Well, It’s wedding and engagement season<3 What a fabulous year when I can photograph a sister’s wedding then another sister’s engagement session and then another wedding in 2016. Life is definitely good and even better when shared with this particular family. I’ve decided that Emily should have been an art teacher. She came supplied with signs, props, a dog and thankfully a finance for her engagement session. I have to say, fun was had by all including Emily’s dad who was the caretaker for McKenzie..the dogs…photo debut! Enjoy Emily & Tony’s engagement blog as we venture through Quabbin.
As I was thinking about how to write this blog I began looking for quotes on love and patience. Alyssa explained to me that she and Derrek had been engaged for quite sometime. It seems that the mantra for the wedding day was “Finally”. I found this little quote which I thought was extremely appropriate and lovely.
“The beauty of marriage is not always seen from the very beginning…but rather as love grows and develops over time.” —Fawn Weaver
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Santucci…..FINALLY:)
So, after a full day of shooting boudoir photography yesterday, I began thinking about the “whys” of this type of photography. It seems to be a growing trend in the wedding market as a replacement for engagement pictures. I also shot a model I have used for many years and we began discussing a valentines promotion for a boudoir shoot as we were photographing. She had mentioned that many of her friends were looking to have this type of photography done. I obviously began thinking about why a client would chose to have a boudoir session, not from my perspective as a photographer, but from the prospective of a man and a woman. From my perspective, I LOVE having a woman feel beautiful. I love when they look at their images and state, “wow, I look like a model”. I would like to feel that way as well if I was on the other end of the camera.
I chose to ask men about their perspective of these images. I was told, it is a gift she won’t give to anyone else…so it makes it very unique. It means we are truly special. I was told it makes a man feel great and they knew those pictures were a gift for them and them alone. It was something to be shared just between two people so that made it very cool.From a female’s perspective, I know as a woman…not as a photographer…that this is something I would do for only a special somebody. I would be giving that someone a part of myself to be shared with only them. A very unique gift…something very precious and personal. It would be a total and selfless act of love for the other individual.Another perspective that gave me pause…in our daily lives we are so caught up with being a career person, a mom, or any sort of care giver that we forget what it is like to feel and act like a woman. We are so caught up in the running here there and everywhere and taking care of everyone else….that we forget to take care of ourselves. We forget to be the woman that we truly are. Our husbands, partners, boyfriends, whatever don’t care if we have had a child and aren’t a size zero. They don’t care if we are having a bad hair day. They don’t care if we forget to put on makeup and wear sweats running out the door. In their eyes we are beautiful inside and out. What better way to say “I love you” than a gift that is just for them and them alone. This truly has me smiling as I write this. I like everyone else want to feel beautiful… I want to be told how special I am…how beautiful I am to that special someone. I enjoy this type of photography. I enjoy being the someone that women know can help them be and look their best. I love the light in their eyes when they view their images knowing I have made them look and feel like a model for the day. Happy Valentines Day to all the women out there. May you always take a moment each day to think of this blog and feel like the empowered woman that you are. xoxoPlease contact me at email@example.com to ask about my Boudoir pricing and my current Valentines Day promotion.
There is always a little something magical about a snowfall. Lindsay wished for a little snow for her wedding day this past Saturday. I was so excited when I heard the upcoming forecast which predicted just that. How perfect can it get? Snow for a January wedding. Just what every girl who plans a winter wedding desires. I was so disappointed for Chris and Lindsay when I woke up on the morning of the 3rd expecting to see a dusting of snow and saw grass. Well, I figure, we live in New England, and yes, anything is possible with the weather! We began our wedding at Wisteriahurst Museum and lo and behold all the little angels began working their magic and it began snowing right after the ceremony. Congratulations Chris and Lindsay. May the magic of every snowfall touch your lives and hearts!
I had the pleasure of photographing Kristen & Ryan at Fountain Park this past weekend. We picked a very chilly day but figured it would be fun regardless. We could use hats and scarfs and create a winter scene. Little did we know the following day would be sixty degrees. Sorry Ryan for subjecting you to the cold. Us girls will do anything for amazing pictures. They also brought their two adorable dogs who are part of their family. They as well were dressed for the elements with cute little sweaters. What a fun Saturday afternoon with these four.
In some cultures rain is good luck, and can represent cleansing or stronger unity in the marriage. It comes from several cultures mainly from the Hindu with the idea that a wet knot is harder to untie. Since marriage is often referred to as tying the knot. Rain was also a symbol of fertility to agricultural societies, since rain restored and maintained the wellness of crops. Crops were peoples main source of stability and income so it was thought to guarantee a long happy marriage! I like rain because after the rain comes the RAINBOW. I like to think along lines of fairy tales and happily ever after. Guess that is just the way I am wired and I am very content to live in that world that I have created. Being a wedding photographer, it is not a bad place to be. Happy wedding day to Jon & Lexa. May every shower or drop of rain create the proverbial rainbow with the pot of gold at the end of each rainbow ( I like to think of that pot as a storing place of love and fortune..fortune being health, happiness and family) Enjoy their story of their wedding day as shown through my images.
It all started on the Big E fairgrounds. Ashley and David met for the first time in September of 2010. Funny, four years later they got engaged in the same location and also had engagement pictures taken at the same time the Big E was going on. Can’t wait for the first child. I bet it will be at the same time of year as well. Certainly something I would totally expect with my attitude about, “things happen for a reason”. We photographed their session at Quabbin. Ashley & David had never been there before so I was more than happy to show them some of my favorite spots. It was a gorgeous fall day to say the very least. We had smiles, laughter and lots of playfulness with a sprinkling of romance and love thrown in. All a powerful combination for this beautiful blog. I can’t wait for the wedding you two. It is bound to be a spectacular event!
Abbie & Vince met at Westfield State College in a Shakespeare English class. Neither was too fond of that particular class and formed an immediate bond. The relationship progressed as friends due to the fact that Abbie did not want to date someone from another country. I guess the distance really did not appeal to her as Vince was a resident of Canada. But alas, Vince persevered. He continued to ask Abbie out until he got the answer he was looking for. Yes, I will date you. She explained the reason for her decision to him about distance being a problem and the complications that would arise from a long distance relationship. His response which was incredibly sweet and all the words Abbie needed to hear ” I’m not dating you to date you. I want to date you to keep you” Abbie felt like home to Vince and Abbie certainly found her home and future with Vince. The couple is moving to Tennessee where Vince will be skating with the Knoxville Ice Bears. Abbie is a licensed teacher and will look at pursuing her career in the future. An August 2015 wedding is planned for this very sweet couple.
The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. That little blurb was information for myself as well as for this blog since I know absolutely NOTHING about sports. Christine & Mike went all out when it came to the Boston Bruins when planning to celebrate their marriage. They had a black and yellow sports theme which amazingly I actually knew was the color for the Bruins. Even the signage they used was yellow in some of the props they brought. What a fabulous and unique way to showcase their wedding. The flowers were gorgeous with black, yellow and white feathers, the cake a totally cool Boston Bruins themed cake and to top it off, all the bridal party paraded in with Boston Bruins jerseys on. What a fun and energetic group we had for this wedding. My heartfelt wishes for lasting joy and happiness are extended to both Christine and Mike. GO BRUINS!!!!
As a wedding photographer, we always keep an eye on the weather when we have an outdoor venue. Such was the case for Katy & Tom’s wedding. The sky was a little grey the morning of their wedding. I was just hoping the showers would hold off until after their beautifully planned ceremony in the gardens. Well, as the saying goes…. You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain. In spite of the rain, Katy & Tom had a beautifully crafted wedding with artfully made signs, vintage photo booths, popcorn in many flavors and a BIG surprise, a baby reveal cake for the happy couple who are expecting their first little one in January. Happy Wedding Day Katy & Tom. Wishing you a lifetime of rainbows xoxo