I may be biased, but I think Labor Day weekend is THE BEST weekend to have a wedding…. The reason why I think this….?? PJ and I were married on Labor Day Weekend in 2010! While our wedding day was 9/4/10, Elias and Jackie exchanged their vows 9/5/20. (Ethan’s Birthday!) Gah, Labor Day Weekend is one of my favorite weekends ever!
Elias and Jackie celebrated the most beautiful intimate wedding in Plymouth MA on September 5, 2020. Joined with Jackie’s immediate family, a total of 6 people (9 including myself and the bride and groom) They were married by Jackie’s brother who officiated their ceremony and had their first kiss as husband and wife on the deck of the family’s home.
When I arrived to the house in Plymouth on this absolute beautiful summer day, I could not help but love every little thing in their home. Jackie’s mom did a beautiful job decorating their entire home to have similar colors in each room. (My fav. TEAL!) I must have taken so many photos of details from inside this adorable home, if they were ever planning to sell, they could 100% use the images I took for real estate photos. I need her mom to come over and decorate my house! She has such a welcoming way of decorating every room!
After their ceremony, Elias and Jackie chose to go off site for their portraits. We went to Ellisville State Park in Plymouth which was the perfect location for them! They were hoping to have photos taken in a natural setting- not one where things were purposely landscaped, man made and busy. This location is a short hiking trail to the beach but we just stayed on the path as the lighting was amazing and no one wants to hike 10mins to a beach in Badgley Mischka heels! I am so happy with these portraits of them. We did these in the afternoon where it is not quite sunset, but I was able to defuse the light through the trees to give them that sunset glow. Getting to meet the family and then stealing them away for portraits are two of my favorite parts from this day.
Elias and Jackie, Thank you! Thank you for keeping in touch throughout your planning as this year was not what we all expected! Thank you for trusting me to capture your special day! You have planned the most beautiful intimate ceremony and it is so special that you captured it on video to share with your friends and family who were not able to attend. I hope that you are able to continue your plans of having a ceremony in TX and Canada as you were originally planning before Covid started but know that if that is not something that will happen any time soon, you can share these photos with your friends and family and share your story so that they can all feel like they were with you. I hope you enjoy looking back at these photos and love them as much as I do. Here are just a few favorites of mine from your wedding day. xoxo
In honor of Ethan’s birthday coming up tomorrow (9/5) and wanted to share a post for all of you expecting moms out there who were hoping to have a fresh 48 session once the baby was born. I know that Corona Virus has stopped us from having these amazing sessions from happening and it makes me so sad because I just LOVE them! I love getting to see you and your new little growing family and meeting your precious little one for the first time just a few hours old! It’s so heart warming and I just love everything about it. So, here I am, bringing you my love for Fresh 48’s right into your own hands. You can do this, and you can do this with just your cell phone!
Capturing these first days of your baby’s life is so important! You don’t get that time back! Come their first birthday…. and even their 6th, like Ethan will be, I always look back on his actual birthday and it is just so amazing to see the little person who he is growing up to be! I want the same for you. Do no be scared. I promise, I will give you tips to get the best images of your sweet little baby and even though you just had a baby, I want you to also hand the camera over to dad and have him snap a few photos of you with that little person who has been kicking you for 9 months!
When you go into labor the last thing you’re thinking about is that you want to tell a story. So here I am to tell you, that is what you are doing with these photos. You are telling YOUR story. your BABY’s story. A story that you and your family and even that baby can look back to years to come.
TIP 1: Take a photo of the outside of the location you will be having your baby. You will most likely not remember to take this photo on your way into the hospital, but if you can remember to take one on your way out, you should. This photo is the start of where your family started.
Tip 2: Hospital Details- The Room, The board with your nurse info on it, the hallway…. maybe even the ice dispenser because hospitals have the best ice chips! Your favorite snack you had during labor. I know what you are thinking… Who does that…. well… I do. I do my friend. And when I look back at the snack and the hospital rooms, wow, you better believe I get ALL THE FEELS!
TIP 3: When a nurse comes in to check on baby. Get them in a few photos caring for your little one.
TIP 4: Open the window shade and let that natural light inside. Turn OFF the lights in your room. Bring the baby close to the window and position him(her) so that the natural light is coming from the side or at an angle on the top of the head. The light like this will help highlight those beautiful baby features. I suggest taking the photo “Into” the room where your back is to the window. This lights up the room nicely.
Tip 5: If there are siblings coming to visit, this is a must have shot! Notice the natural light coming from the side where the window is and babies are facing the window lighting up their faces.
Tip 6: Take them out of the bassinet and onto the bed for a different view/look.
Tip 7: Baby Details! THESE are MUST have photos! Take a photo of the name tag on the bassinet. The baby will have the sweetest little features- capture them! Their fingers, feet, hair, eats, nose, lips! You can never have too many detail photos of your baby!
Tip 8: prop the phone up on a table ( or order a cell phone tripod) set it up where you and dad are together looking at baby. You can set a self timer OR you can get this remote.
Here is the list of all I mentioned for you to see a little clearer without the images incase you need to copy and paste easily to make notes.
Must have shots:
Overhead shot of baby in the bassinet (full body)
Overhead shot of baby in the bassinet (from the waist up)
Details of his nose, ears, hands, feet, and bellybutton
Dad holding baby, giving Eskimo kisses, or attempting to swaddle/change a diaper for the first time
Mom nursing her new babe or snuggling, standing up
Hospital Details- Front of building, hall way, bed, snacks, etc
Nurse coming in to check baby
any cute outfits and accessories
** Remember to keep the lights off and use the natural light from the window. If you can shoot INTO the room that will give you best light. If not, thats fine- you have a cute baby so really just take the photo!
Here are s a few editing apps I love to use! I always brighten up all of my phone photos before sharing them especially on instagram. Some of the photos on my feed are an iPhoto shot edited to my style in Lightroom! Lightroom is my #1 editing app!
MY Favorite Apps to edit with:
PIC TAP GO
I wish I were able to capture these moments for you, but I know you can do it! Do not stress out- if you can not do it, thats okay. Just take as many photos as you can to have forever and do not put your phone in the washing machine like I did a week after I had Henry. Let me be the first to tell you, you will cry a lot if you do this! I hope these tips are helpful for you!! If you have any questions I am happy to help!
If you need help in photo editing your fresh 48 photos, I would love to do this for you! Contact me and we can chat about editing.
Congratulations, momma! Motherhood is the best, hardest, life changing gift in the world!
If you have followed me now for quite some time, I think it is safe to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing on the beach. It does not matter to me what beach it is, but gimme the ocean, salty air, amazing light and a gorgeous couple and my heart is happy! I met Marie and Matt at Duxbury Beach last week and my goodness we were all in for a treat! Duxbury beach is so pretty during sun set with lots of different areas to talk around so we had nice variety in location and lighting.
I just loved hanging with them and learning about who they are as a couple and all about their wedding day! They are getting married May 29, 2021 and I just know that their wedding day is going to be amazing just like how this session was! They had me laughing when they were telling me all about the proposal and they said that Matt was so nervous that he said ” I just can’t take it anymore” and he asked. I just imagined that moment and then she said yes and the rest is history! Here they are, two high school sweet hearts, planning their wedding day.
Marie and Matt, Thank you so much for such a fun night! I can not get over how the sky looked toward the end of our session and I am for real when I say you guys could be models! You 100% nailed it and you now have wayyyyy more than just 1 nice photo of the two of you together. I am so excited to see you again for your wedding day but until then, I will just continue to look at these amazing photos of your engagement. It was really hard to choose just a few favorites so get ready…. 🙂
Can I just tell you that when I saw Katelyn get out of the car, I was so excited to meet her and when I saw her beautiful dress, I said Girl! We match!! I was wearing a light pink shirt with stripes so I felt like we all matched for our session together so if we got separated, someone could have helped point us in the direction of the other one wearing pink stripes! haha.
Katelyn and Ben were so much fun! I just loved how much he made her laugh! They have the sweetest personalities and it’s evident how in love they are. Katelyn’s daughter Alexa joined us for this session and it was so amazing to see how much Ben loves her too! The way he looks at both of his girls made makes my heart smile! What an amazing story they have and an amazing little girl who will be in their wedding standing next to them as they exchange their vows.
Katelyn, Ben and Alexa, Thanks for hanging out with me on the most perfect August night! The location you picked is one of my favorites and I am so thankful for you guys getting in the quick sandy waters for an epic family photo! I hope you love your photos and I can not wait to see you for your wedding day!
We were looking at the forecast a few days before this session and my heart kept sinking each time I saw thunderstorms with a 60% chance of rain on and off all day. We had our session scheduled for 6:30pm, two hours before sun set and the forecast at that time was all over the place. It went from a high percent of rain to one where it would still be okay to have a session. We talked throughout the day and decided to go for it and man, I am so excited we did! While it down-poured driving through Boston, it stopped when I arrived at the Harvard Arboretum. With over cast skies, and zero rain the whole time we were together, we kept saying how happy we were not to cancel. I just love this location and I am so excited to share their photos with you!
Colleen and Keith have a really fun story to share about how they met! If this isn’t fate, I don’t know what is! ” We have a great story about how we met. I was studying abroad in Amsterdam and decided to visit some other friends who were studying abroad in Ireland during St. Patty’s Day weekend. When we were out one night I actually met Keith in a pub! After that weekend I flew back to Amsterdam and heard from my sister a few weeks later… she was asking if I met a guy named Keith while I was in Ireland? I said I did and it just so happens that Keith was a substitute teacher for my sister at the same place where I went to high school! So I eventually come back home and it turns out that Keith was living 10 minutes away from the house I grew up in. It also turns out that he graduated from the same college as me 2 years before (Stonehill College), we had the same major, same academic adviser and we just never crossed paths! Two and a half years later we’re engaged! :)” How amazing is their story?! I really do believe that things happen for a reason!
Colleen and Keith, I loved getting to hang out with you guys! I am so excited for your wedding day and I am also so excited to share this blog and your final images with you! Thank you so much for braving the rain and meeting with me! It was a perfect night and still can not believe we had zero rain! Enjoy this little sneak peek of your engagement photos! These are just a few of my favorites! xo.