This is a story about life long friends who over time found their true soulmate in each other. Surrounded by a multitude of many high school friends and family this young couple exchanged vows and rings at a truly elegant and beautiful location. This wedding held a soft spot in my heart as they grew up in Wilbraham and went to the local high school. It was wonderful to see so many friends and acquaintances on this special day. I wish you both many, many years of wedded bliss and as always…..sprinkled with a little fairy dust and a dash magic! Congratulations!
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.
Life just gets away from you at times. Between working, kids and maintaining a home and business, there just never seems to be enough time in every day. I sound like every other Mom and business owner I imagine. I have finally returned from the vacation of a lifetime taken in my grandmothers honor to Italy. I had an incredible experience seeing new places, making many friends and spending much needed non work time with Nick. I couldn’t have asked for a better two weeks. But now, it’s time to get back to business and catch up on some of my blogs. I am grouping the girls, then the boys into separate blogs. It will showcase many of my favorite images taken throughout the season. I do hope I haven’t missed anyone. If so, my apologies. Senior portraits is another area I love of my business. I love capturing the “almost 18” young man or woman who in a years time will be off to college and creating all new experiences for themselves. I see this as the last time we as parents will view our son’s and daughter’s as our little children. They will soon become independent of us out making their own decisions and finding their separate ways. Their new found maturity and life experiences will soon grow and define who they will become as a mature adult. I see these images as capturing the innocence before this life change becomes a reality. I am an empty nester as of this fall with my last off to college. I have seen the growth and change in all three of my children as they have ventured off into their college experiences. I wish every one of my seniors who are making college decisions, accepting and signing intent letters, or who are choosing military service or entering the work force, the very best of a bright and happy future!
A baby boy or girl filled your heart with pride,
What a joy you feel inside.
With tiny little hands and tiny little feet,
Every time you look him or her the heart skips a beat.
I can say this without any doubt at all,
You will always be there to catch him or her from the fall.
And another wish I make to you from me,
Mummy’s little angel he or she will always be.
When a baby feels a hand rest upon a Mum,
And hears the sound of a low deep hum,
I hope he knows, and to himself or herself thinks gladly,
This touch and voice is of his or her loving Mummy or Daddy.
I loved this little poem when I read it. I have been meaning to get caught up with some of my blogging but with shooting each day, weddings and my trip to Italy, there just never seemed to be enough time in any day. I am thankful for my new office assistant Mary who has helped me considerably in the last month. I can finally take a bit of time to get some of my favorite images posted from the last month or so. I wanted to feature a newborn blog since I absolutely adore working with all the little babies. It really doesn’t seem so long ago that mine were this small. I am so excited to report that this part of my business keeps growing & growing. That thought just makes me feel all warm and tingly and humbled in so many ways. I am thankful for everyone’s vote of confidence in my ability to capture their precious little bundles throughout the first year with my Grow with me Baby Plan.