falling in love is like owning a dog

Hi friends and followers! We are still settling into our new home and we realized today that we hadn't updated our new phone numbers on all our myriad websites.  They've now been updated, and in case you're tuning in through this blog post, here are the goods: 877-772-4629 (toll free)

603-777-5169 (mostly for NH folks)

While our new land line (and home) are based just over the Massachusetts border in wild and windy New Hampshire, we will continue to travel to Boston and throughout New England, or farther, in order to create moving and artistic images for your wedding or portrait session.

Coming up next for me is a wedding that I've looked forward to for a long time.  My sweet cousin Anne is tying the knot!  She's had this event in the works for a long time, however the actual date and details weren't decided until about 2 weeks ago!  Annie's father (one of my very favorite and closest relatives) was diagnosed with cancer in the fall, and Annie has quite understandably been occupied with her family rather than wedding plans.  It is going to be really wonderful to participate in this family celebration!  I am hoping to have some lovely photos and stories to share here when I return!

People often ask us what our favorite moment is at a wedding, and last year I found that my favorite moments were increasingly difficult to photograph - they were words!  We have heard some incredibly moving and creative wedding readings, many of them composed by the people giving the readings.  A group who I network with was discussing wedding readings recently, and the poem below was mentioned.  It adds lightness and humor while acknowledging the complexities and gravity of love and the commitment of marriage.  Enjoy!

"Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog" by Taylor Mali

"First of all, it's a big responsibility, So think long and hard before deciding on love. On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security: when you're walking down the street late at night and you have a leash on love ain't no one going to mess with you. Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. Who knows what love could do in its own defense? On cold winter nights, love is warm. It lies between you and lives and breaths and makes funny noises. Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy. Love doesn't like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you. It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long. Is love good all the time? No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love. Love makes messes. Love leaves you little surprises here and there. Love needs lots of cleaning up after. Sometimes you just want to get love fixed. Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper and swat love on the nose, not so much to cause pain, just to let love know 'Don't you ever do that again!' Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk. Because love loves exercise. It runs you around the block and leaves you panting. It pulls you in several different directions at once, or winds around and around you until you're all wound up and can't move. But love makes you meet people wherever you go. People who have nothing in common but love stop and talk to each other on the street. Throw things away and love will bring them back, again, and again, and again. But most of all, love needs love, lots of it. And in return, love loves you and never stops."

PS - the writer Taylor Mali's website is a nice surprise!  Be sure to check it out and enjoy his still motion self portraits and malapropic menu.