May 29, 2011   |   wedding

Sometimes, couples book me over the phone. Courtney and Erik live in Boston. So, we never got to meet face-to-face before the wedding day. This always makes me a little nervous! I form such a bond with my clients through meetings and engagement session, and that bond is very important for my capturing the right kind of photos on their big day. Luckily, Courtney and Erik were easy to get along with from the second I met them. By the end of the day, I didn’t feel like we’d just met.

Their wedding did present its fair share of challenges, though. They were married on Memorial Day weekend–yesterday–and it is a very busy weekend in the city. Also, despite having crossed our fingers and said our prayers, it stormed for most of their day. Getting around a crowded, rainy city in a trolley can be quite a task! However, these two had the perfect rainy day attitude. They decided that if we can’t beat the weather, we might as well work with the weather. And so, much to my delight, they made the best of a wet situation. Even when the wedding planner was telling me we didn’t have time and even when the bridal party was looking at me like I was crazy, they trusted me.

I love the photos that resulted and, truthfully, I think the rain-slicked city was so romantic.

I spent some time in the guys’ hotel room, too. The schedule allowed plenty of time for me to bounce back-and-forth between rooms. I showed up just in time to catch the guys’ little bow-tie tutorial.

I went back to Courtney’s room to find her hanging out in her Jimmy Choo heels and her robe. LOVE IT.

So happy to be meeting her soon-to-be husband at the end of the aisle.

I always love when a couple looks at the people that came to support them.

Married!

Rain? No problem!

When it started to rain, I called the Museum of Contemporary Art to see if we could shoot inside. Even though they were full of guests and setting up for two big events, they let us run in. We were so lucky! This is a great place for brides to secure as a shooting location for future rainy day weddings!

We were running late and had to head back to the Cultural Center for the reception. In my gut, I knew that we didn’t have enough photos and my heart was sinking. So, against the wishes of pretty much everyone except Courtney and Erik, the three of us decided to run outside of the Cultural Center for just 10 more minutes of pictures. I’m so glad they were willing to do this (and move family portraits until later)! All of these photos (including the first one in this post) resulted from those 10 minutes.

How GORGEOUS was Courtney’s dress? (Courtney is pretty gorgeous, too!)

LOVE this one.

The reception was beautiful. The Cultural Center is typically a very dark venue, but they hired lighting specialists and it made a HUGE difference in the ambience and the photos!

A little Risky Business during introductions.


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May 27, 2011   |   baby, children, family

I’ve been photographing cute little Caroline since she was just a couple of months old. Now, she’s 1! I headed to Lakeview to shoot the last in a year’s worth of family portraits with this little sweetie and her family. Shooting portraits with a 1 year old and a 3 year old can be a challenge, but Bridget and Andrew make my job so easy. They are the perfect parents, and they never sweat the small stuff. So, we just have fun and–if a couple of cute pictures get captured–even better!

It’s going to be a busy holiday weekend. So, I wanted to get some sneak peeks up this evening. Here they are… fresh of the press!

I can capture so many fun shots when little ones are crawling towards me.

Caroline is just learning to walk. Dad still has to help her out a bit.

Love this family portrait.

And this one is just as fun.

And here is what happens when you try to get a family picture with two itty bitties!


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May 25, 2011   |   Clients, engagement, tips, wedding

This past year, I’ve been really lucky! I’ve had shoots featured in such awesome publications as Style Unveiled (twice!), Elizabeth Anne Designs, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, and Aisle Candy. I’ve used Two Bright Lights–an amazing resource for vendors–to submit to all of these publications.

I’m still no expert on publication, and I have several publication goals that I’ve yet to meet. However, after having obsessively checked wedding websites, blogs, and magazines for years, I have a pretty good idea of what editors are looking for when they are considering whether or not to publish your photos (for photographers) or your events (for clients). So, maybe these tips will help you, too!

To create a submission on TBL, you have to first make an inspiration board. Brides, especially, are usually familiar with these! An inspiration board is collection of images that tell a story. That story could be what you want your wedding day to look like. Or, for photographers like myself, that story could be what message your photographs are communicating–how and why they belong together. I’ve realized that it’s helpful to think about what your inspiration board will look like before you ever begin the shoot. In other words, rather than sorting through a bunch of photos that may or may not fit together, why not make sure that what you’re doing (whether it is planning a photoshoot or an event) will be visually cohesive before you even start? This is probably the best tip I can give to my clients who are in the beginning stages of planning their wedding. The truth is, whatever makes a big visual impact for an editor will also make a big visual impact for your guests, too!

Here are the inspiration boards that got these shoots published. As you can see, they create a story. That story can revolve around a theme, a color, or an aesthetic. The bottom line is that they look like they belong together; they look like someone thought about how they’d connect to each other. If you’re a photographer or a couple hoping to get your photographs published, make sure you’re photos do the same!


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