Friday, April 30, 2010

Carly and Mike: wedding

Interestingly, Carly almost didn't have a wedding day. And I don't mean she almost left Mike standing at the altar; rather, Carly almost became a nun. Her faith is extremely important to her; yet, after taking initital steps toward this chosen path, she decided that she yearned for a family, and her life took a different turn. She later met Mike, and soon found herself saying "I do" surrounded by friends and family in her beloved Catholic church. Carly and Mike started their life together with a ton of good luck, because it poured for their entire April wedding day....But it didn't put a damper for a second on their beautiful day. There were so many personal touches: Carly made the vibrant blue flowers the girls wore in their hair, and she and her bridesmaids made their own bouquets (Carly herself was tying ribbon around the stems just an hour before walking down the aisle)...And Mike is quite an amazing fella too. Embarressingly, I left my car lights on during the ceremony and my battery died--a wedding first (thank goodness). I mention it because, despite my protests, guess who came to my aid? Mike did. Yup, the GROOM. He barreled toward my car in his giant truck, hopped out, and in his tux, in the rain, he jumped my car in about two minutes...What a guy! I enjoyed every minute of the day (despite some major lighting challenges!), and I wish the newlyweds so much happiness. It is obvious to me they will have an amazing partnership, and that Carly made the right choice!

Love the flower accessories made by the bride herself.

The flower girl was a REDHEAD! And as you know, I have a thing for gingers...

You may be able to see rain slanting down at them in this shot--what good sports!

I loved the wall of pictures guests drew for the newlyweds.

I always love a good pair of converse on the dance floor.

And of course....the slideshow! Be sure to turn up your volume...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Anya and Chris: wedding

Anya is one of the most striking women I have had the pleasure of photographing. She looks like Geena Davis, or some bombshell from the 1940s. And what I love is that she is so natural and laid-back and seemingly unaware, that her beauty is so refreshing. She and Chris met when she was interning at his office, and they hit it off instantly. They wanted a small, intimate evening without the usual wedding pomp; Anya said that all that mattered to her were "pictures and flowers," and that they were married in their beloved Boston. And with such a handsome couple, in such a lovely location, my job was easy. They were married alongside the Harbor in front of the Hyatt Harborside, the striking Boston skyline before them. Rough wind provided the drama they were trying to avoid--but I couldn't help but love the romance of Anya's dress billowing and long hair flying...And Anya's wonderful Russian family made sure that it was a party, no matter how simple an evening they wanted. So let me take you back to September again, and Anya and Chris' gorgeous, windswept affair...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Baby Greta: newborn

Oh what a little snuggle-bug is new arrival, sweet baby Greta! Greta made her appearance two whole weeks late, but she is just perfect, and to her parents, worth every minute of waiting. Greta was born to two of my closest friends, Trish and Jason, and in fact, I feel partly responsible for her existence as I was the initial connection between them (Jason is one of my best college friends, and Trish is a college friend of one of my close friends from high school). I was among the first to have the honor of meeting Greta in the hospital--of course, I brought my camera. The photos speak for themselves; Trish is in awe of her little girl, and so thankful that after a rather harrowing birth, Greta is so healthy and perfect. And it melts my heart to see my Jason as a father; to see how he holds his daughter so tenderly, and looks down at her with such adoration. Greta is now over a week old, but these photos capture her only two days after her birth. So, without further ado, I introduce sweet Greta Frances!

Here she curled her tiny toes around Jason's finger--so sweet.

Jason loving both of his girls.

This one is my absolute favorite.

Aimee and Eric: maternity

Baby Issac entered the world a few weeks ago, and I can't wait to get him in front of my lens! But while he was still curled up in the womb last month, I had the chance to do photos of his wonderful parents. The energy between Aimee and Eric is just wonderful to witness. Eric is hilarious, and so positive and upbeat and ready to lend a hand--and he's up for anything. And sweet Aimee is just a ray of sunshine, so doing their maternity session was such a pleasure. I think I was able to capture their wonderful dynamic: the spark between them, the fun they have together, and the sweet adoration and tenderness Eric has for Aimee. I can't wait to show you pictures of their sweet little guy, coming soon!

I couldn't help but include this one...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Melissa and Dean: wedding

Melissa and I were extremely close when we were young girls at the cusp of adolescence, and so documenting her wedding was especially significant for me. At a time when everyone is uncertain and apprehensive, tip-toeing around identity, Melissa was already there: irrevocably herself, fiercly and completely. With Melissa by your side, every day is an adventure, life is colorful, and every minute lived full-throttle. It was so refreshing for me to reconnect with her, and see that she was still my Melissa--that two decades, college, a mortgage and a child hadn't dulled that spark--the big, bold personality, the precision and care for every detail, the energy and light that surround her. And that spark is reflected in her precious little girl, Charlotte. And to see Dean hold her on the dance floor, it is obvious to me that he sees that light more than anyone. Melissa designed and directed every detail of the decor, and the tent, with it's hundred white paper lanterns, and hints of blue everywhere, was so elegant. And once the reception started rolling, it was a celebration in every sense of the world. Below are some of my favorites...