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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Lauren and Mike started their marriage off right. Everything came together nicely for these two on their wedding day. The skies were bright and their smiles radiant. They brought together all the details at the Red Barn at Hampshire College in such an exquisite way. Probably the most time-intensive project was the wedding quilt Lauren made to hang behind the sweetheart table. I couldn't help but snag multiple shots of this labor of love. The quilt fit right in at the Red Barn and added even more charm to the fairy-tale space.
Before their wedding, I had only met Lauren and Mike very briefly at an Atkins Farm wedding expo (with a baby strapped to my chest!). But when I got to Lauren's room at the Lord Jeff, I felt like I had known her forever. She and her bridesmaids welcomed me into their space, and we captured some of my favorite bridesmaids photos to date. You can feel the laughter and the years of strong friendship/sisterly love.
For a bit of history: Lauren and Mike met at a house party after a swing dance event about five years ago. Lauren was the dancer. Mike didn't dance, but he sure was taken by the girl with the beautiful eyes. The rest sounds like history. They have started a life together surrounded by those who love them. I should also note Mike has perfected his dance moves! There were dips, spins and a lot of laughing.
At their ceremony they put love letters to each other in a box with a bottle of wine to open on their fifth wedding anniversary. What a great idea! My favorite part of the reception had to be the extensive candy bar Lauren's mom designed. Wow. I'm happy to see this trend amongst weddings. Candy is always a fabulous idea, and Jan took it to the highest level.
I could go on forever about how much I enjoyed at this wedding: Lauren and Mike's happiness, their sweet relatives, the hoppin' dance party with a great DJ, Mike's little brothers as groomsmen, the delicious food and service at the Red Barn...
All my best to Lauren and Mike. It was such a pleasure to document your day. Now onto the good stuff. Go ahead and hit play for a slideshow of the highlights. The slideshow is best viewed on a computer with the music turned up, maybe even with a nice glass of wine.
Music is graciously provided by Nina Shallman, who has a new album coming out this summer. Nina is a singer from California and attends Amherst College. Her soulful voice will make anyone feel relaxed! I worked with Nina a few times over the past year, for winter portraits and again for a show at the Iron Horse (on page 4 of the Amherst Magazine). I highly encourage everyone to listen to Daisies on her website. It's Laurel's favorite!
The Happy Valley Vendors:
Ceremony, catering and reception: The Red Barn at Hampshire College
Flowers and cake: Atkins Farm
Music and day of coordinator: Alex and Lori Hanks
Hair and makeup: Sei Bella Salon in Amherst
Officiant: Dennis Helmus
Slideshow music: Nina Shallman
Hotel accommodations and bridal portraits: The Lord Jeff