Juline + Patrick

Let me introduce you to Juline and Patrick. Juline is a vet and Patrick is an anesthetist. The live in New York, and love Vermont, animals and each other. And not in that order.
Let me introduce you to Juline and Patrick. Juline is a vet and Patrick is an anesthetist. They live in New York and love Vermont, animals and each other. And not in that order.
This is Patrick's posse. Four of them are brothers, one is a nephew, and five are good friends. Everyone was so fun, and solid citizens.
This is Patrick’s posse. Four of them are brothers, one is a nephew, and five are good friends. Everyone is a solid citizen.
This is Juline's team. Her sister, three cousins, and two besties.
This is Juline’s team. Her sister, three cousins, and two besties.
Time for a champagne toast before heading off to the ceremony.
Time for a champagne toast before heading off to the ceremony.
The most amazing bridal entrance ever. Juline was radiant, and most of us were teary-eyed.
The most amazing bridal entrance ever. Juline was radiant, and most of us were teary-eyed.
Juline's dad escorts her down the aisle.
Juline’s dad escorts her down the aisle.
Patrick sees Juline in her dress for the first time.
Patrick sees Juline in her dress for the first time.
The Mountain Top Inn's beautiful wedding site, with the Chittenden Reservoir and the Green Mountains as a backdrop.
The Mountain Top Inn’s beautiful wedding site, with the Chittenden Reservoir and the Green Mountains as a backdrop.

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It started to sprinkle rain during the ceremony, so we did the formals in the horse barn. I mean, it's Vermont.
It started to sprinkle during the ceremony, so we did the formals in the horse barn. I mean, it’s Vermont.
The flower girl and the ring bearer, aka niece and nephew.
The flower girl and the ring bearer, aka niece and nephew.
Such a beautiful couple, and so fun together!
Such a beautiful couple, and so romantic together!
Sally is Juline and Patrick's beloved cocker spaniel and a real sweet heart.
Sally is Juline and Patrick’s beloved cocker spaniel and a real sweet heart.
As always, the Mountain Top Inn was gorgeous.
As always, the Mountain Top Inn was gorgeous.
The beautifully choreographed first dance.
The beautifully choreographed first dance.

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Juline and her dad, and Patrick with is mom. With five sons, she's had a lot of practice with this dance thing.
Juline and her dad, and Patrick with his mom. With five sons, she’s had a lot of practice with this mom/son dance thing.
Patrick's brother relates a story of one of his first entrepreneurial ventures.
Patrick’s brother relates a story of one of his first entrepreneurial ventures.
Juline's sister has some stories of her own.
Juline’s sister has some stories of her own.
The dad's weigh in for the final word.
The dads weigh in for the final word.
This was one of those weddings where I had to be careful not to spend the entire evening taking pictures of the beautiful and energetic children. I wasn't entirely successful!
This was one of those weddings where I had to be careful not to spend the entire evening taking pictures of the beautiful and energetic children. I wasn’t entirely successful!
Five brothers and one niece.
Five brothers and one niece.
Decisionmaking.
Decisionmaking.
Cousins dancing.
Cousins dancing.

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Notice the frosting on Patrick's cheek. I just want to make it clear that he didn't start this.
Notice the frosting on Patrick’s cheek. I just want to make it clear that he didn’t start this.

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Juline and Patrick, you are surrounded and supported by an amazing family, friends and pets. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your storybook day!
Juline and Patrick, you are surrounded and supported by an amazing family, friends and pets. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your storybook day!

Circus Arts

I'm blessed to have a number of New England Circus Arts alums as clients, and Megan, Ferne and Kalina are three of my faves! Here they are in their changing room behind the barn.
I’m blessed to have a number of New England Circus Arts alums as clients, and Megan, Ferne and Kalina are three of my faves! Here they are in their dressing room behind the barn. I used to bring our RV so they could change, but they never used it. They’re so flexible they can change outfits in public without a problem. They are wardrobe Houdinis.
Some friends lent us the use of their beautiful barn for the evening. Megan starts off with a beautiful routine on an aerial hoop.
Megan starts off with a beautiful routine on an aerial hoop in the old post and beam barn some friends let us use for the evening.
The strength and balance required for this move is not in my DNA.
The strength and balance required for these moves is not in my DNA. Not to mention the height thing.
I love the light coming in through the wide barn door as well as the symmetry of Megan's positions on the hoop.
I love the light coming in through the open barn doors as well as the symmetry of Megan’s positions on the hoop.
Look mom, no hands. These artists can find anything and make a routine up around it.
Look mom, no hands. These artists can find anything and make a routine up around it.  I’ve gotten to the point where I just ask, “Is there something you can do with this?” And there always is.
All the images from this shoot are for Megan, Kalina and Ferne's portfolios, so we did a mix of circus arts images as well as portraits in the beautiful Vermont evening light.
All the images from this shoot are for Megan, Kalina and Ferne’s portfolios, so we did a mix of circus arts images as well as portraits in the beautiful Vermont evening light, all in and around the barn.

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Kalina on a single-point trapeze. Wikipedia comments that "the difficulty on a static trapeze is making every move look effortless." Kalina has that part down.
Kalina on a static single-point trapeze. Wikipedia comments that “the difficulty on a static trapeze is making every move look effortless.” Kalina has that part down.

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I mean, really?!?
I mean, really?!?
There were a lot of spots in the barn that had beautiful light. I could spend a week here doing portraits in different locations.
There were a lot of spots in the barn that had beautiful light. I could spend a week here doing portraits in different locations.
It was a perfect evening and the light kept getting better and better.
It was a perfect evening and the light kept getting better and better.  And this dress was so right for this shoot.

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Ferne has graced my blog before, but I'm not sure you've seen her hanging upside-down by her ankles. It's one thing to hang like that, and a whole other thing to get in that position in the first place.
Ferne has graced this blog before, but I’m not sure you’ve seen her hanging upside-down by her ankles. It’s one thing to hang like that, and a whole other thing to get in that position in the first place. Abs required.
Balancing effortlessly.
Balancing effortlessly.
An old tractor becomes a platform for a handstand. Of course.
An old tractor becomes a platform for a handstand. Of course.
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A beautiful old barber's chair in the barn, with light from an adjacent door.
A beautiful old barber’s chair in the barn, with light from an adjacent door.
I asked Ferne to stand in the doorway for a portrait. No so much. Thanks Ferne, Kalina and Megan for another amazing portfolio session. You all amaze me with your strength, grace and good humor about the places I find to do these shoots!
I asked Ferne to stand in the doorway for a portrait. No so much. These women don’t stand in doorways.
Thanks Ferne, Kalina and Megan for another great portfolio session. You amaze me with your strength, grace and good humor about the places I find to do these shoots!

 

 

Vintage Processing

In my recent blog about Lizz and Eric's beautiful Victorian Steampunk wedding, I mentioned that we'd done a lot of research about Victorian portraiture and wedding photography.
In my recent blog about Lizz and Eric’s beautiful Victorian Steampunk wedding, I mentioned that we’d done a lot of research about Victorian portraiture and wedding photography.
We were also looking at how the photographs were processed, because we wanted to emulate the Victorian style on some of the portraits.
We were  looking not only at how they were posed, but also at how the photographs were processed.
The only way to add color to a portrait in the 1800's was to hand-color it.
The only way to add color to a portrait in the 1800’s was to hand-color it.
Often the early lenses were very soft around the outside, and the hand-coated glass film plates didn't have clean edges.
Often the early lenses were very soft around the outside, and the hand-coated glass film plates didn’t have clean edges.
One of Leslie's images with her vintage lens.
One of Leslie’s images with her vintage lens.
At the Phineas Swann Inn.
At the Phineas Swann Inn.

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Back in the day, wedding poses were symmetrical, unlike today's portraits in which we try to avoid being symmetrical so the images don't appear so formal!
Back in the day, wedding poses were symmetrical, unlike today’s portraits in which we try to avoid being symmetrical so the images don’t appear so formal!
One of my fave's from the day, Lizz posing in front of a Victorian home across the road from the Phineas Swann. It was such a gift to be able to do this Victorian-styled wedding with Lizz and Eric!
One of my fave’s from the day, Lizz posing in front of a Victorian home across the road from the Phineas Swann. Thanks Lizz and Eric! It was such a gift to be able to do this Victorian-styled wedding with you both!