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Alissa

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Alissa is a trapeze artist and a graduate of Brattleboro’s New England Center for Circus Arts.

 

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She’s heading to Europe in a few months to seek a position as a trapeze artist and needed some portraits for her portfolio. We spent some time in the studio before doing some outdoor images on a wonderfully warm March day.

 

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Great portraits have a couple of key ingredients. The first is a relaxed, fun atmosphere of collaboration between the subject and the photographer. If it’s not fun, it’s going to be reflected in the images.

 

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Another key ingredient is great light. I love scoping out places around southern Vermont that have soft, flattering light. This alley is one of my faves!

 

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So I set this funky red stool in the alley, and ask Alissa to do whatever feels comfortable to her, thinking she’s going to sit on the stool. Not so much.

 

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Providing some positive direction about posing can really help someone relax and be themselves. A lot of times I’ll say something like, “What if you knelt down by the stool like this and tried a couple of things?” showing them what I have in mind. Then they take it from there, creating beautiful, natural portraits that convey both their personality and style. I love these images of Alissa.

 

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Another example of suggesting to a NECCA grad that maybe they could stand behind the rail. Trapeze artists stand behind rails differently than most of us.

 

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Different angles and compositions can be so much more interesting than the same old shots. Crazy blue eyes don’t hurt either.

 

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We are so blessed to live in a town that has such a rich patina. I would never be tempted to use a green screen when I have Brattleboro as a backdrop.

 

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Genius portraitist Josef Karsh often framed his subjects in a doorway or window to provide a frame within a frame. I love the dripping roof top tar.

 

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Wish Alissa luck as she travels to Germany to pursue her art and joy. Alissa thanks for the opportunity for me to pursue my art and joy with you on a warm March day!

 

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Tips for Great Wedding Photography

Ten Tips for Great Wedding Photos

You’ve found your perfect wedding photographer, met with him or her several times and really enjoy them, and are looking forward to having amazing images of your special day. You may not have thought of it, but there are a couple of easy things you can do before and during your wedding day to ensure that you’ll get wedding photos you’ll love forever. Here are my top ten fave tips:

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1. Find unhurried time for your formals with each other. If you’re cool with seeing one another before the ceremony, that’s a great time for “first look” images and formals. I consistently get my best couple portraits when we have an hour before the ceremony to get off by ourselves. It also gives you a chance to be alone together, to tell each other how amzing you look, and get settled before the ceremony. If you’d prefer to do the portraits after the ceremony, a minimum of half an hour for just the two of you is great, and longer is even better. If you’re eager to join your guests, ask your photographer if they’d consider doing your portraits after the honeymoon. I always suggest this to couples, because I know the more time we have together and the more relaxed they are the better the portraits will be.

2. Park cars away from your outdoor wedding site. This is one of those small details that will make all the difference in your images. Your wedding planner or venue contact can help you arrange this.  And don’t forget to tell your caterer, DJ or band to move their vans once they’ve unloaded their equipment.

03 3. Ask guests to put down their phones, cameras and video cams and “be in the moment” during the ceremony. You can assure everyone that you’ve hired photographers to be there so that family and friends can be fully present, and that the images will be made available. The Unplugged Wedding is one of The Knot’s top wedding trends for 2014, so you won’t be alone in your request, and you’ll get great images of your family and friends as they participate fully in the ceremony and celebration.

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6.  Limit the number of friends and family formals. It doesn’t take a lot of time to actually take the photo, but it can take time to track everyone down and get them arranged. It’s helpful to have a list of the shots you really want and have a “cheerleader” to find family and friends for the portraits. A short list of important group portraits and an energetic, positive cheerleader can move the formal session along quickly so that everyone can get back to the celebration and the photographer can get back to taking pictures of the celebration.

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7. Try looking right at the camera sometimes. There’s a powerful connection when you look directly at the lens, and the resulting images go straight to the heart.

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8. If you’re going to have a videographer, give their contact information to your photographer. It’s a delicate dance the photographer and videographer go through to stay out of one another’s way and make sure you get amazing photos and video. The best photographers and videographers trust and enjoy one another, and it’s always helpful for them to connect before the wedding day. If you’re going to ask a family member or friend to videotape your day, get them in touch with your photographer. I’ve done some weddings in which a family member with a video cam (or cell phone or lap top) is in nearly every shot. If I have a chance to talk with them before the wedding day, we can work out a strategy.

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9.  Take 15 minutes for “golden light” images. There’s usually about a half hour of beautiful soft light before sunset during which your photographer will get the best images of the day. It’s often towards the end of dinner, and I ask the couple if we can go outside for a few minutes. It is so worth it.

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10. Ask your DJ to dis the disco light. Your guests don’t need a disco light to get them psyched to dance, because your playlist is going to be great and they know how to dance with a beer in their hand.

With just a little advance planning and a couple of small details during the day, you’ll get dream-like images that will convey the full beauty and joy of your special day. And remember, have fun with it!

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Vintage Tea Dresses

Vivian and Paige model vintage tea dresses in a Door County, Wisconsin cherry orchard.

Vivian and Paige model vintage tea dresses in a Door County, Wisconsin cherry orchard, for a photo shoot we were doing to promote the Noble House Museum’s upcoming fund raiser.

Paige in the early evening backlight.

Paige in the early evening back light.

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    Door County Wedding Photographer

Vivian is almost glowing in the beautiful light!

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Door County Wedding Photographer

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One of Leslie's plastic lens images.

Leslie shoots with a plastic lens, which has its own vintage look.

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We asked Paige and Vivian not to smile during most of the shoot, because we were going for vintage images. But they both had wonderful smiles!

We asked Paige and Vivian not to smile during most of the shoot, because we were going for vintage images. But they both had wonderful smiles!

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Door County Wedding Photographer

This rustic boat at Leslie’s sister’s Fish Creek home was a perfect prop. It’s not seaworthy, but it sure is photogenic!

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These images were made in the historic Noble House in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

These indoor images were made in the historic Noble House in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

If you're in Door County the weekend of June 28 and 29, you can see Paige, Vivian, and others modeling these beautiful vintage tea dresses.

If you’re in Door County the weekend of June 28 and 29, you can see these beautiful vintage tea dresses during the fashion show.

Special thanks to Viv and Paige for braving the cool Wisconsin weather in order to get these images!

Special thanks to Viv and Paige for braving the cool Wisconsin weather in order to get these images!

 

 

 

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Ferne

Vermont Senior Portraits

Ok, can we talk about senior portraits for a moment?

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Ferne is a senior at BUHS, and Les and I had the chance to work with her on her senior portraits this fall.

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This series was done in our studio using only natural light.

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Using outbuildings for backdrops is a
longstanding Vermont tradition!

 

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This is not a fake backdrop—it’s the road in front of our house. Don’t you love Vermont?

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Ferne pretending to be warm and doing a dang good job.
In the upper meadow’s late afternoon light.

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We ask Seniors to bring a pile of clothes so they can get a variety of images.
For one of the last shots of the afternoon, Ferne busts out a sweater.

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On the trapeze at New England Circus Arts. Trapeze work is one of Ferne’s loves, so Les and I arranged to do a portrait session at NECA.

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The portable studio lights and 10-foot stepladder
were key for this session!

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Ferne has been so fun to work with that we’ve asked her to model for a couple of hours a week as Les and I experiment with more dramatic lighting patterns.

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I love the quality of the diffused light that just feathers Ferne’s face.

Les shoots with a digital pinhole camera. Crazy beautiful.

Les shoots with a digital pinhole camera. Crazy beautiful.

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We ended our last portrait session with this image of Leslie’s.
She loved it so much, she couldn’t go on.

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We’ll use this shot for Ferne’s first appearance on SNL.
Ferne, thanks for being so fun and so yourself!

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Michaela + Zach

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Michaela and Zach's day begins at the White House Inn in Wilmington. Zach, a sculptor, designed a number of the decorative details.

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Michaela and Zach in the beautiful light on the Inn's main stairway.

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My assistant (and wife) Leslie was using her digital plastic lens camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The radiant bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the type of dreamy and etheral image Leslie gets with her plastic lens. It's also the image Michaela and Zach selected for their album cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Inn's front parlor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Formal Portrait is a relative term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So beautiful.

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One of the three flower girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The ceremony was at Marlboro College professors Cathy Osman and Tim Segar's home. Friend and officiant "Pastor Dave" has the coolest hair style of us all.

 

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A perfect Vermont day.

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Joined together by love and joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The knot is tied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The celebration begins at the White House Inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The view from the porch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zach's first, but not last, drink of the day.

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Michaela's brother and his fiance delight the photographer by sitting in beautiful backlighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mason Jars for all!

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Zach created all the table numbers. This guy is amazing.

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Michaela and friends create table decorations from birch bark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wait until you see the cake.

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How cool is this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Removing the garter, a time-honored wedding tradition.

 

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Samirah Evans and her Handsome Devils provided amazing dance music.

 

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The Perfect Storm: the bride is a dancer, invites all her dance friends, and has an amazing band.

 

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Michaela and Zach, thanks for inviting me to be a part of your amazing and fun day! I know it is just the first of many amazing and fun days ahead.

 

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