October 2011


Kids & Families31 Oct 2011 03:56 pm

Last week it was my pleasure to meet the newest member of the Hafter family, two-week old Henry.  I joined Henry and his proud parents at their super cool 1950’s modern style home in Worcester MA.  Henry was waiting for me in his woodland themed nursery where a flock of owls (alraeady his favorite animal) carefully watched over him.  After a quick “hello”, he donned his favorite owl onesie (with a little help from Mom), and got to work on the tough business of baby modeling.  A few photos with around the room led to a bit of nesting with his favorite owl friends before a cuddle with Mom.  Then we headed into the living room, where the large picture windows provided lovely natural light for Henry to show off his “thinking cap”.  All this hard work made Henry extra tired, so he decided it was time for a nap.  Henry will be appearing on this blog throughout his first year - so stay tuned for his three month session this winter!

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Worcester MA Newborn Portraits

Engagements27 Oct 2011 04:59 pm

I have to admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for Worcester.  I have so many happy memories there, that it is always makes me happy to drive in.  When I met Melanie, she was living in an apartment near WPI, and we lived there the first few years we were together.  So when Stephanie and Matt told me that they wanted to meet in Worcester for their engagement portraits, I jumped at the chance to revisit my old stomping grounds!  We met at one of the places where I first practiced to become a photographer - the beautiful grounds of Higgins House on the WPI campus.  After wandering around the beautifully landscaped gardens, and taking advantage of the awesome classical architecture, we headed across the street to Institute Park, where the fall colors were in full display (and I’m sure they did that just for our shoot).  Then it was a change of clothes and a change of scenery, as we headed into downtown Worcester for photos with a more urban feel.  Wandering around among the buildings and businesses behind the train station, we found the perfect mix of newly refurbished restaurants (that teased our noses with their tempting aromas), and old decrepit buildings and alleys, with graffiti and street art that incorporated itself perfectly into the photos.

Worcester Higgins House WPI Engagement Portraits

Worcester Higgins House WPI Engagement Portraits

Worcester Higgins House WPI Engagement Portraits

Worcester Higgins House WPI Engagement Portraits

Worcester Higgins House WPI Engagement Portraits

Worcester Higgins House WPI Engagement Portraits

Worcester Institute Park Engagement Portraits

Worcester Engagement Portraits

Worcester Engagement Portraits

Worcester Engagement Portraits

Worcester Engagement Portraits

Worcester Engagement Portraits

Worcester Engagement Portraits

Worcester Engagement Portraits

 

Engagements25 Oct 2011 11:20 am

Boston’s North End is one of my favorite places to take photos.  Nestled within the narrow streets and turn of the century brick buildings are a million little spots to make a happy couple stop and snuggle, while I take their photo.  So when Laura and Jason asked to wander around the north end for their engagement portraits on a beautiful fall afternoon last week, I was more than happy to oblige.  We met at Christopher Columbus park, and wasted no time in heading right into the heart of the neighborhood.  Right away we noticed a cool truck, and the driver was no where to be seen :).  Across from there was the first of many cool alleys hidden throughout the north end…and we hit most of them: from the one with the cool old bike and cast iron gates with inset hearts, to the super narrow one with the hidden fallout shelter, to the hidden neighborhood accessible only through a narrow passage. As we passed by the fire station, we got an invitation in to pose on the trucks…and wear the hat! Fron there we headed down to the waterfront, where we found a secret little garden, and left the city behind for a few photos.

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

North End Boston MA Engagement Portraits

Waterfront Boston MA Engagement Portraits

Waterfront Boston MA Engagement Portraits

Kids & Families17 Oct 2011 08:40 am

A fun foray on a farm for family portraits in the fall!  And as cool as that last sentence was to write, it didn’t hold a candle to the fun I had with the Spolidoro family at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, MA.  We met at their beautiful home a few miles from the park, where everyone was frantically attempting to get dressed and ready while the family dog did her part to help by bringing everyone their shoes.  When we arrived at the farm the kids wasted no time showing me the way to the part with the animals…and the ice cream!  Then we headed down to the pond, where the whole family got into the action.  Across the road, we hit the woods for a bit, before climbing all over a big horse jump in the field.  Finally it was time to head back to the cars.  As we said our goodbye’s and settled our accounts, Caden pulled out a big wad of bills and let me know that he would hake care of the balance :).

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Portraits

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Portraits

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Portraits

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Portraits

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Photos

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Photos

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Photos

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Photos

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Photos

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Photos

Billerica MA Great Brook Farm Family Photos

Billerica MA Family Portraits

Billerica MA Family Portraits

Weddings13 Oct 2011 03:17 pm

What could be better than a fall wedding in New England,at a vineyard,on a hill overlooking a classic white-steepled New England church?  How about summer temperatures…and cloudless skies…and a bride with an axe?!

I arrived at the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA, just as they were setting up the pavilion for the afternoon reception.  Before long LC and her entourage arrived.  After spending a bit of time primping and dressing, LC was ready to see Dave for the first time in her wedding attire, and walk around the grounds for some romantic photos together.  Since Nashoba Valley is a working winery, there were plenty of awesome locations for a variety of backgrounds, from the rows of grapes, to the apple orchard, to the various out buildings with their awesome blue paint, to the wood piles out back.  It was at one of the wood piles that LC decided that she should have an axe, and the staff was happy to oblige!

Once our tour of the grounds was completed, LC and Dave were ready to get married.  With a favorite Uncle (and experienced wedding officiant) presiding over the ceremony, the wedding was intimate and personal, even with the crowds visiting the vineyard watching from the sidelines.  Wearing newly given rings on their hands, the happy couple walked across the clearing, and ducked up the the bridal suite with their wedding party for a refreshment before joining their guests for the cocktail hour.  A cooling breeze blew through the pavilion and a jazz band serenaded the crowd, as LC and Dave’s family and friends celebrated with them throughout the afternoon, finally sending them off through a sea of sparklers.

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Wedding Photos

Click here to see a few more: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/lcdave

Weddings07 Oct 2011 10:51 am

Once upon a time an artist and a chef fell in love and decided to get married…no this isn’t the tagline for a new romantic comedy, though the production values were certainly there, it is the real life story of Dana & Steve’s wedding last weekend at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

When I arrived, I could hear that the party had already started up in the bridal suite.  It was humming with pre-wedding preparation as Dana and her friends rotated through the hair and makeup chairs.  It was here that Dana made the transformation from beautiful woman to leading lady from the golden age of Hollywood.  Her amazing gown completed the look, and the lighting in the bridal suite allowed us to capture it perfectly.  By this time, leading man, Steve, was waiting on the stairway to see his bride for the first time before we headed outside to take advantage of the last few minutes of daylight for some portraits.  Then back inside for a few family portraits, followed by the signing of the ketubah in the library.

It had been threatening rain all day, but in true romance movie fashion, everything worked out.  The beautiful courtyard was lit up for the night-time ceremony, illuminating the beautiful, flowered, Chuppah.  With a broken glass and a Mazel-Tov, their marriage was official, and the newlyweds headed down the aisle and into the throng of friends and family who were waiting to wish them well.  And wish them well they did, with dancing, and music and eating, all throughout the evening.

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

 Willowdale Estate Topsfield MA Wedding Photos

Click here to see a few more: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/danasteve

Kids & Families05 Oct 2011 04:36 pm

The fall wind blows in cool, fresh air, the smell fallen leaves, and a ton of requests for baby portraits!  So last week I headed up to Kittery, ME, to hang out with Bri, Travis, and 5 month old Liam.  And like the unseasonably warm sun, Liam’s smile flashed brightly and often!

We started out at the family home in Kittery, where Liam was waiting for me at the table, happily playing with his taggie, while his Mom and Dad got ready for the photos.  After a few photos at the table, we headed upstairs.  First to Liam’s room, where his cheerful disposition was the perfect match to the cheerful sea creatures that were painted on the walls.  Then it was over to Mom and Dad’s room for a roll on the bed, and a quick adventure on the closet floor.  After a quick hop into the wise old owl hamper, we all marched downstairs to take a phone call before heading outside to the back yard.  Having toured the house, we jumped in our cars, and drove a few miles to Grandma’s house for some photos on the dock and in the seaside chairs.  We were all getting pretty tired at this point, but Liam had one more location in him, and we found that location back at the family house in a 1965 classic car that had been passed down for generations.

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kittery ME Baby Portraits

Kids & Families04 Oct 2011 03:36 pm

Last week may have brought the end of September, but no one told the Cape Cod weather that summer was over as I met 1 year old Cooper and his family at their beach house.  After a brief reunion, we wasted no time heading down to the beach together.  The family had access to an old yacht club with a private beach.  The porch of the yacht club was the perfect place to ease Cooper into the session providing great light, and a nice, fast surface to run on and explore.  Then it was down to the beach, where the early morning light cast a glow on the sea grass and the blue of the Atlantic Ocean.  We found a boat on the beach, and Cooper climbed in for a bit before we set up some family photos.  By this time, it was starting to get a little bright on the beach, and Cooper was getting a little hungry, so we headed back up to the house for a snack.  There the shaded yard provided a perfect atmosphere for a few more family photos, followed by Cooper’s exuberant exploration.

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits

Cape Cod Family Portraits