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  • WE ARE…

    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.

An Intriguing Notion…

For reasons STILL unbeknownst to me, Nate and I have been toying with the idea of me becoming his ‘back-up photographer’ or ‘second shooter’ [sounds like a sniper term in a Bourne movie]. It has been a very intimidating experience, considering the fact that, oh I don’t know… I’M NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER!! But Nate and I shot this one particular wedding, Shannon & James’, and that entire experience totally opened my mind to the possibilities. During the day, I was ‘fretting’, feeling the pressure of wanting to be an ASSET to Nate, wondering if I was getting ANY photos that he would be able to use. As I was juggling lenses & memory cards, there was a constant stream of mental commands that I was giving myself: ‘IN FOCUS!’, ‘TOO LIGHT!’, ‘TOO DARK!’, ‘COMPOSE!’…. and ‘FAST! BEFORE YOU MISS ANYTHING!’.
This day and this wedding had SO much going for it. A radiant couple, fabulous lighting, an UNBELIEVABLE location… and of course, NATE routing me on…. silently. Here are a few of my shots:

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At first it was all just a temporary fix, a “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” experiment. But I have LOVED working with Nate. He is patient and forgiving, but he is also a professional and he pushes me. He made me feel like a MILLION bucks. Still, we don’t know where we are going to go with this. We have a lot going on in our little family, but I LOVE that Nate loves my work. I hope that whether or not shooting with him is permanent, that he will continue to be proud of the little apprentice that he has created out of me. I have no aspirations to become a true photographer… but, for now, I just like being with Nate.
He’s really cute, ya know?
*P.S. Here are the links for the other posts that Nate has done about this particular wedding. Post & Slideshow

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Hector Land - Is there anybody who can advise me a good tour along Silk Road? https://silkroadexplore.com/uzbekistan-tour-2015/

Ken and Jen Perkes - You have really blown us away with your talent, Luisa. Wonderful eye! Something that is hard to teach. Almost every shoot you two have done together, my favorite photograph turns out to be one you shot. I hope you keep doing it.

You inspired me so much that I actually offered to second shoot for Mom. She–knowing my techno skills–wisely responded: "THANKS! But don't call us; we'll call you!"

Lisa, Danny, and Blake - Luisa you're great! These definitely look like a professional. Good job girl. I definitely think you should keep doing it, especially because you'll be taking so many of your new little guy. Good job!

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