that everything changed.  It was the first time I’ve not had a full-time job; we moved; B turned 30; we added another kitty to the mix; my pop went to Afghanistan.  Big and little things.  All and all… I wouldn’t have traded it.  A year with My Love is a year worth living!

Here were some of my most favorite 2009 moments.  Happy New Year!