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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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This Engagement Session went terribly wrong

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Patty and Chris had their first first date at the Iron Duke in Ludlow, Massachusetts. The Iron Duke is located in old Mill buildings along the Chicopee river and it’s one of my favorite places to explore in town for photos.

Sadly, this session did not end well for Patty and Chris.

Next time, don’t fall asleep!

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All the snuggles - Fall Family Photos in Ludlow, MA

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Oliver and I used to work together as photographers at WEBS in Northampton, Massachusetts. In May, I left my position there to pursue freelance work and grow my photography hustle.

Oliver is an incredible photographer, husband to his super smart wife Mia, and dad to his darling Josephine. It was great working with him at WEBS, sharing stories about our growing families and learning from him every day. I really miss seeing him!

We fixed that with some pizza and a walk through the Ludlow Country Club with our cameras. Oliver, Mia and Josie, thank you for letting me capture all of your sweet love that afternoon! Let’s do it again soon!

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The Silva Family - Roger Williams Park Family Session

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These cool kids are my cousins and in exchange for their hand-me-downs I like to take their family photos every year. This year we decided to meet up at Roger WIlliams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island and wander around the park taking photos.

This was such a fun location! We spent most of our time in the Japanese garden climbing trees and racing across bridges. When we were done we took a spin on the carousel.

My kiddos are still asking to go back and see the animals at the zoo so I think this will be a yearly tradition!

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Golden hour family photos at Silver Bell Farm

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You can’t tell in these photos but just moments before Andrea and Todd showed up with their kiddos for photos at Silver Bell Farm in Monson, the sky was black and it was raining sideways. That’s New England for you!

Luckily, as soon as they pulled into the parking lot, the sky lit up and filled the space with the most gorgeous golden light.

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Silver Bell is a really beautiful local farm that was super nice to offer up their space for my sunset sessions this week. Today’s families enjoyed all of the different settings to explore for photos, even with the stormy weather!

Stay tuned for more previews as the week goes on!

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Extended Family Session at Quabbin Reservoir

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Last year Melissa and Matt surprised their extended family with a gift certificate for a 2018 photo session with me. More and more, I think people are choosing to spend money on experiences rather than things, and this is the perfect way to do that. This crew recently grew by two super cute kiddos so having some photos taken was even more pressing!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing their crew at the Quabbin Reservoir. This location has got to be one of my favorites for photos, especially in the fall!

Here is a round up of some of my favorites.

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Why I love at home family photo sessions

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I love how relaxed at home family sessions can be. Jackie and Andrew had the perfect setting to have me over for some photos of their party of five last month!

When you have a big crew like this, especially one that includes babies, I am always happy to work right at your home! These kids were so relaxed and excited to show me all of their favorite parts of their space. They were free to be themselves and I was able to catch all of the magic!

Here are a few of my favorites.

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Cady - Amherst High School Senior Photos

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Cady chose to have her Senior photos taken at her family’s centuries old farm in Hadley, Massachusetts. I have hiked the mountains in this area many times, and I was always curious about this property on my drives through the area.

Of course, the space was as magical as I thought it would be. A barn with twinkly lights and a SWING? An old truck?! Mountain views? Cornfields?

Add in this beautiful girl and this turned into one of those sessions that I never wanted to end!

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Cady was so much fun to work with. I am so grateful to have had the chance to spend the afternoon with her at such a special place!

Best of luck to you in your final year of high school!

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Jess and Emil - Quabbin Reservoir Engagement Session

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Emil proposed to his fiance Jess on a hot air balloon ride through Vermont and New Hampshire last year. Next year they’ll be married at the Salem Cross Inn! These two were a dream to photograph — adventurous, fun, and full of love for each other.

We held the session at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, Massachusetts.

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