30 Apr 2009 08:45 am
Laurie and Josh’s Engagement Portraits at Elm Bank Reservation
A little taste of summer visited us this weekend, just in time for Laurie and Josh’s Engagement Portrait session!
We met at one of my favorite spots, Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA. Elm Bank features an expansive property that was formerly an estate. The old mansion that was the centerpiece of the estate, is still intact, and the beautiful gardens are maintained by the MA Horticultural society. Our starting spot, however, was a great old tree which is a memorial to hundreds of couples who have carved their initials in the trunk over the years. Laurie and Josh showed their sense of adventure, by climbing right up the tree to snuggle on one of the branches. From there, we were off, exploring the grounds, disturbing the insects, and generally being sexy (them, not me :)) wherever we went!
28 Apr 2009 02:23 pm
DJ Euro Promo Shoot
As I may have mentioned once or twice before, my younger brother, Stephen, is a club and event DJ in Central Florida. In fact he’s a far more talented DJ than I am a photographer…nudge, nudge to all of you readers from Florida who want a great DJ for your wedding, or you New Englanders who want to import one :). Whenever he visits, we usually try to find a couple hours to break away for a promo shoot. This weekend we found a couple of free hours, and an old, abandoned, drive-in movie theatre. It was very cool, and super creepy at the same time. My favorite kind of location!
Kids & Families
24 Apr 2009 09:37 am
The Devereaux Family, Castle Island Portraits
One of the most rewarding parts of being a portrait photographer is having chance to chronicle the growth of a family from year to year. Having kids myself, it’s sometimes hard to see how much they change when you are with them every day. But when you have a family that you see once a year, it is amazing to see the growth that a year brings.
So I was excited to meet Julie, Christine, Paige, and Ryan for their annual portrait shoot this Wednesday morning at Castle Island in South Boston. I have been photographing the Devereaux family for several years now, and it just becomes more fun every year. We began the morning on the playground, then moved our way up to the fort. The doors were open, so we had to take a peek inside. Then we did a lap around the fort, stopping at the halfway point for a PB&J break (it’s a big fort after all). Then back to the playground, where we built up our energy for a final walk down the beach…we even got a couple shots of the Moms. It was a perfect morning at the castle!
Weddings and ShootStyle
21 Apr 2009 05:56 pm
Eboni and Danny’s Boston Wedding (April 18, 2009)
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to photograph Eboni and Danny’s wedding in Boston…and what a amazing time it was!
We began at Eboni’s home in Roslindale which was a bustle of activity with women rushing to have the finishing touches put on their makeup, and get into their dresses. For me the getting ready time is some of the most fun to photograph because there is just so much going on all at the same time! Soon Eboni was dressed and ready for her bridal portraits. A quick tour of her yard revealed a cool old shed in the back that made the perfect backdrop for some fun shots, and Eboni was a natural model! After a few minutes in the back yard, we moved the action to the front porch, where her awesome purple shoes stole the show for just a moment.
Then it was off to the Christ Temple Church of Personal Experience where the ceremony was to happen. I grew up in the south, and the church and the ceremony brought me right back home again, with lots of singing and celebration. Plus there were about a billion windows, so the light was wonderful inside, and the real emotion between Eboni and Danny as they exchanged their vows was evident to all in attendance. After the ceremony we took a few moments to take advantage of the great light and cool retro furniture at the church for some couple portraits, before Eboni and Danny loaded up into their Rolls Royce for the trip to the reception.
The best thing about this time of year is that it is staying light a bit later, so when we arrived at Lombardo’s in Randolph for the reception, we had time to take a lap around the building and find some cool and unusual location for more couple portraits. Then it was inside for the family photos, and the reception was ready to begin. I got the vibe at the beginning of the day that it was going to be a fun reception, and I was not wrong! After enjoying an awesome dinner, the party really started, with the dance floor quickly getting packed as Danny showed off his moves!
Click here to see a few more photos from the day: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/ebonidanny
Ceremony: Christ Temple Church of Personal Experience
Reception: Lombardo’s in Randolph
Flowers: Barry’s Flower Shop
DJ: Dion Irish
And a special thanks to one of my favorite photographers, Stacey Doyle, who had an open weekend and came along! I love getting to shoot with other Shootstyle members!
08 Apr 2009 11:24 am
Kelli & Chris Charlestown Engagement Portraits
Since their wedding is planned for the lovely Caribbean destination of Aruba in a few weeks, Kelli and Chris wanted to get a few photos around their home town of Charlestown, MA. I love Charlestown, and have been looking for a change to shoot some photos there, so we met in front of the Coldstone Creamery on Sunday afternoon.
From there it was a walk around the Navy Yard that Charlestown is famous for. We began at an old abandoned warehouse, where we hopped the fence on the back side to take advantage of the cool urban decaying backdrop. Then it was on to the Navy Yard itself, where we climbed on the cranes and played with the mops (or are they “swabs” in a Navy Yard?). Next we wandered down to the park on Terry Ring, where we found a great city backdrop. Having our fill of all things naval, we then headed back in the direction of our cars, pausing to have some fun in a highway overpass and at a small neighborhood park that featured a funhouse mirror. It was a blast!