An Unexpected Musician

We were only half joking when we said we hoped she wouldn’t go into labor during the concert.

When I met Ivy about a year and a half ago, she was pregnant with a baby girl.  We sang together in a community choir and I admired her singing and cello skills from my spot in the back of the alto section.  She was so close to her due date that there was concern she’d have to miss one of our concerts, but if memory serves, baby Ramona arrived later.  Ramona attended rehearsals in a car seat afterward.

Ivy grew up in Indiana and Illinois.  She picked up a bow when she was ten, and the instrument has taken her on quite a journey.  She’s now pursuing a master’s degree in music education while also teaching private lessons and raising beautiful Ramona.  Ivy and her husband are moving to Iowa this summer, moving on to bigger and better things, but I’m happy our paths crossed.

As soon as I saw this forest I knew I needed to do something unexpected….so I planted a cellist right in the middle of it.  This photoshoot was absolute magic.  The light streaming through the windy forest, utter stillness except for the cracking of branches above, the string instrument shining amidst the leaves, and a beautiful lady in front of the lens.  Imagine getting a private concert from an expert cellist while you worked.  Life would be good, wouldn’t it?

Well, life was good that afternoon.


I think this next one is best appreciated when enlarged…you can click on it for an bigger view:

I just want to pause here and honor the awesomeness that was her cello case….

I mean, LOOK AT IT.  Also, note her cool blue shoes, which she wore while walking around the bumpy paths:

Yep.  Fantastic.

Back to where we were…



Katie Parent - May 6, 2010 - 1:16 pm

I L.O.V.E. this.

Laura - May 6, 2010 - 2:16 pm

ALL of these are GORGEOUS!! Such a pretty place and Ivy is beautiful.

Eishita - May 6, 2010 - 10:58 pm

These look really cool Jenika.

Robbie - May 7, 2010 - 3:08 pm

WOW!!! Jenika, you’ve really got a knack for this stuff!

Becca B - May 11, 2010 - 3:28 am

What a dream! You’re soooo super talented and Ivy is gorgeous. Thanks for showing us these!

Ashley B - May 13, 2010 - 1:20 pm

The first time I ever saw Ivy, I thought she was one of the most beautiful people I’d ever seen. These are magical! Awesome location. Where’s the forest?

Bruce - May 22, 2010 - 3:31 am

These look really cool Jenika.

Lisa - June 23, 2010 - 2:06 pm

Stunning! I love it!

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