Happy 3rd Birthday, Maddy & Rosy!

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Before I get to the fun photos from this past weekend celebrating my favorite twins’ 3rd birthday, I can’t help but reflect on my photography journey at this point.

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Clayton Wedding Party – August 22nd, 2015

I Do

My wife was asked to be a part of Emily’s bridal party for her wedding in August of 2016. Of course she was thrilled to be a part of it, and this past weekend the full wedding party was invited out to a picnic for a day to hang out and get to spend some time together. I chose to tag along to capture some candids because they’re all a fun gang and one never knows what will happen when this group gets together.
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On the Wings of a Dream

To live a fulfilling life, one must experience all sorts of emotions and feelings. Life is never a static plane of existence; rather, it’s a collective sum of a variety of experiences, all for better and worse. We’ve all heard that we need to experience the rain in order to appreciate the sunshine, but life is more complicated than that black-and-white adage.

So, aside from the sunny days and blissful sunsets, there are times when darker, more gritty and true-to-life emotions will seep into my photography. Here are some photographs I’ve taken lately which I feel hint at some of the more complex and interesting experiences of the human condition. Some are dreamy, some are nitty-gritty, and others are downright creepy, but all of which are part of true life.

July 3rd Shenanigans
This person can be any one of us. Is she about to head into hard times? Is she just recovering from them? Either way, though faced with some harsh and treacherous conditions, she’s facing them head-on with confidence and self-assurance.
Downhill From Here
Is this uphill or downhill? Does it really matter? What awaits along the path you choose? Do you even have a choice?
A New Angle
Fear is a real thing. How do you react when faced with fear? Do you turn and run? Is it always so easy to face your fears? What is it that’s so unsettling about an eerie scene? What about the dark? Even as an adult, there’s still a hint of fear of the dark when completely isolated and alone.
On the Edge of a Dream
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allen Poe.
Family
“Happiness is only real when shared.” – Jon Krakauer (Into The Wild). Every face, every hand, every motion blur, and every shadow adds a new layer to the overwhelming amount of emotions conveyed within this image. All that I know is that the plethora of feelings and emotions here are shared, and that’s the most beautiful part of this image.
Smith Wedding Oct 4-13
There’s a true beauty within darkness if you’re only willing to open your eyes and fully embrace all it has to offer.
July 3rd Shenanigans
“Every living creature on Earth dies alone.” Grandma Death (Donnie Darko). What do you do when you get to the end of your line? Do you turn back? Can you ever really go back to the way it was before once you’re at the end of your rope? When you get to the end, are you really all alone? What comes after?

The Twins’ First MDW – 5.24.15

The Twins' First MDW

It’s always such a pleasure to see the twins, and even more so when they are down in our neck of the woods as we are an hour and a half away or so and it’s not exactly a hop, skip, and jump away for Katy and Bryan to visit.  It’s pretty incredible to have met these girls the day they were born, to watch them grow before my very eyes, and to see how bubbly and social they were this weekend, under a month before their first birthdays.
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McGrath Baby Shower – Part One – May 16th, 2015

"Little Wiz" McGrath Shower - Part 1

The morning showers and rain cleared up for a beautiful afternoon baby shower for Travis and Jonnelly this past Saturday. After weeks of planning down to the finest details such as the pink and blue cupcakes, the salt water taffy favors, the unique guest book, and the fun interactive games, it was beautiful to see friends and family from both sides come out in support of Travis and Jonnelly’s little bundle of joy. Although this was the first of two baby showers out of convenience for the distance for the two families (the first at the McGrath house for Travis’ family and friends), there was no lack of love and support for Little Wiz and his or her excited parents-to-be.
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Lopez-Biddulph Bridal Shower – May 9th, 2015

Lopez Bridal Shower 5.9.15

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my friend Karen’s bridal shower. Our paths have crossed when we worked at the same school a few years ago (she teased me for wearing Polo shirts for most of new teacher orientation, and I teased her for showing up late with Dunkin Donuts coffee and being dressed for a day at the beach on the first day of training), and we’ve kept in touch since.
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J.A.B. at Shady Katie’s – May 8th, 2015

J.A.B at Shady Katie's May 8, 2015

Just Another Band rocked Shady Katie’s in New Jersey again on Saturday, May 8th.  Playing for an intimate, smaller crowd, the band brought the party to the scene and entertained all who came out.
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J.A.B. at Ott’s Township – April 18, 2015

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New Jersey’s own Just Another Band brought the party to Ott’s Township at Sewell, NJ on a warm spring Saturday night in April; what started as a quiet and calm evening at a bar ended with what can best be described as a raging fraternity party with the highest quality live-band entertainment, a dazzling light show, and limitless audience participation.  If you know the words, grab a mic and sing along at the top of your lungs. If you don’t know the words but love the beat, grab the tambourine and shake your groove thang!

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A Day At The Park

One of my favorite local bands during high school, The Youth Ahead, named their sophomore release A Day At The Park. The album featured photos of a local park where my friends and I used to hang out from time to time, but I never really found any appreciation for or meaning behind the title. For the first time since listening to this album, I found the power and beauty of a day spent at the park this past Sunday at Laurel Acres Park with some great people.

First, after an impromptu breakfast date at Perkins, party of five, we found that none of us actually had plans for the rest of the day. We mentioned that it will be about 75 and sunny, and we should do something to take advantage of the day. Catelin mentioned Laurel Acres Park, and the plan was set in motion.

Bob brought the corn hole set he made for our Memorial Day party last year, and the Sunday Sunday had begun.
Hole In One - Cornhole
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J.A.B. at Shady Katie’s – April 11, 2015

This past weekend I had the pleasure of watching Just Another Band rock Shady Katie’s in Somerdale, NJ.  This band knows how to work an audience.  From their selection of immensely popular tunes, the band thoroughly entertained the crowd of about 75, transitioning seamlessly from Katy Perry to Dave Matthew’s Band to Green Day, and everything in between.  The band danced with boundless energy as the audience sang along with every song – at times Shannon, Bob, and Mike even jumped into the audience and sang and danced with them.

Keep an eye out for this great band at your local bar. Next time this band is in town, do yourself a favor and come out, grab a drink, sing along to your favorite songs, and join the party!

Just Another Band is:
Shannon Kelleher – Lead Vocals
Mike Block – Trumpet/Vocals
Mike Dana – Lead Guitar/Keys/Vocals
Adam Zaccaria – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Bob Clayton – Bass
Mark Kelleher – Drums
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