Engagements


Engagements15 Jun 2017 04:19 pm

This weekend I got to travel to the coastline for two amazing couples in two amazing locations!

First up were Krista and Sean.  They’d suggested Winter Island in Salem MA as a location for their engagement portrait session, and I was blown away by what a cool location it was! All of my favorite ingredients were there from a lighthouse on the coast to a early 21st century hangar, to an old, abandoned, mansion.  And we took advantage of them all!  Starting on the beach, we used the picturesque lighthouse for a traditional New England background.  Moving around the rocky coast and through the earthworks of the Civil War era fort, we took in the beautiful shoreline and antique stone and iron gateways to the underground bunkers.  Moving through the parking lot, we paused at a charming little cottage before making our way around the massive hangar, with its amazing, weather-worn patina.  We saved the best for last, however, making our way to the long abandoned mansion on the hill and using its once expensive textures as a perfect backdrop.

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Winter Island Salem MA Engagement Portraits

Engagements31 Oct 2016 12:52 pm

Jennifer and Peter were a local couple looking for a more urban environment for their engagement portraits.  So when I suggested downtown Worcester, this brave Clark University Alum and her soon to be husband were completely on board…and I did a little fist pump inside.

Worcester is one of my favorite places to shoot…and not just because I can drive there in 15 minutes!  But because it combines the old New England charm of an industrial MA city, with all sorts of hidden alleys and textures, and signs of a bygone era.  Jennifer and Peter proved willing adventurers…meeting me at Union Station, and quickly moving on to fine the little sections of the city that would provide a unique backdrop to their love.  Of course we stopped in front of the classic Heywood Furniture heart, but from there we ducked down a pretty seedy alley, and found so much photographic goodness!  They danced for the revolution, climbed up and down pikes of rubble and old loading docks, and even had a spin in front of a giant bull.   Across the street we found more old warehouses, and a little patch straight out of a post apocalyptic movie where nature had reclaimed a small party of the city.  Through it all stalwart couple kept each other warm, and laughing, and dancing!

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Worcester MA Engagement Portraits

Engagements19 Oct 2016 10:56 am

Fall is without a doubt the most beautiful time to visit Boston.  And the Boston Public Garden is the most beautiful place to experience fall in Boston.  So when Danielle and Michael asked me to take their engagement portraits there, I jumped at the chance!

I met the happy couple at the entrance to the garden and we were off to the races.  They settled in to my style of shoot and move in no time, and were almost instantly comfortable in front of the camera.  We took a quick tour of the park, hitting all of the top spots, before branching out onto Marlborough Street, where the couple spent many evenings strolling when they both lived in the city.  Then it was back to the car for a quick change.  They’d happened to park on a terrific street in the Beacon Hill area, so we only needed a lap around the block to find a bunch of great spots to capture them being awesome!

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Boston Public Gardens Beacon Hill Engagement Photos

Engagements10 Nov 2015 11:07 am

Fall 2015 is hanging on for dear life - thankfully so - because there was still plenty of fall left to serve as a backdrop for Diana and Louis’ engagement portrait session at the Old Stone Church in West Boylston, MA.

We met at the historic church and began a lap around it…with each new spot on our tour the happy couple became a little more relaxed with the process.  Before they knew it they were laughing and joking and enjoying ourselves as we took advantage of the antique architecture, the lakeside location, and the beautiful morning.  After completing the warm up lap, we decided to explore the woods a bit, braving ticks to create a series of photos underneath a large tree with bright golden leaves.  If you stand at just the right spot on the property, you can see Wachusett Mountain, where the couple decided to embark upon this life long journey.  A quick trip up the road gave us a beautiful background with both the mountain and the church in the background.  I can’t wait to bundle up for their February wedding!

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Old Stone Church West Boylston Engagement Portraits

Engagements15 Oct 2015 09:20 am

This week I had the opportunity to meet with bob and Dan for their engagement portraits onon Boston’s Beacon Hill and the Esplanade.  I was looking forward to their New Year’s Eve wedding before the shoot, but after have way more fun than should be allowed at work during their engagement session, I positively can’t wait for their big day!

We met up on Charles street, and were off an running, quickly ducking into alleys to find the cool textures and backgrounds that this historic part of the city has to offer.  Things really took a turn for the fun, however, when we discovered a little kid’s bike and decided to give it a trial run.  From then on out, the theme was alternative transportation, as we made our way down to the Esplanade and discovered, not only a beautiful sunset over the Charles, but bikes and boats galore, and not one “keep off” sign.  Through it all, the couple’s smiles, laughter, and willingness to climb into leaky little boats in their nice clothes, kept us eagerly looking for the next fun “set”.  Their wedding is gonna be one New Years party that I wouldn’t miss for the world!

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Boston Beacon Hill Esplanade  Engagement Photos

Engagements23 Sep 2015 11:09 am

When I set up an engagement portrait session, I ask the couple to choose a location that has meaning to them.  It’s so fun to tie a special place into the photos of a happy in-love couple, and to discover things together that they’d never seen despite years of history.  Plus it makes the photos that much more meaningful, being in the place they love the most with the person they love the most.  So when I posed the question to Christine and Nick, they immediately chose the UMass Amherst…after all, that’s where they met and fell in love!

We began our session in the very cool, historic, Durfree Conservatory.  It may have been built in 1867, but more than a hundred years later, it was providing warmth and tropical greenery to Christine and Nick during the cold, western Massachusetts winters.  From there we wandered down to the central pond, a favorite summertime hangout.  I was drawn to the unique textures or the Fine Arts building, so we took a little detour around the homage to modern architecture.  Then we were on a quest for some of the old bricks, and we found them in an alley that was covered with ivy.  With the sun starting to set, we made our way back in the direction of the parking garage, taking a couple of minutes to explore a cool old carriage house, before finishing our session in the garage itself.  As I drove off, Christine and Nick stuck around to relive more of their old memories, and make new ones.

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

UMass Amherst Engagement Portraits

Engagements21 Jul 2015 12:06 pm

Between the heat and the afternoon rain storms, this has been a humdinger of a photo season.  Luckily we scored an awesome day last week, when I met Katie and John in Charlestown, MA for their engagement portrait session.

This awesome MA couple has transplanted to parts south, but they are coming back home for their wedding in a few weeks, and wanted to capture a bit of Boston in their engagement portraits.  So we wasted no time wandering into Charlestown looking for some of the antique charm that makes Boston so unique.Lukcily there’s no shortage of that in Charlestown, and we explored it all.  From the charming old houses with ivied walls, to the Bunker Hill Monument, to the charming cobblestoned streets, Katie and John were always up for a cuddle or a kiss as we completed our loop.  Just in time!  As I pulled my car out of the parking lot, the skies opened up; pouring out a summer rain storm.

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Charlestown MA Engagement Portraits

Engagements12 Dec 2014 11:29 am

What do you do if it rains on the day that you have scheduled your engagement portrait session?  If you are Colleen and Tyler, you buy an awesome red umbrella!  And if you are an intrepid portrait photographer, you thank your lucky stars that your gear is all weatherproof, and get excited about playing in the rain!

Plymouth has special meaning for this couple since Tyler popped the question there just a few weeks ago.  And where do you meet someone in Plymouth?  The Rock, of course!  We started out gazing at the historic stone, then navigated the slippery rocks to the beach below it.  From there, we headed across the street to the park where Colleen said “yes” to a lifetime in Tyler’s arms.  The arbor was particularly festive, welcoming us into the park with its lights and giant wreath.  From there we headed to the little bridge where the proposal happened…their happiness shining out from beneath the umbrella.  The rain let up for a second, so we were able to put the umbrella down for a few uncovered photos.  When it resumed again, we headed to the shelter of a nearby underpass.  We finished up our tour of the park at an old mill as the late afternoon light was fading.

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Plymouth MA Engagement Portraits

Engagements19 Nov 2014 01:49 pm

Laura and Carlos wanted their engagement portraits to reflect both their love of great wine, and their love of exploring the outdoors with their beautiful retriever, Darcy.  So it was a no brainer to meet at Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton MA…a location that fit the bill perfectly!

We met early , while there was still a chill in the air, and the customers were sill sleeping, beginning our session in the back room where all of the wine making magic happens. Amongst the casks of aging vino, Laura and Carlos laughed and danced, and started the portraits off right.  All of the dancing amongst the wine, made the happy couple develop a powerful thirst, so the tasting room was the obvious next location.  Properly fortified, we were ready to face the chilly November morning, and explore the grounds a bit.  We walked through the orchards and vineyard, pausing whenever the mood struck us and we found a cool spot.  Darcy had been waiting patiently with Grandma all of this time, but was super happy when it was her turn in front of the camera.  She graced us by siting super pretty with her family, before enjoying a proper run in an open field.

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA Engagement Portraits

Engagements27 Oct 2014 04:51 pm

Often a creative solution to a problem yields surprisingly good results.  In this case the problem was not having enough hours in a Saturday to add a last minute engagement portrait session when Sarah contacted me last week.  So I suggested a sunrise shoot, knowing I’d have just enough time to make it back in time for my next portrait session.  What I ended up with was the most amazing light of the day…light that was worthy of the radiant smiles that Sarah and Sebastian broke out in every time they looked at one another!

I met Sarah and Sebastian and their energetic dog, Napoleon, just as the sun was cresting the water of Boston Harbor.   All three were excited about the shoot, but I think Napoleon was the most excited.  So we let him run, got his shots, then handed him off to Sara’s Dad, who took him to Dunkin.  That allowed us to slow the pace a bit as we made out way around the historic old fort, pausing every so often to give the happy couple a chance to catch up on their cuddling…and, of course, every time I saw a spot with great light…which was basically everywhere!  One lap around the property was all that we needed to capture the love and fun of this great couple.

As for me, I’m taking more reservations for sunrise portrait sessions!

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits

Castle Island South Boston Engagement Portraits