Friday, April 29, 2011

Tiny Adam {newborn}

While visiting my parents in Connecticut over school vacation, I stopped by the home of my childhood friend, and recent blushing bride, Melissa. She and her husband Dean had just welcomed a baby boy, Adam into their family. Big sister Charlotte was a charming little hostess, showing me around, sharing her toys, even photographing ME with her little pink digital camera (it takes actual pictures). She romped around the entire time, before exhaustion got the better of her and she fell asleep in her daddy's arms. Little Adam had less interest in sleep, despite our attempts to lull him for some sleeping portraits. Only when I had my coat on and gear packed up did he drift off--so I grabbed a couple more shots on the way out! It was so nice to spend some time with Melissa, trade "mom stories" and reminisce. I am so happy for you, Melissa and Dean--what a beautiful little family you have!

Baby Collin {newborn}

This is another outdated post, but I had to include a few of these. I photographed my childhood best friend Kelly's wedding on New Years Eve, 2009. And about nine months later, I found myself documenting another important step in her life, the birth of her beautiful son, Collin. Collin couldn't be more adorable, with his dark shock of hair sticking straight up, and his mother's perfect lips and nose. He was such a well-behaved little fella, while we moved him from spot to spot in Kelly's sunny new home. Seeing Kelly as a mother was so sweet; she is a natural! See for yourself...

Alicia and Ian {Engaged}

Romance is in the air today, as it is the much-anticipated wedding day of Kate and William. And in honor of the royal nuptials, I decided I must blog today (I've been slacking)...So I am going back a few months to post some snowy engagement shoots! The engagement session of Alicia and Ian is perfect for today since Ian is a dashing British lad, and his fair lass, though all-American, totally reminds me of the new Dutchess Kate (something I kept mentioning during their session, as it was the first time we had met). Ian and Alicia are a kind of nomadic pair: Ian hails from England, they met in Massachusetts, they currently reside in Southern California, though consider themselves offical residents of D.C. (where they are homeowners), and they will be tying the knot this summer in Connecticut--whew!

Alicia and Ian's wedding is going to be particularly significant for me because it will be the first time I have the pleasure of shooting at the location of my own nuptials! Matt and I were married at St. Clements Castle in Portland, CT, and Ian and Alicia's wedding will be the first time I have returned there since our wedding day...I adore Ian and Alicia, and I simply cannot wait to return to St. Clements and document their marriage. We met up on a snowy day just after Christmas, the day after one of the first snowstorms of many this past winter. And at least, here is the result...

No engagement session is complete without some dance moves in an alley.

Look at her eyes. Amazing.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sarah and Chris {Engaged}

I know spring has sprung, but I am going to take you back to another wintery afternoon. Two feet of just fallen snow was the perfect backdrop for Sarah and Chris' engagement session, and they were amazing sports to brave the elements...This may have been my coldest engagement session EVER, but it was so beautiful, I was immune to the cold (knit gloves with a finger tip cut off helped). It wasn't until we were done and the heat full-throttle for the entire drive home couldn't thaw me out that I realized how very cold it was...But I absolutely loved our romp through the deep snow. The vibrant red barns of Endicott park were a beautiful contrast against the blanket of white, and the grounds of historic Glen Magna Farms were so quiet and peaceful as we made the first tracks along it's magestic tree-lined path. The sun finally came out at the very end of our shoot, and filtered through the trees, lighting up Sarah's gorgeous mane of dark hair (score!). Oh, and Chris is one of those grooms...I love the guy! He is so funny and sweet--and agreeable to my crazy whims! And you can tell it is because he loves his girl so much, it was all for her. The poor guy was frozen solid, his ungloved hands bright red (and that was before I made them take off their coats!), yet he picked her up, dipped her, and managed to maintain a genuine smile on his frozen face!