July 29, 2009
July 24, 2009
A few years ago a friend of mine gave me this incredible set of questions. It’s called the Proust Questionnaire. My answers have certainly changed (more than once…) since I first wrote them down...and frankly, some of them are still awaiting answers, and that's okay. Give them a go, pass them on, and live the questions now.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness?
- What historical figure do you most identify with?
- What living person do you admire most?
- What is your greatest regret?
- What and Who are the greatest loves of your life?
- What talent would you most like to have?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
- What is your greatest achievement?
- What is the lowest depth of misery?
- What is your most marked characteristic?
- What quality do you admire most in a woman? In a man?
- Who are your favorite writers?
- What is it that you most dislike?
- What is your motto?
July 21, 2009
a good friend of mine, chris carmack, sent me this cover of landslide that he recorded in his garage... it's been added to my favorites playlist.... it's just beautiful, and an amazing way to start the day. good morning, i hope it's a great one
July 20, 2009
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later:
4 minutes later:
the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.... How many other things are we missing?
July 17, 2009
July 13, 2009
One of the many things I love most about my job is getting to work with talented vendors time and time again. Patricia Lyons is one of our favorite photographers... She shot a wedding I planned in June...and the pictures are incredible! Below is an exert from her blog... I can't compete. So I'm cheating a bit, the ol' copy and paste number...
Jeff and Erin got married on a gorgeous summer day in June. They were, in a word, adorable. They had this way about them where they would fold into eachother so casually and easily, quickly forgetting I was there (helloo, guys, I'm still here!!) which made for some very fun photo taking. Their families were sweet and clearly adored those two, I really enjoyed getting to know them all and catching their heartfelt expressions.
They opted for the 'first glance' before the ceremony, and before you go all traditional on me, it is SO great. She snuck up behind him and when he turned his smile was as big as they get. They enjoyed this moment with family in the distance and a few clicks of my shutter, up close and personal. It also allowed us to get all the group shots before their ceremony so they could enjoy more of their reception. LOVED it!
The Easton Events team pulled together a visual feast that blew me away. When they said mango ceiling drapes my head probably cocked to the side like a curious dog, but that's why I am not the wedding planner, because holy smokes did it ever WORK! The warm glow lit the room beautifully and one of the highlights of my night was hovering near the entrance of the tent to hear all the oohs and ahhhs.
If you want to see Erin and Jeff's slideshow, just click HERE.
July 2, 2009