Mon Apr 24 at 6:20am - She said, 'Yes!'

Life-changing experiences can be anticipated. We pass a driving test, open our first paycheck, graduate from high school, start a new job. Sometimes, though, life changes without warning.

Early Saturday morning, May found herself standing at the top of Peters Hill, with Mark kneeling in front of her.


Some history: Mark and May had been dating for years. Mark knew it was time to take the next step, but he wanted everything to be right. He started by purchasing a round-cut diamond engagement ring, the largest he could afford. Then he scheduled a surprise dinner on Saturday evening with his parents and her parents. Lastly, he hired a photographer (me), and together we planned out the proposal.

Fast forward to Saturday morning. I was at the top of Peters Hill overlooking the Arnold Arboretum. It was wet and blustery, and I was out of breath because I'd run to beat them there. I was sitting on a stone bench when Mark and May strolled up, hand in hand. Mostly I kept my back to them, so May didn't really notice me or the camera that I kept hidden from view. Only one problem: Mark and I had agreed on a signal--he would whistle--but I couldn't hear anything because of the wind. I decided to risk an occasional turn of the head. So I watched from the corner of my eye. And I waited.

Five minutes later, they set down their drinks. When Mark suddenly changed elevation, my camera went to work.

Here are a few images more taken after the proposal. I never had to tell them to smile.

Sun Apr 15 at 5:52pm - Easter Reflection

These days I find myself reciting T.S. Eliot: "April is the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain." In other words, starting again only revives a painful past.

But I don't really believe that. We're visiting family, and in Maine woods it's hard to see how this could be anything but a hopeful season. Osiris rises. Persephone returns. The stone is rolled away.

Sun Apr 9 at 5:41pm - Chasing Light

The best cure for cabin fever is Wakefield Lake. Unleashed, our toddler ran everywhere. Under the slide, up the hill, around the gazebo, back down to the beach. He's a natural explorer. He just hasn’t figured out how to point with one finger. I love that. His stocky little body and big gestures often remind me of Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes. (Now there's a shoot idea!)

Sat Feb 18 at 4:54pm - Baking Cookies

On a recent rainy day, Ruth and Henry decided to bake cookies. As I was busy marking papers (and Ruth was busy guarding the oven), no one was available to guide Henry. So, he proceeded to destroy the kitchen with his creativity. As parents we silently agreed that it was worth the loss of an entire box of oats and one juice box.

Sun Oct 23 at 6:13pm - Fall Portraits

The Krizova family met us at Breakheart Reservation as the sun began to set. We knew right away that the camera would love them. The girls (Madeline and Matilda) couldn't stop smiling, and there were plenty of hugs to go around.

Tues July 27 at 8:47pm - Getaway

This weekend we took our first kid-free vacation since becoming parents. Below are some photos from our stay at the Portland Harbor Hotel.

Family Photography at Tufts

We had a blast shooting with Lyndsay, Thomas, and little Chloe. Isn't she the definition of adorable? Our toddler knows Chloe from the local Fit4Mom workout class. Trying to help, Henry called out "CHEESE!" whenever I lifted the camera.