Thursday, October 30, 2008

When You Give Me That Pretty Little Pout

Sophie Sulking

This is my "niece" Sophie - she's not really my niece but my cousin's daughter (whatever that makes her). She calls me "Auntie Meg," so I think it's only fair I get to call her my niece. I love seeing this face at my photo shoots! Lucky for her she's so adorable otherwise she would have been in some serious trouble!
I recently had the pleasure of photographing these three musketeers again. They are such funny kids! We were able to shoot in a neighbor's backyard so we could get the pond in the background for some of the photos, which was awesome. There are millions of hidden treasures, like this pond, all over Massachusetts alone. I love getting the opportunity to discover them. We also made use of the fall foliage, which in New England, you can't pass up.

Leaf Peeping

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The three kids on the dock.
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See, I told you I'd be posting more! Despite the failing economy, I'm feeling pretty good about life right now. Election day is right around the corner and I am SOOO excited! I registered to vote as soon as I turned 18 and I really enjoy being part of the process. This year, however, is particularly historical. If you are over 18 and are registered to vote, DO IT! I honestly feel that if you don't take advantage of your privilege to vote this year, you should be ashamed. No matter who wins, we're making history. How could you not want to be a part of that? Okay, I'm off my soapbox now! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I Want to Thank You

Okay, so with the lack of wedding editing I was finally able to change my blog a little bit. Thanks to Rachel of who sat with me on the phone and taught me a little bit about html. Ah, the lovely world of the interweb...

I'm Learning to Fly

Finally I can get back to posting! Just yesterday I essentially finished editing all of this season's weddings, which has me very excited. My next wedding is in about two months - in Buenos Aires! The holidays are right around the corner. Every year, I photograph my friend Tiffany's family. I've been doing it since before her son was born (she was my first maternity shoot out of the studio) and it's always fun to spend some time with them. Earlier this month I was able to scoot down to the Cape for a visit and a photo shoot.

Here's Nick. He loved riding on his scooter. He seemed to think I was pretty amusing, so I'll thank him for that when he gets older.

This is Nick's best friend Ruby. Adorable, huh? I have a feeling their moms are planning some sort of pagan betrothal.

And this little guy is Ruby's baby brother Odin.

It was awesome that we could still take advantage of the nice autumn weather. I can't say enough about Tiffany and her family. I can tell you she is an amazing wife, mother, and friend but the words could never convey the actuality of it all. I'm lucky to have her in my life, for sure! When we were in high school, we stood in line in the snow at the crack of dawn to get tickets to see Tom Petty at the Boston Garden - the REAL Boston Garden. It seemed only fitting to use a Petty song for her post.

Now that I've come up for air, you'll be seeing a lot of new posts. I've still got a couple of weddings to write about as well as a lot of other shoots! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

You're Beautiful

I am up very early this morning in order to hop on a bus to NYC for the Photo Plus Expo this week. I love taking little trips to New York - it's always so much fun. A nice return to my old stomping grounds. Sometimes I can't even believe I lived there, it's just been so long. Since I will be abandoning my computer once again, I wanted to leave you with a slideshow from Chris and Emily's wedding. They married on a Friday evening in Newport, RI, but celebrated with a reception on Saturday night. That left us plenty of time for pictures!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy To Be Stuck With You

This is another photo from Chris and Emily's wedding in Newport. The people at Newport Vineyards were super cool. They let us shoot in the barrel room (not sure if that's the technical term) since we weren't able to go outside in the pouring rain. This is probably my favorite shot from in there.

I'm actually going to be out of town for the weekend and probably won't be able to access the internet at all. I might not even get cell phone service. The horror! However, if you need to reach me, you can always call and leave a message. I'll check periodically. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and hopefully blogging will resume a more regular schedule when I return!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It's a Little Bit Funny

Oh blog, how I've missed you! I'm working VERY hard so that I can post some more wedding photos and other assorted goodies soon. Now that it's October, my holiday sittings are in full swing, which is really exciting. Kids are adorable. It's a simple but true statement. In the midst of my editing, here are some things that have been swirling around in my mind:

1. As a photographer, branding and marketing are very important. How do you want people to think of you? How will you get them to do this? Do you have a logo? A slogan? So many companies rely on a consistent image so that when you see it (or hear it), you know exactly what company it is. It seems to be relatively effective. Has anyone out there besides me noticed that GEICO has three distinct commercial campaigns running on tv? Can you name them? They have the GEICO gecko, the cavemen, and then the commercials where the famous people translate the accident story of the regular person. Did you know that all those commercials belonged to one company? When you think of GEICO, which one comes to your head? Is having that many different campaigns out there effective? Since I'm thinking about my own company and how to brand and market myself, I just find it very interesting. Thoughts?

2. Also having to do with advertising. I saw an ad the other day on my computer for a new car (can't remember the company). One of the things they promoted the car as having was "real time weather." Uhm, I don't need a weather update in real-time. Without being a meteorologist, I can tell if it's raining, sunny, cloudy, snowing. If I'm confused, I can stick my hand out the car window.

See what your mind turns to after weeks of editing and not really leaving the house, except to shoot (which only adds to the editing). I'm working on a post with photos now, so hopefully I'll be back in the next couple of days!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Unforgettable, That's What You Are

Kat and Steven got married a couple of weeks ago at the Tewksbury Country Club, which was beautiful and great for photos, too. Kat was an amazing bride. When I first met her last year, I was struck by her organizational skills and I knew we would get along. On her wedding day, though, she let all the stress melt away and she was really able to enjoy the day. It was awesome! I can also say that Steven's brother Declan gave what could be the best Best Man Toast of all time (it involved some interpretative dance). For the rest of my wedding photography career, I will be asking myself, "Was that speech better than Declan's?" So, here are some photos from the big day:

Emily spent some time with the boys ahead of the ceremony and grabbed this shot, which I love.

The shoes and the dress are always important details!

The bride getting ready. Kat had to be tied into her dress, which required some dexterity and patience on the part of her mother and maid of honor.

All done and ready for the day!

The bride and her father walking up the steps of the church.

By the time we got to the reception, I knew it would be dark so Kat and Steven were nice enough to let me snag a few photos of them outside the church. Well worth it, I think.

At the country club and ready to go!

A big congratulations to Kat and Steven! Thanks for letting me be part of your day! If you want to see more photos from their wedding, check out the slideshow below...