portraits

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.

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!