Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mindy and Tim: A Wedding - Log Cabin, Holyoke, Massachusetts

They say it's good luck when it rains on your wedding day. I'd like to believe that to be true because there was a noreaster the day of my wedding. IF the old saying IS true -- Mindy and Tim are going to have all the luck in the world!! Rain or not, their wedding day was still beautiful, and emotional, and heartfelt - full of family, love, and life! Enjoy!

Mindy got ready at her mom and dad's house full of great little antiques and country accents. I loved this little red chair.

The lovely and talented Mrs. Sarah Code-Croll of Growing Tree Photography shot this wedding with me! This photo is hers:

We ran outside quick while it was only sprinkling:

Then it got a little too wet so we ran back inside:

These next two are Sara's photos and I love them to pieces!

We made it to the church!

I always love this exchange! It chokes me up almost every time!

Yay! They did it!

Right after the ceremony we headed straight for the Log Cabin - but unfortunately did not arrive in time to catch any light whatsoever. So all of Mondy and Tim's portraits were done inside or in the dark. Thankfully I carry lots of little backup lighting scenarios just incase this ever happens. We made it work!

We started of inside and did some traditional formal portraits in front of the fireplace capturing exactly what we needed to but then we made our way back outside as there was a little break in the rain...

Then we went back in for one (maybe two) more shots:

And then we danced the night away! This photo makes me giggle every time I see it!

Scenes from an awesome reception:

This was my last photo of the night. Tim and his best bud:

Thanks Mindy and Tim! You and your families were so sweet and awesome to work with!!!

Be good to each other!



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

photographs are:

proof that we loved, we laughed, we cried, we lived.

proof that we were children, wore pigtails, lost and grew teeth, scraped our knees, caught butterflies and fireflies, had sleepovers, and birthday parties at McDonald's.

proof that we loved puppies that turned into aged, sick dogs, cuddled kittens that morphed into fat, grumpy cats.

proof that we wore silly hats, creative halloween costumes, fell for the latest trends, went to proms, got new cars, skated in ice skating shows, earned our orange belts.

proof that we walked in the Grand Canyon, vacationed in Florida, parasailed, flew to Ohio, spent a night in a California vineyard, went to Paris, lived in London.

proof that we wore a big white dress, cried happy tears after putting it on, trembled down an aisle with our parents and back again with our beloved spouse, and celebrated all night with our closest family and friends.

proof that we bore children, happily gained 60 pounds, had big huge crooked bellies and outie belly buttons, had c-sections, recovered, and thankfully, proof that ultimately we lost those 60 pounds too.

proof that our children took their first breath or didn't, that they sported cone shaped heads, and that they filled our hearts with an amazing and unmatched love from the very first moment we met them.

proof to our grandchildren and their children that deep love and happiness existed within their family roots, that their great, great grandmother had red hair, that their great grandfather went bald in his forties.

proof that we were held tight and fiercely loved by people that are no longer with us.

proof that people who we have lost, lived. that they smiled, blew out birthday candles, rode motorcycles, camped, breathed, lived.

proof that we existed.



What are photos to you? No matter who you are or what kind of photos you take, keep taking them. keep creating proof.

Here are some of my crappy old photos! But I love them dearly! Those moments make up such a huge part of what I am today.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Holiday deadlines are approaching!

Get your photo session in by November 22nd to have everything you need for the holidays!



Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Family of 7!!

The B family is a super sweet, loving family with 4 awesome, smart, and thoughtful boys and one special, very, very loved baby girl! Check them out:

And these are the parents!!

And a couple more of the cutest baby girl ever!

Take good care, and stay warm!! It snowed in CT today!



One of my favorite pics from this summer...

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. ~Marc Brown

Two sets of brothers; all cousins. I am so thankful for all of them. And I swear on all that is good and holy, that we feed these kids.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jaime and Jim: A Wedding

Jaime and Jim began their marriage under a beautiful tree on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst in late September. Then they celebrated all night long in The Red Barn also on the campus. Graham and I enjoyed our day with Jaime and Jim and the rest of their fun and loving family and friends!

Some details:

We fought for this shot as the elevator door kept trying to close! Finally, we won!

Jaime starts to get ready with the lovely ladies at Salon 241 in Northampton. I WILL get my haircut with them in the next couple of weeks!! They were awesome!

The bird cage veil is carefully placed:

Graham spent a little time with the guys and got both of these cute shots:

Before we left Hotel Northampton for the ceremony we snagged a couple of shots of the gorgeous and glamorlicious Jaime:

(This happens to be one of my favorite shots of the day)

As the ceremony began Jaime and her Dad had to walk like a mile to where Jim waited ever so patiently for her. Of all the shots I liked this one the best!

Love the moment when the freshly married couple first turns to their guests...

After Graham and I shot family photos we spent a little time with Jaime and Jim.

Here is Graham's angle:

Another favorite of the day:

Graham suggested we take them back under the tree, I love his take:

My take:

We headed back toward the barn after we finished our little photo session:

Let the dancing begin!

And the toasting too! These beautiful little cups (goblets?) had been passed down through generations of married folks on Jim's side of the family, they were a really important detail of the reception.

Hi B.C. Starr!

During the reception I like to make a point of grabbing a scene setter shot. Since handy, dandy Graham had brought along his tripod, he threw his camera on top of it and out we went to shoot! How awesome os this shot that Graham got!!??

And finally, my outdoor, at night portrait:

Jaime and Jim, thank you so much for an awesome day, you guys were wonderful! I wish you all the best in your marriage! :)