Everything about Callie + John's wedding day at Callie's family farm was pure magic and so *them*. It was such a dream being there to capture it all!
Design + styling: goodlookn.com
Florals: Wild Folk Studio
Makeup: Jeannie Vincent
Hair: The Rattail Factory
Graphic design: lindsayjanekelly.com
Four years ago, I did a little "couples session' giveaway, where I asked couples to submit a picture and a little bit about them, and the winner would receive a free couples session... and Megan and Kyle were the winning couple! I had SUCH a blast with them back then, and remember leaving our session thinking about what great people they were and what an awesome couple they made together. A few years later, I got an email from Meg saying that she and Kyle were engaged, and that they wanted me to photograph their wedding!! I can't tell you how excited and honored I was to get that email! It didn't surprise me one bit that their wedding day was an absolute blast to photograph :) These two are incredible, and we had the best time documenting their gorgeous wedding on the Cape!!
Venue: Chatham Bars Inn
Florals: New England Gardens
Hair + Makeup: Lisa George
Dress + Veil: L'elite Bridal
Band: Men In Black- Boston wedding band
Olivia and Ian braved the rain on their wedding day, and it was so, so worth it! These two were so sweet and just so happy to be together and with their loved ones all day. I'm so excited to share some sneak peeks from their wedding day!
Event Planning: SD Events
Venue: Chatham Bars Inn
Florals: Lilacs Florals Cape Cod
Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty
Cake: Delicious Desserts Cape Cod
Band: The SweetBeats Band
Guys!!! I'm so psyched to share these sneak peeks from Rikki and Thao's gorgeous, pup-filled wedding!! This was Hillary's first wedding as my associate photographer and she absolutely killed it!!
So so happy for these two - truly one of the best couples and some of the best people I know! <3
Planning by the fabulous Kelly Golia of Kelly Golia Events]
Table florals from Buckle Farm
Other florals from The Tangled Grapevine
Cake from Pete's Sweets
Signage by Hallissey Design & Sign Shop
Reminiscing about how they first fell in love in their new home, matching tattoos, puppy kisses, sandy toes, and sun-soaked beach cuddles. I'm more than a little obsessed with these two and their engagement session! Can't wait for their wedding this August!
I had so much fun running around with these two at the gorgeous Rose Garden in Beverly! Megan and Max told me it was a special place to them, and I could see why. It's so beautiful there! Can't wait for their wedding next year!
Sarah and Jacob's wedding started with fog and ended wih sunshine. There were gorgeous details, awesome dancing, and several choice board games to be played at the reception 😉 These two are amazing together and I am so excited to share some sneaks from their day!
Bare feet, sunset on the beach, reading letters on the porch swing, and just enjoying being in love at Suzanne's family beach house. Safe to say that I have a *huge* crush on this engagement session. Here are a few sneak peeks!
Kate + Kate's wedding was just as awesome as Kate E's face suggests 😉 Can I just re-live this day over and over?? More sneak peeks featured below.
Venue: Inn on Newfound Lake
Wedding Planner: Detailed Engagements
Flowers: Lotus Floral Designs
So psyched to share these sneaks from Carmie and Mike's gorgeous, laughter-filled wedding at Willowdale Estate!
Had to include a few from Hillary, my office sidekick and incredibly talented associate photographer, who second shot with me for Mike and Carmie's wedding and totally killed it!
Also, big shout out to Bella's Floral Design for the gorgeous florals!
Hillary still has some dates open for 2017, and she and I are both currently booking for 2018! If you're engaged and you're head over heels for your fiance, we'd love to hear from ya!
When you start your wedding season off with an actual fairytale, you know it's going to be a good year ;)
Kaori and John are such an amazing couple. I remember thinking during their engagement session that they perfectly complemented one another, and the result is a warm love that is full of respect and laughter and mutual growth - all things that make a marriage strong and fruitful.
Seeing Kaori and John's vision be brought to life with such artistry at the Boston Public Library was incredible. I feel so honored that they chose me to capture it, and grateful to the incredible team of vendors that made it happen! (see below)
Congrats Kaori and John! Here's to many more happy years together! <3
Venue: Boston Public Library, McKim Building
Catering: The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library
Flowers: Marc Hall Design
Hair: Ivey Johnston at Salon Marc Harris
Makeup: Katrina Hess Makeup
Band: Nightshift Entertainment
Photobooth: The Danger Booth
Andy and Wes' wedding day was full of laughter, tears, the prettiest colors, the cutest kids, awesome dancing, and so much love. So excited to share these sneak peeks from their wedding!
Venue: Mount Hope Farm
Florals: Robin Hollow Farm
Makeup + Hair: New Leaf Hair Studio
Catering: Russell Morin Catering & Events
Dress: Musette Bridal
Band: The Chicken Slacks
Photobooth: Chloe VW Photobus
Lighting + Farm Tables: Exquisite Events Decor
Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
So, it's finally time... we are so excited to announce that Joe and I will be offering documentary family photo + video sessions this year!
These sessions are meant to allow us to capture what your life looks like at this moment in time - the pretty and the messy, the laughter and the tears, the quiet determination and bravery and the fear, the snuggles and the tantrums... your family, as you are.
This means we hang out with you for a few hours, half photo + video team, half playmates with the kids (who soon forget they're on camera and don't mind the photos at all when it just means they get to play all day!), and record all those beautiful little moments that ensue.
And the video... the video adds a completely different dimension to it all. I think of my own family photos and videos and how deeply I cherish them - how even the smallest details become significant and meaningful as you look back at how your family has loved one another through the years. I feel so strongly that families are best documented by photo and video, side by side - they complement and enrich each other in a way that is undeniable.
Especially since (ok, and I'm bragging on my husband now... just bear with me!) Joe has this incredible talent for emotional, poignant storytelling that couldn't be any more perfect for family sessions. Truly - I've been absolutely dying to share his family videos.
And there's nothing more fulfilling than hearing from the families we document that what we captured will be treasured by them, too. After we sent her the video, Kristin wrote us back:
The video is FANTASTIC!!!! We love it so much...Joe did an amazing job capturing the spirit of our family, home, kids. It feels like it was made by someone who really knows us - I give Joe a ton of credit, the man understands his craft!
I've watched it alone, with Rick, then with the whole family, and cried each time! THANK YOU, thank you, thank you. We will treasure this forever, and really see the value in this for other families (ready to write rave reviews in whatever capacity will most help you guys!).
Give Joe a big hug from all four of us! Thanks again!
Alright friends, it's time... scroll down, turn your sound on, and tell us what you think of the video!
Then check out the accompanying photographs below.
PS. Ready to have a day in your family's life documented? Drop us a line!
It's a passion of mine that has been growing ever since I've quietly begun taking on more family sessions over the past year.
I love the intimacy of these day-in-the-life family sessions... finding the extraordinary beauty in the everyday rhythms of a family's life at this moment in time. I see the small interactions and expressions and relationships that I get to capture, and know that while they are precious to the parents now, they will be priceless to their children later.
When I photograph family sessions, I think a lot about my own childhood. My dad was the family documenter. He filmed hours of home video and took countless pictures. You can tell in the videos that he just loved being a dad, and that he spent tons of time with us as kids - something that makes me smile each time I watch.
Though I've always had fun looking through old photos and videos, these glimpses into the past became invaluable to me when at 19, my mom - my warm, embarrassingly friendly (through my teenager eyes), chocolate-chip-cookies-for-the-neighborhood-making, Jesus following, beach loving, big smiling, always welcoming, curious, strong, endlessly positive, hilariously sassy, southern belle of a mother - died.
The way you think of your parents changes so much throughout your life. As a kid, they're just your parents - your protectors, entertainers, teachers, and pesky enforcers of rules. As you pass through teenship and on to the adulthood, you begin to see them more as friends, confidantes, and - gasp! - actual real live human beings.
I'm grateful that I had a good relationship with my mom, and that I was old enough when she died that I did have a little bit of time in that "friend and real person" stage. But still.... so often, I find myself desperately wanting to know more about her. I want to see her - and our relationship - through the eyes of an adult. What was she thinking and feeling at my age? What was she like as a young mother? I long to see evidence of the ways she loved me when I was too young to remember those precious moments.
And so, it's to the photographs and home videos that I turn, time and time again. Evidence of my mother and the life she life she led and the people she loved and the beautiful, imperfect human that she was. Evidence of the woman who lives on in my sister and me - of the personality quirks and expressions and struggles and talents that I continually discover do not belong to me alone, but were inherited from the woman who brought me into this world and raised me.
Over the past couple of years, something new has been happening... maybe due to my age and the stage of life I'm in. Going through old photographs and videos has been one of the major ways I've grieved my mom and understood my own identity through the years. But now they have now become dear to me all over again... this time for glimpses into the lives of people I love who are still living: my dad, my sister; my Gran, my aunts and uncles and cousins, my dear friends, my husband.
My favorites tend to be the moments that illuminate someone's personality, or the relationship between two or more people. Little details that tell big stories. Things I didn't notice at the time that I can see with clarity now.
And in videos, it's the voices... the expressions... the gestures... the humanity and realness of something that is so ephemeral and substantial at the same time. I can almost smell the air at my Gran and Gramps' house as we run through the sprinkler in the summer heat. I hear a phrase my mom says that brings back that childlike feeling of being safe and comforted - a particular way that only your mother can make you feel. I watch my dad as he encourages me to play and push boundaries and remember that he's always made me feel like I was capable of anything. I see the way I almost smothered my little sister with love and excitement after she was born.
I am filled with endless gratitude toward my dad for always having the camera nearby. I only wish we had someone taking these photos for us, so that all of us could be in the pictures and videos more often.
This is what I want to give to the wonderful people that I get to work with. This is what I hold in my heart during every second I spend photographing a family. And this is why my husband, Joe, has begun joining me to film family sessions as I photograph them. We can't wait to share what we've been up to with you.
Stay tuned for a follow up post in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, here are just a few family photos and one little family video clip (I wanted to share too many, so I had to narrow it down to one!) from when I was young :)
Katie Rae and Sam! Where to start with these two? Katie Rae is a family friend of mine, and it's been wonderful reconnecting with her and her family throughout the last year! Katie Rae is an incredibly kind, intelligent, accomplished person, and there couldn't be anyone more perfect for her than Sam. These two glow around one another. And what really stands out is their intentionality - about their marriage, about bettering their community, and about their relationships with friends and family. Their interfaith ceremony was so beautifully done and full of wisdom. I can't wait to see what these two do together in the future. Congratulations Katie Rae and Sam!!
I met Mari back when I did my first co-op at HMS in college, and then got to work with her again several years later! Mari is such a sweet, selfless, and occasionally hilariously sassy person, and I've loved calling her my friend over the past few years! So it was a huge honor for me to photograph her and Nick's wedding. These two are so sweet and fun and just all around good together. Their happiness together is contagious. And they got married on Mari's parents' anniversary! It was such a beautiful, emotional, special day, and it meant everything to me that I got to be a part of it. Congratulations Mari and Nick!!
Hillary and I had such a great time photographing these two!! It was a chilly, windy Fall day, but Danica and Dan braved the cold and kept each other close. I just love the way these two are together. So sweet and considerate of one another, all mixed in with big laughs and the best kind of goofiness. Can't wait for their wedding next June!!
I had such a blast getting to know Carmie and Mike during their engagement session at the arb! Those fall colors were finally here in Boston, and it was so nice to spend time walking around the arboretum on such a beautiful day! Better yet, we got to end the day with ice cream from JP Licks ;). ;) I loved how much fun these two had with each other. So many happy moments! Congrats on your engagement Carmie and Mike!!
This wedding was extra special, because the beautiful bride just so happened to be my husband's twin sister! I've always felt so fortunate to have married into a family that I absolutely love, and I'm so psyched that Kat found someone as awesome as Jon to add to it!! Kat and Jon have this beautiful, no holds barred kind of love. They balance one another perfectly, they have a blast together, and they are so, so good to one another. Their ceremony was such a perfect reflection of their relationship - heartfelt words, beautiful promises, happy tears, and big, big smiles. It means a whole lot to me that they chose me to capture their big day for them. Kat and Jon, I know you have an amazing future ahead of you, and I can't wait to see what it holds for you!! Love you both!!