Warm ocean breezes and late Summer Cape light greeted me as I met Jamie and Aaron for their engagement shoot in New Seabury near Mashpee. I love late afternoon shoots and almost always try to take advantage of this beautiful time of day for engagement photos whether in a city location like Boston or in a more rustic setting. We started out in jeans and beach wear in the dunes and seagrass along the beach then found some great sunset light. We even enlisted a few young boys to row me out on the water for a fresh perspective on a great photo spot.
Jamie had some ideas for the shoot in her head and kept telling me that I can do whatever I want as long as I get this one shot for her. She had in her mind the idea of her and Aaron sitting on the overturned sailboat somewhere on the beach with the seagrass behind them. I’ve worked with art directors and editors my whole career and told Jamie we’d try to create the image she had in mind. We worked at it for about 30 minutes moving the boat here and there. We worked on their position and expressions and then added in some golden fill light from the reflector to give the final shot its warm Summer glow.
I think it is important to connect with my clients and always encourage them to tell me what they want. Some clients are very specific and others just say, “We trust you; do what you do.” I’ll always do what I do–and for the most part that is why they hire me but there is a certain satisfaction when you show the client the image on the back of the camera and she says, “That is exactly how I pictured it!”
Bianca and Matt sneak peek wedding images from their wedding at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. It was right on the beach and just beautiful but Mother Nature decided the area needs soaking rain. It didn’t dampen the spirits for these two or their many guests. They danced, smoked hookah and celebrated non-stop.
Bianca insisted on doing her own makeup–not because she is controlling or didn’t want to spend the money but because she simple is the BEST at it.
Wedding Planner: Double G Events
Venue: Anthony’s Ocean View
Entertainment: Modern Sound DJ’s
Florist: Flower’s by Danielle
I first tried it out on my daughter Dharma in our yard here in the woods of Central, Mass. and then next at a little wedding out on the Cape. His tutorial is great and I recommend it highly, if just to get it down and be able to refer back to it as often as possible. The image with Dharma is from 46 images shot with my 70-200mm at f/2.8. Brenizer has some geek way of calculating the f-stop of the merged image but that is beyond me at this point. The photo with Katie and Doug is shot with an 85mm at f/2. More to come–I’ve got to break out of the vertical format.
In Greek myth, Narcissus was a beautiful young man who rejected all potential lovers, but then tragically fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Why start a blog like that? Because this is all about Steven–and the simple fact that as beautiful, athletic, sensitive and intelligent as he may be–he is also smart enough to know that Lauren trumps any reflection. Never have I met a man so completely comfortable with himself and so full of self-love that his mere presence is infectious to all around him. Most men could never come close to pulling this off as he can shift between utter machismo and emotionally feminine without skipping a beat. Its takes a special kind of woman to match this stride for stride and Lauren is the perfect fit.
Lauren and Steven chose the magnificent resort at New Seabury and the Popponesset Country Club for their wedding reception. The last time I was here for a wedding 3 groomsmen went skinny dipping in front of all the wedding guests so I was ready for anything this time. Maybe its the salt air but this wedding had an energy that rocked us all night long. I tend to think that the force field that surrounds these two special people could power a small city–as evidenced below. Enjoy. I certainly did.
Jill and Ezra had their wedding ceremony at the Old Ship Metting House in downtown Hingham and then celebrated their reception with hundreds of guests under a gorgeous tent at Jill’s parent’s historical home just around the corner. What a truly great way to spend your wedding day/night complete with Ezra singing a beautiful song he wrote for their marriage.
Julie and Ryan live in Chicago–Julie even works for the Oprah Show–but that didn’t stop them from finding the sweetest and most remote of Cape Cod venues for their little beach wedding, the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club. Complete with lobster and corn, the New England clambake, catered by Chef Joe of Outer Cape Clambake and his gang, was the perfect dinner complement to the gorgeously natural ceremony at the apex of low tide. The little boat house was sparsely decorated with some DIY flair to maintain that rustic Cape feel. Beth O’Rourke of Cape Spin DJ provided the tunes that kept the party going well after the sun set and into the night. In fact we had so much fun with these guys that we accompanied them to Winslow’s Tavern for our ceremonial after wedding Patron tequila nightcap which to my surprise, Julia and Ryan insisted on partaking in our tradition. Cheers to these guys and their incredible friends and family.
Many thanks to my very helpful and knowledgable second camera, Zac Wolf, and to Brynmore Williams for testing out his DSLR video production with us for this and future ventures.
Check out this slideshow of our favorite images! http://www.dmpj.com/content/popup/Julie_Ryan/index.html
Jillian and Michael are one of those couples with movie star looks and down-to-Earth personalities reminiscent of star quarterbacks and Brazilian supermodels. We had the perfect day starting with the girls getting ready at a rented beach house in Gloucester and then the ceremony and reception at the Elk’s at Bass Rocks.
When I first met them many months ago Jillian was on the cover of the Improper Bostonian as one of Boston’s elite bartenders. Our engagement session yielded some amazingly candid shots and I knew right away this was going to be a fun couple to photograph on their wedding day as they were willing to go the extra mile.
Michael and Niveen couldn’t have just one wedding. Some with family split on opposite coasts and from all over the World they celebrated twice. Once in the Boston area at the Lyman Estate and the other 10 months later in sunny Santa Barbara, California. For a photojournalist like myself, I was just psyched to photograph these two people (great people), two cultures coming together and just tons of friends and family.
First up was the Lyman Estate on a wicked cold New England winter night in January that made for some spectacular visual imagery of their Pakistani wedding ceremony and reception. Then, it was off to Santa Barbara for a beautiful beach ceremony and crazy outdoor California reception amongst the palm trees of the West Coast.