Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My Momma Loves Me

Even though I photograph a fair amount of weddings these days, I got my start photographing families and babies. I love having the opportunity to get to know a family, to see the dynamic, and to be a part of their world for just a little while. Yesterday I had the chance to photograph Dante on his 3 month birthday. I've known Dante's father since we junior-high age and it's a riot to see him around this little baby. You better believe the little one rules the roost! I loved watching Dante's mother play with him and listen to her voice change when she spoke to him. You can just hear the little whispers of love in each sentence. Beautiful! So, I thought I would get right on these and post a couple so the family can see them.

I love taking close-up shots of babies. I can't help it. This photo is such a nice introduction to this little man.
Baby's Close-Up

Baby toes!
Baby Toes

We totally tired Dante out with the modeling and he managed to drift off to sleep at the end of our shoot. He was a total trooper, though. As I was starting to get ready to leave, I captured this moment between mother and son.
Mother and Child

I have another little baby shoot coming up this week, which I am very excited about. And a model shoot tomorrow. And I'm doing some work with Kristi on Monday. Life is good.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I Remember When Rock Was Young


One more boudoir image that doesn't reveal too much! This is my 7th blog post in a row, so I'm pretty happy. It's been a fun little experiment to post everyday and have to come up with new song lyrics. Maybe next I'll choose another 70s superhero - Paul Simon or James Taylor or something. There's a whole world of music out there!

This weekend was pretty amazing. In my last post (which seemed a little dazed), I mentioned that I tried octopus. Very adventurous of me. I second shot a really fun wedding on Saturday. It was great to get back in the swing of things. Today I actually had a site visit for an upcoming wedding, so now I'm really in wedding mode. I also had a headshot session today. It went so well. I love photographing people. I love when they show up nervous and go home happy. It truly makes me feel like I've done my job and done it well. With today's headshot comes some definite excitement but I'll hold off on that announcement until later. Tomorrow I go back to photographing babies! I'm so excited to meet this little guy. And then I get to introduce you all to him. Until then, have a lovely Sunday night! There are only about 2 minutes left!

*Post title comes from "Crocodile Rock."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

'Cause Saturday Night's the Night I Like

Just over a month ago, I photographed Katherine at 8 months pregnant. She was amazing - totally up for anything. We even took some photos outside in the cold. I immediately posted one of my favorites from the shoot but never got around to posting any of the others. Well, the little one was born last week, so I figured it was time. Especially since I'm going up to meet her this week. All new photos to post!

Belly Bump

I wanted to post this second photo because I think a lot of woman get creeped out by the idea of maternity photos. They think it's going to be all about a bare belly and some don't want to do that. Bellies are beautiful, but that's not all I photograph! I take maternity photos to capture that exciting time, right before the baby comes. Katherine, Mike, and I just walked around town and enjoyed hanging out. Some of them focused on the pregnancy, some of them didn't. All of them are beautiful.
Outdoor Maternity

* Post title comes from "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)."

Friday, March 27, 2009

Live For Each Second Without Hesitation

Boudoir Silhouette

That was a close one! The internet/cable has been out since just after 5p. It just disappeared, right in the beginning of Gilmore Girls. However, because of the outage, Doug and I went downstairs to have some sushi and a drink and I actually tried dried octopus. Very strange. Although I have to say, it wasn't that bad.

This photo is yet another one from my boudoir session last weekend. I have had so much fun editing all the pictures! I could not be any happier with the results. Tomorrow I'm photographing a wedding - I'll be second shooting, so I'm really excited about that. Then Sunday I have a headshot session. It will all keep me very very busy!

*Today's lyric comes from "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Until I Saw Your City Lights, Honey, I was Blind

Buenos Aires Art Deco
I have committed a horrible photographer crime - not only have I not posted any photos from our trip to Argentina, but I haven't printed any up, either. I'm going to remedy half of that tonight by posting a couple tonight. These photos represent a VERY small fraction of what I shot while we were in Buenos Aires, but I think little by little, they'll make their way on here. However, in the "do what I say, not what I do" category, I implore all my clients to print their photos! Those of you who choose to purchase the digital images own something invaluable - the ability to print your photos whenever and wherever you want, as many times as you want. Take advantage of that. Photos are meant to be tangible. They're no good just hanging out on the computer. Print them, frame them, send them to grandparents. Think about how much you love looking through your parents' old photo albums, even your grandparents' old albums. Your kids should have the same opportunity. I worry that my clients don't ever print their photos up. Technology changes so fast - in 20 yrs, will the technology still exist for you to look at those DVDs on the computer? Print print print!
Buenos Aires
This last photo was actually taken in Uruguay. We spent the day there exploring this little coastal town called Colonia.

*Today's song lyric is from the song "Honky Cat."

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

She's Always Been A Lady of the Road

High Heels

The title of this post comes from the song "Rock and Roll Madonna."

On Valentine's Day, Doug and I went to the the Acton Jazz Cafe to listen to some jazz and hang out. On the wall there was this really cool photo of a woman's foot in a stiletto and there was just something about it that captured my attention. First of all, it looked uncomfortable - the "beauty is pain" philosophy manifested in a photo. Second, it was just the back of the shoe - you couldn't see the toes at all. This past weekend, when I saw that one of my clients was wearing the fishnets and the black heel, I decided it was my turn to try to recreate that photo. It's obviously not the same, nor would I want it to be, but I'm really happy with the results.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

She's Got Electric Boots


Day Two and I'm just getting this post up under the wire! The post title comes from the song, "Bennie and the Jets," in case you didn't know. Anybody with electric boots just has to be super-cool (or "really keen" as the song says), so it's the perfect song to go with this photo!

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm Still Standing

Okay, this is the week of Elton John's birthday (March 25). I love Elton John. He just happens to be one of my all-time favorite singers. Even in 7th grade, when we had to create a bar graph of the class' favorite singers and I was the only one who loved him, one lonely little graph paper square, and classmates mocked me (so ahead of my time), my love endured. I have just now decided that I am going to try to post something every day this week and every title will be from an Elton John song. In his honor. Because I love Elton John. I inadvertently began with the last post. Go ahead, mock me. I can take it.

Blue Eyes Laughing in the Sun


I have been so lame with my posting lately and I apologize sincerely and profusely! I'm editing lots of photos as we speak, so I'll be sure to post more soon! In the meantime, the above photo of my very good friend Jill will have to hold you over until then. She looks so gorgeous I could just scream.

This weekend was extremely busy. Friday night, Doug and I went to a show titled, "The Odditorium". It was awesome! Something totally different and affordable for us to do on a weekend night. The show was full of sideshow circus acts - amazing musicians, burlesque troupes, belly dancers, The Human Floor, jugglers, and even a woman with some MAD hula-hoop skills. It was all organized (and emceed) by my client Zehara. You've seen photos of her on my blog before - she belly dances with snakes and swallows fire! Doug and I had so much fun! I took a few photos from our seats so I might have to post one or two on here.

On Saturday, I had an all-day boudoir marathon. Lots of ladies getting photos taken for their husbands, husbands-to-be, boyfriends, and for themselves! It's a great way to pamper yourself, really. It was an amazing and exhausting day. My clients are so wonderful and brave and fun! I'm going to design some albums with these photos, so if there's anyone out there interested in boudoir photos, drop me an email!

I leave for Los Angeles in just under a month. I am so excited to go and visit my old stomping grounds. My good friends are getting married and I am going to be a guest (albeit, with a camera). I've also set up some shoots while I'm out there, but am definitely interested in setting up some more. I'll be there from April 21st to April 28th - let me know!

That's all for today. Have to get back to editing!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fly Like An Eagle

Many moons ago, I interned in Boston radio. I met some of the coolest people in the world during my time there. Twelve years later, we are still friends. My boss Dave was amazing. I know it sounds silly but he really took care of me. Frankly, Dave is not that much older than me - sort of like a big brother. I did a lot of growing up during my two years at the station and he was there for a lot of it. Sure, one could say we were adults back then, but now we're really adults and Dave is asking for my help (and for yours). Dave's father was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) a few years ago and lost the battle this past August. This July, Dave will be biking the Tri-State Trek - a 270 mile ride - for the 3rd time. He does the ride for his father, and for everyone else struggling for their lives. He does the ride to spread awareness and to raise money in the fight against this horrible disease. He does the ride because he's a good man and he takes care of his people. Please help my friend Dave in his quest to end ALS. By clicking on that link, you can donate directly to his team. Any little bit will help. I will be posting reminders every once in a while up until the ride.

I wanted to post a photo of me and Dave from back in the day, but sadly, I was behind the camera for most of the photos! So, here's a totally random photo instead.
Loon Mt.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I Sat Beside You And Became Myself

In Love

These two always look so much in love! It's awesome. I'm going through my photos from the past year, trying to choose some for my new website(s) and it's so hard to choose. Not only do I love so many of the photos, but I have emotional attachments to my subjects. I want to include ALL of them. Sadly, that would be a very laborious website, so I need to narrow things down. Ah, such a lovely way to spend Saturday morning!

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Story of My Life

I haven't posted in a week or so, which is unlike me. I've been designing client albums, which is exciting and has definitely kept me busy. I wanted to post these photos of me and Doug that were taken by Rachel of mergeweddings.com. In the fall, we arranged a little portrait exchange where I took photos of her and her husband and she photographed me and Doug. I never posted any of the ones she took and today felt like the day to do it.



I love these two photos. I get so wrapped up in taking photos of other people that I don't have a lot of photos of the two of us together anymore. These are a real gift!