The adventures started with Ben fulfilling his lifelong dream of flying an airplane to Seattle.
The adorable Kelly Rae hosted us at her beautiful house. Every wall and every nook of her gorgeous home is so artfully done… (you can see a tour of her house here) I am now dreaming of flying her to Berkeley to give my house a little makeover.
At the end of my trip I had the pleasure of photographing the Diamond family. They were playful, romantic and totally natural in front of the camera.
Kelly Rae, John, Matt and I pulled out all the stops and built Ben the most amazing fort in their living room. It even involved bamboo and duct tape! Ben was thrilled beyond belief while we were building it, squealing and jumping up and down and eating olives in the middle of the action. It felt like a magical moroccan tent. Of course, by the time we were done, he was over it. 🙂
Isn’t that just how it is though? It’s all about the process of creating, of getting ready for the party and not the party itself.
Ben and Kelly Rae at the kitchen table. Don’t you love those letters up on the wall? I’m going to start hunting for some for our house.
Me with my trusty extra appendage, my Canon Rebel Xti
The best part though was getting to paint with Kelly Rae. I told her to pretend I had never painted in my life and to just tell me what to do every step of the way. We painted side by side like this for a couple of hours and it was glorious. Every time I would get stuck, she would tell me exactly what to do next, Just reach into this bin, find some pretty paper you like and paste it on the canvas. Don’t think about it for more than 5 seconds, okay? Five second rule.
She was such a kind voice to have over my shoulder while I painted. There were never any mistakes, no wrong turns, only the next step and the next. I hope to carry her voice with me the next time I paint.