Susie and Gordy are one of the coolest, most unique and creative couples I know. I was lucky to befriend them years ago, and since then I have really cherished the times we've had: the many times Gordy has been around the house, tuning the piano and telling stories from his life on the jazz scene; running into them at parties; going with Susie to see her dear friend Laurie Anderson perform at the Walker Art Center... many good times.
I was so happy when they wanted to book me to take some portraits of them, in honor of their fifteenth wedding anniversary AND to get some photos of their sweet dog, Beaumont. I invited them over to my studio where we explored the interior and exterior spaces. It was a happy day for all.
Here are some examples of what we created that day:
Susie and I took some time to play, creating some fun images of just her. I love how much character reads in her face and expressions.
As it happened, dear Beaumont passed away just a couple of weeks after our shoot. He was such a special guy, a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog, and a beautiful spirit. I'm so glad that Susie and Gordy scheduled their session right when they did; the images with Beaumont take on a special and particularly meaningful significance. Beaumont, that handsome guy, will be forever remembered and missed.
This last photo is, to me, a big reminder of the importance of documenting the love in our lives! Each stage is so important. Don't put it off for another day- these are the days you will one day want to remember and revisit!