Oh Deirdre & Jesse.....what can I say about Deirdre & Jesse. As soon as we met, we became good friends. I love to be involved in every aspect of my photo sessions, this engagement session was no different. In fact, I received messages daily from Deirdre, in the wee hours of the morning about hair, makeup, potential outfits and locations. By the time we got to their engagement session, I felt as though we had known each other for years.
I always ask my clients if they are comfortable with PDA(not a Personal Device Assistant), for this exact reason, it may not look as though we were on a busy street but it was super busy this Sunday evening.
For those of you who may not know Deirdre & Jesse have a beautiful little girl Olivia, so their mommy and daddy time is limited, and you'd think they'd be out of practice but that wasn't true in this case and I was privileged to have captured their love in camera.
Here is a peek at their mini family session that we incorporated into the photo session. How beautiful is Miss Olivia?
This gallery was shot in 2 different sessions, so on Day 2 we decided that the beach was the perfect place to capture the playfulness & intimacy between Deirdre & Jesse, as the beach is a great part of their summer fun.
This next group of photos is a montage to Jesse. In wedding photography, you always sacrifice the king for the queen. Jesse wasn't having that...he was always jokingly complaining that all of the pictures were of the back of his head. So this montage of photos were for him...just for you Jesse! LOL!!
" In life you'll realize there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you."
Last but not least..
Sometimes things like this just happen… (Yea, only in movies.) In my craft, I believe its important that everything about the photo makes sense, the attire, location, LIGHTING, and EMOTION. My most important obligation in a photograph is to get the emotion. Photography is so much more than the gear you use, there's a purpose, a story to be told. Deirdre and Jesse will have these photos for years to come, and their loved ones like Olivia, will appreciate and understand when she gets older. She'll be able to see that love exists, and that her parents always loved each other.
This is a photo of a couple that are truly in love... Enjoy!
When Sally mentioned she had a train conductor's outfit for her 14 month old son Tiago, the only place I was thinking of bringing him was to a set of train tracks. But really, what kind of photographer puts a child on train tracks, right? Steph and I spent hours trying to find tracks that had character and were NO longer in use, luckily we stumble upon this location!
Tiago wore this conductors outfit to his train themed 1st birthday party, so it made complete sense that we kept that theme going and incorporated it into his 1 year old pictures. I am thrilled that we decided to do this, it is one of my favorite child/family shoots to date.
It took us a while to get Tiago comfortable enough to sit for us, until EUREKA...! Frodo came along to put him at ease!
But we had a surprise for Tiago! A REAL train! His eyes lit up like a child on Christmas morning when we let him actually sit on it. Of course safety is our first priority when photographing little ones, so we had Dad sit behind Tiago and hold him while he decided to peer around to see the caboose.
One of the reasons that I love what I do, is that I have the opportunity to meet awesome people and their families. So when I get the opportunity to photograph the whole family I jump on it in a second!
Oh no...We forgot Frodo!!
Can't wait for our next photo session with the Medeiros'!
Meeting new potential clients is like going on a first date , you never know if you're going to click. Within the first 15 minutes of speaking with Jamie & Joe I knew that we were a great match! Jamie & I immediately began to plan their engagement session by the water. As we pulled up to our location the island suddenly was surrounded by clouds which added the drama to these photographs.
As we were setting up the smoke shot in the upper right hand corner above, an Asian woman (I assume she was a tourist), ran over to us and said "Is that a hot spring over there?" Laughter erupted, where have you ever seen a hot spring in New England? I love when random things like that happen on location, it lightens the mood.
While setting up for one of my planned photographs, I thought of doing something on this staircase. Its always a little weird for me the photographer and my couples when people (outsiders) start watching what you're doing, and sometimes it ruins the moment or really makes it. Whatever was going on, it definitely worked in that image. I think that happens a lot, when your loved one goes in for a kiss and she or he may just be playing hard to get, or they know exactly what to do to make you feel like there is nothing else going on in the world besides that moment.
It's such an awesome feeling to be the photographer behind the camera of two people that are clearly in love. Who needs an elaborate location when you can just use a brick wall?
This location drew me in the minute that I laid eyes on it. Between the symmetry of the trees and the gorgeous stone mansion in the background, this is one of my favorite locations to date!
It was so much fun to work with this beautiful couple, I can't wait for the awesome photos that lie ahead on Jamie & Joe's wedding day!
Throughout life you meet a lot of people, some will leave an impression on you and others will not. Raquel and Samantha have definitely left an impression on me and everyone around them. Raquel has been a very close friend of ours for about 6 years now, but it feels as though we have known her forever! She is one of the most inspiring women that I have come into contact with throughout my life and here is their story.
Many times today you hear of the teen mother who dropped out of high school and never made anything of herself, Raquel is the complete opposite. As a teen mom she thought the most important thing that she could do for herself and her daughter was get a good education. She finished her high school career then went on to do the impossible and obtain a 5 year degree in Pharmacy. She did this while working full time and ensuring that her daughter had a normal, family oriented up-bringing. By accomplishing this she has been able to give her daughter more than she ever thought possible. Sam has grown up to be another strong, hard-working female with aspirations that are larger than life. She is the VP and co-founder of HOOD Clothing Inc. and a full time ER nurse with many adventures on her bucket list.
So for Mother's Day this year I thought, "I want to show everyone the amazing relationship between these two women, I want everyone to be amazed by their story, beauty and confidence." We had a make-up artist and hair stylist come in for the day to pamper these ladies, and here is the result. (Samantha-left & Raquel-right)
In my eyes, this is what a "photograph" is meant to represent. It shows the relationship between two people, the love and compassion, as well as their differences; without saying a single word. Every mother and daughter can relate in some way. It is a photo that I will cherish for many years to come as I'm sure Raquel and Sam do.
"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart." - Unknown
I really wish that I could divulge the story behind the next few photos, but unfortunately Raquel would probably kick my a**! Regardless, I love the playfulness that I was able to capture.
A special thanks to:
Makeup: Jill Raposo
Assistant: Yas and Steph
I can't even explain how happy I was when I was asked to photograph Kara & Derek's August wedding. I have known Kara and her family for at least 10 years so to share in their wedding day is just awesome!
A good picture is the easy part, a GREAT photograph is another story. In my opinion, location is one of the most important keys to a great photograph. Living in New England affords us the luxury of amazing locations for our clients, this is one of my absolute favorite locations. It also helps when you have a couple as playful and fun as Kara & Derek were during their engagement session. All I had to do was stand behind the camera and let the magic happen and you can see how in love these two are.
As a photographer you are always looking for a great location for a photo session, this continues when you are on location. We happened to be in the right place at the right time for Kara & Derek's Engagement session. As I was scoping out the site I saw a beautiful white cherry blossom tree in full bloom! Of course Kara & Derek thought that I was nuts as I had Steph & Yas position them within the tree for a great photograph.
We even found a great grassy area that we fell in love with!
I can't wait to see the amazing shots that we will be able to capture on their wedding day!