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Emma & Steve at The State Room in Boston

Emotion, beauty and an incredible view all came together like the perfect storm for Emma and Steve.

O wonderful it is the feeling

Having all the burden lifted,

I am for a day only  a ghost of a being

All my creative talents gifted,

Allow me the space to truly create

For on this night I am not in charge-ifted.

A scholar of iambic pentameter I am also not, but how glorious was this day to let Nathan take the reins, and the stress, and all the formals, and allow me to be creative and free. I once had the pleasure to listen to Beverley Hills wedding photographer, Joe Buissink, speak about our profession. He said his secret–besides shooting on “P” mode, was to have someone else be the lead photographer so he could be free to create.

Emma and Steve’s wedding was at The State Room–60 State Street in Boston and one of the preeminent Boston wedding photographer venues in the city. One of the best little secrets at this location is the smaller Harbor Salon located off to the side of the Great Room. I’ve photographed weddings where this space was used as the cocktail area before for a celebration in the Great Room, but on this night, this little big room pulled double duty as both chapel and reception hall for this eco-centric couple’s wedding day.

Harbor Salon turned wedding chapel.

Like changing the Garden parquet from ice hockey to basketball in one afternoon, State Room staff flipped this room in just a cocktail hour!

Photo by Nate

Photo by Nate

Walk to PO Square for pix. Photo by Nate.

Nate has a handle on these formal portraits.

The girls waiting for formals in PO Square.

I’m allowed to peep from the side as Nate sets them up for some portraits.

Veil by Doreen Vandermeer of Unveiled Bridal Designs

 

Partridge feathers and fiddlehead ferns create a center piece of sorts on the lapel – byTangerine Creations

Having some fun with the cake cutting.

All of these beautiful and fun photos are not even possible without the incredible work of  the vendors listed below (click their links to see more):

Caterer, cake and event planning: The State Room

Florist: Tangerine Creations

Favors: Taza Chocolates – Organic, stone ground chocolates made in Somerville, MA from beans sourced directly from cacoa famers in Central America and the Caribbean. We send them to all our clients as thank you’s.

Entertainment Provided By: Siman Entertainment – The Superband

Wedding gown: Marisa by Tamara Kristen

Veil by: Doreen Vandermeer – Unveiled Bridal Designs

Jewelry by: I Gorman Jewelers, Washington DC

Hair and make-up by: G Spa – 35 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Bridesmaid’s dresses by: Jasmine Bridal, Belsoie Collection

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Somi & Tom had a little fun before their weddin’ next weekend

Under the pagoda on Boston Common where he first proposed.

With just weeks to spare we snuck this lil’ engagement shoot in just before their wedding next week.  They had a plan from dress (we changed into saree and kurta at the Sevens Pub on Charles Street), to the places on Boston Common that meant something to them.  Late afternoon light did the rest and some impromptu first-dance-practicin’ added a bit of the unexpected.  If this is how their Trinity Church ceremony and Colonade reception next weekend will go down it will be quite a day–and they only have to change outfits 3 times that day.

Shadows and light along one of Beacon Hills side streets.

 

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Tiny Planets…just having fun…and selling gallery wraps!!!

Emily and Tim on another planet

Emily and Tim on another planet

OK, I know, all my serious photog friends (and apparently I’ve many, especially the journos and doc peops) have asked politely and even not so, that I please, please, not do this any more–They’ve related it to the first time someone got ahold of a fisheye lens (we’ve all seen that) or the first days of Photoshop (yikes!). One friend asked if this was the new Fibonacci lens. This was an iPhone app and meant for fun. My wife, bless her ruthless business heart, is always reminding me how important social media is for my wedding photography biz and how I should use Instagram for that purpose. I know but my iPhone and Instagram are for fun. I don’t want to be “on” all the time. As an artist I want to have places where I can explore, let my hair down and just shoot, edit, manipulate and photoshop my head off.  All work and no play–right? We can’t be afraid to have fun or make fun (of Life, ourselves, etc).

This is obvious manipulation or Photoshopping and I don’t think I’m fooling anyone (not even trying)–also, this technique has been around for years, too. Wedding photography is hardly the standard for serious visual journalism (but sometimes it is and that is important too). But here is the kicker: These tiny planets make great gallery wraps that sell for $600-$1000 a print. I’ve a print that is going in a show this weekend as part of the Somerville Open Studios (http://www.somervilleopenstudios.org/) and BLINK! (http://digitalsilverimaging.com/digital-printing-blog/). That print is from a visual journalism workshop we ran in India as part of our Visual Reportage Workshop series (http://visualreportage.com/). It is a serious piece shot in the Dharavi slum. It is printed in black and white (because we all know how much gravitas that elicits–said with half a laugh and a wink). It shows the area in all its abject poverty and surreal beauty and I’m very proud of it. It is for sale there for $500 and nobody will probably buy it. But these gallery wraps of tiny planets from peoples weddings–well they are so fun and look great on canvas and folks love to have them hanging.

Em and Tim's wedding party are the total population of their planet

Em and Tim’s wedding party are the total population of their planet

 

Tiny Planet Enagagement

Ashley and Brian walk along the swirling scenery of their own tiny planet at Crane Beach.

As a Boston wedding photographer, trained journalist  and teacher/mentor of visual journalism I am always shooting, editing and thinking about photography. It is my Life right down to the everyday constant of documenting my family (sometimes to their protest). So while I was with my class shooting the Boston Marathon I again had some fun with the images from there. I know it is a serious sporting event but it was much more this year–my students did an admirable job with their video projects, the runners ran, the crowds cheered and security secured. It was festive and light and so to was my favorite photo:

Shalane Flanagan runs toward the finish of the Boston Marathon.

Shalane Flanagan runs toward the finish of the Boston Marathon.

 

This was one of my most “liked” photos on Istagram (http://instagram.com/dmpj) and while “likes” are no measure whatsoever of a photo’s merit or even worth–they are an indication of its dollar value to some degree. As artists we need to feel the value of what we do deep within us. It must scratch the itch on the ass of our Soul. But we also must eat, pay our bills and have enough money to by more camera gear, or paints or clay…and crazy iPhone apps ;-). And we must have some fun.

 

 

 

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Oliver & Company

Sondra and Erik play under a canopy of green in the Public Garden.

Lots of fun with Sondra and Erik and their little doggie strolling about Beacon Hill and then stepping out in the North End. As a Boston wedding photographer I always encourages my couples to bring props (umbrella’s come in handy) and a quick change of clothes ’cause you never know what Mother Nature will do.  S &E took it to a whole ‘nother level having a 4-year-old Yorkshire Terrier complete with hair-do and bling. I can’t wait to see if lil’Oliver will be the official ring bearer for their November wedding. Time will tell–until then we have their Summer engagement shoot–“And her little dog, too.”

Every tree in The Public Garden is named with genus and species and a few have other names carved in as well.

North End bistro.

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Sarah & Noah get married-Redux

Some more photography highlights from Nathan and myself:

Sarah and Noah Getting Married from Glen Cooper on Vimeo.

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Geoff & Dianna: A church wed, Scout songs, Mother Nature and even Chinatown

Dianna and Geoff had some post ceremony time to comune with Nature at Berry Pond in Andover.

Goeff and Dianna had one of those weddings where we covered so much ground from Medford to Andover and back to Chinatown in Boston for a reception celebration that won’t be forgotten. I always tell my clients that I’m game for what they want to do. Berry Pond in Andover was a spot that is dear to them for dog walking but was 30 minutes north of the ceremony site and even further from our reception destination at the China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown.  Any Boston wedding photographer would have loved these two and their free-wheeling spirit but the venue changes can be a nightmare. My second photog Darren McCollester and very able assitant Meghan Taylor provided great support in having this run smooth and the I93 Gods were good to us as we sped easily from point A to B to Chinatown!

St.Francis of Assisi in Meford: The House of Father Joe!

Father Joe getting warmed up.

And getting the crowd involved--no falling asleep in his church!

I had my knee-waders on for this shot.

Geoff with some back up sang a capella for Dianna.

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Dipper Mouth Blues

Here is a behind the scenes look at our photo shoot with Sarah and Noah on the Lenox Hotel roof. As a Boston wedding photographer getting outside even in the dead of Winter is a must. We just have to be careful how we phrase instructions…good thing for us that all our clients are as fun and easy going as Sarah and Noah. Enjoy!

Dipper Mouth Blues from Glen Cooper on Vimeo.

A little behind the scenes from last months wedding at the Lenox Hotel. Chris Gagne was shooting Canon 5D M2 and the 7D for this. Standing in the cold and snow on a windy rooftop I guess my mouth and brain were a bit out of sync–good thing Sarah and Noah are my kind of folk.

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My Girl

My Girl from Glen Cooper on Vimeo.

Waiting for clients in our studio–A video portrait of Asha.

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