It started as most of our favorite things do, by accident...much in the same way that we somehow stumbled into wedding photography 13 years ago. When we realized we needed a break from the Southern Californian hustle our overstretched lives had necessitated, we moved onward and upward to a cabin in the woods in the tiny mountain town of Idyllwild, California. While only 100 miles from our old home and life on the coast, it was a literal world away from everything we had known. Little did we know just how desperately we needed the two years we would spend retreated away on the mountain. Luckily for us, even though we were a world away from our previous life, we were still close enough for some of our dearest friends from near and far to come visit and stay with us in our mountain abode.
Then one day, a series of portraits was born.
When our first visitors and very dearest friends The Chan's (pictured above) came to visit, I decided to make a portrait of them on the picnic table in the back yard right before they were about to leave. It happened quickly and with no fuss, and somewhere between those few clicks and the time I was developing the film, I made a commitment to photograph everyone else who made the effort to come visit us from there on out.
The rules were simple: The portraits had to be on the picnic table in the backyard, they had to be photographed from the same direction, they had to be un-coerced, and they had to be on black and white film.
Each session served as a brief intersection of points on two families journeys. At the time, we didn't know we would move on from that special place in the woods eastward to Nashville. Little did many of the people in these images know that they would soon move, add new children, end relationships, or change careers. Despite life carrying on as life tends to do, these images serve as a lasting testament to very special people, on a very un-special table, in a very special place.
This collection is a favorite single image from each session.