Alyssa & Craig Engagement Session | Portsmouth, NH

Alyssa & Craig Engagement Session | Portsmouth, NH

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I am bringing back this Alyssa and Craig’s engagement session to today’s wedding Wednesday not only for engagement inspiration but also, these two were to be married this coming Saturday but with all that is going on in the world right now, their wedding day is now in June. I am still so excited for them and I am looking forward to giving them both hugs once this is all over! Enjoy their engagement session photos for some E-sesh inspo!

** FROM THEIR PREVIOUS BLOG**

Alyssa and Craig had their engagement session this past fall in downtown Portsmouth, NH. I have only been to this town twice before their session and I have to say I am so glad they chose here!  I just loved that we had so many different locations to choose from, and the light was just so perfect! The weather was starting to get a little chilly, but it felt good to walk around without jackets, chatting the whole time and laughing! We had so much fun and I am so excited to celebrate the Eve of Henry’s birthday with them this April!

Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit | Wedding Wednesday

Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit | Wedding Wednesday

 

 

This past October I was my sisters Matron of Honor and I knew that one duty I needed to get done for the wedding day was to have an emergency kit put together. As a photographer I have been to so many weddings where bridesmaids are frantically running around looking for something that they just cant find. (For example: Scissors, finger nail cutters, clear nail…polish just to name a few.) I have always had a small kit on my at all times for each wedding I photograph, but for her wedding I decided it was time to get serious with all the things we might need on the wedding day! It kind of started off as a joke… like I found the BIGGEST clear toiletry bag from Walmart and I said to myself that this bad boy was getting filled to the top! The night I filled it then I snapped a photo with my phone and sent it in the bridesmaid group text telling everyone I was so ready for the weekend! They of course thought I was crazy, but I knew that this bag was amazing and we would all need something in there at some point during the day.

 

If there is one thing from this post you take away, let it be this- either you need to get yourself an emergency kit that you can DIY or you need to hire me and I will have this with me! (haha. That’s a joke… kinda). You will be so happy you have a bag like this on the wedding day and even if YOU don’t need EVERYTHING in there, you will most likely need at least 1 thing… and then you have it to offer incase a wedding party member, family member or guest needs something!

 

WHATS IN MY WEDDING EMERGENCY KIT:

  • Scissors
  • Deodorant
  • Make Up Remover Wipes
  • Safety Pins
  • Bobby Pins
  • Travel Hair Spray
  • Allergy Medication, Motrin, Aspirin, Tums, Pepto
  • Tissues
  • Heel Glide for those blisters
  • Bandaids
  • Alcohol Prep Pads ( to brighten up your nails)
  • White Chalk ( incase the bride has a stain on her white dress)
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Fake Lashes
  • Floss
  • Breath Mints
  • Neutral Colored Impress Nails
  • Mini Tooth Brush
  • Travel Static Guard
  • Shout Wipes/ Tide Stick
  • Mirror
  • Lint Remover
  • Eye Drops
  • Super Glue
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Lighter
  • Feminine Products
  • Sample Perfumes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Diamond Dazzle Stick
  • Lip Gloss
  • Chap Stick
  • Pen
  • Paint Brush for Beach Weddings (to get sand off feet)

Click HERE for all items listed on my AMAZON STOREFRONT

 

 

 

So there you have it. These are the things that I currently have in my emergency kit which I love that I have it for when I am working. I know what’s there so I can help in a pinch if someone needs something! Comment below if you have any emergency items I may have forgotten in this list! I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts about having a kit like this! Wether you are a bride or bridesmaid, having something like this for not just yourself but everyone involved on the big day is such a HUGE help! If you are an Ali B Bride.. don’t worry. I have you covered. 🙂

 

Engagement Session Style | Wedding Wednesday

Engagement Session Style | Wedding Wednesday

what style do you prefer?

B O L D o r N EU T R A L

D R E S S Y o r C A S UA L

C L A S S I C o r T R EN DY

These choices represent the three main decisions you will have to make in regards to your outfit choices. There are no right or wrong answers! Maybe you want one outfit to be dressy and the other to be casual. Maybe you want one outfit to be very light and neutral but you want to wear more color in the next outfit. These categories will hopefully help you determine what you’re hoping for in your engagement session. If you’re feeling stuck and can’t seem to determine what you prefer, that’s very normal!

Here are some general “rules of thumb” when it comes to styling during an engagement session. Once you read through these, you may have a better understanding of what you prefer and you can start planning your outfits. These “rules of thumbs” are based off of my experience and aren’t concrete rules that can’t be broken. However, if you have questions about one of them in regards to what you want to wear, just email me and we can talk about what would be best! :

Things to Avoid:

1. Colors to avoid : bright reds, neons, bright oranges (they reflect color onto skin and can be difficult to edit!)

2. Avoid patterns smaller than a quarter : Tiny patterns cause something called “Chromatic Aberration” in digital images. Men’s checkered shirts are fine if the “checks” are on the larger side.

3. Alternate Heaviness: If one of you is wearing very dark jeans, the other may want to wear lighter pants. If one of you is wearing a navy top, the other shouldn’t wear a dark/heavy colored top. To a certain degree, alternating the “heaviness” of your outfits can make your images look more balanced.

4. Avoid one of you being casual while the other is more dressy: This can look a bit awkward in photos. If one of you is dressed up and the other is casual, it can look a little odd in your images.

5. Other things to avoid: Tennis shoes, Graphic tees, Bold logos on shirts, Sunglasses & Baseball Hats

 

ROMANTIC STYLE RECIPE

If you’re hoping for a more romantic style of shoot that includes “light” and “airy” colors, you can actually make outfit choices that will lend your images to turn out brighter, softer and extra photogenic! Here are some ingredients that go into creating a romantic styled shoot. It’s important to note that you do not need to choose all of these ingredients in order to have a light and airy style to your images but the more ingredients you include, the more romantic it will be:

– Neutral Colors: Blushes, tans, light pinks, faint blues and light minty teals, creams, grays and whites will always result in more of a light and airy look in your images. These colors photograph softer and more romantically!

Long, Flowy Skirts/Dresses: Dresses and skirts with feminine ruffles, multiple layers of fabric and the ability to blow and move in the wind will always photograph beautifully! You would be amazed at how impactful moving fabric softens an image.

– Khakis vs. Jeans: If you really want your images to be as bright as possible, consider having your groom wear lighter pants instead of dark dress pants or dark jeans.

B R I GHT & B O L D R E C I P E

Just like the “Romantic” recipe, you don’t have to apply all of these “ingredients to get a perfectly BRIGHT & BOLD look to your engagement session. These  ingredients include:

– Only one wears a pattern: If one of you has a bold pattern, it’s very important that the other doesn’t. The more bold the pattern, the more important this rule is!

Bold Backgrounds: A lot of time, if my couples are going for a bold and bright look, I will notice solid colored backgrounds to use for part of their engagement session! It’s a double win if the background coordinates

with their outfits!

– Only one bold color: If you really want a bold and bright look but you want to do it well and tastefully, I would suggest that only one of you have a bright and bold colored outfit and the other stay in a solid

neutral to avoid over-doing it!

– Large Patterns are Preferred: If you really want to wear a pattern, my only request is that your pattern is on the larger side. Patterns that are smaller than a quarter can be difficult to photograph. This isn’t true of

all patterns but it’s a good general rule to go by!

 

So there you have it! Hope this post is helpful for you in planning your engagement session style! Feel free to comment below or email with if you have any questions!

xoxo, Alex

February Vacation 2020 | Personal Post

February Vacation 2020 | Personal Post

Well,  February vacation has come to an end and it’s back to school on Monday for Ethan. We did not have any trips planned but we made the most of it traveling around close to home on our “Staycation” and I have to say we had so much fun!!

With no real plans until the night before each day of the week, we came up with some good stuff!

Monday- Boston Childrens Museum. We went to the Childrens Museum with our friends Danielle, Porter and Sawyer! It was so much fun. They had never been there before so that was nice taking our time through each of the rooms so the kids could explore. It was 61 outside which was just so perfect so after we were there for about 2 hours, we went outside and grabbed some lunch ( at the Shake Shack… SO GOOD….. Didn’t eat dinner..) then went back to the museum area and played outside at the playground that is there. Martin’s Playground is so nice! We can not wait to go back there when the weather gets warmer to spend time on the playground, walk around and just enjoy being outside! The kids all fell asleep on the way back home and I got to listen to a podcast! 🙂

Tuesday- Walked around the Mall, got hair cuts in the AM then we went to Altitude Trampoline Park with our friends and The Thirsty Moose for dinner.

Wednesday- We had no plans other than I knew the kids needed a NAP so BAD! So we got in the car around 11:00am with napping in my mind. (sometimes car naps is all I can do) so I get down the street and Ethan is already asleep. Henry fell asleep about 10 mins later. I KNEW IT!! I know when my kids are exhausted and need naps! Well, since they were sleeping and they usually wake up when the car stops, I kept driving. The next thing I knew I was driving to Hampton Beach! We LOVE the beach! I don’t care if everything is closed down and its cold. Just that salty air and sound of the ocean was worth the drive. We needed it. When the kids woke up, they were so excited to be there! We went on the play ground, we walked the beach a little bit- found some shells and rocks. Ethan could have done that for hours! He loved it!! Henry… well…he was cold….

Thursday-  We had our friends over for a little bit in the morning! The kids had a great time playing and I had a great time catching up with their mom! We chatted all about the Bachelor and yestday we had our own WTA viewing party! Julie came over with her baby girl, Katherine and we chatted the whole time and had to rewind the show during some moments but for the most part, I am going to watch the Lauren Zima Roses’ and Rose recap on Youtube TODAY! It’s so funny and I love Tuesdays because of it!

Friday- We spend several hours at the Library! We got there and we knew some of the moms and kids that were already there. Ethan got to make slime with their STEM learning staff which was great because I have tried to make slime with him and I will NEVER try that again, so if someone else is making it, and its not at my house…. I am all for it! That stuff IMO is a messsssss!!!!! 🙂

So here are some images from our week long staycation! Hope you can see the joy in the kids faces while we were out doing all the things! Next year during their school vacation in February I am really wanting to take them to DISNEY for the first time…..! How amazing would that be?! and We would most likely be there with the whole town of Bedford, NH since it seemed like everyone was there!

 

 

BOSTON CHILDRENS MUSEUM:
MALL WALKING:

THIS IS HENRY… DRESSES HIMSELF…. SOMETHING IS ALWAYS INSIDE OUT AND BACKWARDS:  ( Also, He is 2 1/2 and wearing 4T clothing…)

HAMPTON BEACH:

 HENRY WILL NOT WEAR JACKETS IN THE WINTER…. I DON’T UNDERSTAND!

 IT WAS COLD AND WINDY ON THE BEACH SO SOMEONE AGREED TO WEAR HIS JACKET AGAIN!

 GROCERY SHOPPING WITH TWO CHILDREN…SEND HELP:

 PLAYDATE WITH PHILIP, JULIE AND KATHERINE! WE ALL HAD SO MUCH FUN!

 THE BEDFORD NH LIBRARY:

HENRY ALWAYS TAKES BIG BOOKS OF THE SHELVES AND TRIES TO READ THEM. THESE ARE THE TWO HE PICKED…

 ETHAN THE SLIME MAKER who only makes slime when it is not at our house!

Faneuil Hall Engagement Session | Catherine & Ryan

Faneuil Hall Engagement Session | Catherine & Ryan

When it comes to winter weather, you really have no idea what you’re going to get. One day in New England its in the mid 60’s and then the next day it’s back to the low 30’s. It’s windy, it’s rainy… it’s sunny… whatever it is, you just don’t know exactly what it will be. When scheduling an engagement session, you really have no idea and you hope for the best weather.

Catherine and Ryan had set up their engagement session with me not long after meeting them. I’ve always loved it when my couples book either their wedding or their engagement session during the winter because I am always hoping for snow! Snow is just so magical to me and photographs so nicely! Well, we had some snow that had been on the ground for a little bit. Instead, we got a forecast that called for rain, however, it held off until after our session. We had some wind and some over cast skies and we all learned to embrace it! With the wind, we were pretty cold, but I FINALLY remembered to bring my hand warmers and those bad boys worked wonders!

Catherine and Ryan are so relaxed, up for anything and they trusted me. It’s hard enough to feel comfortable having your pictures taken in normal situations, but these two made it easy even with the wind and foggy areas! We started our session at Faneuil Hall in Boston and walked to Christopher Columbus Park and then to the Boston Harbor Hotel. I loved getting to shoot this area from the other side of the Sea Port!

I had the best time getting to know them and I am so excited for their wedding day! Here are a few favorites from our time together. xoxo