The Pinto Family |  Plymouth MA

The Pinto Family | Plymouth MA

I just love this family so much! I get to see them every year for their holiday photos and I know I always say this but I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I get to watch these kiddos grow!

I first met Jen through a group that was held at the hospital we had our babies in 2014. Ethan and her son Ben are the same age and have been friends since that first time meeting them. Its really cool to see the difference from then to now in the two boys when they stand together! I just happened to have my kiddos with me close by during their session and was able to snag a photo of Ethan and Ben together.

Little Sister Mary turned one in May and while we were hoping to get milestone photos of her, COVID had other plans so we never got to get those one year photos. Today, the weather called for rain and we just kept watching the weather. There were pockets of no rain in the Plymouth area and we were able to capture Mary for a few photos of herself and boy was she so happy to just be playing in the sand and no one was stopping her…. She also loved stopping photos for a few snacks here and there when needed. She and Ben were wonderful and I am so thankful that we were able to figure out our schedules to finally make this session happen for them!

Jen, Tony, Ben and Mary Thanks so much for working around the weather and times for our session! I can not believe the awesome gap of no rain we had for these photos and I hope that you love ever single one of them. Here are some of my favorites from our beach session. I can not wait to see what your Christmas Cards will look like this year! Love you guys! xoxo

Jen’s Dress: Amazon | Ben’s Shirt: Target

Benjamin and Ethan 2020:

Benjamin and Ethan 2015:

Amy and Nick Engagement Session | Boston, MA

Amy and Nick Engagement Session | Boston, MA

Within a few minutes of walking up to a couple I can always tell we are truly a good fit. This is 100% true with Amy and Nick. They were relaxed and excited to start their session. When I say relaxed I mean they were ready to trust me as I educated them through out their session on the main poses they will do on their wedding day. They were up for anything and were really wanting to have many candid moments of the two of them together, which just so happens to be my favorite moments!

These guys traveled to Boston from NOLA during a pandemic to have their engagement photos taken in Boston. I noticed them as they were walking across the street to meet me at the Public Gardens. As I mentioned before, they were both so relaxed and looked so nice as their outfits coordinated so nicely! That first initial meeting its like a blind date- I always look for happy in love couples that are most likely going to get their photos taken and these two were exactly that. Happy and in love.

Amy and Nick are Umass Amherst Alumni and are now planning their wedding  at the Saphire Estate in Sharon,MA Summer of 2021. While they were back visiting they got to see family and friends too which if you ask me, getting photos taken and getting to see loved ones sounds like a pretty perfect get away!

Amy and Nick, thank you so much for trusting me and listening to my crazy ideas of how to get to the locations you guys wanted before the sun came down. You were both amazing models and since you guys nailed it during our session, I have no doubt in my mind that you guys will nail it again on the wedding day! I hope you love these photos and can remember this time together visiting your family and friends and meeting me! The way you too look at one another is pure love and I am so happy for you both. Enjoy the next months of being engaged and I can not wait to see you again on your wedding day! xoxo.

 

Christine and Mike Engagement Session | Boston, MA

Christine and Mike Engagement Session | Boston, MA

The day of meeting Christine + Mike for their engagement session, she texted me that she was on the way to 👏🏻get 👏🏻her 👏🏻ring 👏🏻cleaned 👏🏻!
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I replied back with a GIF of someone wearing a diamond and the sparking bling was blinding! It was just that when I saw this ring sparking in the sunlight! Mike did an A+++ job, just check out these ring photos!
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So let me fill you in on a little something. Photographers who L O V E details like I do, will get up close and personal with your bling. We have to! If you want a sparkling photo of that super special detail of your wedding day, I’m your girl… and this girl is going to recommend you get that baby cleaned right before our engagement session and the wedding day! This way you can be sure your photos will be 💯 sparkling, just as it was when he picked that special diamond out for you.

I met Christine and Mike at the Esplanade in Boston. The weather was absolutely perfect for a night walking around, getting to know each other and taking photos! The sunset at the end of the session was just beautiful and I just loved capturing them together sharing so many amazing little moments. The way Mike looks at her was as if there was no one else there but them…and let me tell you, there were a lot of people walking, running, riding bikes, and hanging out ( all with masks on). It did not even phase them that there were people there as walked around finding the best light, and locations. All that mattered was that they were together… and I was there… following them around. 🙂

Christine radiates joy! Her positive energy is so contagious, and you just can’t help but smile when you’re around her! I’m pretty sure we laughed and smiled the entire session. Christine and Mike were naturals in front of the camera and were up for anything! They danced on bridges, mastered all of the poses I taught them which moved them up to learning some advanced posing quickly! They are so ready for their wedding day portraits! These are just a few favorites of mine from our session together!

Links:

Christine’s Dress

Staying Safe at Weddings | FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Staying Safe at Weddings | FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

COVID has completely changed the wedding industry (and others) this year. Just about every wedding I had scheduled for 2020 has been moved to 2021 but many have decided to still celebrate with a small and intimate wedding with their closest friends and immediate family. Since May I have had 4 weddings and I have another one coming up this weekend second shooting with one of my second shooters, Lisa!

While I am at weddings, if I have some time, I LOVE sharing with you all some behind the scenes on my instagram stories. Some of those behind the scenes are selfies of me doing something, or with my second shooter… lots are just showing the details of the day and how amazing everything is. Since we are right now in the middle of a world wide pandemic, the selfies you see are of me wearing my mask. I’ve had so many photographers DM me asking me about my mask- Can you breathe? Is it comfortable? Where did you get it? So, since I’ve had lots of questions about it, I decided the best way to share my thoughts on the mask is to give you a little review of it here.

In March when we were all ordered to stay inside, my husband went on a search to find me a mask that I can wear for weddings. One that will allow me to be safe, comfortable and allow me to breathe. He found The Urban X Mask  and we ordered 2 of them to see how we liked them. Well. Since we ordered these right when the stay at home order started at the end of March, we did not have them until the end of June. The shipping took forever! So while I was not going to link their webpage because their customer service was not helpful in the shipping process and the amount of time it took for the masks to arrive, I checked their site today to see that they are closed. I am guessing many people had the same issue with receiving their mask in a timely manner and not getting help from customer service. So, with that said. I do NOT recommend getting it through the site we got it from. This is the only CON we found with it.

I looked up a few different sites to find something similar for you guys which I will link at the end and to give you the PROS about the mask.

The mask is one size fits most. There is a velcro back to it so there is zero pressure on the ears which I really like. That makes it very comfortable. It has a filter on the inside with small clip filters (which you need to make sure you snap on tight or they will pop off) on the outside that you wash separately. While you do sweat with this on, it’s much more breathable than the cloth masks. You can feel new air entering and it does not fog up my view finder in the camera or glasses. I find that with any other mask I use, it fogs up and I can not see anything I am shooting. This mask is not an issue with that. If I need to pull it down, I can for a minute and pull it back up. I also have had times where I took it off when I am not near anyone and I attach it to myself with the Velcro which is good so I know its on me and not on the ground somewhere. There is a nose clip so that keeps the mask in place and its black design is modern and “nice” for professional purposes.

I do think that I sound muffled in the mask when I am directing the wedding party, family where I need to be a little louder for everyone to hear me. ( I think this with all masks, it’s hard to hear if you do not speak loudly and clearly). With that, I will move the mask so I can direct then put it back on. I do this stepping far back so there is a safe distance.

I have not tried this yet, but I plan to… maybe this weekend… but my sister had gotten me a megaphone since I told her I feel like I sound muffled!! Yes, you read that right! A megaphone! It arrived in the mail after the wedding I just had so I am curious to see how that will go soon. I think its hysterical so I am hoping I get some great laughs with it and everyone can hear me! I will link it as well incase you too want some laughs and fun with having a megaphone to talk to people at a wedding!

Now I am sure you all know that when wearing any mask, it gets hot. You sweat, you touch it… So I bring 2 of these masks with me and I also carry disposable masks as well just incase it is so hot and I start to feel really gross wearing the same mask for a 12 hour day. I have a box of 50 and pack a handful in my camera bag for those “just in case moments”.

At the start of this, I was not sure about touching other peoples things for detail photos. I do not need to touch anything other than my camera on the wedding day except for when I style wedding details in the beginning! It was unknown if the virus could be transmitted through touch and excessive hand washing had been suggested. For this, I have disposable gloves. I have not needed to use these. I am very careful with washing hands and using hand sanitizer, but I do have these as well in my camera bag for those moments where I feel unsure.

Something I have not gotten but I was thinking about was a face shield. I have seen a few photographers use these and shoot with their live screen. I prefer not to use the live screen option if I don’t have to, so unless something occurs and I need the shield, I think I am okay with what I am doing so far.

I also have 2 large gallons of water in my car with hand soap and paper towels. This has been a game changer. Each time I have an opportunity to wash my hands and not just with sanitizer, I will stop at my car to wash my hands ( if I am close to it). It’s amazing what soap and water feels like when you are working with your hands all day holding a camera. I also have this in my car not just for weddings, but for when I am out with my kids. We wash our hands this way several times while we are out and it’s been great not needing to go to a bathroom because….germs.

There you have it! These are all the safety things I am using right now that are working for me. If you have any questions or things that are working for you that I did not mention, please let me know! We are all in this together! 🙂 Stay safe and healthy, friend!

 

LINKS:

URBAN X MASK (from a new site….) 

DISPOSABLE MASKS

TOP 10 REUSABLE MASKS 

MEGAPHONE

DISPOSABLE GLOVES

HAND SANITIZER

Hogan Family Maternity Session | Bedford, NH

Hogan Family Maternity Session | Bedford, NH

Friends, I really thought I was going to get this blog post published before this little baby arrived.. but I didn’t… He’s here! (and he was a little early, so really I would have had this published before his due date!)

I just love this family so much! They just so happen to live a few houses down from us and their little guy, Liam is around the same age as Ethan and Henry. He is the sweetest boy and he is going to be the BEST BIG BROTHER!

We had our session at Joppa Hill Farm in Bedford, NH. I take Ethan and Henry there a lot to see the animals and walk the trails there. They love it! It is a really beautiful farm where I had always thought that it would be a great location for a photography session but I never had the opportunity to have a session there.. Until I talked to Shannon and she mentioned thats where she was hoping to have their family maternity session. I was so honored she asked me to capture this season of life for them, but I was also nervous, you see, Shannon is a photographer too! I had so much fun getting to capture these moments for them just before the baby arrived!

Shannon, Matt and Liam, it’s crazy to think we have known you guys for just 2 years but it feels like it’s been a lot longer! I just love that you guys are just down the street and are always up for a social distance hello from the door step! We can not wait until we can plan a day to spend with you guys where we do not need to say ” 6 ft. apart” and “keep your distance” to the kids. Thank you so much for trusting me with taking your photos! It means a lot and I am so happy to hear you love them! Here are just a few of my favorites from our session! I can not wait to finally get to hold your littlest one and take more photos of you guys! xoxoxo