portraits

Jenna

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When I first met Jenna and Vinnie to talk about their wedding photography, I quickly realized two things: I really liked them both, and they really valued good photography.
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So I was psyched when Jenna asked me this spring to do her maternity portraits for their first child.
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Most photographers recommend doing maternity portraits around 24 weeks—but Jenna barely had a bump at 24 weeks, so we waited until just 3 weeks before her due date.
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She’d just come from a doctor’s appointment and had a new photograph of the baby with it’s tiny clenched hands, clearly ready to join the world in a few short weeks.
Congratulations Jenna and Vinnie! You are going to be the best parents!

Cleo + Matt’s Engagement Portraits

Cleo and Matt met while they were students at UConn and wanted to do their engagement portrait session at some of their favorite spots on campus.
Cleo and Matt met while they were students at UConn and wanted to do their portrait session at some of their favorite spots on campus.
Both Cleo nor Matt feel a little uncomfortable in front of a camera, so we had breakfast together first to hang out a little before going out for the portrait session.
Both of them feel a little uncomfortable in front of a camera, so we had some hangout time together before the portrait session.
Cleo and Matt met through mutual friends, and their first date was attending a classical concert as a part of Matt's musical appreciation class. A true multi-tasker.
Cleo and Matt met through friends, and their first date was attending a classical concert as a part of Matt’s musical appreciation class. A true multi-tasker.
They both love being outside and animals, so they spent a lot of time walking around the campus's barns and pastures.
They both love animals and being outside, so they spent a lot of time walking around the campus’s barns and pastures.
Saying Hi to the horses.
Saying hi to the horses.
This gelding is clearly embarrassed by PDA.
This guy is clearly embarrassed by PDA.
Cleo and Matt love the timelessness of Black & White images, which fit perfectly with the timelessness of the farm.
Cleo and Matt love the timelessness of black & white images, which fit perfectly with the timelessness of the farm.
The road to happiness. One of their favorite walks.
The road to happiness. One of their favorite walks.
Cleo is a high-school English teacher and Matt is a software engineer, but this morning they're just a beautiful couple happy to be together.
Cleo is a high-school English teacher and Matt is a software engineer, but this morning they’re just a beautiful couple happy to be together.
We got over 100 amazing portraits in about an hour, by which time the early November cold was making us think about getting some hot chocolate.
We got over 100 amazing portraits in about an hour. They were better at this photo thing than they thought they were.
Cleo and Matt will be getting married in late June at the Mountain Top Inn in Killington, and I can't wait to be with them on their wedding day.
Cleo and Matt will be getting married in late June at the Mountain Top Inn in Killington, and I can’t wait to be with them on their wedding day.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding you two!
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding you two!

Photography with Friends

Last week three of my photographic soulmates joined me in Vermont for a wonderful week of image making. We worked with a number of local models including Gavin, pictured here with one of our hens.
Last week three of my photographic soul mates joined Leslie and me in Vermont for a wonderful week of image making. We worked with a number of local models including Gavin, pictured here with one of our hens.

 

Gavin has a love of botany and being outdoors. Here he identifies a frog from our pond.
Gavin has a love of botany and being outdoors. Here he identifies a frog from our pond.

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Hana contemplating the world. A natural light portrait in one of our barns.
Hana contemplating the world. A natural light portrait in one of our barns.

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One of Leslie's blouses that I snagged for Hana to wear. You probably noticed that we had to roll up the sleeves.
One of Leslie’s blouses that I snagged for Hana to wear. You probably noticed that we had to roll up the sleeves. A lot.
Liam at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.
Liam at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.
Vermonters may recognize Liam as the Tinman in this year's Circus Smirkus rendition of The Wizard of Oz.
Vermonters may recognize Liam as the Tin Man in this year’s Circus Smirkus rendition of The Wizard of Oz.
Yes, he really balanced the phlox on his nose.
Yes, he really balanced the phlox on his nose.
Liam in a rare moment not balancing, juggling, or walking on his hands.
Liam in a rare moment not balancing, juggling, or walking on his hands.
Some of you will recognize Ferne from previous blogs and my high school senior portraits website. Ferne and Liam are fellow New England Circus Arts friends, and she joined us for the Saint-Gaudens portrait session.
You may recognize Ferne from previous blogs and my high school senior portraits website. Ferne and Liam are fellow New England Circus Arts friends, and she joined us for the Saint-Gaudens portrait session.
Ferne can walk on her hands too, but I love this image of her standing on her own two feet.
Ferne can walk on her hands too, but I love this image of her standing on her own two feet.
We finished up the week with Julia at an abandoned (yet still remarkably sturdy) railroad trestle.
We finished up the week with Julia at an abandoned (yet still remarkably sturdy) railroad trestle.
Julia loves vintage clothes, and I love vintage images. For you techies, these images were made with a Zeiss 85mm/1.4 lens, probably THE primo portrait lens, and my favorite.
Julia loves vintage clothes, and I love vintage images. For you techies, these images were made with a Zeiss 85mm/1.4 lens, probably THE primo portrait lens, and my favorite.
Beautiful light in the early evening.
Beautiful early evening light.
This is my favorite image of Julia. The hem of the dress creates a little smile.
This is my favorite image of Julia. The hem of the dress creates a little smile.
It was a rich and fun week! Look for one of Leslie's images of Julia at the upcoming Insight Photography Auction—it is hauntingly amazing. I'm still trying to decide which image to include in the auction. . . .
It was a rich and fun week! Look for one of Leslie’s images of Julia at the upcoming Insight Photography Auction—it is hauntingly amazing. I’m still trying to decide which image to include in the auction. . . .