There are a lot of indicators to show me that I’ve “made it” as a photographer; steady bookings, getting published on big wedding blogs, random photographers calling me for free advice – it’s all good. But the biggest indicator, at least to me, are families like this one. I have done their annual portrait session for three years running now and that kind of confidence in me is what tells me I’ve really made it.
When we were kids, every once in a while my mom would make us go to some park and a lady with a huge camera would take our picture. Those pictures are hanging on a wall in my mom’s house to this day. Those pictures are important, and it is a total honor to be called on year after year to take those pictures for another family. Having seen the kids grow up from literally babies to now has been amazing; it’s crazy to visit with a family once a year and see how they’ve grown.
It’s also my goal with any family session to catch the family as they are, not as I’ve posed them to be. All families need some gentle posing, but the photos turn out best when they’re just being themselves, and Rachel’s family lacks nothing in terms of personality!
I’ve known Daniel’s sister for many, many years – we used to date! so when she contacted me to talk about her brother’s wedding, it was a blast from the past for sure. I remember Daniel’s Bar-Mitzvah for goodness sake. So I went in with a little extra motivation.
Whenever a friend or family member hires me or recommends me to someone it really means a lot to me and it’s important for me to prove that I’m not “the friend with a nice camera.” I always try to astound, but with friends and family there is no other choice. I was lucky in that I had an eminently beautiful bride, a tall, handsome, goofy groom and the gorgeous backdrop of the Postcard Inn. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!
Every once in a while I get an inquiry for a child’;s birthday party and I’m secretly like “seriously”? I mean, I’m not overly expensive, but I’d think looking at my site the first thing that wouldn’t pop into someone’s head is “oh, this is the guy for my son’s birthday party!”
Then, when I arrive at the party, I see the amount of effort that went into making it perfect and I understand. Then, Michelangelo shows up and starts flipping off the roof and I REALLY understand my value there, as you can see below
So, uh, I’m available for birthday parties!
I was excited to arrive to Kara and Daniel’s wedding as I’d never worked at Thalatta before and I always love checking out a new location. I also knew the couple to be really nice and totally, 100% in love with each other and it’s never hard to find good photos when that’s the case. It also always helps to shoot with Michelle from Minerva Photography and be ably assisted by Natasha from Natasha Lievano Photography. Six eyes are better than two.
Of course, that being said, I still tried to find good and better photos. It’s always a tight balancing act you have to do when deciding whether to leave a bride and groom alone to let them have fun or to drag them out of the reception for “just one more.” For me, the determining test is whether the awesomeness of the photo outweighs the annoyance caused to the couple, and at Kara and Daniel’s wedding, the photos typically were too good to not even try. So try we did, and the juice was definitely worth the squeeze Congratulations Kara and Daniel!
. . . and the Mandarin Oriental! Marisa and Matt are a very cool, fun couple who came in to their session to find me on the front end of a pretty bad fever and I was very low energy, sweaty, achy, etc. I didn’t mention it to Marisa because I felt good enough to shoot and I wasn’t contagious and was pretty confident I wouldn’t fall face first into any bushes or anything like that, so we went for it. Happy we did! These two love to laugh and each other and I’m looking forward to their wedding!
I shoot a lot of weddings; I’m really lucky, and really good at it, and it results in a ton of weddings. Once in a while one comes along that just feels different. Before I left for Samantha’s wedding my wife told me to do my absolute best because she felt it was going to be a good one. Samantha and Chad did everything on their wedding day in private residences, Samantha getting ready at her Grandmother’s condo and everything else at her Aunt’s house; my wife knew I do some of my best work in homes (because it just gives you a level of character and visual interest that you don’t get in the standardized hotel world).
When I arrived I knew for sure it was going to be a special day. Samantha, as you can see, is beautiful. All of her bridesmaids are beautiful. Grandma’s condo was an IDEAL getting ready location, with the large, window lit bathroom, mirrors everywhere and collectibles everywhere to use for detail shots.
The day just kept improving when I met up with Chad and the groomsmen, who were simply ready to have an awesome time. Chad in particular set the tone for the day with his easygoing demeanor and openness to pretty much anything I pleaded for, and I appreciate it.
So, beautiful getting ready, gorgeous, sweet ceremony, and to top it all off? The absolute best party ever. And you know what Ricky does with a killer party. In a TENT (thank you Robyn Bruck Events). God, I love me some tents.
Anyway, I can say with certainty this is the best wedding I’ve ever shot. I love it so much it’s ridiculous. Congrats to the couple, and congrats to me!
On most photographers’ blogs they constantly say “I LOVE THIS COUPLE” for every single couple. I really do like all my couples, but a select few get the “I ADORE THIS COUPLE” from me.
I ADORE THIS COUPLE! I knew we were going to get along great over our Skype meeting but actually spending a couple hours with them sealed the deal for me, they are funny, in love and photograph so well. PLUS, my oft-used location of Bill Baggs had a special sorta light happening, it was just kismet.
I’m very excited for the wedding, legits.
Going in to this wedding I was excited, not only because I had such a wonderful couple but because I know Beth Am intimately. I mean, heck, not only did I get married there, I went to elementary school there! So, yes, I know that place backwards and front.
However, just like the week prior at Stephanie and David’s nuptials, all my super cute and awesome outdoor portraits got washed away in a steady morning rain. Fortunately I knew the area outside the offices was covered so we could get just a little daylight for the first look, but the rest of the way was strictly indoors. I was very fortunate to have the assistance of two of the best in the persons of Randy Borges and Jill Erwich and together we went down the rabbit hole of creative indoor lighting for portraits and group shots, not to mention some truly exemplary work in the ceremony by Randy – how you like his first kiss shot?
But the real star of the show was the wedding itself. It’s rare to get a wedding that’s this beautiful and at the same time is this young in its energy. The party was all the way live, rocking from moment one to moment last and I rode that wave all the way through with awesome shot after awesome shot. I really, really enjoyed it, and all my best to Ali and Gabe, they’re a super fun couple and I see great things for them in the future!
Annarita told me, right off the bat, that all her friends ended up loathing their wedding photographers and she knew from the beginning that she wanted a different experience (and different photos as well). Apparently not only were the photographers kind of brusque they weren’t quite as creative as advertised. Well, you can imagine how I responded to THAT.
I usually don’t comment in this blog about couples’ wardrobe choices but you have to join me and give it up for Anselm’s suspenders / bowtie combo. I pretty much gushed over his outfit the entire time I was shooting them. How awesome is that? I wish more guys would go all in with the clothes. At a certain point dark jeans and a button down, while lovely, gets a little stale. An outfit with character helps to tell a story, even at something as rote as an engagement session. So nice work bud!
And finally, the bride. Annarita was everything I could ask for in terms of excitement and willingness to do whatever I suggested and I wish I was working her Boston wedding, but alas, I am not At least not yet. Maybe? I can dream, I suppose! At least I was able to take a picture with a couple silhouetted in front of what appears to be the bottom curve of the planet Earth. That’s always a positive
OK, so Stepanie’s special. This is a bride who was about as excited to have me shoot her wedding as any other bride I’ve encountered, so you know I came ready to do my absolute best. I drive past her Temple pretty much every day so my wife and I had planned out exactly where to do her portaits – outside by a nice, red fence, near this big hedge, middle of the street – we had it all wrapped up weeks before the wedding day.
So, obviously, it rained. It rained and washed away all my excellently laid plans and left me with no outdoor locations and a no less enthusiastic Stephanie to not let down. I was very fortunate to have Michelle from Minerva Photography shooting with me that day as well as a bonus photographer in the talented person of Erica from So You By Erica Sue, so at least all the angles were covered and the ideas bounced all the way around.
It turns out I had nothing to worry about because the sun doesn’t always shine but Stephanie and David’s love for each other always does. Their unbridled excitement at marrying each other left no room for disappointment and indoors, outdoors, night or daytime, their smiles and warmth lit up my camera. Love them and loved their wedding!