Archive for December, 2009

Four hours old

December 30, 2009

Grace

Born December 30, 2009 at 8:12 a.m. Photographed at 12:15 p.m.

7 pounds, 13.8 ounces

19 inches

Dear Grace,

After all these months, what a joy it was to meet you today!

You are as beautiful as I suspected you would be, and so advanced, too. I can hardly believe the gorgeous eyelashes you are already sporting, and you actually found your thumb and put it in your mouth when you were just a few hours old! (You’ll be dining out on that story for YEARS, kid.)

Your loving family was agog with your beauty and brilliance and the amazing miracle of new life, right there in their arms. You are awfully lucky to have them all around, as your brother Tommy already knows.  I heard some future adventures being planned when you were nestled in your auntie’s arms—stick with her, kid, and you will be outfitted in STYLE and have fun doing it.

Your loving and eager grandparents passed you around the room while your proud and exhausted parents beamed. Your mom and dad—well, they are both pretty much dynamos.

You may have trouble keeping up with them, but you’ll have youth on your side. Use it to your advantage, but remember, your mom will always be able to survive on fewer hours of sleep than you.

And you didn’t hear it from me, but I think you’ve already got your father weak in the knees. I’m just saying.

And as for me, sorry about the big black thing. It’s called a camera, and I wish I could tell you I won’t have it the next time I see you but, well, you probably just ought to get used to it. Because if it isn’t me, it will be your mom and your dad, and your grandparents—I am pretty sure you will be a heavily photographed young lady. There are worse things.

I also apologize for the long and chatty phone calls I will have with your mother while you cling to her ankles, citing Important Needs.

Instead of trying to get her attention while she is on the phone, use that time wisely—she’ll be distracted, so it would be a perfect time to try unrolling some toilet paper all over the house or something equally interesting. Check with your brother on this one—he may have some ideas.

Sweet baby Grace, I hope you are sleeping soundly right now while your mom and dad hold you and gaze at the absolute wonder of you. Welcome to this world–we’re so glad you’re here.

Love,

Anna

Happy holiday week

December 30, 2009

We’re having a great week–hope you are, too!

Sparkle and shimmer

December 24, 2009

This time of year, snow or no snow, just seems to have an extra bit of sparkle and shine to it.  And today, with a rare Christmas snowcover here on the coast, the whole world is sparkling in the sunshine right now.

Hope you have a sparkly backdrop to your day, no matter where it is!

Bouquet by Hana Floral Design for Chocolate Creative Design

The Shortest Day

December 21, 2009

Winter solstice sunset

A friend posted a snippet of this poem the other day, and I loved it, and wanted to post it all here. This time of year with its mix of darkness and revelry, its hard, shiny cold and soft, welcoming warmth is always a dizzying spin of emotions, particularly when I reflect on the loss of my mother on Dec. 22, now seventeen years ago.

I think this poem, by one of my favorite childhood authors, Susan Cooper, says it all just so.

And after tomorrow, the days will get longer.

The Shortest Day

And so the shortest day came and the year died.

And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world came people singing, dancing to drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees; they hung their homes with evergreen; they burned beseeching fires all night long to keep the year alive.

And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake they shouted, revelling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them echoing behind us – listen!

All the long echoes, sing the same delight, this shortest day,

As promise wakens in the sleeping land they carol, feast, give thanks, and dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.

And now so do we, here, now, this year and every year.

Style Me Pretty

December 17, 2009

Dec. 2009, Island Farm

I know, don’t keel over from two posts in one day, but this is just a quickie to say how excited I am to be featured as part of a collaborative team of Connecticut wedding vendors today in a four-part post on Style Me Pretty! Designed and styled by the incomparable Lucinda Wesson of Chocolate Creative Design, I could have stayed and shot images for days and days–so much incredible material to work from!

We have so many more photos to show  and stories to tell over at True & Wesson and here, but for today, please enjoy the show at SMP, including the Super 8 black and white film from Mike Cyr of Buzz Media Company—love it!

More to come!

Be merry

December 17, 2009

Love these two in their Christmas card shoot from earlier this fall. This one didn’t make the card, but is one of my favorite outtakes!

I love Christmas cards and everything about them.

I love the letters, and the sentiments. I love the photos from the first time pet or baby parents. I love the travel photos and the collages. I love the funny ones and the sappy ones and the homemade ones. LOVE the homemade ones.  I love the smart and clever sayings and naked baby photos,  I love the stamps and the chic address labels and the handwritten addresses. I love the glorious winter scenes and the birds and the ornaments and the trees and the Santas and the Madonnas.

So the fact that I have been caught up in a world full of other people’s Christmas cards for the last three weeks straight makes me feel like one of Santa’s very own elves. Being privvy to the inspirations about cards, helping to design and create them and even helping with late-night decisions has all been entirely joyful for me, because if the recipients of those cards enjoy them half as much as I enjoy getting cards from my friends, family and clients, well, then it will be all worthwhile.

It is a pure gift of joy to know that someone thought enough about you to send a card in the mail.  And isn’t that the kind of joy this season is about?

So be merry, and if you haven’t yet decided to send a holiday card, it isn’t too late.

One of my favorites from her six-month shoot–an accomplished sitter, she only tumbled over a few times!

I love these sites for cards:

PaisleePress

Minted.com (thanks Meg–turned several clients onto it too!)

Tinyprints.com

PinholePress.com

Smugmug.com

Shutterfly.com

LemonTreePaperie.com

And next year, add Anna Sawin Photography to your list of card vendors!

I’m working on my own line of cards for next year, from baby announcements to holiday cards. Stay tuned for more about that in 2010, I’m very excited.

And more on cards to come–I’ll post the results of the Anna SawinPhotography/Hank & Willie Photo Fix!