December 2011


Weddings30 Dec 2011 12:02 pm

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas is what Bing and Rosemary so famously sang almost 60 years ago, and I have to think that they would have been proud of Crystal and Josh’s White Christmas inspired wedding.  And like the famous film, the towns that hosted the wedding remained unseasonably snowless two days before Christmas, but that didn’t stop the Christmas spirit from flowing!

I met Crystal and Josh at the Church of Christ in Millis, MA.  After a few minutes consulting with the pastor and the pianist, Crystal headed downstairs to slip into her dress, while Josh welcomed the guests.  In no time at all, she was back, escorted by her father, while Josh waited at the altar in his full dress uniform.  The ceremony was short and intimate, with a small group of their closest friends and family in attendance.  It ended with the traditional kiss, and walk down the aisle to the cheers of the guests.

The reception took place at the Elks Lodge in Franklin, MA, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland with elegant, holiday themed decorations, including three large Christmas trees, which bordered the dance floor. And what’s a movie musical wedding without dancing?  I’m not sure, because there was dancing aplenty at Crystal and Josh’s affair as they showed off their moves not just in a first dance and parent dances, but wowed the crowed when Crystal changed into a festive red party dress and lit up the dance floor with Josh for a special holiday dance.

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

Millis, MA Wedding Photos

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Engagements22 Dec 2011 08:12 am

I have to admit, I love all of the work that I have been getting in my own town.  It helps that I live in a really cool town, with some really cool spots for photos!  And it helps that the town is full of really cool people to take photos of!  Jamie and Dave are two of those people.  They are getting married next year on the Cape, but wanted their engagement portraits to reflect their hometown.  So we decided to meet on the Grafton town common and go from there.  Being a brisk evening, and with sunset approaching, we had to work fast.  We worked all of the best spots on the common before heading just up the street to the abandoned State Police station, where I was attracted to the textures and outbuildings on the property.  Beginning our lap on the old barracks building itself, we quickly moved on to the overgrowth surrounding the property.  In the wintertime, all of the leaves have fallen, leaving some really cool earthy colors and bare trees.  Then we circled back around the radio tower to the old shed, finishing up at a wood pile on the side of the building.  Jamie and Dave were instantly comfortable in front of the camera, and I can’t wait for their wedding next year!

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Grafton, MA Engagement Portraits

Weddings15 Dec 2011 09:40 am

The holidays are a time for good cheer, family gatherings, and awesome parties - so are weddings!  Joann and Matt had the great idea to combine the two, and the result was a superparty of love and fun!

I met Joann and her bridesmaids at their home in Salem, MA., where makeup and lunch were competing equally for the girls’ attention.  Soon both were done, and it was time to get dressed for the big event: Joann’s bridesmaids in beautiful blue dresses, and Joanne in a gorgeous white number.  After a few photos around the home, the ladies loaded up in the limo and headed off to St Anne’s Church in Salem MA.  At the church the guests and family were seated in anticipation, so Joann headed out of the limo, and straight down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams.  The ceremony was as fun and festive as the rest of the day, with the happy feelings that the marrying couple were experiencing mirrored on the faces of the large croud that came to witness it.  With a final blessing from the priest, Joann and Matt walked down the aisle, married, to the waiting limo outside.

It has been an unseasonably warm winter for Massachusetts, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t freezing cold in downtown Salem when we arrived to take photos.  But Joanne, in her sleeveless gown was a trooper, and cuddled all the closer to Matt for his warmth as we wandered around the town common and the grounds of the Peabody Essex Museum.  Luckily our constitutions lasted as long as the light, and when both started to fail we hopped back in the limo and headed over to the Cruiseport in Gloucester.  And that’s where the Holiday party/wedding party/let’s just all have an awesome time party fully kicked into gear with the dancfloor never getting a break the entire evening, as the assembled crowd showed their awesome moves into the night.  And at the center of it all were Joann and Matt with the most awesome moves of all…the married moves!

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

St Anne Church Salem, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Salem, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Cruiseport, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Cruiseport, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

Cruiseport, Gloucester, MA Wedding Photos

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

Kids & Families12 Dec 2011 03:25 pm

A visit to the town common Christmas tree is a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit, so it was the perfect place to meet with Delaney and Shane for some portraits around town on a chilly afternoon in December.  We started out in the common, where Mom and Desmond (the family dog) joined us for a walk around the town center.  From there it was a short walk around to the back of one of the towns historic buildings where the old brick and cast iron fire escapes provided an excellent background. Next to the fire escape, we discovered a cool alley between the old building and an old church. Ducking through the alley, we found an amazing little courtyard that I’ve never seen before, despite living here for years. Speaking of living here for years, there’s an old hot dog stand just outside of town that I’ve always wanted to use as a photo location, and Delaney, Shane, and Desmond were willing to oblige!

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Grafton, MA Children's Portraits

Kids & Families08 Dec 2011 09:02 am

With her instant smile, and sugary sweet personality, young Miss Abigail is definitely on Santa’s nice list.  And during her 6 month photo shoot, I got photographic proof!

I met her and her family at their home in Wakefield, MA, and she immediately got to work being cute.  After a couple of photos in the family room, we headed into her playroom to play with blocks.  She was excellent at knocking them down!  Then back into the family room, where she hung out under the Christmas tree - Mom and Dad’s best Christmas present.  Upstairs for a few photos in her bedroom, where she rocked the rocker, and into the bathroom for a few fun photos in the awesome window light.  But it was all leading up to the pink knit hat, and to fully realize the potential of the hat, we needed to go outside, taking advantage of the unseasonably warm day.  And since we were outside, we just had to check out the doghouse…

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Wakefield, MA baby portraits

Kids & Families06 Dec 2011 01:19 pm

This weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out with three-week old Sophia, and twenty-one-month old Maya, and their parents, at their lovely home in Natick, Ma. After being welcomed in, we headed right up to Mom and Dad’s room, where the perfect natural light fell on her newborn cuteness. Then it was off to her room, where she tried out a couple of different baskets, and a couple of different blankets between sips of milk from her bottle. Next we headed downstairs to hang out with big sis a bit in the family room. By this time, Sophia was ready for a break, so we let her swing a bit in her baby swing while we headed up to see Maya’s room. Maya was a gracious host, reading me a whole pile of my favorite books. Finally, we headed back to Mom and Dads room to jump on the bed a bit, joined by a now rested, Sophia.

Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats

 Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats

Natick, MA baby portriats