This blog follows a bit of our personal and professional life, and features images from weddings and portrait sessions we've done, the places we traveled, and the adventures of our combined family-life. It's basically an ever-changing photo album combined with an information source for current and potential clients. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Weddings are for Kids Too !

Hi folks ~ Chris and I thought it would be nice to do a few "Year in Review" blogs before jumping into this year's events ... and what could be more pleasing than the smiling faces of children??? Chris seems to have a knack for capturing kids at weddings at just the right moment, and I've decided to post just a few for your enjoyment. I've heard the parents truly treasure these shots, and I don't blame them ... time flies by way too quickly and if I could, I'd wish on a genie bottle to go back for just one day with my Jessie to maybe age 4 or 5, - oh, what a joy it would be to relive those moments again!

Doesn't this cutie just warm your heart? She seems to have taken a liking to the guy behind the camera, hasn't she?! I know how she feels! This was taken sort of spur of the moment while Chris had the fisheye lens on the camera ... and a great result it was. I just love the fisheye, and wish more photographers were fond of it.

This next photo was a real winner, shot at the Congregational church in downtown Westborough, Massachusetts. No one could have coaxed a child to peek her head out like this just before the ceremony was to begin ... that's what so great about photographing children; they're so spontaneous! And Chris was right there, ready for the shot. This shot made it into a local bride & groom publication. Bet her parents were proud!

I absolutely LOVE the lighting on this one -- (and gosh, do kids have such gorgeous skin!) Chris used an off-camera side light here to avoid shadows on the left. And a slight tilt to add just enough interest to the shot. I'll bet this young beauty is wondering what other fabulous surprises are in store at this wedding reception.

This little boy is totally engrossed in the job at hand -- he's punching out little 'confettis' with a paper hole puncher before the bride makes her way down the aisle. He hasn't a clue that all eyes are upon him -- isn't that adorable???!

And now for the pièce de résistance ~ I'm calling this wonder "lil baby Rose." How precious. There's so much one can do with a shot like this too, with today's wonderful technology and tools such as Photoshop. But simple purity is often perfection at the start, I'd say!

Hope you enjoyed seeing just a few of the youngest participants in the world of a Wakeen-photographed wedding. Next week we'll profile some gorgeous brides as they prepare for the most anticipated day in their lives!

Ta-ta for now!
C & V

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ready To Kick Some A

Wellll, perhaps it would be kinder to say we're ready to knock your socks off! ~ Chris and I LOVED the PPA Tour seminar last night at Boston's Logan Hilton Hotel. Talk about some fantastic, big-time presenters! Check out Allison & Jeff Rodgers, a husband/wife team whose business has grown by leaps & bounds in the last five years, despite this tough economy (www.allisonrodgers.com). Probably THE most important thing we learned from this dynamic couple is -- take charge of your calendar!

And we were super-charged by New York's celebrity photographer Anthony Vazquez (People magazine, Bravo, InStyle, Access Hollywood, etc.) who reiterated what we knew all along --
IF YOU'RE NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO, FIND SOMETHING ELSE! Check out Anthony's amazing work at www.anthonyvazquez.com., and view his really kewwwl videos with a sneak peak into a celebrity photographer's world.

We're ready to roll with new ideas, new goals, and a new vision to provide brides and grooms the sexy, edgy and fun photography that will make them feel like a million bucks! We love what we do; Chris considers his camera his best friend, and you'll see that come through when you get before his lens and you're immediately put at ease. We've got a whole new product line in store and in the near future, we'll be putting up a new, refreshing, and exciting web page. With all these new things on the horizon -- including our personal wedding to boot -- it seems fitting to blog a bit over the next couple weeks on our
Year in Review - 2009. Stay tuned! Keep the passion! Over and out...