As we have discussed…………Jade is a photographer and I am an editor by trade and a self proclaimed writer by night – and although both of us work and function within the entertainment industry, everything from family and wedding portraits to documentaries and reality tv series, following and chronicling the lives of others, we have never actually set out to have ourselves photographed. We’ve never taken the time or initiative to crawl out from behind the desk and / or camera and seek someone out to document who we feel we are at this point in time.
Permit me to leave the beaten path for a moment. Stay here. I’ll be right back.
Right towards the end of our battle with cancer – when people say that, when they refer to it as a battle – it is not an exaggeration. There are war cries and blood and sometimes people die. Cancer was the most horrible thing I’ve (WE’VE) ever had to go through AND it was the best thing that’s ever happened to us. Jade and I are closer now than ever. It’s like those war vets who run into each other and they just understand one another even though they’ve never met before. There is a strange and powerful bond that supersedes words and is in the realm of the unexplainable and unbloggable.
SO. Right towards the end of the battle we meet these people named Mary and Scott. Mary is a photographer and Scott is a filmmaker and attended the film school that I almost went to before galloping off to Colorado at the last minute. Very strange. I wonder if I’d gone to Florida instead of Colorado if Jade and I would have broken up. I wonder if I would have met Scott in Florida. I wonder if I would have moved to LA with him and met Jade again. Maybe life has a way of working things out.
ANYWAY, Mary is a photographer and she shoots weddings and documents people’s lives the same way Jade does and she just purchased a new camera after her old piece was pushed into a fountain by a drunkard at the last wedding reception she shot. SO she bought a new camera and wanted to test it out………..so Jade and I gamely volunteered our services.
For our place and location we choose the strange little carnival that has come to town. We arrive at about one in the afternoon. The place is still shut down. The carnies are still hibernating under the rides and in their trucks BUT…..the gates are open. The three of us walk inside and have the place to ourselves. It was like being at The Neverland Ranch.
We hung out by the ticket booths……
…….before just spinning aimlessly in circles but BOY OH BOY DOES IT LOOK FUN OR WHAAAAAT???
This was such a fun session. Not just amazing or entertaining but FUN. I just love hanging out with Jade. She’s often times quiet when we’re in large groups of people but when we’re alone she is very sassy and funny and often has me cracking up and grabbing my sides with glee. Just the other day while we were driving home from church she was doing this funny thing with her feet (don’t ask) that was just KILLING me.
That said, I like these photos so much because (and I hope I don’t sound conceded in any way, shape or fashion by saying this but……) I really feel like it’s sort of captured a very personal essence about us that people probably don’t usually see. Not because we’re not affection. That’s not what I mean to say at all, but rather, that the photos are super personal and intimate and I think Mary did a great job at capturing those moments and the general “weirdness” that Jade and I believe exists between us. And when I say “weirdness” I mean that in a good way.
After the carnival we headed south towards Topanga Conyon where Mary shot us in some golden fields that look very romantic but were very uncomfortable.
I’ve washed my pants and undies since lying down in the thistle and still have thorns in my cloth. BUT CAN YOU EVEN TELL?? NO! It looks like we’re having the time of our lives. And while it was a little uncomfortable and while it was a little hot and while there were spider webs and sharp objects and animal poop everywhere, we really WERE having a great time and the truth is, most of the time, when we’re together, we ARE having a great time. No matter if that’s traveling down the 101 to Eugene, Oregon or making fun of ScreenVision in a movie theater or finally having our photos taken and “our moment” documented or battling cancer with a bloody sword and an unbreakable will. We laugh and sob and fight and love and these photos show it wonderfully.
Yay, Mary. Three cheers. HIP-HIP-HOORAY! HIP-HIP-HOORAY! HIP-HIP-HOORAY!