engaged : andrea & lou

It was the summer of ’04 and my friends and I were fresh out of college.  Armed with paychecks we had never before seen the likes of and loads of bills that hadn’t yet fully registered, we did a lot of celebrating that summer.  I’ll never forget one night in particular when I was out with friends and we bumped into a classmate of ours, Lou. 

We all hung out together at the bar that night and had a great time, but closing time eventually rolled around.  None of us wanted to go home yet so a big group of us ended up going to Lou’s new apartment after the bars had closed.  As we were sipping our beers and exchanging stories of what it was like to finally be out in the “real world,” Lou asked my friend Lisa about Andrea.  Andrea and Lisa had been roommates at school and Lou wanted to know her “deal.”  You know…was she dating anyone?  Was she interested in dating anyone?  Lou admitted that he didn’t know her very well but had always thought she was a cool girl, and he was right.  Unfortunately, at the time she was indeed dating someone else.  The poor guy was definitely bummed but he didn’t let that deter him.  He told Lisa that if Andrea was ever single he wanted her to put in a good word or two for him.  Well, eventually Andrea did become single again and Lou was lucky enough to be able to take her out on a date.  Fast forward to 5 years and many dates later and these two crazy kids will be getting married at the end of November! 

Last Wednesday we wandered around their stomping grounds in Southie and had a ton of fun.  We managed to snap just a few photos too.  This was my first time shooting in manual mode, not counting all the still shots I practiced on around my house.  These two were incredibly patient with me and I think they turned out pretty good.  Go me!

We started out right in front of their house.  I love their front stoop. 

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When Andrea and I were ironing out the details she asked me if there was anything they should bring.  I told them that sometimes props are fun but not necessary, so she asked if their Vespa would fit the bill?  Are you kidding me!?  I heart these guys.   

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This is my favorite shot of the day.  Swoon.   

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Then we made our way down to the beach to play around on the lifeguard stands.

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Andrea & Lou – Thanks so much you guys, I had such a blast!

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sneak peek : andrea & lou

Unfortunately, Hurricane Danny put quite a damper (I swear – no pun intended) on a shoot I was supposed to have down in CT over the weekend.  But don’t fret, the skies were a perfect shade of blue on Wednesday when I had the pleasure of photographing Andrea & Lou for some engagement shots.  Check back later tonight for more, but in the meantime here’s a little teaser to keep you guys hanging…

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three. trois. tres.

Question : What do high heels, Vespas, and Connecticut have in common?

Answer : Each one is a different aspect of 3, count ’em THREE, photoshoots that I have coming up in the next week and a half, the first of which is tomorrow night!  But I’m not going to tell you which one it is because I’m evil like that.  You will just have to stay tuned to find out. 

I seriously have some of the best friends around.  So many people have offered to let me either photograph them or offered to help spread the word about me.  All three of my upcoming shoots are with friends who volunteered to let me practice with them or were too polite to say no when I solicited them.  Ha!  Suckers.  But seriously, I can’t believe all of the amazing feedback I’ve been getting.  To be quite honest it’s kind of overwhelming, but I couldn’t be more grateful.  I’m counting my blessings that I am surrounded by such supportive (not to mention photogenic!) friends and family.  Thank you so much you guys.   

Alright, enough sap for one evening.  Because this is a blog about photos, here’s a photo that I took of a friend of mine last summer.  I just love this shot.

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Wish me luck for tomorrow!  I’m not going to lie, I’m a little nervous.  Mostly excited though.  But still kind of nervous.

editing

I’ve been playing around with some different ways to edit my photos.  While I like the look of the ones I’ve uploaded on here so far, I think they are a little too harsh for the overall look and style that I ultimately would like to achieve.  Basically, I don’t really think they are too “me.”  I used a cute photo of my roommate and her boyfriend to practice the editing.  I had asked the two of them if I could try out some posing and creative shots on them a while ago so that I could practice shooting a bit before I met up with Judy and Billy.  These two were my first real guinea pigs and they made for excellent subjects. 

straight out of camera:

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after editing:

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Let me know what you think of the edits and the watermark that I added in the corner. 

Also keep an eye out for more pictures of these two in the coming weeks.  They’ve agreed to do a real photoshoot with me and I can’t wait!

jen & jon : married

Jen and Jon are both coworkers of mine and two of the nicest people I have the pleasure of working with, so it only seems natural that they got together.  Last summer a bunch of us ladies from my office got together for a girls night out and it was then that I had worked up the nerve to ask Jen if I could photograph an engagement session of them for practice.  Jen told me she wasn’t so sure about the idea, that neither of them liked having their pictures taken.  But then it was like a lightbulb lit up over Jen’s head.  She told me that she was planning on asking one of our old coworkers, Derek,  to photograph their wedding.  She told me that she would ask him if I could shadow him on their wedding day.  Shut.  The.  Front.  Door.  Was she really serious!?  She was, and a few months ago she asked Derek if I could tag along.  He happily agreed and I was absolutely giddy. 

Derek left our company several years ago to pursue photography professionally and has been kickin butt and takin names ever since.  You can take a look at some of his work here .  Derek, I know I probably annoyed you to your very core with all my gratitude, but I really can’t thank you enough.  I learned so much in that one day and it was an awesome experience.

I had such a great time at the wedding.  Not only did I get to shadow a professional wedding photographer, I also got to party it up with the rest of the guests.  It was the absolute best of both worlds and this was hands down one of the best weddings I’ve been to.  The whole entire day was filled with laughter and love.  What’s better than that?

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Derek was inside the church taking what I can only assume was a fabulous, backlit silhouette shot.  Meanwhile I snuck this one from the outside.

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Meet Quixote, their beardog.  Believe it or not this guy is still only a pup, not even 2 years old yet.  Does anyone else get the feeling that he’s looking at me like I’m a Milkbone?

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It was about 3 bajillion degrees out that afternoon but Jen knew how to cool down.

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We were specifically told that we were not allowed to tell Jen how gorgeous she looked that day.  She did not, however, say anything about the days after her wedding.  Jen, you can interoffice me all the hate mail you want but you were absolutely stunning. 

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These are both of Jen’s Maids of Honor, her sister (left) and best friend (right).  I think it’s so cool that she had two.  Who says you have to pick just one?

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I snapped this one while Franny, Jen’s best friend, gave her toast.  Franny spoke of friendship and love, and the wonderful things that can happen when those two worlds collide.  Jen & Jon are evidence of that.jen&jon_0401_edited-1009

 

The rings.

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There was a guestbook to sign and one of the guests drew this adorable cartoon that says “And they lived happily ever after…”

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This is another one of our coworkers, John, who decided to hop on the bar after the actual bartenders shift ended.  Let me tell you, this man can make a mean gin and tonic.  And trust me, I know my gin and tonics.

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Partway through the evening Jen and Jon gave a quick little speech thanking everyone for coming and sharing in their special day.  They then gave specific instructions for everyone to Wang Chung that night.  They weren’t kidding and I think everyone did an exceptional job.  Of course it helped to change out of those stuffy, formal wedding clothes.

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Jen and Jon – thank you so much for one of the most amazing opportunities ever, not to mention one rockin wedding!  I hope the rest of your lives together are just like your wedding day, filled with laughter and love.

sneak peek | jen & jon : married

I know, I know.  Bad blogger!  I’m sorry it’s been so long since my first post, but I’m blaming it on my crazy schedule.  And the weather.  And my irrational fear of blogging.  And my fish, Hank.  Hey, that’s what pets are for, right?  To blame things on? 

Anyways, here’s a sneak peek of Jen & Jon’s wedding where I was oh-so-lucky to be able to shadow their photographer as well as be a guest at.  More to come so check back soon!

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first time for everything

When I was little, probably around 5 or 6 years old, I used to think that there was some sort of a monster living underneath my bed.  I was so afraid of it grabbing my ankles that I used to take a running start from the hallway and launch myself onto my mattress so that it wouldn’t be able to snatch my feet out from under me.  While laying in bed trying to fall asleep, I used to imagine a big impenatrable bubble protecting me from the monster.  I was pretty scared of that monster, to say the least.  This whole blogging thing however, much MUCH worse than that monster underneath my childhood twin-sized bed.  I’ve been dreading this blog since I first decided I wanted to really try and do something with photography as more than just a hobby.  But, I knew that this would be important.  I knew that if I wanted people to see my work then I would have to have a way to display it.  Blah.  But do I really have to write about it??

I’ve been sitting here in front of my computer for over an hour, trying to figure out how to get this proverbial ball rolling.  Ok, fine.  I took a teeny tiny break to hook up my brand spankin new Wii and order some sushi, but really, can you blame a girl?  I was going to wait until I had a bunch of different photos to post so that it wouldn’t be months between my posts, but I just couldn’t resist.  Last night I played around in Photoshop and edited some pictures that I took back in June of my friend Judy and her fiance, Billy.  And, because I have no self control, I decided to post them now!  I guess there’s really no better way to test the water than to jump right in, right? 

Last year, when I was first toying with the idea of photography as more than just a hobby, I started asking people I knew if I could take their photos.  I had taken plenty of pictures of “stuff” but had very little experience taking pictures of people.  A couple of my friends knew about this so when Judy and Billy got engaged, the first thing my friend Lisa did was book me my very first photo gig – without me even knowing!  Lisa, I have to thank you for that.  But more importantly, I have to thank Judy and Billy.  I had so much fun with you guys and I truly enjoyed being able to see a side of you guys that I had never seen before.   

We did the shoot in downtown Boston, starting out in a little courtyard across the street from where Judy works.  Billy and I met her at her office and I honestly think that Judy was more excited to help me out than to have her own picture taken.  That’s just the type of absolutely awesome person that she is.

Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.  Enjoy!

  

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I absolutely love this one.  Judy and Billy – you guys are too cute for words.

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At the beginning of the shoot I told them to try and “smile with their eyes,” ala Tyra Banks style.  I don’t really know what they are doing here though.

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This one is my absolute favorite, hands down.  I love the look Judy is giving Billy, I love the backlighting, I love everything.

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Then we had a quick wardrobe change for Judy and I snagged a flower for Billy to give to Judy.  Judy had other plans and from the looks of it Billy would have preferred my original idea.

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That’s more like it.

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I love the peacefulness of this one.  Is that even a word?  Well, it is now!

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Judy and Billy – thank you so much for being my guinea pigs.  You absolutely rocked it!  I wish you all the happiness in the world.