Engagement Sessions

Published: Brenda’s Blog & Wedloft!!

From Asha:

Two features in one week… we are thrilled! Glen is so laid back (taking it all in, in his own way) , but I’m usually jumping up and down to see my husband’s photos and the sweet couples we attract year after year. Thank you Brenda’s Wedding Blog & Wedloft- we are honored.

Enjoy the articles!

Avyanna and Navin in Nahant- Bollywood Style

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Tanya & Rob- The Proposal

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Bollywood in Nahant with Avyanna and Navin

Avyanna and Navin act out a typical Bollywood scene along the rocks in Nahant.

Aside from the incredibly beautiful Avyanna I had to really admire Navin finding this perfect hidden cove in Nahant. Its a secret little lagoon where outsiders like us can’t park within a couple miles of it, but for 2 hours we danced and romanced Bollywood-style along this pristine oasis.

The Proposal – She said, “Yes!”

The moment of a lifetime, Rob pops the question and the answer is obvious.

When Heather Vaughn from Simply U Events & Proposals called me to see if we’d do a surprise marriage proposal, I started begging her to let us do this. Yep, hiding in the bushes while the hero, Rob, orchestrates a picnic and a ring for our heroine, Tanya. They went to Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA and aparently, the staff were in on this whole thing, as Ellen (staff there) told us exactly where to hide. What Boston Wedding Photographer would pass this up- not us!

Too fun. So worth it! Enjoy Rob & Tanya!

Note: Josh London, one of our second cameras this wedding season, made this happen for Rob and Tanya with a 70-200mm lens and a 2x teleconverter from his peeping Tom spot in the bushes. Look for more of Josh’s work on our site: www.dmpj.com


January Love- Boston Engagement Session

blog_kathy_brian163Kathy and Brian had some ideas where they wanted to go for this Engagement session, and right before the session she emailed saying… “As unattractive as it may sound, Brian and I thought it might be neat to use the last half hour to go get some wings somewhere – it’s something that is very us. Do you think that’s something we could make work or is it just too messy? :)”

Well, I think she did a very good job of finishing those wings off, and still look pretty.  Love our couples- always an edge to them.

Here’s a slide show of their session: CLICK HERE TO VIEW
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North Point Park, Cambridge

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Hill Tavern

Hill Tavern

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I was asked… why an engagement session?

The simple answer: Building The Relationship

8/17/09 - Boston, MA - Bill and Rachel have some fun in Boston.

8/17/09 - Boston, MA - Bill and Rachel have some fun in Boston.

Glen and I are all about working with photographers we like and trust, and so the same goes for our clients. I think we both realized the power of engagement sessions back in 2006. It was Courtney & James who made us realize that we wanted more clients who were as into the photography as we were and who were willing to take risks and have fun.

By the time Glen showed up for the wedding, they were old pals. In fact, he photographed Courtney pregnant (gorgeous), and now we get their shutterfly updates on the family and life they are building together. Four years later, they are one of our biggest fans, and well, maybe they don’t know that we are their biggest fans too.

****Check their shoot:    http://www.dmpj.com/content/popup/courtney/index.html

So, why an Engagement Session?

* Get used to how your photographer works and if direction is needed for creative portraits on the wedding day, you know what he means, since he’s already directed you a bit on this shoot.

* As a couple you get to work out your shyness with the camera and after you see your photos, you build more confidence for the big day.

* Have awesome photos of the two of you being “normal”- in your favorite street clothes and hanging out in your favorite places. Be it, the beach or downtown Boston.

* Some couples choose to show a slide show of these photos during their Reception or use the photo as a signing mat for guests.

* So, for this and many more reasons, we gift our couples this session.

Have fun with it and treasure your days of young love. 😉

Beth and Joe cuddle on Plum Island.

Beth and Joe cuddle on Plum Island.

Beth and Joe silhouetted against the evening sunset in Newburyport.

Beth and Joe silhouetted against the evening sunset in Newburyport.

Boston - Jillian and Michael laugh in the Boston Public Garden.

Boston - Jillian and Michael laugh in the Boston Public Garden.

 Jamaica Plain - Kim and John at the Arnold Arboretum.

Jamaica Plain - Kim and John at the Arnold Arboretum.

p.s. and don’t be shy about telling me if I missed any other good reason why these Engagement Sessions are a must! I might even quote you in some article.

Not to be outdone–a fairytale in the arboretum

Alisa & Chris re-enact their engagement moment but this time with paparazzi in tow.

Alisa & Chris re-enact their engagement moment but this time with paparazzi in tow.

Chris and Alisa are friends with Al and Melissa and their weddings next year are exactly one month apart.  Funny how things work out like that but word of mouth referrals beat $$$ advertising any damn day!  Alisa had an idea of a fairytale theme and it started for her with that sleek and sexy, shimmery green dress she had hanging around in her closet.  She dressed Chris for success and the pix speak for themselves.  We started in the Arnold Arboretum and then hopped over to Beacon Hill to do some guerrilla shooting along the cobblestones and under the gas lamps.  We finished our night with great conversation at a wine bar on Charles Street–thanks for the vino tinto.

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Late day sun makes this shot with just the tiniest bit of fill flash--sweet!

Late day sun makes this shot with just the tiniest bit of fill flash--sweet!

My favorite image from the evening.

My favorite image from the evening.

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My second favorite image.

My second favorite image.

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Al & Melissa! Urban fun with a side of oysters ;-)

People watchin' from a little corner table in the North End.

People watchin' from a little corner table in the North End.

We started with a plan developed by Al and the rest was timeless history in BW! I love it when a plan comes together but I have to give it up to these two–they came prepared to do it right–hats included.  We finished the night with a bursting plate of plump oysters from all over North America at Neptune Oyster in the North End and I didn’t forget to bring my own Lovely home a box of cannolis from Mike’s on Hanover.

They wanted timeless--I think we got it--even with the Menino sign.

They wanted timeless--I think we got it--even with the Menino sign.

Where we started our night at Peirs Park in Eastie.

Where we started our night at Peirs Park in Eastie.

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Also Al's find and we made it work. The neighbors were asking for their autographs.

Also Al's find and we made it work. The neighbors were asking for their autograph

Steppin' out in the North End.

Steppin' out in the North End.

Love will be in the air after this aphrodisiac plate from the Gods.

Love will be in the air after this aphrodisiac plate from the Gods at Neptune Oyster on Salem Street.

Another North End staple.

Another North End staple.

A great way to end the night.

A great way to end the night.