THE STORIES WITHIN » BLOG BY: CRISTINA NAVARRO

There are so many things I need to be doing right now. First day of December and the rush of the fall has now carried over to the winter.

In all honesty, there are so many facets to being a photographer that most of the time the best part of it gets lost. It isn’t until the whole house is asleep and I get a moment to put a few favorites together that I get to remember the part of it that makes me swoon inside.

See, I have a horrible memory. I’ll probably say that a million times on this blog, but it is depressingly true. My memory seems to be so linked to the rest of my senses that it’s either all there or I nothing is. Then, oddly, there are those random things that just unexplainably stick.

Like the day I first met this couple. We sat and chatted over coffee and tea. As Mariam grew excited talking wedding details, she smiled her big and beautiful smile and Matt looked at her with a warmness in his eyes and said “I love to see you smiling.”

And that small moment just stuck with me.
It was real and sweet and unexpected and… well, it left an impression.

So now seeing again just how much Mariam smiled on her wedding day makes me so happy because it is bound to make him so amazingly happy.

Sigh. I wish we lived in a world where smiles were enough for everyone sometimes.

Well, tonight we do.
Thanks, Mariam and Matt.

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  • Sara

    Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Mariam

    Cristina,

    Despite work, family, and all the in-between responsibilities, you never fail to capture images that are breath taking, inspiring, and impacting. Because of your talented eye, we will forever remember our wedding day as a day full of vibrant color, tender small moments, and incandescently joyous ones. Thank you for your dedication and patience.

    Forever fans of your work.
    M2ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie Watford

    Matt is my grandson. I could not be more proud than on this special day. May Matt and Mariam always be this happy.ReplyCancel

It’s official.
Dance recitals make me want to take photographs.

What’s not to love about those costumes, right? Oh you beautiful dancers, you. Forget the hours of practice it takes to nail a performance. I’m all about the photogenic clothes. And, in this case, my photogenic niece, as well.

After my niece’s summer dance recital, I asked her to come over so that I could play with my camera a bit and photograph her just for the glorious fun of it.

The glorious fun of it… hmmm…
Now that I’ve said that out loud, I now wish every portrait session had that “for the fun of it” feel to it.  Rather than someone booking me for a portrait session, the new thought would be, “I’d like to book you for some some fun camera time.” Okay, there’s probably a better way to word that. How about playsession? Or playshoot? Regardless of how it’s worded, playtime is the best time and wording it something less formal would change the whole dynamic, wouldn’t it?

Maybe then, it wouldn’t just be the dancers that get to dance during their shoot. Maybe we all would.
And that, my friends, would be awesome.

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