Corey and Rafaela's Portuguese Wedding in Ludlow, Massachusetts

Corey and Rafaela were married at St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Ludlow, Massachusetts on April 27, 2019 and held their reception at the Ludlow Portuguese Club. It was a beautiful early spring day when all of the trees were just started to open up after a long winter. We did have to dodge a few rain drops but the overcast sky made for great photos.

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Rafaela got ready with her bridesmaids at the MGM Springfield, while Corey spent the morning with his best friends and closest family at his Avo's house in Ludlow (Avo is grandmother in Portuguese). Both spaces were a dream to work in. The MGM was full of swank while his Avo’s house was packed with old world charm.

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They had a full Catholic mass for their wedding ceremony, led by Reverend Msgr. Homer P. Gosselin. Corey’s parents each did a reading and there was live music throughout the mass. One of my favorite moments from this wedding was the look on Corey and Rafaela’s faces when they saw each other for the first time. It lasted through most of the ceremony and I was able to capture a few of their loving glances.

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After the ceremony, we went to Springfield City Hall to take photos of the couple and their bridal party. I used a super wide lens for some of these photos so I could really capture the size of the inside and out of this building. I love the staircases and the concrete steps outside. It’s really a classy location with a lot of variety to play with.

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We returned to the Ludlow Portuguese Club for the reception. Corey’s father is on the board at the club, and Corey and Rafaela had their first date there a few years ago. We made sure to snap a few photos of the couple upstairs in the bar as a nod to that first encounter.

It was such a pleasure to work with these two and I’m sad that this wedding is over! Congratulations Rafaela and Corey, I wish you a lifetime of love, health and happiness.

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Vendors:

Church - St. Elizabeth’s Parish

Venue - Gremio Lusitano / Ludlow Portuguese Club

Dress - Q Look bridal

Make up - Dani

Hair - Rachel

Suits- Jeffrey’s suit rack

Florist - Flowers by Webster

Cake - Atkin’s Farm

Catered by - Tony and Penny's

Lighting / Decor - CJC lighting and production

DJ - Jesse Paulo

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A day in the life with Violet - Newborn Lifestyle Session

Every time a couple books a newborn session with me I add their due date to the calendar and check in a few weeks before that day comes. In this case, I was totally surprised when I received a text from Violet’s uncle saying that she had been born almost 3 weeks earlier than expected.

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I spent the afternoon with Joe, Ashley, and Violet last month. At the end of her pregnancy, Ashley had slipped on ice and broken her arm, so not only did she have a newborn that needed constant attention, she also only had one arm to manage it all. Watching her haul Violet around the house, feed her bottles, change her, and find comfy spots on the couch to rest was very impressive.

Joe had his arms full too with this little one, pulling the latest of the late nights with her on the couch while Ashley caught up on some much needed sleep.

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Congratulations Ashley and Joe and thank you for sharing this super special day with me! Little Violet was so sweet to work with.

Scroll down to see the rest of my favorites from this fun day!

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Summer Camp Sweethearts - Arlyn and Alex's Playful Wedding in the Berkshires

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Arlyn grew up in Australia and spent her summers at Camp Hazen in Chester, Connecticut. She and Alex met as campers there and fell in love. After enduring a very very long distance relationship, Alex proposed to Arlyn and they decided to marry in the United States.

They were married in a newly renovated theater originally built in 1880 by George Westinghouse in Lee, Massachusetts, called The Playhouse. According to the property managers, the eclectic performance space “once served as a theater for America's greatest innovators, with visitors from President McKinley, to Nikola Tesla and Lord Kelvin”.

The venue was a bright and airy space decorated with local artifacts, photographs, and unique art pieces — a subtle reflection of Alex and Arlyn’s playful and sophisticated romance.

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The drive to the Playhouse is everything you’d expect when driving to a wedding venue in the Berkshires. You get off the main road and are immediately given a perfect view of rolling hills, glass-like lakes, lazy farm lands, and mountains flecked with the earliest signs of spring. Alex and Arlyn wanted to treat their guests to a celebration that felt like a destination wedding and this was the perfect location to pull that off.

We stepped away from the festivities for a few minutes to take a few portraits along Laurel Lake and in some of the open fields near the venue.

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In attendance were all of their closest camp friends and family from near and far. The ceremony was officiated by a close family member. It was short, sweet, and personal. They had a lovely reception featuring heart warming speeches, games and a spread of finger food for the guests to enjoy. I loved working with them and their silly camp friends. Congratulations Arlyn and Alex! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Vendors:

dress: bhldn
hair and makeup: Danielle Pierce Beauty
venue: The Playhouse
caterer: Savory Harvest Catering

Stop Motion Video Series for Office Solution Company Bindertek

Bindertek offers sleek organizational solutions to businesses and business professionals. Their product line includes really great binders (of course), binder accessories and quality office products imported from Europe. I worked with the marketing team at Bindertek to create a package of short videos that they could use in email campaigns, on their blog, and on social channels such as Facebook and Instagram.

Here are some of my favorites from the 20 part how-to video series largely driven by stop-motion. Each video presented a common office problem that was quickly resolved by a Bindertek product.

If you or your business would like to expand your online presence with a blast of fun new content like this, I’d be happy to offer a free consult! Click below to contact me!

Hilltown Love - Winter Couple Session in Ashfield Massachusetts

Michael and Sydney were married on June 2, 2018 at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Over the holidays, Michael reached out to me to see if I’d be available to take some photos of the two of them at their home over the winter. They didn’t hire a photographer for their wedding and Michael wanted to surprise Sydney with a couple session for Christmas. These sessions are a great way to reconnect with your partner. I loved that they were open to that and that they were excited to throw on their wedding clothes one more time to celebrate the day.

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I’ve been to Ashfield a handful of times. Once to photograph my friend’s farm and another time to camp. It’s a beautiful place for two free spirited people like Michael and Sydney to call home. They both grew up in Texas, met in college, travelled around a bit, and then decided to move to the Northeast. For kids from the south, I’d say this is a pretty raw commitment to New England life. Ashfield has no cell service, tons of farm land, dirt roads, swimming holes, and is a popular place for western mass artists and thinkers to tuck away in the woods.

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I arrived at their house one Saturday morning in late March. The snow had melted in my town, but as soon as I pulled into Ashfield I noticed that old man winter was still holding on. Of course, I lost my GPS signal on the way and was driving around aimlessly for a bit. I rolled down my window at the sight of every dog walker to ask for directions like it was 1998, and still could not find their street. Finally I saw a happy couple standing at the end of a long muddy road. I pulled over and thankfully it was Michael and Sydney! They had a feeling I was lost and walked out to the main road to flag me down.

I parked my truck at the end of the road, and fearing I’d get stuck halfway down the muddy driveway, walked the rest of the way to their tiny cabin in the woods.

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When I arrived I learned that Sydney had woken up with a cold and was trying desperately to ignore feeling sick for the session. We spent some time inside drinking tea and eating toast. We talked about their wedding, how they met, and the beautiful property they call home. I snapped a few photos indoors and when she built up the energy to go outside, she effortlessly threw on her wedding dress and ran out in the snow for me!

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I photographed some of the details from their wedding day. Rings, handkerchiefs they used for place settings, invitations, funny notes and drawings in their guestbook, and a few polaroids from the big day. I especially loved how Sydney’s dress showed signs of the fun they had at their wedding, dancing in the barn down the road from their cabin.

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I loved all of the one on one time I had with these two. They were incredibly sweet, funny, and adventurous. Being able to photograph them in their little cabin on such a beautiful winter day was an extra treat. Congrats you two! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Spring Mini Sessions at Small Ones Farm!!

Spring Mini Sessions at Small Ones Farm!!

It has been getting warmer and you know what that means, Spring has arrived!! These sessions make great gifts for Mother’s Day and are a fun excuse to come out of hibernation. This year I have 10 spots available for my annual Spring Mini Photo Sessions at Small Ones Farm in Amherst, Massachusetts. This family run farm is nestled at the base of the Seven Sisters Mountain Range and is home to rows of organic apple trees and an old rustic barn. Join me to capture the trees in their spring bloom!

Your Wedding Photography Timeline

Your Wedding Photography Timeline

If you recently got engaged (congrats!) you are probably gearing up to devote your entire life to planning your big day. You’ve probably seen some friends or family go through this, or at least have seen the movie bridesmaids so you probably know that this can turn into a full time job.

As your wedding photographer, I feel that it is super important that after you book me I don’t drop off the face of the planet until a month before your wedding, so there are many points throughout the year or two that we connect to talk details or sort through any questions you may have.

Here is a helpful timeline I share with couples at our initial meeting so they can get a sense of what the time will be like between the moment I am booked to delivery day and beyond.

A look back at 2018

Looking back at 2018, I am feeling oh-so-grateful for all of the wonderful career changes I’ve had. In May, I secured a long term freelance contract with a local business to create video content for their social channels and website. I also picked up some commercial work for local clients including Pittsfield based Fire Cider and an incredibly talented blacksmith from Iron Pioneer Forge Metalsmith in Westfield, MA.

This meant I was able to leave my 7 year long position as the Multimedia Manager at WEBS - America’s Yarn Store and stay home with my two children. I’ll admit, working full time in an office with two little kids in school/with sitters is incredibly hard to juggle. Between drop-offs, pick-ups, doctor’s appointments and sicknesses, I was spent just about every single night. Kudos to all the moms out there who are pulling that crazy rat race off!

As soon as I pieced together a schedule that I could work when the kids were sleeping, I put in my notice and hit the ground running. I really feel like I have not stopped moving since my last day at WEBS.

This year I was able to capture some really incredible weddings, babies, seniors, and families!

The best part about all of this has been that I am feeling like I can really devote my brain and creative energy to all of you now that I’ve committed to my own business and realized the worth of my skill. Taking that jump was a scary thing to do but I have not regretted it for a second.

This photo was taken by my son Andrew on January 4, 2019. He is 4 years old. His favorite food is noodles and his favorite color is blue. When he grows up, he says he wants to be five.

This photo was taken by my son Andrew on January 4, 2019. He is 4 years old. His favorite food is noodles and his favorite color is blue. When he grows up, he says he wants to be five.

While wedding photography was never a major part of my plan, here I am doing it and loving every minute of it. I am learning so much about my craft, about myself, and about how we all commit to each other as partners. It has also afforded me the ability to be my own boss and be available to my family when they need me. This is something I will never take for granted!

If you book me for your wedding, expect a few high fives before the night is over. Photo by Tara Sullivan.

If you book me for your wedding, expect a few high fives before the night is over. Photo by Tara Sullivan.

I have also made a ton of new friends this year! This, I’ve learned, is probably my favorite part about booking a wedding. I love meeting a new couple and working with them to make sure their story is told. Leading up to their wedding, I save photos I see that remind me of them, I think about their venues, their bridal party, dresses, flowers, their vibe, all of it.

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While I am incredibly happy at every wedding I shoot, I can’t help but feel sad when all of the excitement is over. It’s bittersweet.

The bright side is that new weddings are planned and I get to meet so many new and exciting couples every year because of it. Families grow, babies are born, and I get to snap these milestones along the way. This job never gets old!

This year I hope to get cracking on a new personal project that’s been brewing for a few years and continue to tell all of your lovely stories! I am so excited to meet all of the new couples and families who come my way in 2019. Happy New Year everyone!

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Forever Faria - Mena and Dan's Ludlow, MA wedding

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Filomena and Dan grew up in the same town but only started dating after moving around the country as single, free spirited people. Eventually, they got together and moved down south to build a life together. Despite their home base being in a place where it’s warmer, they decided to hold their ceremony and reception back home in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

If you grew up in Ludlow, like me, you probably grew up going to really big Portuguese weddings at the Ludlow Portuguese Club. My mom and dad had their reception there, as did myself and my husband. Many of my friends and family also had their receptions there. It’s a great place for the community to host really big, memorable parties.

Mena and Dan wanted to share their love with their family and friends by hosting them at this venue.

Mena and Dan were married at the Congregational First Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts and held their reception at the Ludlow Portuguese Club in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Photos following the ceremony were taken at Springfield City Hall. MGM Springfield hosted the bridal party and also guests traveling from out of town. The reception was catered by the Villa Rose and a special appearance was made by the Hartford Raincho of the Hartford Portuguese Club, a traditional Portuguese music and dance troop. When the dance floor opened, I set up an open air photo booth to photograph friends and family.

The entire day was so fun and I could not have asked for a more beautiful and loving couple to close out a super eventful year.

Congrats Mena and Dan! I wish you a lifetime of love, health and happiness!

To see more images, view the full round up of favorites here!

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Dress: New York Bride and Groom / Essense of Australia

Suits: New York Bride and Groom

Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy

Hair: Tiffany Duchesne

Make-up: Divine Elegance Beauty Boutique

Cake: Theme Cakes by Jolene

Entertainment: Hartford Raincho

Signage: E+B Creative

Flowers: McClelland’s Florist

Caterer: Villa Rose

Wedding Coordinator: Helena Braz

Second Photographer: Tara Sullivan Photography

Photobooth Photographer: Emma Welford

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Photography for Iron Pioneer Metalsmiths - Westfield, MA Blacksmith

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Dave Procopio spent years in the construction business on the eastern side of the state before moving out to western Massachusetts to raise his family in the country. With a background in aviation maintenance, welding, business and construction, Procopio said that blacksmithing draws on all of his skills in a really unique way.

His studio is warm and cozy and filled with all of the old school charm you’d expect from a blacksmith.

A new website is in the works for Iron Pioneer Metalsmiths and Dave was looking for some fresh content so he had me over to the workshop for the day to capture what he does best.

It was hard to narrow down my favorites from this one. I photographed fire and smoke and metal and power hammers and all of these crazy things that are just so dramatic to watch in real life. It felt great to draw on some of my background in photojournalism and to use some of the new lights I bought! Thanks for sharing your craft with me Dave!

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