Class of 2018

It’s time for the Class of 2018 to start scheduling their Senior Portraits! I had such a great time with my 2017 Seniors, that I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. I did beach shoots, found myself in the woods of a nature preserve I’d never been to, and in the middle of a field in Duxbury – all with incredible, happy, fun subjects in front of my lens. What could be better?

So let’s see you Class of 2018! Book your session now for May-August and don’t let that yearbook deadline sneak up on you.

$200 includes:

  • A totally psyched photographer ready to capture who YOU are!
  • 1 location (rural or urban), 1 outfit change, 1 hour session

  • All proofs (lightly edited, with watermarks) of the session delivered via digital album within 14 days

  • Up to 10 final, retouched images (without watermark) delivered via digital album within 14 days of making your choices. (Additional editing requests welcome at $5 per photo.)

  • Print release provided so the images may be shared or reproduced at the will of the senior and their family.

  • A feature on my blog at www.marypolleysphotography.com.

 

 

 

What else?

  • Bring props! Sports equipment, musical instruments, hobbies, etc. We’ll work them into the session to really bring out your personality and interests.

  • Want to combine your session with a friend, cousin or family member? Tight-knit group of friends or teammates? We’ll book your sessions back-to-back so we can take shots of you together, while still getting that yearbook shot.

  • Interested in having your hair & makeup done for the shoot? I partner with a makeup artist & hairdresser to offer the total package… all you have to do is show up! Email me for pricing.

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The “First Look”

One of the MANY decisions engaged couples have to make about their wedding day:

Should we do a “First Look?”

What is a first look exactly? What are the benefits of doing a first look? What are the downsides? How do we decide??? Don’t worry, I’m here to help!

What is a first look?

It’s more of a recent thing that modern couples do with their photographer, where they set up a private moment before the trip down the aisle with just the bride, groom and their photographer to capture the moment they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Usually the photographer will face the groom away from where the bride will be approaching to start and take photos of the groom anxiously waiting. The bride will approach, tap him on the shoulder and the photographer will capture his reaction as he turns around and sees the bride for the first time and their interactions as an almost married couple. Hugs, kisses, high-fives, tears, jokes and usually lots of compliments about how amazing they both look!

What are the benefits of doing a first look?

1.  Nerves. On such a big, eventful day with a lot of people around, sometimes the nerves can get the best of you, and seeing your favorite person in the world is the only way to calm those nerves. Doing a first look can bolster you because you get a quiet minute (mostly) alone before the vows and celebrations.

2. Timeline. Photographers like first looks because it gives them an extra chance to take photos of just the two of you. Often after the ceremony, with celebrations waiting and antsy family members on-deck, the time for portraits is rushed or cut short. With the opportunity for a first look, we’ve already got at least a dozen keepers of just the two of you where we weren’t trying to wrangle family members at the same time. We’ll even have a little more time to expand on poses after the ceremony!

3. Memories. While it’s a departure from the tradition, a first look can add another special memory to your day. Moments go by so quickly, and this can be an instance when time stops for a minute.

4. Daylight. Depending on the time of the year and the time of your ceremony, we may be competing with the sun to get your portraits in! Doing a first look ensures that even as the sun is going down, we’ve got all the shots we want and takes the pressure off. You want to be able to relax and enjoy yourselves as a married couple. The least amount of stress in that process, the better.

5. You’re freshly dolled up. The first look happens literally right after you’re finished with hair, makeup, and in the dress. Your man is freshly ironed, groomed, shaved, and cologned. Why not see each other and take pictures while every hair is actually still in place? No one’s had a chance to even start sweating!

6. Convincing your Groom. Surprisingly, it’s usually not the Bride who opposes the idea of a First Look… it’s the Groom! He envisioned the “watching his bride coming down the aisle” moment and is attached to the tradition of it, which I totally get. But a couple points that may sway him? The more pictures you have done earlier in the day, the faster your post-ceremony portraits are… the sooner you’re on to eating (!), drinking (!!), cutting loose and having so much fun you forget your photographer is even there! And, you still get that walking down the aisle moment, just with fewer nerves and a better chance of soaking it all in.

Still not convinced? First looks don’t always have to be the Bride & Groom. A first look with the Bride and her Dad is a great idea (and usually make me cry), or anyone who she’s close to that isn’t in the room helping her get ready. I really like the idea of a first look with the Bride and her twin brother, so if anyone out there is ready to make that happen, let me know! 

Another way to “be with” each other before the ceremony is to write each other a letter. They can find a quiet moment to read it before the ceremony, reading words you wrote for them to make them smile and feel your love without you even having to be there. These letters make great mementos and have that vintage, old school feel.

 Perry was SO nervous. Until the moment Zoe made him laugh.

Perry was SO nervous. Until the moment Zoe made him laugh.

Whatever you decide, it will be beautiful and unique to you two as a couple. Remember there’s no wrong way, so go with your gut and do what feels right!

XO,

Mary

Molly – Berrybrook Fields, Duxbury, MA

My favorite season of the year is here, friends, and I got to usher out summer in the best way: Senior Portraits with this sweetheart of a young woman. Molly is a natural in front of the camera, and so much fun to work with. She’s got that casual hands-in-the-pockets pose DOWN, which is not as easy as it looks.

Molly is active in the drama program at Pembroke High and when she told me that I was so impressed. It’s one of the scariest things, getting up and performing in front of your classmates, but she loves it! I also thought to myself: goodie – this girl can giggle on command with the best of them.

I can’t get enough! I’m sad senior portrait season is winding down, because I’ve gotten to work with such fun young and inspiring men and women. When I get to hear them talk about what they love to do, it reminds me how simple passion can be. Keep following it, kids. I’m right there next to you.

Thank you, Molly, for letting me take these special photographs of you! I hope you have an amazing senior year.

Liam & Madison – Duxbury Beach

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot two seniors at once, cousins Liam & Madison! Liam will graduate from Dxubury High, Madison a rising senior at Plymouth South and we had a great time together. There were SO many photographers and seniors at Duxbury Beach with us that evening and with this scenery, you can’t blame us for all having the same idea.

We decided to make Liam go first, because well, guys are notoriously less interested in having their photo taken and have a much lower threshold for posing and smiling. It’s OK guys! We just get into those money shots right off the bat. Liam was a great sport, though, and just laughed at me when I asked him to walk back and forth and look off into the distance for those GQ shots. Guess what? I LOVE being laughed at in these sessions. Those real smiles make my day. We made Liam jump back in front of the camera as the sun was setting deep into Madison’s session and those are some of my favorites of him.

Then I had the beautiful Madison in front of my lens! This girl is a natural. Poised and graceful, she was a dream to photograph.

Major #hairenvy over here. Thank you both so much for a great evening of picture-taking at the beach! Best of luck in your senior year and beyond.

Throw it Hard & Do it Well

Oh, Arizona. I’ll always think of you as a place where I found a piece of myself. A pretty little piece filled with adventure, independence, and new beginnings. Back in April I spent a week in Scottsdale and Sedona and between the AJ Workshop, the desert and the red rocks – a girl just isn’t the same after.

On Christmas Eve I decided to put myself on the waitlist for the AJ Workshop. I had been admiring (stalking) photography supercouple Amy & Jordan via social media for months, reading about the workshop groups before mine, learning tidbits from their weekly Monday Minute, and wishing for a way to learn more, do more, and take next steps with my photography.

Never underestimate the power of two days, friends. They can open up your world, make you a better person, make you better at what you do and give you the power to make changes in the rest of your life. The AJ workshop and the rest of my week in Arizona did all of those things for me and more.

Here are some of my photos from our incredible styled shoot and golden hour session in the desert! I’m so excited to finally be able to share these,  since they’ve been under wraps while Amy & Jordan waited for them to be published. Thanks to all of the incredible vendors (listed below) who helped make this gorgeousness happen!

One of the biggest take-aways for me was something that Jordan said at the very end of our two days together as a group. He told the story of David the shepherd boy, protecting his flock of sheep and slaying Goliath using only a stone. 

“In this life, you have one stone to throw,” he said. “Throw it hard and do it well.”

When I’m having one of those days full of doubt or second-guessing, wondering whether my efforts will pay off in the end, those words echo in my mind. Throw that stone as hard as you can.

Thank you eternally to Amy & Jordan Demos, and this incredible group of fellow photographers I was able to learn with and from.

 

EVENT DESIGN: EMILY SCHIESL • LVL WEDDINGS & EVENTS

VENUE: THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK

BRIDE’S GOWN: BHLDN • CAKE AND DESSERT: RUZE CAKE HOUSE • FLORAL DESIGN: AZ FLOWER BAR • HAIR AND MAKEUP: TOP KNOT BEAUTY • LINENS: LA TAVOLA FINE LINEN • MENSWEAR: BROTHERS TAILORS • PAPER GOODS:VEE CREATIVE • RENTALS: CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS • SPECIALTY RENTALS: FANCY LOU DESIGNS 

 

 

Emilia, Age 8 – Short Stop

“Anything a boy can do, a girl can do better.” 

I am SO excited to introduce the second participant of my series: Emilia! She was an incredible subject and so much fun to shoot with. So here’s a little bit about my time with little miss Emilia – petite but formidable, she doesn’t let anything stop her.

Right off the bat (#pun #cantstopwontstop) Emilia killed it. She jumped into the first half of our session with that adorable smile and her own ideas for poses. She told me her mom was a big reason she is so active. She played sports growing up, too, so that’s where Emilia gets it from. She also coaches her softball team, not to mention making sure she gets to all her other practices and games. Emilia is a swimmer and soccer player, and “she’s always trying to add to the list,” her mom Jessica said.

When we were just about done with our “clean uniform” shots, Emilia couldn’t wait to get those stark white pants dirty and put on some eye black. She lit up when it was time to get into the action shots. 

Emilia is not the kind of girl who is going to be intimidated on the field. And as far as her potential, she’s limitless. She plans to play her whole life and try as many new sports as she can, with field hockey and ice hockey high up on the list. She might be 8, but I wouldn’t bet against this girl. Behind that smile is someone who can do anything.

After our session was over, I asked Emilia what was different about being a girl in sports than being a boy in sports.

“Just that anything a boy can do, a girl can do better.”

I couldn’t have scripted a better response than that.

Emilia is featured on my website and Facebook page under “We’re Not Here Just to Have Fun” and you can see more of her comments there!

Next up, look for my session with a tennis player named Sarah! Interested in being a part of the series? Contact me today.

Class of 2017!

I love meeting and photographing rising Seniors! There’s something really cool (are the kids still saying that?) about these sessions – where it’s really the last photo session before they go off to college or enter the workforce and become an entirely new version of themselves! And I learn some new, hip vocab, too. 🙂

Bring on the Class of 2017! Senior photo season is in full swing – so contact me to book your session soon!

 

Session Details

$100 includes:

  • A totally psyched photographer ready to capture who YOU are!

  • Bring props! Sports equipment, musical instruments, hobbies, etc. We’ll work them into the session to really bring out your personality and interests!
  • 1 location (rural or urban)

  • 1 outfit change

  • 1 hour session

  • All photos delivered via digital album within 2 weeks of the session

  • A minimum of 20, high quality, digitally retouched photos delivered

  • Print release provided so the images may be shared or reproduced at the will of the senior and their family

  • 3 photos (of your choosing) edited to your high school’s specific yearbook instructions

 

Here are a few snaps from my latest session with Jake, a rising senior at Whitman-Hanson High School!

Borderland State Park

Last Friday I had a family shoot in Sharon, MA and since I have explored nearby parks lately, I looked up the nearest one for me to check out afterwards – and it was Borderland!

It’s a beautiful park, clearly well-maintained, with marked pathways & plenty of open space to wander. I took the “swamp path” down to the lake where there was a ton of overhead tree covering – no sunburns for me!

It would be a great place for portraits or an engagement session. Landscaped archways, small decks overlooking the lake, the architecture of the Ames Mansion, and areas of nice filtered natural light.

It was a great way to start the 4th of July weekend. I’m already planning a trip back for a round of disc golf. 🙂

Some photos from my walk. I was a little pre-occupied with the vegetation and capturing some close-up details.