New Hampshire Newborn Session, Baby A: She Is My Next of Kin

So, I’m a delinquent because I haven’t even blogged this wedding yet, but I can’t help myself – these newborn photos are too cute to let linger on my computer! I have to share them. This little peanut is the light of her parents’ lives. She arrived a couple of weeks early and she immediately made herself right at home, snuggling in with mom and dad. The weird weather the day of our session gave us the perfect excuse to stay inside and get cozy, which is perfect when your photo subject is just a tiny little thing. She did not want to sleep at all (must have a severe case of baby FOMO), but she did enjoy playing in all the different blankets I brought with me! And she loved being cradled in her parents’ arms – only a few weeks in to the whole parenthood thing and mom and dad are naturals. There’s nothing I love more than witnessing, and photographing, a family of two become a family of three. And this little girl won the family lottery! Welcome to the world, Baby A! And congratulations to Mom & Dad! xo
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Granite Links Golf Club Wedding, Aubrey & Paul: Stoned On Your Love

After a Friday night wedding ceremony in the Public Garden, Aubrey & Paul celebrated with all their friends and family at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy on Saturday night. Everyone showed up ready to dance and shower the newly married couple with love! Granite Links has this amazing view of Boston and as the sun sets, you can see the lights of the city in the distance. We arrived before all the guests and snuck off to do some portraits. There are some crazy stone ruins just a golf cart ride away, so we explored and photographed and laughed and avoided bugs. When we got back, guests were enjoying the putting green and cornhole and delicious food and drinks. After a little cocktail hour, Aubrey and Paul were announced and Mr. & Mrs. and the dancing started and never stopped! Their band, Men In Black 2, kept the place HOPPING! And man, do I love some good dancing photos! It was so much fun to spend the weekend celebrating with these two – their excitement and joy was contagious! Enjoy!

Some of Saturday’s details were made possibly by…

Bride’s Hair & Make-up: Paula Roderick-Voisembert

Cake: Molly Shaw, Chubby Cupcakes

Catering: Granite Links

Band: Men In Black 2
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Boston Public Garden Wedding, Aubrey & Paul: As Sweet As Strawberry Wine

Aubrey & Paul met through a mutual friend when Aubrey was back home in Boston from California. They kept in touch and then spent a lot of time together the next time she was home to visit. After a year of doing things long distance, Aubrey hopped in her car and drove cross country straight to Paul’s apartment and they’ve barely been apart since!

These two crazy kids decided to make an entire weekend out of their wedding celebration! Today’s post is focusing on Friday’s extravaganza. The women got ready at The Taj, while the men got ready across the park at the Ames Hotel. A very special thanks to my second shooter Stephen for hanging out with the guys and getting some awesome photos for us! Everyone met up in Boston’s Public Garden. Paul’s dad officiated the wedding, under one of the Garden’s beautiful weeping willow trees. The ceremony was small – not quite an elopement, but was really reserved for immediate family, wedding party, and a few close friends. Everyone just stood and gathered around the couple as they exchanged vows, with the city’s iconic Swan Boats paddling by on the pond behind them. After the ceremony, we had some time for portraits, just as the sun was beginning to set. The whole evening was just magical! And to think it was just the beginning!

Here are some of the awesome people who contributed to Aubrey & Paul’s ceremony:

Groom’s suit: custom made by Indochino

Bride’s dress: purchased at Camilla’s Bridal

Hair & Make-up: Tada Makeup

Flowers: Bunker Hill Florist

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Arlington Family Session: Can They Be That Close?

It’s been a while since I posted any photos of my own family! I am so lucky to have this awesome crew living so close to me because I absolutely adore spending time with all of them. Watching these two littles grow up just makes me the happiest aunt around. I see them around 3x a week and sometimes that doesn’t feel like enough. And although others may disagree, when we’re all together, and kids are being noisy and adults are talking loud, I can’t get enough. It’s warm and inviting and home. And it always feels just a little like a holiday.

I’m late in posting these, but it’s never too early to start thinking about fall portrait sessions. Thank to the holidays, that tends to be my busiest time of year! These were taken this past November, although with the weather we’ve been having this week, they could have been taken yesterday! Just a little fall inspiration for you! I’m also a fan of the “not matching” outfits. Don’t be afraid to mix up your colors!
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That feeling when your brother is allowed to slide down the bulkhead but you can’t yet.
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And babylonglyons makes an appearance!
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Winchester Family Session: Woke Up, Fell Out of Bed

I’ve been photographing this family for YEARS now and this time around, mom wanted our session to be a little different. Instead of trying to get everyone posed and smiling at the camera, she wanted me to capture them doing some regular kid activities. The girls started out with some make-up, while our boy decided to build swords with clothespins and then play with his pet slug! Then we all convened in the dining room for some good coloring time. Which meant I ended up with three priceless pieces of art for my office wall! Total win-win. Every once in a while, it’s fun to move away from the more traditional portraits and play around a little. And your home is the perfect background because that’s where your kids’ favorite spaces and activities are. I loved being able to capture imagination at work! And I felt honored that the kids were comfortable enough to let me in (bonus of having a regular photographer, and lots of sessions!)!
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Dorchester House Wedding, Skyler & Madison: Breathe Me One Breath

There are moments in a new relationship when you just KNOW the other person is the one for you. It might be the way they look at you or the way they hold your hand walking through the mall. Maybe it’s how well they treat your waiter at dinner or how good they are to your nieces and nephews. For Sky, it was when Madison saved a homeless vet in a wheelchair from oncoming traffic and then wheeled him two miles to the Pine Street Inn and waited until he was checked in for the night. How amazing is that? Madison jokes that he knew Sky was the one when he let him paint their walls blue! So basically, these guys are made for each other. Their love for each other is the kind that radiates outwards and warms everybody up. Spend a few minutes in their company and you feel like you have new best friends.

They chose to get married in their home, surrounded by their families and best friends. And of course, their Italian Greyhound, Warren! I’m not gonna lie, Warren was pretty dolled up for the occasion. He was definitely one of the three most dapper gentlemen there that day! Skyler & Madison’s friend Mallory officiated the ceremony – there were definitely some laughs, some tears and maybe some laughing tears, plus the perfect First Kiss at the end. After their ceremony, they kicked off their marriage with a champagne toast and a little cocktail hour. Since the wedding was so intimate, Sky & Madison were able to chat with everyone  – plus we got photos of them with each group of friends!

Keytar Bear, one of their favorite musicians, (to my knowledge) only plays covers, and doesn’t sing, so I couldn’t choose one of his songs for the post title. And since Skyler and Madison didn’t have a first dance, I had to choose a song for them…

There weren’t a lot of vendors involved in their day, but we still want to give some special shout-outs to…

Kendall Flower Shop for the flowers & boutonnieres

and Be Our Guest for the ceremony chairs

 

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Stonehurst Estate Wedding, Meredith & Chris: With Sweet Love and Devotion

Meredith and Chris met playing indoor soccer together, although they never really noticed one another until Meredith’s weekly ride fell through. In classic rom-com tradition, even though it was nowhere near on his way, Chris gave Meredith rides to and from soccer for two months. They managed to bond over music, went to some concerts together, and as they say, the rest is history! These two love sports (both watching AND playing) – Chris described Meredith’s soccer playing style as “not the most technically gifted soccer player on our team but it was clear that what she lacked in skill she more than made up for with a fierceness derived from a semi-psychotic hatred of losing.” It could be said they both have a bit of a competitive streak. 🙂 So what happens when two competitive, outdoorsy, funny people meet and fall in love and get married? They plan an amazing New England wedding with some of the BEST toasts I’ve ever heard in my ten years of photographing weddings.

Meredith and Chris chose the historic Robert Treat Paine Estate, Stonehurst, for their wedding venue and it did not disappoint. It’s a beautiful old New England estate designed through a collaboration between two Boston-based craftsmen: architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (Olmstead designed Central Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace). The venue offers amazing ceremony options, gorgeous spots for photos, and a fabulous patio for cocktail hour. Thankfully, Mother Nature was kind to us the day of Meredith & Chris’ wedding and we were able to take advantage of all of it! Meredith and Chris opted to do a First Look, so once everyone finished getting ready, we got Chris into position to see his bride for the first time. She took his breath away. We managed to fit in all the wedding party and family photos before the ceremony, too! That worked out perfectly because Meredith and Chris’ Best Men gave their toasts during cocktail hour instead of during dinner. When Meredith’s brother spoke, he transitioned from talking about Meredith to talking about Chris and suddenly pinched the bridge of his nose and wiped away some tears and said, “Why am I crying over you?!” Meredith and Chris doubled over laughing. It was a perfect wedding moment. Throughout all the speeches, Meredith & Chris were so expressive. You might not be able to hear the words through the photos, but you can certainly feel the emotion! And then, surrounded by historical portraits blended with Meredith & Chris’ wedding decor, they spent the rest of the night celebrating with their family and friends!

To pull off an amazing wedding you need to pull together an awesome team of vendors! Here’s the team that helped Meredith & Chris create the perfect wedding day…

Hair & Make-up: Bella Hair, with Leah

Florist: Holmes Shusas

Catering: Classic Catering with Boxer Clarke

Bartender Services: JPN Assoc., with Leo Lafarge

DJ: Brian Delac, Murray Hill Talent

Officiant: Judith Wright, friend of Chris’

 

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Wells Beach Senior Portraits, T: Meet Me In The Crowd

Most schools “suggest” you go to a specific photographer for your senior portraits, or they make the requirements so specific that it discourages you from going to someone else. But, even if you have to use your school’s photographer for your yearbook photo, there’s nothing stopping you from hiring someone to photograph the senior photos YOU want. Ditch the coat and tie and hit the beach. Wear your sports uniform in some photos. Team up with a friend and do a few photos together. There are so many options these days. Why not take advantage of it? I’ll still make sure to get some yearbook appropriate photos, but it’s nice to get a little variation!

Since this senior’s family has a home on Wells Beach in Maine, we did his senior session there. He and his cousin are both seniors, so I photographed them both at the same time. It will be really exciting to see what this senior does with his life – he’s already running his own business, so the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well with him. These kids are in the thick of it now! Soon they will be hearing back from their colleges (if they haven’t started already!). And let the countdown begin!

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Wells Beach Senior Portraits, B: Gold and Silver Shine

Seniors are just on the cusp of everything amazing. I love hearing about their plans and not-plans. I love hearing about the college search and the reasons why they chose the schools they did. I mean, you’re talking to a girl who decided not to apply to a school because it had too many trees. And talking to seniors is literally like getting in a time machine and traveling back to when I was their age. It feels like all those intervening years just disappear and suddenly I’m yapping about my experiences. Meanwhile, I applied to colleges on a typewriter, so the seniors just stare at me all googly-eyed, like “wtf is this old lady yammering on about?!” Regardless, I’m so excited for them, that they have all this life ahead of them. Graduating high school is such an important milestone, no matter what you decide to do next! Sigh. I think that’s why I love photographing seniors – there’s just this flicker of electricity – fear and excitement all rolled into one.

This senior is a track star and super baker. And when she “grows up”, she wants to be a detective! How awesome is that?! Beauty and brains right here. Her family has a home in Wells Beach, Maine and it’s always been a special place for them, so it made sense that we’d use that as our background. Her cousin is also a senior so we did his photos the same day. You’ll see them in the next post.

It’s not senior photo season yet, but if you’ve got a junior in your life, they’re going to need them in the summer or fall. Feel free to send them my way!

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