13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Peninsula People
"Parents of the Groom"
By Laurie Aubuchon
About Laurie Aubuchon
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photographing a wedding at Los Altos Hills' Hidden Villa, Laurie
Aubuchon lingered nearby as Lisa Fry, the groom's mother, typed
her speech to her son during the ceremony. Just then David, her
husband, came over to kiss her. Since Aubuchon has a penchant
for unposed pictures, she seized the moment.
What she particularly loves about the photo is Lisa's cane in
the background. "I
like the context of being so beautiful with a disability," Aubuchon said.
She also remembers that even though she knew David and Lisa Fry for just a day,
she loved them. "They were so kind and comfortable to be around and joyful
about the day."
Aubuchon, who grew up in Palo Alto, first tried her hand at
photography as a student at Cal Poly. "I was just horrible," she said. After graduating,
she went to Foothill College, where a photography teacher named Maryanne Patterson
taught her how to see. "She gave me encouragement right from the very first
day," Aubuchon recalled.
Also a painter, a sculptor and writer, Aubuchon believes photography is easier
than many of the other arts, since it can capture emotion so quickly and truly.