June 2009


Weddings30 Jun 2009 10:11 am

Tucked away in a little nook in a suburb of Boston, is a delightful little former estate that houses the Massachusetts Audubon Habitat.  It was there that I met Chloe, Jamie and 60 of their closest friends and family for their beautifully intimate wedding.

I began with Chloe in the classroom upstairs, where she and her bridesmaids were dressing for the main event.  After a few photos of girls and the wedding details, I headed down into the garden where the guests were already gathering.  Soon the ceremony began, with friends of the couple introducing the ceremony with a couple of live songs accompanied by a banjo and an upright bass.  The rest of the ceremony was similarly beautiful and uniquely them as they made their vows under the late afternoon skies.

After the ceremony, Chloe and Jamie took a few moments to greet their guests, then we took a walk around the beautiful grounds, using the elegant backdrops to create beautiful portraits of the newly married couple.   Then it was time for the reception, which was as unique as the rest of the event.  After starting with the cake cutting, the guests were seated for a delicious dinner.  Once everyone had eaten their fill the new couple was toasted by the best man and maid of honor.  Full and happy, everyone moved inside the gallery where Chloe’s brother and sister played guitar, and sang their first dance song live!

Massachusetts Audubon Habitat Belmont Wedding Photos

 Massachusetts Audubon Habitat Belmont Wedding Photos

 MA Audubon Society Habitat Wedding Photos Belmont MA

MA Audobon Habitat Belmont MA Wedding Photos

 Massachusetts Audubon Habitat Belmont Wedding Photos

MA Audubon Society Habitat Wedding Photos Belmont MA

 Massachusetts Audubon Habitat Belmont Wedding Photos

 MA Audubon Society Habitat Wedding Photos Belmont MA

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Ceremony Reception: MA Audubon Habitat
Food/Cake: Wildflour Catering
Flowers: Orchids N Blooms

 

Weddings26 Jun 2009 10:35 am

I was excited to shoot Bri and Travis’ wedding last week because it represented a pretty cool milestone in my business.  My 100th wedding!  Or at least that’s what I thought.  Until I went through the process of choosing an image from each of the weddings for a slideshow.  It was then, that I discovered something shocking.  I’d photographed my 100th wedding with Laurie and Josh the week before, and it passed by unnoticed and unheralded!

So I’m super excited to tell you that I have photographed 101 weddings since Pauline and Joe took a chance on me in October of 2004.  A great big THANK YOU to all of the couples that have trusted me to chronicle the most important day in their lives.  Cheers to all of you who have crawled through high grass, climbed rocks, braved bugs and snakes, sat on cars, benches, steps, wet grass, and each other!

Click the photo below for a little tribute to all of my happy couples:

Weddings24 Jun 2009 05:00 pm

I visited three different states to photograph Brianna and Travis’s wedding in Kittery Point ME.  OK, nothing actually took place in MA, but since I started there, I figured I’d add in a little extra excitement…not that I needed to, it was quite the exciting day all on its own!

I met with Bri and her 8 bridesmaids at the Hilton Garden Inn in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, NH.   Since all the hair and makeup was already perfectly in place, it didn’t take long for all the ladies to get dressed.  Then we hit the town!  Portsmouth is a city that seems to be frozen in time, and we took advantage of the old architecture for portraits of Bri and the ladies.  After stopping all of the traffic in front of a cool downtown bakery, and climbing all over the rickety spiral staircases on an old brick apartment building, we jumped back on the limo bus and across state lines.

Ten minutes later we arrived at Travis’ family home, which was all dressed up for the wedding.  A tent was erected on the front lawn, and festooned with blue paper lamps, while the yard was decorated with tables and white linens.  Arriving guests were given a pair of sandals, and directed down a path to a lovely little clearing right on the water.  Once all of the guests were seated, it was Bri’s turn to walk down the long shady aisle.  The ceremony was completely them, with a recently “ordained” friend performing the ceremony…complete with a reading from the poetry of the BackStreet Boys!

Soon the ceremony was over, and the new Mr. and Mrs. Murray headed back onto the Limo Bus, which took us to an old fort (Fort McClary) down the road for their photo shoot.  We climbed amidst the stones and brassy embankments, taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the fort as the backdrop for their photos.  Then it was back to the homestead, where the crown was ready to party!  Between the awesome food, the great entertainment, and the spirit of fun in the air, the party lasted well into the night.

 Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth NH Wedding Photos

 Old Portsmouth NH Wedding Photos

 Old Downtown Portsmouth NH Wedding Photos

 Kittery Point ME Wedding Photos

Fort McClary Kittery Point ME Wedding Photos

  Kittery Point ME Backyard Wedding Photos

Kittery Point ME Backyard Wedding Photos

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Weddings18 Jun 2009 06:25 pm

In the 12 years that I’ve lived in Massachusetts, I can’t remember a more rainy June.  It seems like the only sunny day in recent memory was Saturday, June 13th…just in time for Laurie and Josh’s wedding!

I began the day at Laurie’s parents’ home, where the activity was buzzing as bridesmaids (in matching tank tops with their job descriptions proudly emblazoned in rhinestones) had their makeup done, flowers came, and neighbors and family members dropped in to wish the soon-to-be Mrs. well.  It didn’t take long, however, for everyone to be made-up, dressed, and ready.  After a few photos at the house, they all loaded up into a stretch Porsche limo and headed off to the church.

Guests were already filing in and filling up the pews when we arrived at the West Medford Congregational Church.  It was a beautiful ceremony with not a dry eye in the house.  After Laurie and Josh made their vows, and walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, their guests all paused to hug them and wish them well.  The church was beautiful old stone, so we took a few minutes to capture some photos around the building.

Then it was off to the Hillview Country Club in North Reading, MA.  When we arrived, all of the family was already assembled for photos.  After sailing through the family photos we were off to the party.  Ohh the food, the dancing, the love…and in the midst of it all, I stole the bride and groom away for a few minutes to take advantage of a few of the lesser photographed areas of the country club for some fun night-time portraits!  Before anyone had a chance to notice, however, we were back in the middle of the action.

 Tewksbury MA Wedding Photos

West Medford Congregational Church Wedding Photos

West Medford Congregational Church Wedding Photos

 Hillview Country Club Reading MA Wedding Photos

Hillview Country Club Reading MA Wedding Photos

Hillview Country Club Reading MA Wedding Photos

Hillview Country Club Reading MA Wedding Photos

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Ceremony: West Medford Congregational Church
Reception: Hillview Country Club
Flowers: Lollipops and Roses
Cake: Montilio’s
Makeup: Julie Howard
Hair: Hair’s Karen
Entertainment: Chad Ardizzoni from Get Down Tonight

My Family16 Jun 2009 10:23 am

When I was 16 years old, my Mom made a surprise announcement at the dinner table one night.  A few months later, Michael was born!  Fast forward 18 years, and my youngest brother has just graduated from High School, and is on his way to Parris Island, where he will serve our country as a US Marine.  In between, however, he took a trip up here to spend a week with us.  He also brought his girlfriend, Monica.

Knowing how fit my “little” brother is, I had one goal for his visit: to get him in front of the camera!  Luckily, Monica was just as onboard with the idea (she’s been modeling for years).  And I had just the perfect location in mind.  Just down the road from my house in Grafton, is Purgatory Chasm.  Most folks that have grown up in MA have made it to Purgatory Chasm at least once in their lifetimes, but the location I had in mind was off a lesser known trail on the other side of the road from the main chasm.  It was perfect!

 Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

Purgatory Chasm Romantic Portrait Photos

 

And since it was a Wednesday morning, I had a couple of assistants along…

Uncategorized14 Jun 2009 08:47 pm

As you may recall from previous posts, I am a founding member of a group of local photographers called ShootStyle.  Several times a year, we get together to shoot together, learn from each other, and have fun.  A couple of months ago, we hooked up with Julia from Juliana Couture who custom designed a couple of dresses for our last shoot.  It was so successful, that she immediately began work on dresses for the next shoot.  The concept for this shoot was COLOR!  We all shoot white dresses every week…we wanted to see “wedding” dresses with color!  Juliana Couture delivered!

We all met up on Wednesday morning at my office in Framingham.  Since Juliana Couture is also in my building, we used her space for the models preparations.  Jenny DiMucci and Jane Sincere drove all the way up from Providence to do the Model’s makeup, and Christine Squier Salon provided a hair stylist.  It was a dream team, and the models looked gorgeous!

Once everyone was ready, we all loaded up and headed over to Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley to begin the shoot.  Joining me were Stacey Doyle, Earl Chrisite, Michelle Turner, Alicia Williams, Zofia Waig, and Kristin Cioffi.  It was a blast!

 Elm Bank Reservation Wedding Photos

Elm Bank Reservation Wedding Photos

Elm Bank Reservation Wedding Photos

Elm Bank Reservation Wedding Photos

Elm Bank Reservation Wedding Photos

Elm Bank Reservation Wedding Photos

 Elm Bank Reservation Wedding Photos

Weddings01 Jun 2009 11:07 am

So remember when you were a kid, and your favorite time of year was the week in the middle of summer when you got to go away to summer camp?  Julie and Brendan’s wedding at Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island was just like that!

My day began in the rustic, wood paneled suite where Julie was getting ready.  The fun began early, and Julies friends and family made their way in and out of the suite, chatting and laughing, and having a good time, while Julie had her hair and makeup done.  Soon she was all ready, and we headed out for a secret pre-ceremony meeting with Brendan on a beach across the lake.  After allowing them a moment together as they saw each other for the first time, we began their portrait session…first on the beach where they met, then into a field of high grass, where they braved all of the summer bugs!

Next it was back for the beautiful outdoor ceremony on the shores of the lake.  The late afternoon sun sparkled through the trees, as the wedding guests filed in to the sound of a guitar and banjo, played by friends of Julie and Brendan.  Then the bride arrived, escorted by her father down the rose strewn lawn, and the happy couple were wed with smiles and tears of joy.   Julie and Brendan’s plan allalong was to enjoy as much of the party as possible, so we quickly gathered the family for their photo session.

Then it was time for the fun.  Since Julie and Brendan had chosen to do their photos before the wedding, they were able to join in to the festivities while the cocktail hour was still in full swing.  After that it was a blur of celebration.  Dinner was served, toasts, dances, cake…then the awesome band (“Ruby” from Boston) kicked it in to high gear, and the party really took off!  As I was leaving, the flicker of the bonfire was just starting to make its way into the night sky, and I can only imagine the marshmallow roasting fun!

Whispering Pines Conference Center Wedding Photos

West Greenwich, RI Wedding Photos

Whispering Pines Conference Center West Greenwich RI Wedding Photos

Whispering Pines Conference Center West Greenwich RI Wedding Photos

Whispering Pines Conference Center West Greenwich RI Wedding Photos

Whispering Pines Conference Center West Greenwich RI Wedding Photos

Wedding Photos at Whispering Pines Conference Center, West Greenwich, Rhode Island

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Ceremony/Reception: Whispering Pines Conference Center
Flowers: Sayles Livingston
Hair/MU: Good friends of Julie’s :)
Entertainment: Ruby