June has been a month of baby talk! A few weeks ago I shot THIS beautiful Maternity Session. Then, I received an email from a friend of mine that they were having a birthday parade for their daughter, Ellie who was turning 2 along with a small gathering for a gender reveal at their home. I planned to go to both the birthday parade and gender reveal with the kids and I asked her if she wanted me to bring my camera along! She responded how much of a gift that would be, so the kiddos, my camera and I went to celebrate!
It was really sweet to see the little birthday girl and her mama’s baby bump! At 11 weeks, its showing slightly and its adorable! Close friends gathered around after the parade as mom and dad popped a balloon revealing the gender of their new baby coming soon!
Congratulations Duffy family! I am so excited for you! Ellie is going to be the BEST big sister!! <3
I can not believe it has been 6 months since I last saw this family for Aiden’s newborn session! It is 100% true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. Before I knew it, February was approaching and I knew we needed to get this 6 month photo session in before their little features were not so little anymore! A few weeks ago I went back to their house and we had our session together capturing those candid lifestyle moments and I have to say, I just love sessions like this! This was so laid back, mom Breann was amazing handling her big kid, little kid and fur baby. She’s a natural! I loved catching up with her about life and hearing all of the little milestones Aiden has been achieving!
He was such a good baby during our session, fully idolizing his brother and not minding at all when his dog would walk on him. He is just starting to sit up but mom said he still needs assistance. We attempted to see if he could sit up on his own toward the end of our session and sure enough, HE DID IT! He mastered sitting up and I was there to see it! I was so proud and so excited I got to be there to capture those moments for mom and dad!
I am so excited to see them again for Aiden’s 1st Birthday session! Breann, TJ, Owen and Aiden, thank you so much, again for opening up your home to me to capture this first year of Aiden with you! He is going to have so many new milestones happening within the next few months and when I see you all again, I am so excited to see the difference just 6 more months make! Owen, thanks for keeping me on my toes and always laughing! You are such a great big brother! It is so clear that Aiden looks up to you so much already! Here are just a few of my favorites from out session together! xo.
Kicking off 2020 with the Lund Family! You guys this was my last family session of 2019 and I am thrilled I was able to spend it with these guys! I have worked with Jordan from Jordecor a few times over the years, and if you do not already follow her, you need to! She is an influencer on social media platforms and teaches all things decor! She shares real life stuff and her creative heart is amazing!!! I just love everything that she creates!
Their session was in time for Christmas photos, and they had a bonus where there was still some snow on the ground! With a few Christmas card perfect photos, they also added on a little 2020 surprise toward the end of our session! Being as creative as Jordan is, not only did they look amazing with their coordinated outfits, she went out and got a few things to celebrate the new year! The best is that they do not need to stress about getting their cards out in time for Christmas, they can send out Happy New Year cards instead! I loved this idea and I love how these all came out. I loved getting to spend some time with the whole family and I am excited to see how their cards came out for this year!
Jordan, Ben, Griffin and Autumn, Thanks for much for braving the cold to get a few family portraits from 2019! I am so honored you chose me to capture your family photos and I hope you love them as much as I do! Happy New Year! xo.
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!!!! Yup, you guessed it! Behind the Scenes 2019! I can not believe that in just a few days we are going to be entering into a new decade! It’s so crazy!! This blog post is something I started to do a few years ago and each year I just feel the need to keep it going. As you know the photos you see take a lot of work behind the scenes to have them look that way… different angles, the veil flip, that perfect fluff of the dress when standing still….someone’s gotta do it! We here at Ali B Photography are professionals and we get the job done!
I am so thankful to get to do what I do! I have the best coupes and families in the world and I can not thank them enough! Cheers to 2020. Let’s take a look at Behind The Scenes 2019.
Here we are starting with the first wedding of the year May 2019. When we get this shot of the bride and her dad walking down the aisle, we take so many and we work fast to be sure to get out of the way from the other photographer shooting back or front. I always try to get that one photobomb shot just so I know I will have it for the blog when the time comes for BTS. Thanks Lisa for being perfectly centered for this photo!
That perfect fluff of the dress. We got you. Always.
Sometimes when I am shooting portraits of the bride and groom, my second photographer is shooting reception details and can not stay with me to help with somethings. It really all depends on the timeline and where cocktail hour is held. For this wedding ,I had this lovely MOH stay behind with me so she can help me with a few things…. She was so wonderful and happy to help and did all I needed her to do.
It just doesn’t get much better than being with people on the happiest day of their life for a living. But sometimes the wind will take over.
Rocking her MOH duties!
Even when we are all done with the veil, she stayed behind to watch and held all the things for the bride and groom.
We get so excited when a couple learns their first dance. We just need to be as close to the floor as we can to capture every single side of it!
So if you’re looking for two poised professionals to capture your most special day, look no further.
We make sure to test the lights out on the dance floor before you get announced….
We help to hold your flowers if you need to use your hands. We also look into the sun for you when portraits are at that peek sun time during the day.
I will set up the shot and then show you the next thing I want you to do.
If it isn’t right, I will just fix it. NBD. Beach weddings= No shoes…. but lots of dress fluffing perfecting! Sometimes I will pose like I am in the photo… and sometimes I will not….
When everyone is looking at the person making the speech.. someone is looking at the bride and groom…. or the back of the camera to be sure the light is just right!
Oh Hey! Just pretend like I am not even here…..
We work closely with Videographers a lot. We be sure to communicate and tell each other where we will be for the shot that we need. Sometimes I just shoot a bunch to be sure my lighting is right before the big moment happens.
Always protecting that train!
We are always willing to go outside to shoot in any kind of weather! For this one, it was thunderstorms and downpours, but it cleared up and we were outside for awhile with them! With and without umbrellas. Also…. many of us vendors have kids so if we need to do something one handed… we are masters!
A car or a gold cart might be coming, but don’t move!
When you fluff the dress before fluffing the veil…..
The Dream Team as we like to call ourselves.
Always there to get that perfect fluff.
It is always so much fun getting to work beside so many different creatives each wedding!
There is never a moment where I am NOT thinking of the next shot.
Sometimes we shoot in the road….
And we do all we can to be sure the dress does not get muddy!
Many venues will deliver appetizers to you guys while we are taking photos! If I don’t need you, you can totally eat all you want! 🙂
Beabout Exposure, Phil is helping me test out some lighting! Like A BOSS.
Sometimes,I break out my dancing shoes… I just LOVE first looks! This venue had a beautiful space on the porch and one of us was able to be next to the groom, while I went off to a side porch. It was great for us to get those intimate angles we needed.
And it was so sweet to have that intimate first row spot as a photographer! We all were just glad Morgan didn’t fall! She nailed her shots and I was able to not see her for the ones I delivered in their gallery!
Ya gotta get that back shot of the whole ceremony!
You know…just testing more lighting!
Sometimes on your wedding day, while out taking sunset portraits, a group passes you to get to their boat… Then they invite you on for that special sun set cruise! I will never forget this! Trying to master the veil flip without bumping into servers!
I do not mess around with our portrait time together! Directing is one thing I do best. 🙂 We have fun and we get it done!
Same day slide show preview from a few guests. I love their reactions.
A sparkler exit needs a few test runs with off camera flash…. Also, when you have amazing videographers, they need to get that mic on you….
and sometimes when we need to get that perfect dress shot, we will tell through doors to tell people not to come into the room or the dress will fall…
First look. Back Center. HEYYYY! I just love each and every one of my brides and grooms! I also love it when we get a photo together! I need more of these in 2020.#addmetoyourshotlist
I even love getting a photo with guests!
When you do a first look with your girls and your hair dresser stays…. but she can’t see over the ladies so she stands on a chair! First look front and center. Don’t worry…she hid when the bride came out.
Wedding party portraits are my JAM.
Winter Beach Wedding…. Where everyone is bundled except the bride and groom and I love them for it!
Just setting up the camera for a cold winter wedding day sunset.We are not cold….you’re cold.
Light check master, LISA! The two were my first wedding of the year. It rained on their wedding day a bit and when it came time for portraits, we did not have enough light to do them outside. They had beautiful portraits inside, but they were wanting that beach session together. So we set up a date close to their 6month anniversary to have a beach portrait session. I am so glad we did this because their portraits are absolutely gorgeous! I had to get in a photo with them and their lovely MOH who continued her duties after the wedding day!
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I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it when families contact me year after year for updated family photos! These guys I met 2 years ago and I was so excited to see them again! I can not believe how big their littles ones have gotten! We had so much fun on the beach playing! Sorry for making you run mom and dad! 😉
Their session was at Sandy Beach in Cohasset, MA and I have to say I loved this location so much! Not just because I got to be there with this amazing little family, but I always need some vitamin sea and this beach had it all. The tall sea grass, large rocks, jettys, a stone wall, perfect sand and the most beautiful colors as the sun was setting!
It was so fun to see Kennedy and Connor’s personalities shine through these images! They were so much fun and had me laughing as I was editing their photos! Their holiday cards are going to be beautiful, I am sure!!! Merideth, Bob, Kennedy and Connor, thanks so much for having me capture these moments for you! I am so honored you contacted me again to update your family photos!! I hope you love these and I can not wait to see you all again soon! xo.