Wedding Album from Endicott Estate

endicott estate wedding ceremony photography
endicott estate wedding pictures

The original Endicott Estate wedding post shared some of the studio favorites.  A year, and a child later we're finally getting their wedding album ready. 

Some of my favorites overlapped with theirs - and I'm thrilled with how the album design is looking.  

Their wedding ceremony and wedding reception were both held right on site at the Endicott Estate in Dedham.  These grand vintage mansions, with beautiful hand crafted wood interiors, make an ideal backdrop for a New England wedding.  

Almost two year later, I'm still warmed by remembering their wedding day; their genuine excitement and infectious laughter.  

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endicott estate wedding ceremony photography

endicott estate wedding ceremony photography

PREGNANCY PICTURES, A PERSONAL POST (cross-posted from Modern Glamour)

PREGNANCY PICTURES, A PERSONAL POST (cross-posted from Modern Glamour)
Valentine’s Day is about expressing and sharing love.  And that requires courage and fearlessness.

In that spirit, I begin this new phase open to sharing our personal lives, our inner world, our private selves.

As such, I hope that your day (and week! And year!) is heartened with reminders of the courageous and loving people you have in your lives.  

Review: Sleeklens Lightroom Presets

Review: Sleeklens Lightroom Presets

To illuminate a little of my behind the scenes workflow, my usual post shoot routine is to download my raw files right into Photo Mechanic where I rename files and flag the keepers. From there the keeper are imported to Lightroom for lens and camera profile adjustments and basic edits; primarily color and exposure corrections. On export, some (my studio favorites) get a further gentle tweak in Alien Skin Exposure 10. And a few more get polished within Photoshop.  

I haven’t used much of the Lightroom’s preset capability in a while, so I was interested to explore the Sleeklens presets when they asked me to do a review of their Forever Thine Wedding Workflow.

Their Forever Thine collection includes Lightroom presets and brushes.  And oh was I excited to play with the brushes.  Brushes, radial and graduated filters are some of my favorite LR features. 

Favorite Boston Wedding Venues!

MY FAVORITE BOSTON WEDDING VENUES

Going over our 2016 wedding images, I was inspired to share some of my favorite wedding venues in and around Boston.  Most of the outdoor locations are also wonderful for engagement (or any other kind) portrait sessions.  Some of these Boston wedding venues below are perfect for an elopement (like City Hall), some are great for a small(ish) wedding, and some can fit in all the circles of friends.   

CITY HALL WEDDINGS

BOSTON CITY HALL

The concrete giant.  I love shooting here, the modernist minimalism of the building is great for framing portraits.  Our City Clerk is wonderful.  And there are so many places to do portraits within a few blocks of Boston City Hall.  Get Married at Boston City Hall

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography
commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

CAMBRIDGE CITY HALL

You can choose to get married on the lawn, or in chambers.  Both are beautiful, as is the building.  Get Married at Cambridge City Hall

commander's mansion watertown wedding photography
commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

DOWNTOWN OUTDOOR BOSTON WEDDING

POST OFFICE SQUARE

I didn't actually get to shoot here this year, as the weather had us onto Plan B, but this is a gem. Officially known as Norman Leventhal Park, this green gem sits right in the middle of Boston's financial district.  The park and the neighborhood around it are very quiet on weekends, which makes it an ideal downtown location for city photographs. We'll need a permit to take wedding photograph here.  

BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN

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A classic and beautiful place for a small Boston wedding ceremony.  Weeping willows, gardens, statues and of course the iconic swan boats all add to the atmosphere.  As a City of Boston park, the permit limits you to 60 minutes, under 50 guests, no seating or food and no amplified sound.   

BOSTON NATURE WEDDING VENUES

ARNOLD ARBORETUM

The Arnold Arboretum is available for wedding ceremonies free of charge, but of course as a public space the park will is open to the public,   Your guest count should be under 40.  No seating or food is allowed.   This could be a beautiful ceremony location, then walk to your wedding restaurant reception directly from the Arboretum.

BOSTON NATURE CENTER

boston nature center wedding photography
boston wedding photography nature center

If you like a backyard feel, check out the Boston Nature Center, a community urban sanctuary, has an outdoor ceremony garden, a patio and sprawling lawn for the reception.  A Mass Audubon Sanctuary, the Boston Nature Center is a green option for a Boston wedding venue and your event fees support environmental education.

HISTORIC HOMES

We’ve got a lot of them in New England.  These are some of two of favorite spots that I was able to shoot in again last year. 

COMMANDERS MANSION

A magical and elegant little gem just outside the city.  Gorgeous grounds and an opulent interior - it has, as I learned this year, the perfect floors for dancing.  There's space for either an indoor or outdoor ceremony. 

commander's mansion watertown wedding photographer
commander's mansion watertown wedding photography
commander's mansion watertown wedding photography

LYMAN ESTATE

A National Historic Landmark and beautiful example of a mansion complete with gardens and historic greenhouses. Inside you get an elegant library and ballroom.  It's a formal setting for an informal wedding - a wedding venue that encourages guests to move organically through the space.  Like most historic homes, the room as on the smaller side. 

lyman estate wedding photography
lyman estate wedding photography
lyman estate wedding photography
lyman estate wedding photography

Review: Basic Invite Birth Announcement

Custom Birth Announcements

Coming out of family portrait season, I’ve been photographing a lot of families and newborns recently. And since we are expecting one ourselves soon, I’ve been thinking about a beautiful way to send out the birth announcement. While sharing on facebook is instant and easy, I’d rather have something tangible and special to share.

With all the massive change afoot in our lives, we never got around to sending out a holiday card - though the ones we received were received with much joy.

Perfect timing when Basic Invite contacted me to do a review on their custom birth announcement cards.  I went to their website to check them out.  They’ve got over 120 different birth announcement templates.  And I like a lot of them.  Plus I can further customize the templates by changing colors, text and adding more image or text to the back of the card. I can also choose the color or patterns of the envelope liner and the color of the envelope. And I can get a printed sample before I order the whole lot? 

I’m sold.

Luxury. Mail. Experience.

Snail Mail and the Joy of the Physical Object

It’s wonderful to receive a handwritten letter.  A pop of color in the stack of junk mail and bills - this is one of the small joys of checking our mail room.  I used to write a lot of handwritten letters, and these make me want to do it again.  Thanking people who have made a difference in my life, through support and friendship and mentoring.

Goes back to what I am always saying about getting things printed.  There is an aura to objects and something profoundly intangible about the tangible.  Being able to hold something in your hands, that has been held in the hands of someone you care about - there’s a translation of love in that exchange.  
I will also be ordering some thank you notes.

When baby arrives, and the newborn photos are taken and the announcement created - I’ll update this post with the actual one we chose.  Meanwhile, some examples.  

Wedding Photography at Shalin Liu in Rockport

Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding photos

Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding

Last summer, I had the honor of working with a coupe that found me on Fearless Photographers.  Sharing today more of my favorites from Diana and Rafiq's beautiful wedding at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts.  

Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding photos
Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding photos
Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding photos
Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding getting ready portraits
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First Look At Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding

First Look Rockport Shalin Liu Performance Center Wedding

The First Look At Shalin Liu Performance Center has a little walkway that leads to the back lawn, where we would eventually set up for greeting guests between the ceremony in the performance hall and the reception upstairs.  The groom was so excited he could barely keep from turning around to see the bride as she approached.  

First Look Rockport wedding photography Shalin Liu Performance Center
First Look Rockport wedding photography Shalin Liu Performance Center

First Look Rockport wedding photography Shalin Liu Performance Center

First Look Rockport wedding photographer Shalin Liu Performance Center
First Look Rockport wedding pictures Shalin Liu Performance Center
First Look Rockport wedding pictures Shalin Liu Performance Center

Wedding Photography in Rockport

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We snuck away from the venue for a bit to walk through downtown Rockport and take some portraits of just the bride and groom.  They have come to love Rockport, and wanted to incorporate the character of the city in their wedding portraits. 

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rockport mass wedding photos
rockport mass wedding photos
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rockport mass wedding photos
rockport mass wedding photos motif number 1

Wedding Ceremony at Shalin Liu Performance Center

The performance hall at Shalin Liu is a stunning space to hold a wedding ceremony. With two stories of glass overlooking the water, and a vaulted ceiling it was a beautiful setting for their secular ceremony officiated by a friend.  The bride was walked down the aisle by her mother, met by the groom at the end of the aisle and then they proceeded together to walk up to the stage, hand in hand.  

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wedding ceremony shalin liu rockport groom
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wedding ceremony shalin liu rockport bride with mother kiss
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There were a lot of emotions during the day.  I love this pair of images - the groom and his mother both overcome with love each wiping away a tear during the wedding ceremony. 

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wedding ceremony shalin liu rockport photography mother of the groom henna hand tear

After the ceremony, the couple exited the Center and stepped outside for a few moments of calm to reflect.  These are some of my favorite moments of the day.  The climax of the wedding day itself is over, and it's felt deeply.  The anxiety, the nerves anything that might have welled up in the previous months is over.  The moment before the big party is here. 

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moments after wedding ceremony shalin liu rockport photography
moments after wedding ceremony shalin liu rockport photography

Wedding Reception at Shalin Liu 

After enjoying the back lawn and watching the sun set over the water, the guests moved upstairs to the third floor of Shalin Liu for the wedding reception.  There were toasts and more toasts.  And lots of laughter.  

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shalin liu wedding reception photography
shalin liu wedding reception photography welcome toast
shalin liu wedding reception photography welcome toast mother of the bride
shalin liu wedding reception photography welcome toast mother of the groom
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shalin liu wedding reception photography bride laughing during toas

South Boston Family Photography | Welcome Home

South Boston Family Photography | Welcome Home

At Home Sessions Boston Family Portrait document your real life.  As it is.  On the day of our photography portrait session. At Home Boston Family Portrait sessions capture the chaotic and beautiful life you have - not a perfect idealized reflection, but an authentic one. 

Family Photos Boston | At Home Newborn Session

Family Photos Boston | At Home Newborn Session

At Home Family Documentary Photography Sessions document your real life.  As it is.  At Home Documentary Portrait Sessions capture the multi-faceted and chaotic and beautiful life you have - not a perfect idealized reflection, but a true one.