the dancer.

Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer. -Louise Glück

She’s the dancer. She’s the witty one, the loud one, the passionate one. She is beautiful, she is up for anything, and she is free. To the outside world, she and I are growing up; we’re changing. But to each other, we are just the same as always. Kathryn graduated from high school yesterday, and while that’s a milestone, I know her as she’s always been. I know her heart. I know her family jokes. I remember fights, and secrets, and long carrides, and staying up past bedtime. I remember the frappucinos on the way to school, the long days at the pool, the one-on-one backyard soccer. In our memories and in our experiences, Kathryn and I live outside the touch of time. She’s the dancer, and I love being able to watch the beautiful dance of her life.

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May 18, 2010 - 4:03 am

Anonymous - haley these are AWESOME.

May 18, 2010 - 4:06 am

Angela - These are GREAT Haley! Kathryn, you are beautiful! My favorite is this last one, sitting in front of that lone tree, precious! You are truly talented, Haley! Good job!

May 18, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Taylor Thomas - Haley,

I am continuously surprised and admiring of your heart, and it so shows through these pictures. Your commentary and photography of kathryn are some of your sweetest, truest yet. I’m proud of you!

May 19, 2010 - 5:46 pm

Lauren - I think my favorite part of this post was the writing at the beginning. So beautiful! (and the pictures are lovely too, as always)

when you gotta good thing.

A few weekends back i had the pleasure of joining Sharon Clark on a roadtrip to Knoxville, TN to shoot a wedding that was beautiful beyond words. Brittany was radiant on her wedding day; her smile was perfect and didn’t leave her face all day. It could not have been more special to spend the gloriously sunny day with this couple with such a truly amazing love story. The wedding colors just so happened to be my favorite colors, and the unique decorations were complemented by the view of the lake and mountains.

This is the first wedding I’ve ever photographed, and it only reaffirmed everything that i love about photography. I loved finding fun angles to take pictures of details. I loved being able to witness the emotions and excitement that come only on someone’s wedding day and being able to capture that on camera. I loved taking unposed pictures of people having fun and dancing at the reception. I loved seeing how Sharon set people up for pictures, and learning how to play with light.

It almost scares me to like something this much, especially since it is completely out of my comfort zone. I talked to Sharon on the drive back about what starting out with photography looked like for her, and so appreciated the encouragement and tips that she gave me. I’m still hesitant to admit that photography might be what I want to do for the rest of my life, because i know i still have so much to learn. But, at this point, simply learning these things is bringing me so much joy, and i think that is an okay place to be.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the wedding:

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May 15, 2010 - 8:08 pm

Anonymous - Hales, these are freaking GORGEOUS. Seriously…you captured this wedding so beautifully. I think we should use some of these detail shots for our walls. Love it : )

May 17, 2010 - 4:19 pm

sharon - i love your heart & your passion & most of all, you.

goodie goodie gumdrops.

For the past few months, I’ve had my eyes open for goodies to decorate the house I’m going to be living in next year. In Anthropologie, I always see more than a few things that I’d love to add to the house inventory, but rarely are these things in my price range. However, yesterday as I walked through the store wide-eyed, like a little girl in a candy shop, I came across these vases for EIGHT DOLLARS. What, in all of the history of Anthropologie, has been that cheap?! I cannot wait for these vases to grace our house with all their loveliness next year! : )

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