My friend Alison just launched her new website, blog and interior design consulting business, Alison Giese Interiors. On a recent trip from Rio de Janiero, where she lives, to Brasilia for a girls weekend, we headed to our favorite coffee shop to capture a few portraits for her new site.
Our new life is far from ordinary. When I worked in retail we were asked for anti-theft purposes to bring our purses belongings in a clear plastic pouch. At the time I was never fond of placing all my things out for the world to see. In retrospect it was good training for our lives in the Foreign Service. No other lifestyle beckons you to greet perfect strangers with the contents of your heart in a clear plastic satchel, it behooves you to. To throw your lives in a bag and let someone look them over, someone that you’ve only just met. To say, “Hey! Here’s what I’ve got!”
When you move 15,000 miles from home, you hit the tarmac with just a few things in mind, make it feel like home, make some friends and eat some good food. But, we haven’t just made any friends, we’ve made the most wonderful friends, friends with whom we’ve shared great meals and our mutual love of great design. My friend Alison, a wonderfully talented decorator, whom I’ve shared many creative tete-a-tetes with over the past year and a half, just packed up her family to move to Rio, but on the night before her family’s departure, we paused to capture just a taste of their time in Brasilia.
Sarah and Adam just welcomed a sweet baby boy to the world. Just a few short weeks ago we wandered the neighborhoods of Brasilia to capture the two of them before their lives forever changed.
I couldn’t bear not to share just one from last night’s maternity session with Sarah and Adam. A full post to follow shortly.
Dana and Chris are slated to leave Brazil in just a few months to head back to the US to continue their lives together and to get married in our sunny Florida! Both pilots and both with a great love for travel, it wasn’t hard for us to decide on this perfect location, a tiny private airport in the heart of the city, that will hold a special place for them long after they have departed Brazil. Here are just a few of my favorites:
When I was home in November, my friend Hannah and I fulfilled our plan to venture out together to take a few moments to trade maternity sessions (mine here), we are due just three days apart. This will be Hannah’s second baby boy and I am so excited for her to experience the joy of two little boys, like we have. Continents apart, Hannah and I have built a friendship after a just a few weeks of knowing each other over the collaboration of a wedding we shot together before I departed to Brazil, now we get to grow together as mamas and and share our accomplishments as photographers.