I had such a wonderful day on the island, reuniting with my old friend Sandy and helping her photograph a gorgeous wedding.
Sandy and I are really even in touch at all thanks to facebook, which, as annoying as it can be, is responsible for re-connecting me with some friends I would have probably lost in the post-high school shuffle. Sandy and I were friends through middle and high school. We had no idea what the world had in store for us. We were just a couple of kids in the Michigan suburbs, looking for something to do on the weekends. It was wild to sit face to face after 19 years.
Sandy is now an accomplished photographer and world traveler who lives on an island in the south of France with her boyfriend whose name is (get this) Olivier (say O-liv-ee-ay). In other words, damn, girl.
We had to speed-talk to get caught up with the last 19 years; I already knew some of her details and she knew some of mine thanks, as I said, to facebook, blogs, websites, email. We both lost our fathers to cancer which I'd say is our most poignant intersection and which accounted for much of our conversation yesterday. I was with her from noon until 11 pm, when I forced myself out the door so that I would stay awake on my drive home, but we were talking talking talking until her hotel door shut behind me. I guess I just need to go to France to keep talking and meet this Olivier and so I can say his name some more.
Here is a glimpse of our day. Photographing a wedding (in Sandy's very cool journalistic style) looks like a lot of fun and is a lot of work. My feet were tired by the end of the night, but I learned a lot.
Here we are on site.
I can show you a few shots I got on my camera throughout the night. I was using one of Sandy's cameras, but had mine around my neck as a back up. Between the two of us with 4 cameras, we shot more than 5,000 photos.
Packing up the equipment and getting a crash course in wedding photography.
In the reception tent, setting up. This wedding is also going to be featured in a magazine for its green-ness. It was environmentally friendly and showcased local food and flowers.
This fine Maine day, after a foggy and rainy start, gave us the gift of dramatic skies:
I shot this before the tent became a sea of dancing, happy, toasting people. Think 2010 version of The Great Gatsby, lots of fun dresses and hats and cocktails.
I was only an hour away from home, but yesterday was one of those days that felt like I got to take a short trip away from my life. It was fun to be inserted into a whole new scene of people I didn't know, and get a taste of what a different career would feel like.
I was so impressed with my professional, confident friend. I'd go to work with her again tomorrow.
I got home after midnight to find a clean, quiet house full of my sleeping family. And now everyone is up and there is coffee downstairs waiting and kids that need my snuggling. Back to (my very sweet) reality.