Engagement – Caitlin & Steve

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This session was SO much fun. I have a few stories to share about this couple and the day, but I’ll start with the romantic one.

We started off our session (a chilly but beautiful day in early November) at a special location in Pembroke, MA. When Caitlin and Steve met, neither was living in Pembroke, but discovered through casual conversation that they both had lived there growing up.

“Oh really, whereabouts?” I imagine Caitlin asking.

And it was then that they discovered that their families had lived in the same house in Pembroke at different times. ::cuethegoosebumps::

But wait! There’s more. Each with multiple siblings, Caitlin and Steve had both called the same bedroom their own! And now they’re engaged. That story gets me. Every. Time.

So we started with a few shots of these two in front of that house, where they both lived, at different times, without knowing that their new favorite person would be a part of that house, too.

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After our stop in Pembroke, we headed to World’s End in Hingham, where lots of people were also taking in the beauty of the day.

As I was taking photos of Caitlin’s gorgeous engagement ring on the stem of a little pumpkin, a mom with a baby carriage and a little girl walked by.

“Why is she taking pictures of that pumpkin?” the little girl asked.
“I think she just asked that pumpkin to marry her,” the mom replied, smiling at me.

It was the best reply, ever.

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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. 🙂

Sneak Peek: Jennifer & Scott’s Wedding at Mary Cummings Park

Don’t you just love fall foliage and happy couples? Oh wait, maybe that’s just me. 🙂 While I’m busy editing the rest of Jennifer & Scott’s photos and yesterday’s World’s End engagement session, I thought I’d share a just a few photos in a sneak peek! Two weeks ago, on a beautiful fall afternoon, I joined Jennifer & Scott and their closest family at Mary Cummings Park in Burlington, MA for their simple, intimate, and relaxed ceremony.





Happy Fall!

I hate being that person that jumps into the next season when the last one isn’t over yet – but it’s post-labor day so I feel like I can start to talk about how excited for this Fall I am!

Even though it’s 90 degrees today, I’ve already had this season’s first Pumpkin Spiced Latte (can’t you feel my coffee buzz from there?) and I have some definite plans for Fall this year. I’ve been working on a list, because that’s what I do, and I figured I’d share it here now and post pictures as I make my way through it all the way into November.

Part of my real focus on enjoying each season to its fullest this year is that right now I am pretty settled in where I am and what I’m doing. Last year at this time I was moving to Quincy, starting a new job, and jumping some personal hurdles that kept me busy and I didn’t get around to doing some of the things I love the most. When it was March and I looked back I was so disappointed that I hadn’t gotten around to apple picking or eating cider donuts! I didn’t pay attention to the leaves changing colors and I didn’t make it down to my favorite cranberry bog around harvest time. So this year I decided I would make a list of all the things, big and small, that I love to do as the air turns crisp in the Fall, to make sure I kept my focus on being here now and not getting caught up in the rush to the holidays.

I am also very excited because one of my very best friends recently got engaged and we’ll be doing her engagement session this fall – which is really such a special bonus to my favorite season! 🙂

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  • Apple picking
  • Leaf-peeping drive/road trip
  • Dress up for Halloween
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Drink apple cider
  • Eat cider doughnuts
  • Watch the cranberry harvest
  • Make soup
  • Celebrate my birthday
  • Make fall sangria
  • Make a pie
  • PSL (check!)
  • Shipyard pumpkinhead
  • Pumpkin muffin
  • Cheer at the TV during a Patriots game
  • Take a family portrait
  • Go to one of my cousin Noah’s soccer/flag football games
  • Go to the Pembroke vs. Silver Lake Thanksgiving Day football game
  • Wear boots with tights & scarves
  • Go for a walk in the woods
  • Go for a walk around Boston/Cambridge
  • Have a cinnamon latte at Bourbon Coffee
  • Run a 5K
  • Visit Reed Hollow Farm
  • Sit by a campfire (fire pit)
  • Go to the wine festival/grape crush at Boston Winery
  • Give mini-pumpkins to friends & co-workers
  • Paint my nails dark
  • Watch all the season premieres

Taking full advantage of Fall

I’ve said before that fall always brings about a lot of changes for me, but this fall has heralded a lot of major ones! Moving from my parents house in the suburbs to a city apartment, a new job, and I’m about to turn 25 – the “quarter-life” mark. YIKES! Amongst all this busy bustling, I’ve tried to take full advantage of each moment of the season, making special trips out to pick up apple cider by the gallon, rocking tights and boots when possible, and taking this trip to Sauchuk Farm in Plympton, MA with my aunt, Mum, and cousin Noah. In typically adorable fashion, our trip to the pumpkin patch involved Noah picking a pumpkin about as large as him and Mom and I found ourselves a little lost and exiting through the entrance of the corn maze. Happy Fall!

End of Summer 2014 Update

I don’t know about you, but the beginning of a new school year has always felt more like a new year than January 1st ever did. Even now that I’ve been out of college and working, the distinct change in culture between summer and fall jolts everything back into focus and gives everything a renewed energy!

Over this summer, because summer where I work is so quiet, I spent a lot of time focusing on some changes in my personal life. I tried to exercise at least twice weekly, doing zumba with Emily McLaughlin (http://stayhealthy-stayhappy.com/), took some time off to enjoy the sunshine and relaxation up in Maine, found an awesome (my first) apartment that I move into on September 6, and had a ton of great opportunities to take pictures!

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Some of these were my first ever paying gigs, a step granted to me by a local newspaper who sent me to different events & occasions about once a week. I can tell even now, just towards the end of my tenure shooting for them (I’m moving too far away), that it’s an experience I’ll happily look back on. I got to shoot a circus, a war re-enactment, a triathlon, a fishing derby, a local production of Romeo & Juliet, a talent show, and a cranberry blossom festival – just to name a few – and see my photos in print. It was a great experience, one that I really got to see my photos and editing progress.

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I also took a break from zumba one class to take pictures of Emily for the various outlets she uses promotes her classes. We had a beautiful backdrop: Post Office Square, smack in the middle of the financial district of downtown Boston. The next day I started my vacation by editing up the photos, which I think came out pretty darn good!

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In the next month, I move into my apartment, start a masters-level course on Social Media, and have my first family session planned with one of my co-workers. Her first grandson turning 1!