Tuesday, October 16, 2007

happy birthday jean!

















Today my right arm is turning 21! :) As many of you know, Jean is my second shooter / assistant this year and she is kicking some major tail. At the beginning of last year Jean and I sat down and talked about our goals and where we saw ourselves and what we wanted to do, ideally, if we could do anything. Well, I am happy to say not only have we done what we set out to do we have surpassed anything I could have imagined for my business! At first we imagined being in my old studio (the carraige house, some of you have been there) and having the whole space humming with computers and shooting and life. Well, we did that! Then now, I am converting a huge old porch / deck area into my studio and it is looking FABULOUS! In the interim, Jean and I took over my kids playroom, painted it 18% gray ( I LOVE IT!) and are making the space work until the new space is done in January. The whole time, before the big bang of 2007 hit- aka wedding season, Jean was plugging away. Whether it was learning editing software or Show It or putting together furniture she got things done. I told her many times it was like having magic- I would talk out loud to myself, going over my to-do list, always a lengthy beast, and then BAM, I would turn around and things were done! One of my favorite things about working with Jean is her unsurpassed love of sushi. I know that every Tuesday is 'sushi Tuesday' at Carla Ten Eyck Photography!! And no matter how much you eat, you never feel gross! Am I right?
The top image I shot of Jean and her children for my project. This is how she feels most beautiful! She is such a wonderful and patient Mom.
Yes, that super HOT bride with the camera is yours truly. I have never worn a veil, not even on my wedding day- and I kind of wish that I had. I have total veil-regret. So Dawn (my bride) was taking hers out and I told her that and she promptly put in on me and Jean caught one of the most special times in this old girls life...sniff, sniff. ha ha ha!! Very funny stuff.
Now at weddings Jean is stealth. She is quiet, always observing and is always in tune to the kids and pretty details. While shooting Jean is led by her heart and often catches sweet, emotional and fleeting moments that really work well with my images to tell the complete story of the day. She is so hungry to learn more and is always pushing herself to do better. In the process she pushes me to be a better shooter and a better person. All of these images posted here were taken by Jean at various weddings this year, I think her work clearly speaks for itself!
Have a happy, relaxing and special day, sister, you deserve it!

10 comments:

JAG Studios said...

that's the greatest shot of you in that veil... jean definately has some great shots, love the carousel and the bride with the callas looking in the window. You guys are a great team, and it shows how much you both appreciate that.

JAG Studios said...

OH!!! ....HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEAN!!

face first films said...

Happy Birthday Jean!

Carla Ten Eyck said...

Just for the record- since Jean is a lurker and not a poster- I totally made her cry!! YAY! :)

Susannah said...

yay! happy birthday to jean~ an amazing woman!!! great pics...keep it up sister.

Robin Dini Photography said...

of course you made her cry. That was a beautiful write up of appreciate and she deserves every word of it! Happy Birthday Jean!

nikki nicole photography said...

happy bday jean! the carousel image is awesome!

yeshie said...

awwwww!! you're such a sweetie carlala. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANY SUSHI SISTER LADY! we love yous! remember last year's birthday painting the kitchen with a big belly in the way? hope you had a great day and maybe a pedicure too!

Orchard Cove Photography said...

Love the variety in all those shots - she is rocking it and capturing some awesome moments. I miss sushi Tuesday - we'll have to do it again soon. Happy Day Jean (a few days late!). xo

mary said...

you can't put a veil on without giggling like a school girl. or a bride. i want a turn!