portraits

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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Or that.

 

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!

 

 

Hannah + Andy

Hannah and Andy are getting married this fall at the Stowe Mountain Resort, so it was perfect to do their engagement portraits around Stowe.
Hannah and Andy are getting married this fall at the Stowe Mountain Resort, so it was perfect to do their engagement portraits around Stowe.
I love black and white images because they are timeless and elegant in their beauty. I often provide both color and black and white files of the same image.
I love black and white images because they are timeless and elegant in their beauty. I often provide both color and black and white files of the same image.
Andy wasn't a big fan of the blanket and wasn't too sure about being in front of the camera. But he was a trouper, and his wonderful relationship with Hannah is evident in all the images.
Andy wasn’t a big fan of the blanket and wasn’t too sure about being in front of the camera. But he was a trouper, and his wonderful relationship with Hannah is evident in all the images.
Love the pink boots.
Love the pink boots.

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I sent 170 final images to Hannah and Andy after this shoot. It worked out to one great portrait every 30 seconds. They were so wonderful and fun together!
I sent 170 final images to Hannah and Andy after this shoot. It worked out to one great portrait every 30 seconds. They were so wonderful and fun together!

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Toe to toe.
Toe to toe.

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Andy and Hannah are avid skiers currently living in the Northwest where there is a LOT of snow this winter.
Andy and Hannah are avid skiers currently living in the Northwest where there is a LOT of snow this winter.

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I love the genuineness of these images on the Stowe covered bridge.
I love the genuineness of these images on the Stowe covered bridge.
Bliss.  Hannah and Andy, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I am so looking forward to being with you on your special day!
Bliss.
Hannah and Andy, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I am so looking forward to being with you on your special day!

Love Lives at Dartmouth

Elise and Sam are getting married this fall not far from Hanover, where they met while students at Dartmouth.
Elise and Sam are getting married this fall not far from Hanover, where they met while students at Dartmouth.
They wanted to do their engagement portrait session around campus, where their relationship got its start.
They wanted to do their engagement portrait session around campus, where their relationship got its start.
We managed to select one of the few snowy days so far this winter, and since it was during winter break, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
We managed to select one of the few snowy days so far this winter, and since it was during winter break, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
So here's the deal, Dartmouth friends: if you can tell me six of the seven spots on campus where these images were taken, I'll buy you a coffee and pastry at King Arthur Flour.
So here’s the deal, Dartmouth friends: if you can tell me five of the locations on campus where these images were taken, I’ll buy you a coffee and pastry at King Arthur Flour.
If you get all seven, that'll get you a drink at the Canoe Club, one of Elise and Sam's favorite spots.
If you can also tell me the one spot in Vermont where we were, that’ll get you a drink at the Canoe Club, one of Elise and Sam’s favorite spots.
Elise and Sam were so comfortable in their relationship that they kind of forgot I was there.
Elise and Sam were so comfortable in their relationship that they kind of forgot I was there.
I lost count of how many snow flakes I Photoshopped out of Elise and Sam's faces.
I lost count of how many snow flakes I Photoshopped out of Elise and Sam’s faces.
The center stone is surrounded by smaller diamonds, as is the band. It is a beautiful ring.
The center stone in Elise’s ring is surrounded by smaller diamonds, as is the band. It is a beautiful ring and emblematic of Sam’s love for Elise.
No hints on where this was taken, but I will say that one of the locations was in Vermont.
No hints on from where this portrait was made.

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Elise and Sam are 2010s (Sam went on to get his masters at Tuck) and I probably took their photos during commencement. I also got a great photo of them at Reunion this year—before we knew each other and before they'd asked me about wedding photography. It's a small photographic world.
Elise and Sam are 2010s (Sam went on to get his masters at The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth) and I probably took their photos during commencement. By chance I also got a great photo of them at Reunion this year—before we knew each other and before they’d asked me about wedding photography. It’s a small photographic world.

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Winter portraits often lend themselves to black & white images. So timeless and elegant.
Winter portraits often lend themselves to black & white images. So timeless and fun.

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Congratulations Elise and Sam! I am so looking forward to being with you in October when the fall foliage is at its peak!
Congratulations Elise and Sam! I am so looking forward to being with you in October when the fall foliage is at its peak!