Kids & Families
20 Jun 2012 10:38 am
Lincoln’s 10 Month Portraits in Charlestown, MA
I first met Lincoln’s parents in Charlestown, MA, where we photographed their engagement portraits in the neighborhood they called home. A few months later, I photographed their wedding in Charlestown. Then I did a fun photoshoot where Christine and her sister, Melissa, dressed up in their wedding gowns in…you guessed it…Charlestown! So when they contacted me photograph 10 month old Lincoln’s baby portraits there was only one choice for a location - Charlestown!
I met the family at their apartment, where Lincoln was just waiting up from his nap. His nursery, featuring a custom designed (by Dad) mural of the Boston skyline also boasted a sign proudly proclaiming “Made in Charlestown”. A fact that Lincoln seemed especially proud of, as he woke from his nap with a huge smile on his face. A quick change and a few photos around his bedroom, and he was ready to show me around the rest of the apartment. We played with toys a bit in the living room, then played on Mom and Dad’s bed before deciding to walk around town for a bit. It was a beautiful day as we headed up to Bunker Hill. After a few minutes on the hill, we all walked down to a playground where Lincoln got to try out a slide for the first time. Then we got the whole family together for a photo together in Charlestown. They’ve just purchased a house in the suburbs, and will be moving on, but Charlestown will always have a special place in their hearts, and on their new mantlepiece!
Kids & Families
16 Jun 2012 07:05 am
Abigail’s One Year Portrait Session in Wakefield, MA
This week I got to hang out with Abigail and her family again. She’s one now, and was proud to show all of the things she can do as we spent time together with her and her family.
We were beginning to think we were destined to have bad weather for all of our shoots, but Tuesday was warm and bright, so we decided to explore the town of Wakefield a bit. We headed down to Abigail’s favorite playground. Unfortunately, the Wakefield School System had the same idea, and the park was crawling with students enjoying a field day. Not one to give up, Dad suggested an alternate location, and it was perfect! It was an “antique” playground, soon to be demolished for a newer one. In the meantime, we decided that the charming old (but still in perfect working order) playground equipment would make a great backdrop…and Abigail couldn’t agree more! She rode the hobby horse, and hung out on the slide and see-saw with dad, and had a conversation with Mom on the bench. She even got to swing a bit. She only had one small favor to ask - If it wasn’t too much trouble, could we keep her off the grass?
I’ve had a great time photographing Abigail’s first year…it has gone by so quickly!
13 Jun 2012 05:03 pm
Ashlee & Matt’s Wedding at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, CT
This weekend I traveled down to Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson CT for the amazingly beautiful wedding of Ashlee and Matt. And boy did they put on a wedding, with seemingly thousands of amazing artistic and personal details all throughout the day.
Ashlee and her bridesmaids were getting ready at the spa and cottages just down the road from the manor house, so that’s where I headed first. Beautiful daylight spilled in the windows as Ashlee and company got the full on princess treatment. The finishing touch was the amazing wedding dress that Ashlee’s Mom had made by hand! We didn’t have to go far to find some excellent photo locations, starting out in the bridal suite, and moving into the lush, green yard of the cottage. From there, we jumped into our cars, and headed over to Lord Thompson Manor where Matt was waiting to see his bride for the first time. After an emotional reunion, we headed down a wooded trail for some portraits of the soon-to-be bride and groom. After a lap of the lovely grounds, we met back up with the family for a few family photos.
By this time, the wedding guests began to arrive, so Ashlee retreated back into the Manor. Once everyone was seated, she came out again, this time escorted by her parents down the pedal strewn aisle to the rose bedecked chupa where Matt was waiting for her. In a deeply personal ceremony, Ashlee and Matt spoke the vows that they had each written to each other, then Matt broke the glass, and they headed back up the aisle, married. They paused at the top of the aisle, and the entire crowd gathered around them as the best man and maid of honor headed up to a elevated balcony to give their toasts. With a hearty congratulations, the party began, and carried on well into the night with excellent food, excellent music, and excellent company!
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And a special thanks to Lindsey Beckwith, who traveled all the way from Cleveland, OH to photograph this wedding with me.
07 Jun 2012 05:53 pm
Joanne & Rich’s Wedding at Ken’s Steak House in Framingham, MA
I was only there for an hour, but I saw a lifetime of love pass between Joanne & Rich at their intimate family wedding at Ken’s Steak House in Framingham, MA. And they packed quite a bit of wedding in the hour that I was there!
I arrived just as the guests were being seated for the ceremony. Before long, the limo with Joanne arrived. Rich greeted her, and immediately escorted her down the aisle, where the Justice of the Peace was waiting to join them as husband and wife. Rich’s son was on hand to light the memorial candle, and hand the rings over when prompted, and the rest of the family was there to share their love with the bride and groom. With smiles from the gathered family, Joanne and Rich recessed down the short aisle, and right onto the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple. Then it was time for a few family photos, before I was able to take Joanne and Rich away for a few moments of portraits. From there we headed back into the dining room, where Rich toasted his love and their families. As they were seated for a steak dinner, I slipped out, smiling at what I’d just been a part of.
05 Jun 2012 08:15 pm
Britney and Victor’s Wedding at St Mary’s in Danvers, MA, and Salem Country Club in Peabody, MA
June arrived on Friday, just in time for Britney & Victor’s beautiful wedding in Danver’s MA.
My day started at Britney’s parent’s home in Danvers, where a spare room had been converted into a beautiful bridal boutique for the girls to get ready in. And get ready they did. In a flash, they were dressed and ready for photos. I started out with Britney in the bridal suite, then we headed outside, using the lush foliage of their yard for Britney’s bridal portraits. Before long it was time to head to St Mary’s Church in Danvers, MA. St Mary’s is Britney’s family church, and they packed in to witness the joyous event. Britney’s dress was spectacular, and was well matched to the medal-festooned formal dress Army uniform that Victor wore, complete with sword. They pledged their lifelong commitment, then exited to a classic Jeep pickup that did my redneck heart proud. With cans dragging from the bumper,they drove off into the sunset (which, in this case, was happening at the Salem Country Club in Peabody, MA).
As soon as they arrived at Salem Country Club, we headed off into the perfectly manicured grounds for photos of the newly married couple together. Our tour of the grounds completed, we were ready to join the party. It started with an amazing slideshow honoring all of the generations of family members who served in the military, then went into full on party mode. After a delicious dinner, the happy couple cut the cake (with Victor’s sword ), then Britney changed into dress number 2…custom tailored for maximum dance floor effectiveness!
As you can see the wedding was a ton of fun - but it was just a continuation of the fun that started the night before. Here’s one from the Texas BBQ themed rehersal dinner fun and games!
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01 Jun 2012 09:32 am
Michele & Jon’s Wedding at Thompson Island in Boston, MA.
Part two of my double header weekend had me meeting Michele and Jon on the dock of the bay…err, harbor, as we prepared to take a boat ride to my favorite local island wedding destination: Thompson Island in Boston Harbor.
Golf carts awaited our arrival on the island, and escorted us up to the commanders house, where the walls reverberated with nonstop laughter as Michele, Jon, and their closest friends and family proved that the fun part of the wedding can start way before the reception. In fact, we were having so much fun that the time flew by and, in what seemed like minutes, they were dressed in their wedding best and taking a quick moment to see each other privately before the ceremony. Then we jumped onboard our waiting chauffeur-driven golf cart for a photo tour of the happy couple all over the island. The awesome folks at Thompson Island know that I really love to find unique locations every time I visit, and always seem to keep coming up with more cool spots every time I make it out there. This time, we were driven out to a side of the island I had never seen, where the afternoon sunlight brushed across the long, swaying grass at the top of a sloping hill which led down to the sparkling waters of the harbor. And also, there was a super cool old shack out there! Michele and Jon were troopers as they braved the wilds of the island and cuddled up without fear of creepy crawlies.
Our photo session completed, we were ready to head back to the dock, where the guest ferry was docking. Right off the dock, is a small, shaded field with an amazing view of Boston Skyline, and that is where Michele and Jon decided to declare their love, in the personal and fun way that captured the spirit of their wedding day. As the guests marched up the hill, the wedding party snuck off to plan a grand entrance, surprising the delighted guests by driving the stretch golf cart right into the reception tent. Dinner was served, and it required bibs, as the guests (and the thankful photographer), were served lobster and other seafood delicacies. Turns out that Lobster is quite the energy food, as the dance floor opened up right after dinner, and was filled with furiously dancing celebrants until the time came for the, tired boat ride back to the mainland.
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