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my first day back

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| currently listening to: Moonless March, Aloha, Home Acres, 2010 | LINK

the photography:
it’s been a number of weeks since my last post and i’ve got a pretty good reason for that. for two weeks, i took a paternity leave. on march 22nd, at 4:49 pm, my wife gave birth to a baby boy who we named Theodore. wow. and what i really mean is “holy shit woooow… (smiling)”.

my wife has been amazing since the beginning of this whole process as she carried almost all (99%) of the physical burden of bringing a child into the world. her mental and physical strength through the entire 9 months deepened my feelings for her and our relationship with each other. she’s a rock and i am in awe. and that’s not some “lovey dovey date movie” affections, i truly mean it, she’s amazing. sigh…

and this little dude who makes noises and squirms when you hold him, and who can’t quite focus his eyes, who can’t quite lift his head, but who can poop, eat, and sleep at the drop of a hat; this little dude is such a peanut, he’s such a gift, and he’s such a handsome devil. i can’t wait to watch him go through life’s trials and tribulations and to help him when he needs a hand or to give him tough love when he needs to learn to do it himself. it’s going to be an amazing journey from here on out. i just hope the dog forgives him for stealing his thunder…

my favorite image from this set is the photograph that captures the moment when the nurse hands Theodore to Catherine so she could see and hold him for the first time. this is the same face that Cath made when she saw me standing at the end of the isle next to the minister at the wedding. it was a simply amazing moment among many simply amazing moments this week. other notables in this set include the family photo, Teddy’s first toweling off after Teddy’s first bath, and of course, who can forget, the holding of Grandma’s first grandchild.

looking back at the last 2 weeks, i can barely even wrap my head around it all. after 13 hours of contractions and labor, 2 days of sitting in the hospital without seeing the sky, and after a week with my parents at my house, and after almost a full week by ourselves, i’m still beside myself with happiness, joy, and utter bewildering curiosity as to who this little man is.

he is, of course, Teddy, son of Ian and Catherine. and i couldn’t be any prouder of him.

you’ll have to excuse the lack of camera information on the photos, i pulled them from my Flickr account and the meta data was lost in the transaction. they were all taken with my 5D and with the exception of the first photo which was taken with my EF 24-105mm f/4.0L USM, they were snapped with the trusty EF 28mm f1.8.

oh, and how nice is Prentice Women’s Hospital? my lord…

the music:
aloha is one of those bands that sounds so familiar that you know you’ve heard it before but you just can’t place the signers voice, the instrumentation, and the songwriting. BUT YOU SWEAR you’ve heard it before.

with their new record, Aloha takes their brand of indie pop (think 1 part Rogue Wave, 1 part Trans Am, and 1 part Minus the Bear and mix with some emo underpinnings) to new heights. poppy and beautiful and full of melodies, sing alongs, keyboards, harmonies, and dripping with 16 beat drums and guitars… i flipping love it. it’s been a long time since indie rock came out from the underground and it’s been even longer since pop indie bands haven’t forced themselves to have an angle (angelic indie pop, twee, twee-gaze-pop, indie folk pop, etc) to delineate that this band is not a pop band but an indie pop band. Aloha is above all that. did i mention that i love it so? glistening grooves and sugary strolls in the park, take me away…

you’ve been down so long
can’t let the light in…
you’ve been down so long
can’t let the light in…
you’ve been down so long
come let the light in…

indeed good sirs, indeed.

50 Portraits – 13

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| currently listening to: The General Specific, Band of Horses, Cease to Begin, 2007 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #13 is catherine

in my family, the #13 has always been lucky, my father’s birthday, my parents wedding anniversary, my brother’s jersey number from youth hockey, the sum of our house number in rochester, minnesota in 1986, etc. it was only a matter of time before i added the love of my life to this 50 portraits project. why not make her #13? cath’s very presence in my life is a joy that i never overlook for a second nor do i ever take it for granted. she’s beautiful, smart, and caring. catherine. these photos are from our recent trip to the west coast. it was a whirlwind four days spent driving around sonoma county stopping only to taste more wine, check out the ocean, eat fantastic food (kumamoto oysters), sleep, or to put our feet up after a long day and relax on the patio (probably with a bottle of wine). it was the most refreshing trip i have ever been on and it was the first vacation we have taken in a few years where we did not have to see any loved ones or have an agenda chock full of tourist’s visits. healdsburg, california and the surrounding areas comprise one of the prettiest landscapes in all of america from the redwood forests, to the vines in dry creek river valley, this county has it all. and we took advantage of it. sunglasses, open window driving, fine dining, and vino were our only pre-reqs for each day. it was perfect. we were perfect. that statement reflects more the company that i keep than anything that i had to do with the situation. as i tell most strangers, i married up. and it shows.

the music:
one of the catchiest singles from the 2000’s, is there a ghost, is one of the better pop gems from a band known for their melting pot of freak folk, pop rock, and indie guitar jams. this track is just as beautiful and it’s for those people out there who buy records because they want to find the deeper cuts of a record to listen to and fall in love with. these guys (band of horses) look like they should be driving 18 wheelers across the country while on meth. they are equal parts beard, mesh hats, tattoo sleeves, flannel, and overbites. how fitting. this record is really worth a listen to if you like the more poppy indie rockers like death cab, the rosebuds, or my morning jacket. this record is such a great representation of good song writing and music that will stand the test of many years to come. think arty beach boys meets neil young meets death cab for cutie. i likey. “it means shit to me now…”