Inspiring Tidbits, Love


My fiancé and I sharing an afternoon of glances with the amazing Jamie Conlan

Great loves, friendships and rivalries are all made up of a billion glances – when you understand this, you grasp almost everything there is to know about visual storytelling. Sometimes these glances are through flickering candlelight, over cups of coffee or amidst the clacking of light sabers, but, no matter the locale, they are the heart of any emotional tale. On the first weekend of April my fiancé and I romped around our backyard with a photographer who I quickly learned understands this concept better than anyone. This incredibly talented shutterbug is Jamie Conlan, a guy I’ve known for several years as someone who can get my love talking for days about German cars and taco stands, and he remained the very same guy when he wielded a camera in his hands last weekend. Not once was I aware of him posing us or shushing silly conversations; he kept us rambling away with each other, rolling eyes, punching arms, keeling over in laughter, and even making psycho eyes at our dog. And, I eventually realized there was a stealthy method behind his casualness – while my fiancé and I were goofing off, Jamie was busy capturing genuine moments in time.

Sure, he was framing shots and soaking up the fleeting daylight like the experienced commercial photographer he is, but the storyteller in him was busy capturing glances left and right. I adore having these glances captured on film so I can obsessively pour over them now and forever, and I also can’t stop thinking about this simple lesson Jamie reminded me of: the heart of any story is in the eyes. What are some of your favorite glances captured on film? Are they from movies, still photography, or home videos? I’d love to hear all about them!

My love and I whispering secrets and making eyes by our mail box

Playing with our gate – my favorite part of our yard

Enticing our pup to pose with liver treats

Me making crazy eyes at our pup – so glad this moment is being preserved for posterity

Last but not least, I’ll leave you with the gaze of a pup who knows how to melt anyone with a single stare

Psst: Each of these photos were taken in our backyard in Austin, TX, by Jamie Conlan, who reserves all rights for the images. I highly recommend checking out his website for more of the glances Jamie Conlan Photography has captured over his compelling, budding career.

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  • Reply Annette April 13, 2011 at 4:51 am

    What great photos!

  • Reply Jennifer R. Coté April 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thank you, Annette! I’m really happy with them as well. Jamie really knew what he was doing. 🙂

  • Reply Cognitive Dissonance | coté writes April 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

    […] Photo of the Kennedys via Pinterest. Photo of Sarah Jessica Parker from Vogue. Photo of Angelina Jolie from Vanity Fair. Photo of Sylvana Ward Durrett’s glamorous pregnancy from Vogue, and image of Frida Kahlo’s “The Flying Bed” via Pinterest. Oh, and the photo of my family is by Jamie Conlan. […]

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