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Amanda + Zack

Amanda and Zack’s engagement session started at a neighbor’s pond in a gentle rain.
They were unfazed by the rain, which fortunately only lasted a few minutes.
My goal in an engagement session is to convey the personality of the couple’s relationship. Amanda and Zack’s relationship is marked by genuine laughter, intimacy, and an ease in being together.

Engagement sessions usually last about two hours, and the time flies by as we travel to different locations and do wardrobe changes. Here we’re outside our Guilford studio.

The sun comes out just in time to get some of Amanda’s favorite backlit images.

One of our barns faces north and it’s our favorite place to get soft natural light portraits.

These two are wonderful together. I love the bliss in this image.
We did a series of intimate studio portraits to convey that aspect of their relationship as well as to show off their beautiful tattoos.

We ended up with over 150 selected images from our two hours together!
Congratulations you two! Leslie and I are really looking forward to photographing your wedding next week!

Belleza en las Ruinas

This is something Leslie and I love: working with a gifted model in an intriguing location with beautiful light.
When we learned that we would be visiting an historic hacienda during our trip to Mexico for the wedding of our dear friends Calvin and Andrea, our first thought was: let’s find a model who will love and understand this decaying mansion.
With the help of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and local talent scout Paul Rodriguez, we were introduced to Elsa (pronounced EALzah), who turned out to be the perfect accomplice for creating these images.
Elsa is a ceramicist living in San Miguel de Allende who loves modeling and was quick to understand our vision for these beauty in the ruins images. Leslie did an entirely separate set of amazing images, which I hope she’ll share in a future blog.
The mansion, which is the centerpiece of a sprawling estate granted by the King of Spain in 1774, was the largest in Mexico. Once owned by the wealthiest person in the country, it is now slowly going back to the earth.
Yet its original beauty is still hauntingly evident. The peeling French wallpaper, the tattered silk ceilings, and the fading frescoed walls hint at its past elegance.
When we first arrived, Elsa, Leslie and I went off in different directions exploring the place (which was huge—we spent an afternoon there and never got into all the rooms).
We were looking for intriguing locations and beautiful light. I loved how this alcove framed Elsa, and the afternoon light bounced all around the white plaster walls, creating soft highlights and shadows.
Elsa was fearless. The back of her dress was covered with white plaster after this shot, and there were bat droppings everywhere. But she, like Leslie and me, was having so much fun making these images, nothing else mattered.
Elsa is five rooms away in this image, and there are as many rooms behind me.
The top of the servant’s circular stairway.
Oh the light. I love how Elsa’s black dress melts into the stairway shadows.
What a different look by just coming up one step into the light. I expressed my concern about Elsa being on the stairs, which were extremely rickety, to which she blithely replied “Oh, I’ve already been up it several times when we were exploring.”
A third stairway portrait. Three very different looks, just by shifting slightly in the light.
Elsa, bailando en la luz.
The beauty of this hand-frescoed wall captured our hearts.
At the end of the afternoon, Elsa rests on the second-floor promenade overlooking the central courtyard. Special shout outs: thanks to Calvin for arranging for us to be here, to Elsa for being so much fun all day, to mentors Keith Carter, who taught me to make images with heart, Cig Harvey, who taught me to make images from my heart, and to Bobbi Lane, who taught me how to see light. All of their influences are evident in every image I make.

Jennifer + Ryan

Jenny and Ryan’s wedding day at the always beautiful Mountain Top Inn started inside due to an ill-timed thunderstorm. Fortunately, the inn’s barn loft has a perfect view of the Chittenden Reservoir and the Green Mountains.
Jenny looking radiant as her dad walks her down the aisle.
Ryan seeing Jenny in her dress for the first time.
The ceremony was marked by laughter and joy.
Dr. and Mrs. Mooney’s first kiss as husband and wife.

The skies cleared and we were able to do all the formals up in the meadow overlooking the reservoir.
The entire team—they were all really fun, and really love Jenny and Ryan.

 

Jenny’s bouquet. All the flowers at the wedding were simply amazing.

Jenny and Ryan are introduced at the reception.
The first dance under the lights in the barn.

Between the cake and the tower of cupcakes, dessert was covered.
The toasts left everyone laughing and crying.

Ryan’s dad roasts his son.

And Jenny’s dad roasts his new son-in-law. Jenny came through the toasts relatively unscathed.

Putting up with a pose that was not his idea.
The guestbook was filled with heartfelt wishes.
Just delivering, not sampling.
Marist College alumni rocking it.
Cupcakes with maple cream frosting topped with crumbled bacon. Nothing wrong here.
Jenny and her dad’s dance.
And Ryan and his mom.
Jenny and Ryan loved to dance, as did their guests. The dance floor was full all night, and they asked the DJ (Mike from Top Hat Entertainment) to stay for an extra hour.
A perfect bouquet toss is one that avoids the lights, and Jenny nails it.
And a perfect catch!
I love taking the couple out for some sunset portraits at the inn. The light is always amazing.
Congratulations you two! It was a delight to be with you both all day and to enjoy the laughter and love you share with one another.

It was an amazing day, and I’m so thankful to have been there with you both.