Surprise Proposal Photography in Easthampton, Massachusetts

I feel so lucky to have photographed Joshua and Sarah's proposal as a surprise in downtown Easthampton along Nashawannuck pond. The pond sits at the base of Mt. Tom and behind a string of shops and restaurants in the old mill district. 

The best part about this proposal was that neither Joshua nor Sarah knew that I was hired to be there! It took some coordinating but I managed to capture the moment.

Sarah has a love for corgis in bow ties, so her boyfriend Joshua decided to find a "stranger" (friend of his sister) to casually be walking her corgi in a purple bow tie by the pond where they were walking. 

When Sarah saw the corgi up ahead, she immediately started running towards it to see if she could say hello. The corgi, named Nudnick, had a note tied to his collar that said, "Will you marry me?"

After she saw the note, Joshua got on his knee and asked her to marry her and she said yes! 

Mr. and Mrs. Philbrick | 5.28.2017

Christina and Josh were married at the Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on May 28, 2017. This was a super fun wedding!  Big thanks to Tara Sullivan for all of her hard work as my second shooter.

Venue: Publick House
Dress: Pearl Bridal
Hair: Monica Dos Santos
 

The Trails Are Free

For the last 7 years I've been working on a documentary film about an ultra running community in Boston. I finally finished the film in October and am gearing up for its premier next month in Arlington, MA. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased here. The film will also be available for download on Vimeo in a few weeks.

The Trails are Free tells the story of how Boston based trail running club, the Trail Animals Running Club (TARC), promotes and preserves the culture of ultra running through a series of grassroots, community based races in the greater Boston area. The film captures the history of the club and how it has grown from a few members to over 4000 since its founding in the early 1990's. From its start TARC has been more focused on camaraderie and community among runners than on competition and winning. The club's motto "Leave No Animal Behind" exemplifies their welcoming spirit, as well as their humility, level playing field, and love for the outdoors. Trail Animals come from all walks of life and all abilities and there is no pecking order.

The club's rapid growth has mirrored a nationwide trend in the sport in recent years. Where ultra running used to be considered an oddball sport, it is now the subject of many books and is gaining more mainstream coverage in film and on television. The threat of this community spirit becoming consumed by competition and commercialization is becoming a realistic, legitimate concern.   

In 2011 the club introduced the TARC Trail Series, a group of 10 trail races of varying distances, from 10K to 100 Miles. This film documents the ways these races have become a vehicle for preserving, promoting, and sharing the culture of the sport with new members. Race organizers keep race costs down by organizing volunteers to mark courses, maintain trails, and provide support, provisions, and food for potluck-style aid stations. First place finishers win handmade trophies. There is no prize money. 

"The Trails Are Free" was shot on location at various TARC races over the years. It is quintessentially New England. There is snow, mud, peepers, rocks, roots, and bright foliage. 

"The Trails Are Free" is my first independently produced feature length film and I am SO excited to finally share it! 

If you would like to reach out for an interview about the project I would love to talk with you!  You can reach me here lindseyanntopham(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photoshoot for YARN.com

Back in November I shot a collection of beautiful hand knit garments at UMASS Amherst for YARN.com. We normally shoot on location here in Western, Mass, which means our settings are pretty rural. This time I was instructed to find a spot that "wasn't in nature", so I chose to use the massive concrete structures at UMASS Amherst as a backdrop. 

I was a student at UMASS for 2 years and, I will admit, I hated all of the concrete on campus. I felt like I was living in a weird post apocalyptic future town. This photoshoot totally turned my opinion around on that. I loved shooting there. I had so much fun framing up my shots and finding patterns in the concrete. This felt more graphic than what I normally do.

The model is Shannon Hughes, hair and make-up by Shannon Hughes, photo and styling help Emma Welford. Designs by Amy Herzog for Valley Yarns.

2016 Video round up for YARN.com

In addition to the photography and documentary film work I've been doing on my own time, I work full time for Northampton, Mass based crafting giant YARN.com as their Multimedia Manager. I rarely feature my work for them here, but since it's really most of what I do I thought I'd start sharing some of it. So, here is a round up of some of my favorite videos I shot this year for their website.

This first video is part of a series that focuses on the company's own line of yarn, "Valley Yarns". I decided to make these "review" videos more personal by asking employees to talk about their favorite Valley Yarn. I wanted these to reflect the place we live and the people who make it so special. To view the full collection of Valley Yarns videos, click here.

Many of my favorite videos are brainstormed days or even a few hours before I shoot and edit them. It's a little manic, but fun nonetheless. Two of my favorite unplanned videos of 2016 include a workout video and a montage of knitting confessions.

In an effort to attract new knitters, I thought it would be interesting to feature some stories about knitting mentors. I interviewed knitters about the time they learned to knit, who taught them, and what it meant to them. The landscape of how people learn to knit has changed quite a bit since the rise of youtube, and I wanted this series to capture the human element of learning to knit back when it was harder to teach yourself. 

To see more videos I shoot for YARN.com, visit their YouTube page. Thanks for watching!

Cassidy's Senior Portrait Session

This morning I met Cassidy for a photo session in Northampton, Massachusetts. She's a high school senior who will be starting starting nursing school in the fall. This girl is smart, strong, and sweet. I can sense that she will make a great caretaker! Best of luck to her in her final year of high school!

Photoshoot for SJC Drums

Over the summer my husband joined the SJC drum family, and has been waiting so patiently for me to take photos of him with his new kit for their website. This afternoon he trucked all of his gear out to a nearby field just in time for sunset and we had some fun taking photos. 

I'll admit, it's a struggle photographing a drummer behind all of that gear, but I think we got a few keepers.

 

Emily and Shaun's Newburyport Wedding at the Dalton House

According to local sources, only 22 weddings have occurred in this historic Newburyport home since the 1700's. It used to belong to the very first governor of Massachusetts, hosts New England's oldest candlepin bowling alley in the basement, and was also a brothel at one time. It's rumored that George Washington spent the night there! 

When I was asked to photograph their wedding I had to say YES. Emily has been a close friend of mine since we were little ones, and being able to photograph such an important moment in her life meant the world to me. Congratulations Emily and Shaun! I love you both so very much.