Julie + Mike | Massachusetts Wedding Photographer

I have been waiting to post about this wedding for weeks now! Well, I actually photographed this wedding back in August, but then the holiday rush started. So, why didn't I post it in January? Well, this lovely AND BRAVE bride went off to BASIC COMBAT TRAINING in Fort Jackson, South Carolina just a few months after getting married!!!!  While there, she was assigned to the delta company, 2-39 infantry regiment, and she had very limited access to any communication with the outside world, never mind access to Facebook or my blog, so I wanted to be sure to post it when she could actually see it. It's the least I could do, right? I really loved working with this couple! They are young and fun, and their wedding at Highfields Country Club in Grafton, MA was just beautiful. They had perfect weather, perfect sunlight for photos at the end of the day. You will see by their photos below how much they truly love each other.

These two are also totally made for each other! Just a couple days after returning home from basic training, she and her husband hit the streets in all their gear and committed to the "tough ruck". Every year members of the military ruck the marathon on Marathon Monday and fundraise for fallen soldiers, but due to the outpouring of support and security concerns, they aren't allowed to ruck the route on marathon Monday. An agreement was reached with the national park service to allow them to instead ruck on April 19th in Lexington. It's a great thing they are doing, and if you would like to support their efforts, I'm sure Julie and Mike (and all those affected) would be very grateful. You can read more about the "tough ruck" here: http://www.militaryfriends.org/programs/toughruck/    and support them here, if you like:     http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=295389

Okay, on to the wedding photos! There are lots and lots, so enjoy! 

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Big CONGRATULATIONS to the both of you, Mike + Julie! And thank you for your service to our country! I enjoyed getting to know the both of you, and I wish you all the happiness in the world :)

Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos | Massachusetts Wedding Photographer, Boston Wedding Photographer

It's that time of year! I'm sure there are many of you who experienced the magical feeling of getting engaged over the holidays. CONGRATULATIONS to both of you! Of course, this Wedding Wednesday is going to focus on your Engagement Photos. Do you really need engagement photos? In my opinion, that would be a BIG YES! Don't worry, all of my wedding couples receive a complimentary engagement session when they choose me to be their wedding photographer...BONUS! I absolutely LOVE photographing engagement sessions. I get to connect with the two of you without all of the hustle and bustle of your wedding day (not that I don't love photographing your wedding day, too, but you know what I mean because, let's face it, there's a LOT going on). We get to chat more and just have fun hanging out.

Why do I think engagement sessions are so important? Well...

1. The Number One Reason: We get to know each other better. I like to think that we actually become friends, and that helps me understand YOU better. I get to know what makes you happy, what makes you laugh, what your likes and dislikes are, what makes you love that guy or girl who asked you to marry them. It helps me know how to photograph you in a way that will bring out your true feelings for one another. You also get to see how I work and photograph. Not only for your engagement photos, but more importantly for your wedding. Sometimes we will email for months and months, but the first time we actually meet in person will be the engagement session. By the time we get to your wedding, you're practically professional models. Not even joking!

2. All of my engagement sessions are fun and relaxed...relaxed, being the key word. When you relax in front of the camera, it really shows, and you truly shine through. Who wants boring photos where you're standing around with a nervous smile staring at a camera? Not me, and surely not you! We chat and choose a location that will best represent you as a couple. And honestly, it is a lot of fun! (Even if it is totally freezing outside like it was for my featured engagement session below). Plus, it will hopefully be one less thing you will have to be nervous or worried about on your wedding day.

3. You get some awesome photos of you as a couple outside of your wedding attire. And because they are taken by me, the creative style of your engagement photos will match the style of your wedding photos. Just think of how amazing your wedding album will be!

So, with all of that said, here is my last engagement session of 2012. Patrick + Emily. They are so much fun, and they love to laugh and goof around, which I think you can tell by the big grins in almost all of their photos. Enjoy!

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Wedding Wednesday! | Pre-Ceremony Details! | Massachusetts Wedding Photographer

MASSACHUSETTS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERI don't know about you, but some of my favorite wedding photos are those that happen before everything happens! The Bride getting her makeup done; photos of her shoes, her dress, her rings, her flowers; the Groom hanging out with his best man, groomsmen and father, maybe having a cocktail or watching a football or baseball game (YES! This happens a lot!).  I love being a part of these pre-ceremony details. It's like a secret behind-the-scenes glimpse of such an important day of their lives, and I get to capture what the other doesn't get to see. So exciting! If you want to have pre-ceremony detail photos taken, here are a few things to consider:

TIMING

In order to set up and get gorgeous shots of all the tiny details of your wedding like your shoes, flowers, dress, etc., I like to start shooting them about an hour before you plan to put your dress on. This gives me plenty of time to plan, set up everything just right and shoot. It also gives me a few extra minutes to chat and get to know your bridesmaids as well as scope out the best lighting for you to put on your dress. Then, I like to shoot you in your dress for about 15 minutes prior to your First Look or leaving for the Ceremony.

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LIGHTING

Natural lighting is the best for the detail shots and for your "Getting Ready" shots. Try and choose a location with LARGE windows and LOTS of them! If I find that your room isn't providing this, I may ask you to move to a different location to put on your dress and for a few solo shots. You want awesome photos, right? (And don't worry, we'll make sure the Groom is far away so he can't see you!)

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GATHER THE GOODS!

It's a good idea to have your Maid of Honor or another bridesmaid help you gather the goods for the detail shots. Some things you might want to include:

The Dress (on a nice hanger), The Shoes, The Jewelry

All of Your Rings

The Flowers (your bouquet and your bridesmaids)

The Invitation

Heirlooms (something old, something borrowed, etc.)

Anything else that is important to YOU! (Garter, special note from The Groom, etc.)

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