Burlington, MA Wedding – Jen & Scott

I was one of the lucky people who got to witness Jen & Scott get married in Mary Cummings Park in Burlington, MA on a crisp fall day in October. The day was relaxed, fun, heartfelt, intimate, and full of love, and I was honored to be asked to photograph it! We all literally met in the park, and Jen had arranged for a JP to follow as we walked through trails in the woods to the spot where they would exchange vows. Before we got to the spot that Jen and her son Jack had found on previous adventures, we came to a clearing with beautiful grass and surrounded by trees that just felt right, so we all stopped and the ceremony commenced.

It was so special to watch as Jen & Scott exchanged vows, because it was clear that nothing else mattered. It definitely didn’t have to be perfect – Jen even ended up with burrs on the bottom of her dress, but she didn’t care –  they were going to be happy no matter what. I admire that kind of love!

And of course, a true mom, as soon as the ceremony was over, Jen was pulling up Jack’s pants and securing them so his minion underpants wouldn’t be showing. 🙂

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Falling in love with wedding photography

I’m one of those people who follows, likes, pins, and generally seeks out and admires wedding photography. I have liked so many wedding photographers on Facebook, my feed is practically consumed by them – from all over the U.S. I see the sneak peeks photographers post in the days after the celebration and eagerly click through their albums, loving every minute of it.

One of those photographers is Caroline Winn – who I reached out to via email and was super nice and took time out to meet me for coffee and tell me about her journey. This past Saturday, she let me come along and assist/second shoot Peter & Danielle’s wedding at the Exchange Conference Center in Boston. It was my first experience with wedding photography, and let me just say…..LOVE! It was a busy, long, tiring, on-your-feet all day kind of day, but one of the ones where when you get home you can’t go to sleep because you’re still jazzed!

The day started out in Charlestown, where Caroline had me take another angle on the first look. After that we did portraits at Monument Park, and later headed to the ECC for the ceremony, where I shot down the aisle following Danielle’s entrance.

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I learned so much thanks to Caroline, and Danielle & Peter who were so happy and in love – thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day!

It’s so exciting to see such a special day come to life in photographs that will be family keepsakes. I can’t wait for my next opportunity!

Political Happy Hour – Senator Elizabeth Warren

Web-1379There are definitely perks to working where I do – one of them being involved in this event last night with Senator Elizabeth Warren. She spoke about the insanity of the student loan system, the Affordable Care Act and its positive role in Massachusetts healthcare, and her love of relaxing with a light beer. It was a great event, with a packed room at Suffolk Law and some great lines of questioning from the Globe’s Joshua Miller. Topics ranged from whether she would endorse a democrat for president (to which she replied, “duh”), to her worst day of service – the day the Senate failed to pass gun legislation. Read the Globe story for more of what she said.

Next week’s Political Happy Hour features Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Until then, more of my photos from last night’s event.

 

 

 

Zumba in Post Office Square

Now this is a lady who loves what she does. Her passion shines through in every candid I took that evening and as a regular in her Zumba classes, she brings it every single time. I loved this shoot and the challenge of action shots. Thanks, Emily!

Want to catch one of Emily’s classes?
They are FREE in Post Office Square through September.
T/TH 5:30-6:30PM

Stodder’s Neck

My sister’s pups are swimmers. Especially Layton, the irish wolfhound mix, loves the water and will swim toward a tennis ball any day of the week. So one Sunday afternoon I joined them at Stodder’s Neck dog park in Hingham. It’s a beautiful park & I love playing with the pups! My sister took some photos of me for my website and caught a couple shots of me during silly laughs post-inappropriate jokes.

Larz Anderson Park

Web-0464This spring and summer I’ve been making the park rounds, checking out as many in the area I’ve never been to! Which is pretty much every park in the area. How did I go so long without exploring these? The same day as checking out Larz Anderson, I hit a couple of other Brookline/Newton spots I’ve been wanting to try: New England Mobile Book Fair & Cutty’s.

Web-0460Next up Stoddar’s Neck Dog Park & Middlesex Fells Reservation!

Yoga Sessions with Emily of Stay Healthy, Stay Happy

When Emily and I were trying to decide where to do our session we debated: tulips & the Boston Public Garden or oceanside with some woods at World’s End in Hingham? Two totally different venues that both give us great backdrops. After waiting and waiting through 108 inches of snow this winter, we were really ready to head outside to take some photos, so, why not both? Nothing sounded better than spending a few hours outside on an early Spring afternoon.

Emily is a yoga instructor and founder of Stay Healthy, Stay Happy. She’s also a Zumba instructor and lifelong dancer, which is very obvious in some of these photos. She is so graceful and very strong, and I really wanted to capture both of those aspects in these sessions.

One of the best things about shooting with Emily is that she is very open to trying out a pose or idea, just to see how it comes out. I wanted to get a shot of her looking very zen in the middle of the bridge in Boston Public Garden during rush hour because I thought it might be a cool shot – and while we pondered whether we’d be photobombed or if we’d have angry Bostonians crabbing at us for standing in the middle of the g–d— bridge – she was willing to give it a try anyway.

Here is a mixture of shots from both days & thanks to Emily for two AWESOME shoots!

 

The Pentalum

Yesterday after work I went over to The Lawn on D to check out their current exhibition “Pentalum.” What is “Pentalum,” you ask? The short version is that it’s a plastic sculpture/maze made with deliberately placed colored panels which create different effects as the sunlight passes through them. The result is unique and amazing. Each area you pass through is a different experience and as a photographer it was a fun challenge to walk through, adjusting the exposure to such a vast range of available light and colors. Visitors are encouraged to take their time, sit or lie down in little side pods, and take as many pictures as they want to take it all in.