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City Hall Wedding | Boston

Weekday Wedding Ceremony at City Hall

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Tis the season of getting married at City Hall!  I seem to be heading to Boston's Government Center a fair amount in April and May. In fact, I am pretty sure I did a wedding there the last time we had a Friday the 13th in April.

I was in SF when this mother-to-be/bride first called to ask about wedding photography for a Boston City Hall wedding.  WE hit it off on the phone, and ended up chatting second semester stories.  As Boston is such a small city, we had more than a few things in common.

Getting Married at Boston City Hall

I adore photographing around Government Center and Boston City Hall - the layers of Boston's history are everywhere.  From any viewpoint, you can spot different architectural eras, development and style.

There’s a lovely quiet excitement at City Hall weddings.  I offer weekday wedding coverage that includes photographing the ceremony and a fun portrait session with our fair city as the backdrop.

Interested getting married at Boston City Hall?  It’s easy.  Go to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and tie the knot!

Want to learn more about our Boston City Hall Wedding packages?  Let's Connect!


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A Very Small Downtown Boston Wedding

It's been a very long roll out to Spring.  We've all been feeling it.   Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing  a very small downtown Boston wedding.  So small that the only people in attendance were a brother and their amazing little dog.  Which really makes for a guest list of one human, one canine.

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The newlyweds will plan a larger reception with their families later, but I understood completely when they told me that they really just wanted to be married and with their out of sync work schedules that they decided to get married on the day they were both off, which happened to be a Wednesday.  And there's no reason a Wednesday isn't as good a day as a Saturday or a Sunday to get married.

It was windy.  And you may remember if you've been in our fair city this "spring," that the brisk breezes have most definitely been blowing.

We met at their apartment and then connected with the officiant.  The brides wanted to get married across the street from their apartment, at the fountain behind the Prudential center.  It was a beautiful civil ceremony, each bride reading their own vows.

I'm sure you have been to, or perhaps even had, a big wedding.  There is something to be said for doing it up.  But there is also something beautiful about pairing everything down to the moist essential.  Your fiance.  Your brother. Your dog.  The city where you met and fell in love.   These kind of intimate celebrations are wonderful, immediate and emotional.

 

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A Week in SF

The last week of March I spend in San Francisco.  It has been nearly ten years since I left.  Much has changed.  Much has not.  I went out there specifically to be part of the live audience of Creative Live's Social Media Week.  In addition to being one of my favorite ways of learning from my photo industry educators, CreativeLive is an web-based ed broadcast where you can take live classes anywhere in the world.  I attended a full week of classes at their SF headquarters.  We spent each day in the studio learning from amazing instructors who are experts on their respective digital platforms.  So now I understand when and why to use FacebookLive, IG Stories and how much fun Snapchat can be.

The Engineer asked me if I really needed to go out to be there in person.  He was curious if it was worth it - I knew that it would be and it certainly was.  I was chosen to be one of the 30 live audience members from a pool of almost 200.  And I knew that it would be more than just taking in knowledge. It would be a time and space for me to fully connect with what I was learning, to connect and process all the information with my classmates (who have become friends!) and also to reconnect with my SF friends (out every night for a catching up dinner while I was there).

It helped synthesize the days courses that my SF friends are primarily working in the tech world and had a different understanding of how FB views ads for example, or what Uber is really up to (their latest acquisition).  I spent most of the time between the Mission, where I was staying with friends, and the CL studio.

Being a live audience member was an incredible experience.  Our mama bear for the week was Mariangela Abeo, who made sure we were all fed breakfast, snacks, lunches.  Oh, and also chocolates and drinks wrap party each day.  She facilitated a week of friendships and connections and made the everything appear seamless.  Though I know the production team did a tremendous amount of work we never witnessed.

But as you know, I am a people person - and the people I met were wonderful.  A few of us took an afternoon to go up to the Marin headlands and enjoy the sunshine.  Iphone portraits of a few of my CL SMW18 classmates below.  I am just loving the portrait mode.  I never even got out my dslr.  Imagine!

Monique Johnson of Live Video Lab in Atlanta.  She is the Facebook Live Guru.  And she's game for an impromptu portrait session at the Golden Gate Bridge!

Joshua Proto of Donor Bridge in Portland, Oregon.  We breakfasted over great conversations about social enterprise and homelessness and gentrification.

Dr. Riva Z. Robinson of Riva Wellness. Subscribe to her Youtube channel where she drops a new video every week on wellness, nutrition and workouts.

Model Isa Griffin of California - check her out on IG, at the beach or in the sidecars of motorcycles. 

 

And one Isa took of me in the field of lillies!


A Video! Behind the Scenes with Me

This one has been quite some time in the making, and in finally sharing!  I was able to work with my friend and neighbor Kevin at Fort Point Media to capture some behind the scenes at two shoots (one in Fort Point and a lovely New Year's Eve Boston City Hall wedding).  Kevin also got me into the studio for a little voice over.

https://vimeo.com/226986969

 

 


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Boston Elopement Indoor Portraits

It was just too cold to be outside.  One of those bitter Saturday mornings with icy winds and icy streets. When F called and asked if we could shoot their wedding portraits at our indoor studio space, I understood exactly why.

Often I get asked about a Plan B for taking portraits indoors for Boston engagement photos.  And typically on a wedding day there is at least one or two places in which to duck in case the weather presents a challenge.  I rarely get a chance to just do a studio wedding portrait session indoors - and it was a lot of fun!

The Greater Boston area, and really all of New England, has a lot of Wedding Photographers.  When you ask for referrals or search online,  you’ll get dozens of referrals (especially through fb).  But I'm not sure how many of them do studio portraits for wedding pictures indoors.

Some of my favorites from their in studio wedding portraits.

 

 

 


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What to Wear | Winter Engagement Photos

What to Wear | Winter Engagement Photos

I finally got around to using Polyvore!  I do love a mood board - and this is a way to create a visual collages that is very easy and fun.  II'm sure you have seen these collages on Pinterest. I've been meaning to play around with this for ages. And it is as fun and as deep a rabbit hole as you might imagine.  You can pick your items and see how they all look together without emptying your closet and laying everything out of your bed (which is pretty much my pre-vacation packing scene).  As a visual person, laying things out like this makes planning wardrobe was easier.  Especially if you are coordinating a color palette between two people.  You should be able to get to the sets (and others as I build them) on my Polyvore page here.

Dressing For Engagement Portraits

Below are three mood boards I whipped up for winter engagement sessions.  We tend to go inside for a decent time during winter engagement sessions, which means LAYERS! And that coats and scarves are part of the whole look.

 

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As we approach Valentine's Day and another round of proposals are in the works, I wanted to share some idea here of what you might wear to your winter engagement.  I find we do a fair amount of walking with our clients, hitting a few different places (either in the city or on a walk in the woods).  This is why I opted for more "sensible" shoes.

5 Things to Help Plan Engagement Session Outfits

  • Embrace Color!  As my friend Monica says, most people don't look great in black.
  • Dress for location.  Let's not let those cute heels slow us down on our photo adventure.  Wear something that is weather appropriate and comfortable to walk in.  Layers are great for New England afternoons - bring a tote bag to keep the extra pieces in if we go inside or things warm up.
  • Coordinating. But not matching.  Coordinate to complement.  Choose a color palette that works well with both your complexions.
  • Options! If you aren't totally sure about a hat or a shirt but you think you may want to try it - bring it along.  We can duck in somewhere to do a quick wardrobe change if needed.
  • Be yourselves.  You will love the images where you look and feel like your authentic selves.  And the level of coordination that involves varies, of course, person to person.