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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.
Photo by Nate
Walk to PO Square for pix. Photo by Nate.
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.”
Some more photography highlights from Nathan and myself:
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!
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!
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.