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.
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.”
I met Cassandra and Nathan recently in a coffee shop in Connecticut, It’s a Grind, to discuss their wedding photography. The contact came through a wedding referral site online called Thumbtack. I was so thrilled to be chosen as their photographer after that meeting. I always find it amazing how I can feel an instant connection with some clients. It was definitely one of those moments. We scheduled our engagement session at Forest Park in Springfield. I wasn’t sure if the weather would cooperate but living in new England and being used to unpredictable weather issues we gave it a shot. We beat the rain and had a fabulous shoot. I wanted to find some more remote areas in Forest Park and I believe we did just that. I might also add I just absolutely adore working with engaged couples. I love to see the interactions that I capture on film and the love and friendship that is always so evident. Who said “fairy tales don’t exist”? Not me, I live and breathe it everyday in a career I absolutely love!
I finally had the pleasure of shooting in a location I had passed by several years ago on the way to a wedding in Connecticut. The location was so beautiful and it so happened I passed by the first time around sunset. It was absolutely stunning. There was a beautiful building jutting into the water which I thought, wow, I would love to photograph there. When I entered the location I was traveling to Saturday evening into my GPS, I was surprised that I was heading towards Bradley Airport. I just assumed I was going past Hartford. I kept my fingers crossed hoping it was where I thought I might be going. I was so excited as I recognized buildings I had driven by to that particular wedding. Maybe, just maybe I was going to that body of beautiful water. As I got closer I knew for sure this was where I was heading. I was so thrilled. What could be better than a beautiful location with a beautiful couple. We hadsuch a ball. Thank you to my groom for helping carry my equipment. You were a trooper!
Last week I spent a whole day watching Jim Garner, a very talented wedding and portrait photographer on Creative Live. Creative Live is a site for professionals to learn new techniques to apply to their businesses. There is always a live broadcast running and a variety of learning is available. I am interested in how other professionals perform so I truly enjoyed this particular broadcast. It was so interesting to see such a different style of photographing weddings. Jim uses a story telling style to photograph his weddings and always sells an album of this to his clients. It was also enlightening, no pun intended, to see how he used light to photograph his subjects. Today’s photography has gotten away from using on camera flash. I have been doing a lot of experimenting with natural light, off camera flash, reflectors and video lights int the past year to get different looks from lighting. I LOVE all effects but truly love when the response is “Wow”..that just means I have captured the light in the right way. I should add there is no right or wrong way to light a subject. As long as you achieve the look that pleases both you and your client you have used the correct light. Jim also taught about energy in story telling. Maybe not those exact words but those are the words I will use to showcase the images in this blog. When telling a story to me its about capturing the energy and personality of a particular client or couple. I often hear,” please tell me what to do”, as a response when we are shooting. I learned from this broadcast to “let the client play” . Play relaxes people and allows them to show more of who they are as a couple or individual. Sure, you still have to offer instructional posing at times but it appears to me there is far more energy in images that are light hearted and fun. I guess you should be the judge. The following is a mock engagement session.
Katie & Drew set up their engagement session for April 27th assuming it would be bright , colorful and warm. Isn’t it warm in almost May in New England? Our date was a little on the cool side with minimal color due to the late spring this year. We chose a location that color wouldn’t make a huge difference. Kate and Drew picked Old Sturbridge Village which is a personal favorite of mine. I was so excited to photograph in a place I loved with a wonderful couple. We spent a couple hours walking around the village and stopping to play and create when the mood struck us. Katie and Drew danced in the field, chopped wood and even recreated a famous country classic image. They ended in a favorite building of Drew’s with wonderful window light. A truly romantic spot to end our day! Drew’s grandmother worked in the village so this location was a perfect choice to tell their love story. They were an amazing couple to photograph with such spunk and vitality and obviously very much in love. It was pure pleasure working with them. I can’t wait for the wedding.