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Annual Silver Lake trips started with Sam’s family when he and his sister, Sara, were very young. Somewhere along the way the trips came to an end, but three years ago they decided to bring the family vacation back to life! It’s been amazing in the last three years to sort of experience what Sam’s childhood vacations were like in Silver Lake. And it seems that with each year, the trips get better and better. I’ve known Sam and his family for nearly five years now and we’ve been very close from the beginning, but I am constantly in awe of how lucky I am to be a part of this family.
This vacation was really special for me–maybe even the best of my life, so far. I felt like I was in this calm and spacious mind-set to fully appreciate every ounce of what happened during our trip. There were so many moments that I loved and I was usually right there to capture it with my camera. I realized on this trip how much I love to document the awesome moments of my life. I wrote in my journal of all of the great experiences of the day and I had two cameras with me: my new Nikon SLR and my smaller Sony camera for situations when I couldn’t take my bigger SLR.
I think I have this drive to capture moments that I love on camera or in my journal because I always want to remember them and hate the thought of letting those little things–and even the big things–dissipate into my life’s history without remembrance. To be able to have something to look back on and remind myself that this small, yet incredible, thing happened one day when I was in Silver Lake, is very important to me. Ergo, I’m a serious moment captor. Some of the highlights of the trip: the Supermoon, celebrating my 25th birthday, Sam and Sara dancing to “Billie Jean,” Sam and his niece, Ella, playing spy, boat fishing, mornings at the cafe and beautiful sunsets on the lake.
I love finding a new movie that instantly becomes my new favorite! But last week I found two new favorites, possibly three, with the Before movies: Before Sunrise 1995, Before Sunset 2004 and the newest one, Before Midnight 2013, which I haven’t seen yet, but very antsy to. I’ve loved watching the beautifully complex relationship between Celine and Jesse (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) and how each of their wonderfully developed characters relate to one another.
This trilogy happened by accident, as the second and third films did not come out until 9 years after each previous film! If I had seen these movies when they originally came out, I don’t think I could have kept my cool. They leave you hanging at the end! But it’s beautiful that Richard Linklater, the director, made no plans for the first film to be a part of a series and the audience has had the pleasure to follow Celine and Jesse during the 18 years of knowing one another.
I can’t say enough about these characters, but I won’t say much here. I will tell you that the connection between these two characters is amazingly real. Delpy, a brilliant French actress, and Hawke made me forget that they were acting. I’m ecstatic to have discovered such great films. My heart flutters for these two.