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Katherine + Daniel

We started off Katherine and Daniel's wedding day with a Hollywood glamour portrait session, inspired by Heather Fish's beautiful glam hair styling. Wedding dress by Monique Lhuiller, earrings by David Walter.

We started off Katherine and Daniel's wedding day with a Hollywood glamour portrait session, inspired by Heather Fish's beautiful glam hair styling. Wedding dress by Monique Lhuiller, earrings by David Walter.
We started off Katherine and Daniel’s wedding day with a Hollywood glamour portrait session, inspired by Heather Fish’s beautiful glam hair styling. Wedding dress by Monique Lhuiller, earrings by David Walter.

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Daniel eagerly awaits his first look.
Daniel eagerly awaits his first look.
The wedding party and Katherine and Daniel's families gather on the porch of their 200-year-old home.
The wedding party and Katherine and Daniel’s families gather on the porch of their 200-year-old home.
The bridal party.
The bridal party.
Daniel's team.
Daniel’s team.
Daniel's parents and Katherine's mom arrive at the ceremony on the west lawn.
Daniel’s parents and Katherine’s mom arrive at the ceremony on the west lawn.
Katherine and Daniel were so happy, not only to be getting married, but also because all their family and friends were gathered in one place.
Katherine and Daniel were so happy, not only to be getting married, but also because all their family and friends were gathered in one place.
The always-wonderful Betsy Bates performed the ceremony with her usual grace and humor.
The always-wonderful Betsy Bates performed the ceremony with her usual grace and humor.
As Katherine placed the ring on Daniel's finger, Betsy asked her to repeat the words "Wear this ring as a sign of. . ." and Katherine said to Daniel, "WEAR THIS RING!" It was a moment.
As Katherine placed the ring on Daniel’s finger, Betsy asked her to repeat the words “Wear this ring as a sign of. . .” and Katherine said to Daniel, “WEAR THIS RING!” It was a moment.
This first of many kisses, and the breaking of the wine glass.
The first of many kisses, and the breaking of the wine glass.
This may be a good moment to bring up how cool Daniel's suit is.
This may be a good moment to bring up how cool Daniel’s suit is.
The cellist played throughout the cocktail hour, while the pianist soaked in the beautiful music and the setting sun.
The cellist played throughout the cocktail hour, while the pianist soaked in the beautiful music and the setting sun.
Betsy celebrates with a friend.
Betsy celebrates with a friend.
Katia, Katherine's maid of honor, had been teasing all day that she might not see Katherine as much now that she's married. So why not propose? Katia, by the way, is also married and it hasn't seemed to hurt their friendship at all.
Katya, Katherine’s maid of honor, had been teasing all day that she might not see Katherine as much now that she’s married. So why not propose? Katya, by the way, is also married and it hasn’t seemed to hurt their friendship too much.
Daniel's family has a tradition with this hat, which you may have noticed his dad was wearing at the ceremony. The goal is to get a picture of any number of different people wearing the hat. This tradition kept me busy through the night. So did Katherine's delightful bridesmaids in gorgeous dresses.
Daniel’s family has a tradition with this hat, which you may have noticed his dad was wearing at the ceremony. The goal is to get a picture of any number of different people wearing the hat. This tradition kept me busy through the night. So did Katherine’s delightful bridesmaids in gorgeous dresses.
The hat keeps moving.
The hat keeps moving.

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Katherine and Daniel have renovated their barn as a potential wedding venue, and it is spectacular.
Katherine and Daniel have renovated their barn as a potential wedding venue, and it is spectacular.
Katherine's bouquet on the mantelpiece at the house. All the flowers, by Green Mountain Floral Arts, were a centerpiece of the day.
Katherine’s bouquet on the mantelpiece at the house. All the flowers, by Green Mountain Floral Arts, were a centerpiece of the day.
Katherine's mom recalling some moments from her daughter's formative years.
Katherine’s mom recalling some moments from her daughter’s formative years.
The best man has some stories about Daniel, some of which Daniel's parents had never heard.
The best man has some stories about Daniel, some of which Daniel’s parents had never heard.

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Katia accepting due credit for Katherine's move to Vermont and her subsequent marriage to Daniel.

Katia accepting due credit for Katherine's move to Vermont and her subsequent marriage to Daniel.
Katya accepting due credit for Katherine’s move to Vermont and her subsequent marriage to Daniel.
Daniel's mom has some stories that the best man may not have known about.
Daniel’s mom has some stories that the best man may not have heard.
Daniel's dad proposes a toast to his son and new daughter-in-law.
Daniel’s dad proposes a toast to his son and new daughter-in-law.
Two trained dancers do their first dance.
Two trained dancers do their first dance.
Katherine's dance with her mom is followed by an amazing guitar solo her brother had composed for the occasion.
Katherine’s dance with her mom is followed by an amazing guitar solo her brother had composed for the occasion.
Daniel dances with his mom.
Daniel dances with his mom.

The talent represented in the wedding party was crazy good. Great vocals, Daniel's band rocked it, and the guests knew how to dance.

The talent represented in the wedding party was crazy good. Great vocals, Daniel's band rocked it, and the guests knew how to dance.
The talent represented in the wedding party was crazy good. Great vocals, Daniel’s band rocked it, and the guests knew how to dance.

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Katherine and members of the bridal party take the stage.
Katherine and members of the bridal party take the stage.
Taking a break outside on a beautiful Vermont evening.
Enjoying a break outside on a beautiful Vermont evening.

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Dancing and quiet conversations on the hay bale loveseats.
Dancing and quiet conversations on the hay bale loveseats.
Katherine and Daniel literally worked for years to renovate their home and barn for this special day. It was absolutely all worth it.
Katherine and Daniel literally worked for years to renovate their home and barn for this special day. It was absolutely all worth it.
Katherine and Daniel set their champagne glasses down so I can take one last set of portraits in their 1962 GMC pick-up.
Katherine and Daniel set their champagne glasses down so I could take one last set of portraits in their 1962 GMC pick-up.
Congratulations you two! Thank you for the joy of being with you on your perfect wedding day!
Congratulations you two! Thank you for the joy of being with you on your perfect wedding day!

Hollywood Glamour Behind the Scenes

Here’s a quick “behind the scenes” blog on a practice session Leslie and I did with model Molly as we prepped for a glamour shoot with a bride next week.

Several weeks ago a bride posted a photograph of her hair style for her upcoming wedding. It's beautiful, and was reminiscent of a 1930s or 40s Hollywood style. I immediately suggested to the bride that we do a Hollywood glamour portrait session after her hair was styled on her wedding day, and she enthusiastically agreed. Now all I had to do was learn how to do Hollywood glamour portraits. This is our inspiration sheet we put together for our practice photo shoot.
Several weeks ago a bride posted a photograph of her hair style for her upcoming wedding. It’s beautiful, and is reminiscent of a 1930s or ’40s Hollywood look. I immediately suggested to the bride that we do a Hollywood glamour portrait session after her hair was styled on her wedding day, and she enthusiastically agreed. Now all I had to do was learn how to do Hollywood glamour portraits. This is the inspiration sheet we put together for our practice photo shoot—you’ll notice all the different lighting styles, all quite dramatic.
I read a lot online, ordered Pete Wright's book on How to Create Classic Hollywood Photography, purchased a new light modifier for my studio strobes, and arranged for Molly to patiently model for Leslie and me as we experimented with the lighting.
I read a lot online, watched tutorials, read Pete Wright’s book on How to Create Classic Hollywood Photography, purchased a new light modifier for my studio strobes, and arranged for Molly to patiently model for Leslie and me as we experimented with the lighting and posing.
And there was more to learn than the lighting. The post-production has a specific style as well. Often a soft blur was added to the image so that the person's skin would almost glow.
And there was more to learn than just the lighting and posing. The post-production has a specific style as well. Often a soft blur was added to the image so that the person’s skin would almost glow.
The portraits were usually shot close up, so often the person would frame their face with their hands.
The portraits were usually shot close up, so often the person would frame their face with their hands.
The finished portraits were almost always black and white (to match the black and white movies the actresses were starring in). In my final images, I removed all references to current fashion, including the blue fingernail polish and nose stud that look great on Molly, but wouldn't have been around in 1940.
The finished portraits were almost always black and white (to match the black and white movies in which the actresses were starring). In my final images, I removed all references to current fashion, including the blue fingernail polish and nose stud that look great on Molly, but wouldn’t have been around in 1940.
The glamour portraits used dramatic lighting on a dark background, almost always with the actress or actor's hair highlighted, as if they were in the spotlight.
The glamour portraits used highly-directional lighting on a dark background, almost always with the actress or actor’s hair highlighted, as if they were in the spotlight.
An homage to the Audrey Hepburn portrait on our inspiration sheet.
An homage to the Audrey Hepburn portrait on our inspiration sheet.

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Our take on the Natalie Portman portrait on our inspiration sheet. Strong sidelighting and Molly's face framed by a delicate hand.
Our take on the Natalie Portman portrait on our inspiration sheet. Strong sidelighting and Molly’s face framed by a delicate hand.

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I love the lines of Molly's hat.
I love the lines of Molly’s hat.
The bride has a white stole like Grace Kelly's on our inspiration sheet, so we practiced with a white blanket.
The bride has a white stole like Grace Kelly’s on our inspiration sheet, so we practiced with a white blanket.
Like Grace Kelly's portrait, I added a little blur to Molly's face so it would glow. Molly, thanks again for your help and good humor as Les and I figured things out! We're looking forward to our bridal portraits with Katherine next weekend!
Like Grace Kelly’s portrait, I added a little blur to Molly’s face so it would glow. Molly, thanks again for your help and good humor as Les and I figured things out! We’re looking forward to our bridal portraits with Katherine next weekend!

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!