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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

Samantha - Ludlow High School Senior Photos

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Samantha is graduating from Ludlow High School in 2019! The future is wide open for Sam! While she’s undecided on what she will be studying, she is definitely excited to explore all that college has to offer. We had a super fun afternoon exploring the Ludlow Mills for her senior photos.

This was the last weekend to squeeze out those colorful fall photos and boy was it spectacular!

Congrats Sam! Enjoy your last year of high school!

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Class of 2019

Laughter + Love - Meghan and Shawn's Hotel Northampton Wedding

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Meghan and Shawn celebrated their marriage among lifelong friends and family in a beautiful ceremony at the Hotel Northampton. There were many moments of laughter, highlighting how much fun the bride, groom, and their friends have together.

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With the laughter there was also love. There was not a dry eye when Shawn got down on one knee, said vows, and presented Meghan’s daughter Emma with a ring too! (I may have had a hard time seeing through my lens)

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After the ceremony, the wedding party and groomsmen gamely followed me around Northampton so we could get some amazing photos including stopping traffic in the middle of Northampton to take a photo on the rainbow crosswalk!

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The whole celebration ended with a reception filled with touching speeches, good food, dancing and even more fun!

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Meghan and Shawn, I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! Congratulations!

Click here to view the full gallery of images.

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Vendor Info:

Hair by Monica Dos Santos

Make-up by Marisa Rakouskas

Dress by David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses by David’s Bridal

Suits: Jeffrey’s Suit Rack

Venue: Hotel Northampton

Flowers: Mark Henry

Centerpieces: Durocher Florist

DJ: Jose Escribano

Cake: Gregory’s Pastry Shop

Rings: Hannoush Jewelers

Second Photographer: Tara Sullivan

FALL MINIS AT SILVER BELL FARM


It’s that time of year!

I will be hosting 4 days of Fall Mini Sessions at Silver Bell Farm during sunset hours. Come catch that golden light with me October 15 - 18!

Sessions are $175 for 20 minutes and include 10-15 of your favorite edited high res images. This will sell out fast! CLICK below to sign up!

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Telling Your Story - Newborn Lifestyle Session

Last year, almost to the day, I was capturing all of the love at Christina and Josh's wedding at the Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

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Two weeks ago, and just shy of a few days from their first wedding anniversary, I had the pleasure of meeting their 2 week old daughter, Alexandria Rae, for a photo session in their home.

Isn't it amazing how much your life can change in just one year?

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For me, photographing a wedding is my way of telling the story of how two people started their lives together and being able to continue that story with a couple's first baby makes it extra special.

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Christina and Josh, happy anniversary and thank you for having me capture so many big moments in your life! You both come from loving families and I know you are going to be the best parents. Enjoy every minute!

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.

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!