Kri & Ari came together in the green mountains of Vermont. What started out as a scrabble night began the effortless connection of these two beautiful people. They laugh together, enjoy life’s simple pleasures, and live with their kitties. These two were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony, two wonderful families and a multitude of friends who came to celebrate this spectacular wedding. They exchanged their vows in the hills of Lenox on a beautiful working farm. The property’s views were stunning and they had lots of animals to take a look at as well as llamas who participated in the wedding. I extend many, many blessings Kri & Ari to you as you begin your life together as husband and wife.
I Absolutely love being asked to go to new locations when I photograph. It is like being able to travel while working in a career I love. What can be better than that? Jill and Tom picked Spencer State Park to photograph their engagement pictures. They are both from the Boston area but went to College in Western MA and are getting married at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer. I din’t really know what to expect. State Parks can be a little on the dark side with trees and woods, not a lot of options to photograph. We were all pleasantly surprised by the location. There were beautiful stone walls, nice fields, water, bridges and, FROGS:) We even made a quick stop in a beautiful pasture as we were heading home for the day. Congratulations Jill & Tom. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in another beautiful location!
Friday, August 29, 2014 dawned clear and bright for the spectacular wedding of Cassie & Nate. And, of course Jocelyn too:) I was so excited to photograph their wedding because they had put so much time and effort into creating their country themed wedding. Cassie & Nate had wood pieces cut and designed for each table, mason jars full of beautiful daisy’s and an incredible cupcake tree made by a family member. And that only lists a few of the many details. So much love and work was put into these incredible details to create this memorable day and of course, a style that was all their own. Plus, what a fabulous location. Rolling fields, a farmhouse as a bridal suite and a barn to celebrate their party in. Didn’t get much better than all that! Cassie & Nate, I wish you both and Jocelyn all that life has to offer. You are a beautiful family and I wish you every happiness. Congratulations and much love.
What a beautiful day for a wedding this past Saturday. The sky was blue with puffy cotton candy clouds, not a drop of rain in sight. We experienced unbelievably gorgeous dry weather for an early August wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular day. Pino & Beth joined hands and hearts at Saint Cecilia church in Wilbraham. The church lifted in song and love for this intimate ceremony. Pino and Beth enjoyed a wonderful gathering at The Wilbraham Country Club. We got to even drive a few golf carts for our tour around the Tees. Enjoy their images as they tell the story of this wonderful couples day.
It is with great pleasure and happiness that I am able to show case the images from Andrea and Jeff’s wedding. I had asked Jeff and Andrea both what they had found in each other as a life partner. It is with these responses that I write this blog. Jeff was quick to tell me about his grandparents relationship. It was such an ideal and loving relationship it was something Jeff thought he would never be able to find in his life. Then he met Andrea and he just knew he had found…the one! Andrea was given Jeff’s grandmother’s ring to wear as the “something borrowed” part of their wedding. It truly signify’s the ideal that Jeff had always carried in his heart about finding his true soul mate like his grandparents had. Andrea, being more thoughtful, explained, that they have a special kind of connection that is hard to find. Their first dance tells of the feelings that Andrea expressed about Jeff. Who I am With You by Chris Young was that song. “Jeff brings out the best in me and I in him. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.”
WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK A PHOTO SESSION FOR YOUR NEWBORN
JULY 28, 2014 BY AMBER ADRIAN
It may seem like this new human will spend its entire life as a squirming, wailing meatloaf – at least that’s how it feels at the 3 am feeding – but they grow fast. Soon your baby is waddling around the house and, approximately twenty minutes later, smashing your mailbox with the car fender. It’s easy to forget to capture the moment when you’re busy living the moment.
(Or hoping the moment will end. Yes, they’re precious bundles of joy, but those precious joy bundles have a terrible habit of wailing in the grocery store line.)
One way to capture those moments is to book a portrait session with a professional photographer. Yes, iPhones are a wonder of technology but there’s nothing like a professional to give you an image you’ll want on your mantelpiece forever.
“When people coo over baby pictures, they may or may not realize that the baby doesn’t actually look like that,” explains Karen Geaghan, an experienced baby photographer. “Their skin is red, they have pimples, and more than half the babies I shoot have purple feet because of poor circulation,” she says. Geaghan spends hours after every shoot manipulating expensive software to edit out the blemishes and alter skin tone. “People don’t want to see purple feet,” she laughs.
WHAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE
Those perfect baby pictures posted on Facebook don’t happen by accident. “People see the end result without knowing what goes into it,” says Geaghan. Keeping a baby content during hours of photography is no easy feat. She has to crank the heat up to 85 degrees – no joke in Massachusetts in January – and she asks the mother to feed the baby at the beginning of the session so the baby is sleepy. (Translation:content and malleable.) She also employs a veritable Rube Goldberg machine of contraptions to keep babies calm, like white noise and a soothing heartbeat monitor.
BABIES ARE EXPENSIVE
“Pricing throws people for a loop,” says Geaghan. Often parents don’t realize what goes into a session or what happens behind the scenes. A photographer’s time for a single session is often more than ten hours – set-up and breakdown of equipment is an hour, shooting is three to four hours, and then there’s editing to remove the purple feet.
Plus, there’s the equipment. Cameras – and professional photographers have many, all of which perform different functions – are thousands and thousands of dollars. “My favorite lens is $2500,” laughs Geaghan.
YOUR BABY WILL PROBABLY PEE ON SOMETHING
No worries, that’s what babies do. It’s in their job description. “That’s why I have a washing machine,” laughs Geaghan.
“I tell parents not to bring a lot of clothes – they aren’t dolls. Really, they’re not much more than a blob for that first four months,” she says. Some parents want to put their child in clothes and she never wants to say no, but she does try to explain her thinking. “You can only go without clothes in pictures until they’re a few months old,” she says. “So this is the only time you can see those cute, chubby rolls. You’ll want to remember those.”
About those buckets and baskets you see in newborn photography everywhere: “Prior to four months, your baby can’t hold itself up. That’s why I put it in something,” explains Geaghan. “That’s the only way you’ll see the baby’s face.”
WE AREN’T ROBOTS
When asked how she coaxes emotion through on pixel, Geaghan says, “How can you look at your newborn baby and not feel? It’s just there.”
You’ll remember the emotions because you feel them every time you look at your child (well, some of the times you look at your child) – but you won’t ever regret capturing those first few months. Especially after the decade that your angel will spend coloring on the walls. That picture on the mantel may just save everyone’s sanity.
Do you have any favorite newborn/baby photos, or memories from photo shoots of your kids?
ABOUT AMBER ADRIAN
Amber is a writer who masquerades as a panda and would hire someone to breathe for her if she could. She’s still on the hunt for someone to bake her cakes and fan her with peacock feathers. Basically, she wants to be Cleopatra. Since she lacks a pedigree and the staff to go with it, she uses Thumbtack instead.
I write this blog with a happy heart but also with a twinge of sadness that my time with Olivia is coming to an end. Olivia was a “Grow with me” baby plan child. She began her photographic journey as a newborn after her birth on July 2, 2013. And yes, today, Olivia turns ONE! She had a four, eight and twelve month session in addition to her newborn session which ended her one year plan. It culminates about the time of the child’s first birthday. Most parents chose to combine a cake smash with their one year images. I so enjoy watching these children grow into toddlers. It is so exciting and refreshing to relive the first year through these children. My children are so much older but it truly seems like just yesterday that they were this small. I remember the first steps, learning to talk ,the tantrums and unique quirks that remain with them to this day, all the excitement of that first year. How precious! Olivia, you are a beautiful little girl grown from the tiny little precious newborn last July. I wish you every happiness life has to offer. May the stars continue to twinkle, the moon continue to glow and may every wish and dream be realized as you emerge into a happy little toddler. Happy Birthday my little Angel<3 and, oh my, I actually have tears in my eyes…..