Forever Young at Mechuwana

Well, it's no secret. I love this place

I love the people; I love the setting.

When I was eight years old, I remember walking on the trails when I first arrived thinking, "This place is so beautiful. I just can't believe it." Please note: This is coming from a girl who lived in the Northern Maine woods, so I am no shy guy to beauty. If you can picture towering trees, cabins on a crystal clear lake, and trails everywhere, you have an inkling of my awe.

Fast forward a couple days later, and I was terribly homesick. The next year my mom started coming to camp as a volunteer, and we found our way to this music/theatre week. That was 25 summers ago, and here we are. It was such a delight to spend the week with dear friends we have known for all those years, including the mom of this little one.

I credit my love of good music to this camp. Here are a few lullabies Chip and Rian would sing to us: Blackbird, Sweet Baby James, Rocky Raccoon, Teach Your Children, Helplessly Hoping... This year college-bound Chipper sang us Forever Young, and I couldn't help but think about how excited we all were as teenagers when we found out Laurie was pregnant with him. 

I should mention that Holden DID come with me, but he was playing hard at day camp during the day. So I had these cute little muses to keep me company, and they were inseparable. If they weren't together, they were asking about each other. 

I could go on about who much I love this place, but I'd have to write a book. I'll save that for another day.

Happy Birthday, Grammy!

 


May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
Forever young

-Bob Dylan

 


I'm back!

 

I wish I was lounging on this beach the whole time, but alas, I wasn't... 

This fall, I hit my max as a working mom. Something had to give, and my photography business sat on the back burner for a few months, simmering while I spent more time with my little ones. 

It wasn't an easy choice to say no and stop taking sessions for a while, especially in the height of the fall season, but my good friend, Sarah, said it best when I was feeling so torn and exhausted. She said, "Sometimes the hardest thing to say no to is something you love."

This was so true, but here's the good news: I'm back, re-energized, and game for photo sessions in Amherst this summer. 

Who's ready? 

If you're interested, let's talk more. The fastest way to get an answer from me is via email, and then we can set up a phone call if needed. I'll be taking the bulk of my 2017 sessions during June and July, and weekdays are the most flexible, during both the daytime and those lovely golden hours after dinner.

How much, you say? You can read more about my rates here. I charge an all-inclusive fee, which covers the session fee, editing the photos, and your rights to the high-resolution images to download, print and share as you wish. 

I'm taking sessions for families, couples, newborns, high school seniors, etc. Just let me know what you're looking for. 

My camera and I are SO excited to be back. 

xo, 

Beth 

 

p.s. I can't promise any fall sessions right now, since I'm starting a new job at UMass. If you want a photo session, I highly recommend grabbing a summer session. 


Ashley and Eric's Wedding

Love, glam and happiness defined this wedding. Thank you Ashley and Eric for inviting me into your beautiful day. 

I'm one lucky friend and photographer. I say it a lot, but I get the best seat at my dear friends' weddings. And Ashley is quite possibly one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. This girl covered my maternity leave for Holden five years ago, and, as you can imagine, holding down two rowdy residence halls during your first year at UNH was no easy feat... She's a hard worker everyone simply adores, and Eric, he's pretty sweet himself! 

This adorable pair moved to Arizona but came back to New Hampshire for a stunning hometown wedding at the Bedford Village Inn. Ashley got ready at her parents' house with every detail carefully attended to by her sweet mom, and they were both surrounded by the nicest (and most hilarious) friends and family. As you can tell by the pictures, they laughed all day long, even through the chilly temps outside. 

I hope you can see the ultimate glam that was the constant theme throughout this wedding. The beautiful gold and black accents, her hair, the dress, the bouquet, everything! 

Let's get to the pictures because they are so much fun. The entire gallery will be available soon, so if you're a guest or friend, just stay tuned with Ashley and Eric about when the gallery is up. 

Thank you both (and your families) for everything. I had such a blast with you all! 

xoxo, 

Beth

 


Jackie and Joe's Wedding

I adore these two. I didn't know them before they booked me. We didn't even talk on the phone. Jackie emailed me, asked if I was free and said, "Good. Let's make it happen!" I met them for the first time in September for their engagement session (with their cute pup), and we created some of my favorite engagement photos to date at Mt. Pollux. Fast forward to October, and I loved their whole day at the Red Barn at Hampshire College. What fun it is to photograph there. The scenery can't be beat. The service is so down-to-earth and friendly, and the tree. Well, the tree is just fantastic. 

Rolling hills and foliage aside, Jackie and Joe made me laugh and tear up throughout their day. In fact, their ceremony has to be the most emotional one I have photographed. As Jackie walked down the aisle, Joe lost it. She saw him, gave him a hug, and laughed throughout the entire ceremony. According to Jackie: "If I didn't keep laughing, I was going to cry, too!"

Their whole day was filled with sweet family and good friends. I have probably never felt the Red Barn's floor bounce as much as it did with Joe and his buddies. Let's just say champagne went everywhere! And, as the DJ said, "What an easy crowd."

Their whole reception was perfect. Did I mention it was on Halloween? They had a table full of costumes including big sunglasses, Mardi Gras beads and masks, and they hosted a lovely "candy bar." I mentioned from the other weddings this year, but candy bars are my favorite wedding trend. Yum! They also sent every guest home with an Atkin's cider donut. What nice hosts! 

Don't miss Joe's Nana at the end. She was the best dancer and never left the dance floor. 

Thank you, Joe and Jackie. I think the world of you both. 

Can't wait to design your album! 

xoxo, 

Beth 


Chelsea and Andrew's Wedding

They never stopped smiling. Welcome to Chelsea and Andrew's wedding! Chelsea's maid of honor said it best, "When Chelsea gets excited, her whole body shakes." Ha! That is totally Chelsea. They are another UNH romance story. Well, Chelsea worked in Res Life and met Andrew while she was there. Now they have started a wonderful life in the beautiful Seacoast area.

Andrew and Chelsea were wed at the gorgeous Clay Hill Farm nestled amongst the trees and minutes from the ocean. They were married at 11 a.m. by one of Andrew's longtime friends, and they kept everything sweet, heartfelt and the details were bursting with color. I loved the flower arrangements and cake. In fact, I even sent a photo of the centerpieces to our local florist for a work related event. What masterpieces! 

One helpful part about knowing the bride and groom before the wedding is that I know some of the things important to them without them even telling me. Chelsea was always the force behind bringing Tom's shoes on campus, even going barefoot some days in awareness of the need for shoes for all children. Of course she wore Tom's down the aisle! 

Chelsea and Andrew prepped me about their big, happy families, and they were not exaggerating! They each have two sets of parents who all get along swimmingly. I would say it's safe to say they are surrounded in love. After I get all the images edited, we'll have many big group photos in the full online gallery.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from that day:
 1. Chelsea and Andrew invited everyone to bring in a wedding photo to display around the reception area. I couldn't resist taking plenty of photos of photos. It was a beautiful sight to see so many happy couples on their wedding days and now. 
2. The ring warming ceremony. Each guest passed the rings amongst the entire congregation and then sent them back up to the front for the ring exchange.
3. The ring exchange. Chelsea and Andrew can tell us more about what happened, but I can tell you there was a lot of laughing.
4. The dancing with Andrew's (and now officially Chelsea's) 18 month old twin nieces. I mean, seriously. There could not be anything more cute. 

I hope you all enjoy the sneak peek. I'll have the whole gallery coming soon to an email inbox near you! Stay tuned. Thank you, Chelsea and Andrew. Your laughter, happy moments and all-out joy made my job a piece of cake. xo!

Music graciously provided by the Adam Ezra Group. My heroes! They play in New England a lot, and I keep hoping the stars will align one year for me to go up to the Stone Church in NH for their Halloween Bash. Sadly, not this year, as I have another wedding back in Amherst but hint, hint! :) 

And now for a little vendor love: 

The dress: Chelsea scored this number from Preowned Wedding Dresses and it was SO lovely. Did you see how it twirled?
The shoes: Tom's
Hair: Jessica Todd at Jessica Todd Salon
Ceremony musician: Pat Keane
DJ: Ryan Parker
Cake: Hippie Chick Bakery
Flowers: Katherine's Garden

And of course, the venue who puts it all together with their terrific wedding packages: Clay Hill Farm. Chelsea and Andrew worked closely with Rachel Davenport at Clay Hill to choose their vendors. 

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