Essex, MA :: The Kluths are (Expecting!)

Tis the season for “we’re expecting” shoots! (And another is on the way!) I’m so excited to have been able to photograph the adorable and hilarious duo of Josh & Tara. Hailing from Washington, these cuties are on the North Shore for a few years for grad school. When they aren’t hanging out on a cool frozen lake or the woods, you can find them still basking in the glory of a Seattle Seahawks Superbowl win.
Here’s to Josh & Tara–and baby–due August 2014.

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Retreat House Girls

There are a few other souls that live in this house with me. And we took “family” photos a few months back, but work piled up and I never got to them until now. These are the gems that live down the hall and share the stories and tell the jokes and cry with me. These are the souls that remind me of the beauty that lies in the hearts of women who have seen the Goodness of the LORD. The ones that actually made me stand in front of the camera for once.
These darling women make me very, very thankful.

Here’s hoping they can forgive my tardiness.
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Peabody, MA :: The Paiks are (Expecting!)

I cannot express how much this adorable couple just made my afternoon a few weeks ago. Expecting their little Timothy in just a few weeks, Sage and Young couldn’t be happier to welcome their first into the family. We were able to spend the afternoon moseying around the house, making coffee (with a fancy press!), ¬†going through baby clothes and laughing–a lot. I’m so stoked to meet this sweet little boy and I know that his parents can’t wait!

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Hamilton, MA :: Bryn & Mollie

Mollie and Bryn. How can I even describe them? We got to know them a few months ago (back when it was WARM!) during their engagement shoot and even earlier when he actually popped the question. And now, For the Record got to capture the BIG Day. A life-long fan of the written word and Calvin & Hobbes, Bryn and his Packers-loving, outdoor adventuring, blushing bride had one heck of a good time. From morning memories to evening goodbyes (and a dance party that had an after party!) it was a wonderful, January wedding. With a wedding party that was both full of heart and full of playful antics, Bryn and Mollie said, “I do” in front of a small group of friends and family.
As always, I’m so excited to share with you these newlyweds.
Many Mazels, y’all!

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Announcing :: For The Record Typography

It’s been simmering in my mind for a while. Should I expand For The Record Creative to something beyond FILM and PHOTO? And then, about a year ago, I was writing myself a reminder and it came out like this:

It was a moment that launched us into now. Sitting in my room on a snow-flurry afternoon, sifting through the dozens of type projects that I’ve been working on. Suddenly, I sit up, walk to the other side of the room, grab my camera and start capturing the first official moments of this new chapter for FTR Creative.

We are here to offer you, officially, the written word.
Wedding Announcements. Invitations. Wall Art.

Words have weight, we’ve been saying this all along. So let’s take the words that keep you going and put them on paper. Let’s hang them on our walls and our refrigerators and our mirrors and read them over and over again. Let’s get back to what matters most. I can’t wait to see how our souls grow in the process.

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For more info, or to request Typography, email me at: zaldivarphoto@gmail.com

Atascadero, CA :: David & Megan // Engaged

From my earliest memories, David and I have been friends. We grew up in the same small town at the same small church and I know him to be a real, stand-up guy. From goofy kid to respectable adult, I’ve gotten to watch him grow into a man who loves God, his country and the ever-beautiful Miss Megan. These two were set up by a mutual friend and the match could not have been better. David’s in the Air Force and Megan’s finishing up nursing school before the two tie the knot. They love to stay fit, laugh, and (most of all) be with one another. They’ve endured long distance (she’s in California and he’s in North Dakota) and even longer distance (when he recently was deployed to the Middle East) and can’t wait to finally be able to live together as man and wife.
We got to run around the hometown and surrounding area for a few hours in early January (yes–it was nearly 70 degrees…) crossing from Atascadero to the backroads and into San Luis Obispo for a fun end in world-famous Bubblegum Alley.

Here’s to David & Megan–Sincere, Kind, Adorable and Excellent in all they do.

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Hamilton, MA :: The Rho Family

There is a certain amount of joy that comes along with working with children. Chesed (pronounced Heh-Said) is the Hebrew word for a deep, covenant, unconditional love. It was for this word and concept that this little girl was named.
With another on the way, this beautiful family finds themselves in transition. Leaving jobs on the campus after a few years of studying, they are settling in down south into a new season of life. Before they went, however, we snapped a few photos to document the first home that the three of them had together.
It’s a little un-conventional, but I think that’s what makes this shoot particularly great.
The Mailroom. The Library. The ordinary places that make up a wonderful life.

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Hamilton, MA :: Ruben & Sabrina // Engaged

 

These two German love birds and I crossed paths this fall. Recently engaged and adventuring together studying in the States for a few months, we snagged an afternoon and snapped a few photos. Ruben proposed to Sabrina on the beach where he told her that a pair of shoes is best when both do the work and asked if she’d be his other shoe. So adorable. So fun. Just like these two. With their happy spirits and lots of laughter, we made the most of the Fall light.
They make it a habit to do hand-stands all over the world during their travels, so naturally we had to make that happen. Here’s to the Happy Couple.

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Carrisa Plains, CA :: Cabin Time

 

I’m from the country. We wear plaid and I was in FFA and most of my friends raised livestock at some point for the California Mid-State Fair. Visiting my roots the last two weeks, I had the chance to head out to the middle of nowhere on a nice, 70 degree afternoon and spend a whole day/night in the wild. People that I’ve known for years and years were there and we spend time shooting, cooking and riding up ridges in a Jeep to capture the night sky.

I hope that you can feel the dusty, romantic, western feel of where I’m from.
I love it more than these images could ever reveal.

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