Welcome to the brand spankin' new Worthington Photography Blog! We are Sam and Mel, a husband-wife photography team based in the "rivah city" of Richmond, Virginia. We hope you'll come on in, sit a spell, and browse through Mel's journal of our most recent shoots and adventures. If you wish to reminisce, you can still access posts from our old blog here. Enjoy!

Homeward bound…

July 7th, 2014

Well there’s no starting where I left off!  So instead I will begin where I am and fill in the details of where I’ve been when I can.  Writing seems awkward and new right now and I expect that it will for awhile, I’ve been away from it so long.

The road has taken us to new places.  Our family has moved from Richmond and now officially resides in Northern Virginia, Falls Church at the moment, with a final destination yet to be printed on the boarding pass.  Its been a really interesting way to live because we’re learning what we can live with and what we can live without, what we need versus what we want.  The big lesson is that “where” means much more to us than “what” right now.  We’re trying to get home.

Which brings me here.  This move gives me a chance to start over, reconfigure, redefine my work and identity as a photographer.  I’m trying desperately to put words to whatever it is that happens behind my lens so that I can communicate it to a new audience in a new place.  I don’t have the words just yet but I think you can see their meaning in these photos of Elliott and his family, the same as you can hear the music playing and Donnie howling.  I’m pretty sure its about knowing what matters at the end of the day, about coming home.

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Cathy and Jon’s Wedding

December 14th, 2012

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Cathy and Jon’s wedding brought us to Baltimore, Maryland although it didn’t seem so much like Baltimore at times.   When the couple met each other for the first time that day it felt more like an exotic place, somewhere Europe-y, somewhere like Rome…

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Their ceremony and reception was held in the George Peabody Library in the Peabody Conservatory, a.k.a. the Cathedral of Books.  Breath taking, I couldn’t figure out why it seemed so familiar until a rerun of Ghostbusters on cable later that week.  Given that we reference the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on the daily in this household now that our 3 year old is walking out the door in a size 5 winter jacket, I’m surprised I didn’t remember the scene sooner.  Unfortunately a Google search just informed me that I am dead wrong about the movie location but I just can’t bring myself to take back the reference.

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There were so many things that made this wedding stand out.  Gorgeous couple, location and flowers, of course, but we were especially touched by the way that Cathy and Jon wove threads of their Chinese and Jewish heritage into a truly unique wedding ceremony.

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Then there was Rocky.  We never got the back story but this squirrel can party like its 1999:

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Is “amazeballs” an appropriate word to use to describe a wedding?  Check out the slideshow and decide for yourself.  And if you would like to receive an email when the full gallery is available for viewing, click here.  Until then, amazeballs has my vote.

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A pause…

November 7th, 2012

There is so much to take in.

So much has happened in this past week or so in our lives.  There have been hurricanes, loss, surgeries, elections, recoveries, and new hope.  Life changing technology sits unopened in a box on my kitchen counter.  Early this morning I sat at the edge of my son’s bed with a cup of coffee in my hand and the fog of this week in my head.  I just sat there and soaked up the peace on his sleeping face.  It took a few moments to get my fill before clearing my throat and crowing “COCK-a-doodle-DOO!!!!”  Instead of thrashing and screaming “nooooooo!”, a form of protest he inherited from two parents who don’t care for roosters either, he just looked at me with wide eyes.  He was completely still and he said, “I wondered when you would come.”

My mother clicks her tongue and begs me to get off the computer and lay down, fearing I will get too sore if I sit up for too long but she knows I am pig headed.  I need to continue editing so that I can peek at the small miracles revealed in photos.  Its a healing exercise.  I see the complexities and joys of our life mirrored in the relationships within the families I shoot.  The pile of posts continues to grow with each passing day but I know that I will be able to share these stories in a more profound way if I take the time to sort through all these happenings and find the connections.

Please pardon my pause until then.  Keep emailing me, keep calling me, I am still here, I get better every day and continue to fall deeply in love with all things light and lens.

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James and Baby William at 9 Months

October 19th, 2012

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You know what they say… life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.  Apparently, the same can be said about photography as well since this is the shot I was trying to take:

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And this is the shot that happened instead, right behind me:

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Which only prompted the shots that followed:

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That’s where the serendipity that I have loved to glean from weddings has followed me into the realm of family lifestyle photography.  Well, for lack of a better categorical name, I’m still trying to give a good name to whatever it is that I think I’m doing these days.

Because family portraiture generally isn’t inclusive of the spontaneous entrance of a Trader Joe’s armor clad warrior:

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This was my first shoot with James and William’s family but Jennifer and Wynn trusted me completely.  No mother plans on having pictures taken in her five year old, Lego maniac of a little boy’s room.  Let’s be honest, a tidy boy’s room would be worrisome but we don’t have to draw attention to the reality, do we?  Um, can we?  And that’s where Jennifer rocks, she let me take pictures in the kingdom of James.  I could see her cringing as I drew open the curtains to let in the light and the result was a powerful ruler reminiscent of Max from Where the Wild Things Are…  He was James, king of the Lego Things.

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Of course I had to dig on brotherly love and bubbly toes…

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In short, I was loving on the family love.  Here’s a slideshow from our day and click here to see their gallery.   I am actually so behind on the blog that I have already had another wonderful shoot with this family that I can’t wait to edit and share, hang in there for some fall goodness with this crew coming soon!

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