Happy New Year!  2012 was a very important year for me.  My two biggest milestones were getting married to my best friend, Dan, and starting my photography business.  Both decisions prove to be the best ones of my life.  I know there will be challenges down the road, but for now I am eager to continue with my path of creating art, providing joy, and building a life with Dan.

I am so grateful to all of you who entrusted me with capturing your special moments and hired me during this first year. You will forever remain special to me. Below is a collage of favorites from every photo session to date!

I can’t wait to see where 2013 takes me and my business – I have some exciting business plans to implement and look forward to meeting and photographing new people. Cheers!

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When my aunt contacted me a few months ago to purchase a gift certificate to give her husband Geoff, I was particularly flattered.  My aunt has long been been one of my biggest supporters of my fine art projects, for which I am extremely grateful.

Allison married Geoff just over a year ago, and it seems he agrees with her taste in art.  Soon after they wed he told me wanted to witness what a shoot with me was all about!  We scheduled the session that would take advantage of all their kids being in Palm Beach (one of the best places on Earth) for the holidays.  Geoff wanted something quirky.  Allison wanted more traditional but with an artist’s touch.  With a large cast of characters that now make up their combined family and the backdrop of affluent Palm Beach, I figured we could strive for a shoot out of a Town and Country magazine.  To keep Geoff’s plea for edge in mind – I figured I’d throw in a bit of Wes Anderson whimsy…  I think you get the gist of where I was going with the concept for this shoot.  In addition to shooting outside their retro 50’s house, we went to one of my favorite photography destinations – the Beach Club’s croquet grounds to get what I was looking for.  I also wanted to capture some of the island’s amazing vegetation – in particular, the gigantic banyan trees that line the roads.  Finally, we tried to get a jump shot.  In every take, Geoff was out of sync with the rest of the group (if he was up in the air, they were on the group and vice versa).  I chose to include the one I did because I think he looks too funny in his surfer dude pose.

Aunt Allison, Uncle Geoff, Virginia, Steve, Benedict, new cousins Jason and Forrest (and dog Otto!) – I had such an amazing time photographing you all and thank you for putting up with me during the hottest part of the day!  Enjoy.

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I am in love with this sibling portrait session from the other weekend.   They were taken at Menotomy Rocks Park, a small, quiet oasis in Arlington. When we got there I was immediately drawn to the graffiti splashed rocks.  The splattered paint reminded me of modern art, a perfect backdrop for this group of young adults who were a combination of cool, edgy, spunky, serious and outrageous – not to mention a good looking bunch.  They made it a point to include pet chihuahua, Jenkins, who also had a big personality and was determined to be the leader of the pack (obviously, as an obsessed dog mom of two boy Yorkies, I fell quickly in love with this little guy).  The park also has a pretty pond that we ventured over to after the rocks.  You might notice it was a bit of a dreary day, but I found that the loved the cool palette and glowing skin.  I think of one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Lydia Panas, and her series on young adults in PA.  Except this is very, very New England – though it feels like New Hampshire lakeside more so than only 20 minutes outside Boston.  Which, leads me back to the point – I love these photos.  I think they rock (pun, now that I caught it, intended).

One more note :  these portraits are going to be a Christmas gift for their dad – so if by chance you know this family, shhhhhhh!  It is supposed to be a surprise!

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This session was a gift from Jimmy to his new wife, Erika.  They didn’t have engagement photos done for their wedding this past fall and he thought it would be a sweet Christmas present – and I obviously think he made a great choice!  Originally from New York State, the two have lived up on Monument Hill in Charlestown for 4 years.  They asked me to capture the charm and beauty of the historic neighborhood in addition to their love and joy for each other.  Erika also asked me to include a lot of “artsy” shots – a photographer’s dream client!  So I broke out my Lensbaby for a few softer shots as well as incorporated the lively and gorgeous atmosphere of the neighborhood.  We finished off the shoot down in the Navy Yard, watching a perfect sunset over the Boston skyline.  I think the result is a series of portraits that are creative, classic and modern all at the same time.

Quick warning :  there are a lot of photos in this blog entry as I had a lot of trouble editing down my favorites.  I hope Erika and Jim love these photos as much as I do!

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Introducing baby Henry!  I photographed this adorable infant when he was only a day old at Mt. Auburn back in October (in a post-delivery session you can view here).  Now, about 6 weeks later he has become, not surprisingly, a real cutie.  At times while I was photographing him, I saw flashes of a little old man.  His mom and dad currently live in MIT housing (dad is a student at Sloan), so I headed over to their place for a lifestyle shoot.  We started in their apartment, which was tiny but with great views of the Charles River and Boston, and then headed out for a brisk stroll along Memorial Drive.  Henry enjoyed the attention of the camera most of the time, but definitely was happiest cuddled in his parents loving arms.

 

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