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!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vanessa & Rich ~ August 20, 2011

The day had finally arrived!  We'd been looking forward to Vanessa and Rich's wedding for what seemed like soooo long.  Having photographed their E-session back in April, we were quite excited to handle the photography for their special day - we knew the wedding would be a blast for us!

Keeping with Massachusetts' summers as we know them, the day was quite warm and humid, and even tho thunder storms were forecast, we all lucked out with sunshine and dry weather!

The couple exchanged vows at the N.E. Dream Center (a gorgeous, scaled-down replica of Paris' Notre Dame), and the ceremony was presided over by Reverend Will Bard.  A reception following was held at Cyprian Keyes, on one of the most gorgeous golf courses in New England.  In fact, as we photographed the wedding party and family groupings before dinner, the couple was nearly creamed by a renegade golf ball as someone shouted 'fore'!!!  (a little something amusing to share with their grand kids one day, we hope!)

Vanessa had long prepared for what would make her wedding day a perfect reflection of her style.  The sequined bodess of her wedding gown (provided by Loren's Bridal of Sturbridge, MA) was absolutely stunning as you can see (click on image to enlarge).

Vanessa's matron of honor and bridesmaids were so beautiful in lilac-colored dresses by designer Justin Alexander, and the coordinating bouquets by Perro's Flowers were a perfect match of calla lilies, roses and hydrangea.  The groom and groomsmen wore very distinguished looking tuxedos from Men's Warehouse in black with pale blue vests and white boutonnieres.  The groom's niece served as flower girl, and there were two handsome young ring bearers as well.

The three-tiered wedding cake was beautifully adorned with coordinating white frosting with decorative swirls, lavender ribbon and roses of pale blue, provided by Gerardo's Bakery.

I (Vickie) personally fell in LOVE with the glass charger plates of Cyprian Keyes' table settings ... just love the beaded glass around the edges ~ very classy!  Everything looked just beautiful.

Special touches included having the guests sign-in on a drum head (cool!) rather than the typical guest book.  So appropriate since Rich is drum virtuoso for the band Shiver (formerly Ever Fading).  The lively dance music was provided by DJ icon Kevin Whitney, and videographer Tim Ethier was on board to document the festivities, "moving-picture style."  Super fun for us as Chris has worked with both Kevin and Tim at many weddings over the years!

So, Vanessa and Rich (and your wonderful families), we're Ever Grateful to you for a day we won't soon forget and we can't wait to show you the remainder of your images in the weeks to come!

All the best for many years of happiness, and best of wishes in your new condominium!

                                                      ~ Vickie and Chris

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sneak Peek ~ Vanessa & Rich

What a fantastic wedding day it was for "Nessa and Richie" on Saturday ... and we're so pleased and honored to have been their photographers.  Here is a little 'sneak peek' to just whet the appetite for more beautiful images of their day.

Remember to click on the image itself for a larger view.

Stay tuned ~ there's more to come!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Before and After

On our very first date Chris said to me, “I’ll probably die with a camera in my hand.”  And I thought, “hmm, that’s an interesting thing to say to a woman you’ve just met!”  Our first meet was over coffee at my place, at the suggestion of my friend and neighbor, Sharon.  Chris’ mom. (If you must know!)
Looking back I see that was truly a revelation making it clear from the start that photography wasn’t just what Chris does, it’s who he is.   When he isn’t shooting a wedding/event, or a portrait session, he can be found working for another organization doing action sports photography and portraiture.  Either way, he’s got to be “quick on the fly” since the action of weddings and sports stops for no one! 
Unfortunately we aren’t always able to display Chris’ work when he’s contracted out to another outfit, due to copyright protection laws.   But suffice it to say, he’s continually honing his craft which can only benefit our wedding and portrait clients in the long run.   In his free-time he likes to photograph top-fuel and ‘funny car’ race cars and their drivers, as well as local musicians' bands.
Not only do professional photogs have to know their equipment, the theory and practice of what makes an interesting image, and possess great people skills, they also need to keep up with industry developments and techniques of photo enhancement and touch-up.  All this takes time (and money!) and Chris has been at this since long before he launched his own business in 1993.  Yeah, I deal with loads of miscellaneous camera equipment around the house.  And photo books.  And photo paper, matte boards, camera cases, lighting kits hidden under the bed that I stub my foot on, and tripods galore … but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
We thought you might enjoy some examples of photos fresh out of the camera versus how they look once we’ve cropped, or adjusted highlights and shadows, or changed the saturation, or a myriad of other ‘tweaks’ to create results that are as optimized as possible.  Enjoy!  And stay tuned for our next wedding coming up on August 20th – we can’t wait!