03 August 2010

dear ones.

they found me straight away, in those early, nervous days of freshman year, before i had time to notice i needed finding.

annie was just my kind of girl: solid, steady, insightful, not given to preening or giggling. she was smart and a musical maven with calves of titanium: i liked her on the spot.

jer had this way of making you happily spill your guts, loyal and disarming, his trademark snigger as obnoxious as it was endearing. he was a dead-ringer for my older brother: i liked him on the spot.

and so we passed notes and spooned cookies and camped under a shelf of kentucky rock. we treaded frigid north atlantic saltwater off the coast of portugal, kicked up spanish dust in a pick up soccer game. we sometimes studied. argued. drowned lettuce. shared homework and half-baked poetry.

and through those formative, fantastic years known as higher education, i watched them flirt and tiff and fall in love. i stood witness in velvet the color of currant wine as they pledged a lifetime of devotion.

now, some dozen plus years later, annie and jer are as beautiful together as ever. and with the arrival of their gorgeous little guy, i had the recent and distinct pleasure of photographing their family.

(isn’t it bizarre and miraculous that we all have lawns to mow and water bills and grown-up jobs? that they trust us with the welfare of smallish, actual human beings?)


a&j1

a&j2

a&j3

a&j6

a&j5

a&j4

a&j7

a&j8

a&j9

so here’s to the rich, simple pleasure of an afternoon spent with dear friends. with people deeply familiar with my eccentricities and flaws, but who still stand shoulder to shoulder with me, ready to take on the messy brilliance of this life.



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19 comments:

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Well, I knew you connected early on w/ Annie, but I had no clue that J was in the mix all the way back then. What fun. What a story!

You captured a beautiful family quite beautifully, my friend.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

"the messy brilliance of life"- I love that and am so grateful to also have those willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with me through it all as well..a priceless gift from God!

deb said...

messy brilliance

I'm stealing that :)

the photos , the family, and your heart,
all priceless beauty

Em and Lib said...

grace. abounding.
*Blessings*
LIB
http://bit.ly/bqBVA8

The Frat Pack + Me said...

"velvet the color of currant wine" --love that visual. You have a way with words!

Kimberly said...

Friends like that are such a gift, and I love how their happiness radiates out of the lovely photos you took of them.

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

Oh, I love it! There's nothing quite like a baby in all the world.

The Wishful Lamb said...

what a beautiful family! whoever took these pics did an awesome job!

Melissa said...

absolutely gorgeous pics!!!

emily wierenga said...

there are so many good lines in this...

and the photos made my heart hurt. such beauty. thank you for sharing.

Jeremy and Ann LeVan said...
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Jeremy and Ann LeVan said...

Thanks Nic! You are such an incredible friend and we feel so blessed to have you and Todd in our lives! I would also like to point out that you are so gifted and you seem to excel at whatever you put your mind and hand to.

Suzy Novotny said...

Nic - you have a gift! These pics are so beautiful. I would be honored if at some point if I could have you do some photography for us.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Just beautiful!

amanda said...

beautiful family!

lulu and family said...

you did a beautiful job, nicole. and that one in mom and dad's hands with eyes open! ahhh.

Jeremy and Ann LeVan said...

Thanks Nic! You are such an incredible friend and we feel so blessed to have you and Todd in our lives! I would also like to point out that you are so gifted and you seem to excel at whatever you put your mind and hand to.

Kathleen@so much to say, so li said...

Oh, I love it! There's nothing quite like a baby in all the world.

The Frat Pack + Me said...

"velvet the color of currant wine" --love that visual. You have a way with words!