In a meeting prior to her wedding, last October, I asked Kiara if there were any unique shots that she wanted. Her immediate reply was to stand up and show me the tattoo on her right side. The image below shows the tattoo which represents the chemical formula that is helping her in her fight against cancer. First diagnosed in 2010, Kiara, presently, has stage iv breast cancer that, at times, has traveled to her brain and other parts of her body. However, she’s determined to move forward with her life. A PhD student at Boston College, she’s in her final year of the program….or “Grade 24”, as she puts it. Also, she loves horse-back riding and rock climbing. Using her blog (Google ‘Words From Ward Four’) to update family and friends on her condition, experiences and thoughts related to her illness, she writes very openly and eloquently. While photographing the wedding day, I was truly inspired by her effervescent personality and zest for life. It was a pleasure to be a part of her and her husband Kai’s special day. I wish them many more celebrations.
Update: Sadly, in July of 2016, Kiara lost her battle with cancer….about a year and a half after her wedding. In order to help prevent the extinction of Kiara’s family name of Kharpertian, her husband, Kai, had offered to assume the name on their wedding day.
I love the challenge of winning over shy little ones on wedding days. Usually, by day’s end, I have them eating out of my hand. For my bride Marissa’s niece, not a single smile to me throughout the day. The best I could do was a reluctant high five, as she left at the end of the night. Plus, I had two days to accomplish my task, since I photographed the rehearsal event the day before the wedding. Well…I might not have captured her heart, but I, certainly, captured her!
A few weeks ago, I photographed Marissa and Austin’s wedding rehearsal luncheon in Newport. That might not sound terribly exciting, except that it was aboard the two mast schooner Aurora. Sixty-five guests enjoyed the weather and a two hour sail around the harbor. In addition to capturing images of Marissa, Austin and their guests. I loved shooting the crew going about their work. It might have been my most challenging shoot, given the choppy waters and, at times, the severe tilt of the vessel in the wind. I loved every minute of it!!
One aspect I love about this wedding photography work is that I, occasionally, get to experience something that I might not be able to do, otherwise. I had done a couple engagement shoots in Fenway Park, prior to today, but only as part of a big group tour. Not until Jenn and Dan arranged their shoot did I learn couples can schedule a private shoot. The price is reasonable ($100 per couple) and you have a full hour. For Emily, our tour guide, it was her last appointment of the day, so she, generously, allowed us some extra time. You get to go nearly everywhere in the park, including behind the scoreboard where Jenn, Dan and I all got to write our names on the wall inside….a Fenway tradition. To see images of the shoot, visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/jimcanolephoto.
I’m struck by how easily I accept that someone could simultaneously be in need of a smartphone and a pacifier.