New England Engagement Portraits at Clark's Cove Farm and Inn, Maine

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS, CLARK'S COVE, MAINE

Last Sunday I made the epic drive up to meet these lovebirds at Clark's Cove in Maine - the site of their wedding next summer.  I first met Allie and Scott many years ago when we lived in the same building in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.  And then Bruin came into their lives and we got to know each other better over the morning ritual at the dog park. 

When they got engaged, Allie emailed me to ask if I would shoot their wedding.  Of course, I said yes!  

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CHANGING WEDDING VENUE

With dreams of a Maine wedding, Scott took a day off work and drove venue to venue searching for a replacement that had their wedding date open.  It seems to be fated that he came across Clark's Cove Farm and Inn, only a short drive from where they had already reserved cabins for friends and family.  

Clark's Cove Farm and Inn is an orchard, a wedding venue, a place to hike and canoe - it's 80 acres of gorgeous mid-coastal Maine. It's got gardens and barns and a full kitchen for your caterer. The owner came out to introduce herself when I arrived to meet the couple and graciously gave us run of the property get take engagement portraits.  After the shoot we cozied up to the wood burning stove and she gave us some of their fresh pressed apple cider.  

Allie and Scott are so easy and loving together - they made the engagement session a joy!  We walked through a bit of the woods with Bruin, their dog.  Later while the pup rested, while we walked through the orchard and down to the waterfront.  

Even at 7am dog park runs, Allie was always dressed well, so it came as no surprise to me that she and Scott arrived with great wardrobe choices.  Even Bruin had a new leather collar and leash. 

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clarks cove farm and inn wedding

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS WITH YOUR DOG

It was exciting to have a venue where we could have their dog come along.  As a dog owner, I know that pets are an important part of family you are making.  

Make sure that you let your dog run around a little before we start shooting, and then again afterwards.  If we are at a new location to them, they are going to want to explore and sniff everything.  We can start with some walking images, keeping the dog on leash.  Dependent on the location and your dog(s), sometime going off leash works too.  I don't expect them to sit and pose for pictures.  We'll just let them be themselves. 

Of course after saying hello to your dog myself, I'll give some time for sniffs and they will likely smell my dog, Sadie on me.  I love dogs and dog people. 

Make sure you bring treats to reward them for their participation! 

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I like to get some images of the whole pack from a distance showing the landscape or environment and then also some of all of you cuddling up.  

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At Clark's Cove Farm and Inn, there's a gorgeous little garden that we used for some of our portraits before we went down to the apple orchards. 

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apple orchard engagement photographer

Next summer will come before we know it, and I'm looking forward to photographing their wedding.  Congratulations on your engagement! 


Boston Engagement Party and Portraits | Hotel Commonwealth

I met these two a few years ago, when Yun-Young’s family came in for his graduation from BU.  He brought along his girlfriend, and she jumped into the portrait below, after the family portraits were finished.  Their affection and chemistry evident. 

Two years, two degrees and one engagement later:

I swear I didn't tell them to mirror the pose from two years ago.  It's just a natural gesture of love! 
I swear I didn't tell them to mirror the pose from two years ago.  It's just a natural gesture of love! 

 

Enrolled in the same Dental Medicine school, it was a case of opposites attracting.  Hanna’s outgoing and social personality drew Yun-Young in.  These two enjoy traveling and eating and they love the Red Sox (people after my own heart!).   

To celebrate their engagement, they hosted a dinner in the Olmsted Room at the Commonwealth Hotel - perfect for an intimate engagement party.  Gathering around the tables for toasting and celebrating with the couple, their families and friends showed their support and love.   

Engagement parties are an opportunity for families to come together.  It a chance to congratulate the couple and for both families to meet and get to know each other.  They chose to host the engagement party in Boston the city where they met, after their Dental School graduation while both of their families were in town.  Keeping it casual, yet elegant, the beautiful Olmsted Room was the perfect size for an intimate dinner.

The Hawthorne, a favorite of mine when I lived in the Fenway, graciously let us step inside for a few moments to take portraits.  It was quite cold and windy, so we kept inside as much as we could.  But I did convince them to swiftly run over to the back of the hotel on Newbury Street for a few outdoor portraits - with Fenway in the background.  

I love the houndstooth pattern of the wallpaper in this space - contemporary and modern with gorgeous natural light - what more could we want? 
I love the houndstooth pattern of the wallpaper in this space - contemporary and modern with gorgeous natural light - what more could we want? 
a little red sox nation love for you all
a little red sox nation love for you all
A costume change for the engagement party reception at the Commonwealth Hotel 
A costume change for the engagement party reception at the Commonwealth Hotel 
an understated and elegant two tier cake
an understated and elegant two tier cake

The Olmsted Room at the Hotel Commonwealth, set for the engagement dinner party
The Olmsted Room at the Hotel Commonwealth, set for the engagement dinner party

Congratulations to these two, ready to begin this new adventure together! 


Brooklyn Engagement Photography | Ditmas in Fall

Gems from Brooklyn!  

I was sold on these two when they came in to meet me last summer. Great senses of humor and a loving way that they are together.  Though they are getting married in Massachusetts, they live near the Cortelyou station in Brooklyn - hence the mural above.  

It apparently started with a kiss at a party in college.  First they were acquaintances, then friends, then best friends and then suddenly it was all there. They knew they had something special.  And they do.  

Part of getting your portrait made involves a little anxiety, and sometimes starting at a beer garden helps.  We hit some of their favorite neighborhood places: a bar, a restaurant, a beautiful street for romantic strolls, the bagel shop and of course at home with the cats. 

Looking forward to their wedding this summer.  Some suggested there may be a fife and drum in the mix.    


Boston Engagement Photography | Beacon Hill

Sometime the light is so delicious, it's visually inebriating.  Check these out - especially the way C.'s hair created a delightful golden halo. 

Images from a wonderful Beacon Hill engagement portrait session this fall. We had only spoken by phone, and made plans to meet on a specific corner in Beacon Hill on a Monday afternoon.  We were blessed with a near perfect afternoon, weather and light on our side.  So clearly are they in love with each other, reaching out to gently touch and smile.  

They had both moved to Boston for dental school, and met at the dental prom.  Technically they are already legally married.  But they haven't had the big party yet - so it's actually a bit of a newlywed portrait session as well.  

Congratulations on the marriage, the coming graduation, and the big party ahead!  


Boston Engagement Photography .:. Fountain Park, Wilbraham

I had been looking forward to meeting this couple in person, having already decided from a few phone conversations that they were terrific.  And as it happens, they were. Not only do they foster rescue dogs, and adopted one of their own (Macy - a Great Dane Border Collie mix of perfection), but Miss Sadikins was invited along to the engagement portrait session at Fountain Park. We were all fast friends, obviously.

D. and P. are each dedicated to their careers (nurse/firefighter) and to Macy and to building a life together.  They admitted they were a little nervous about getting their portraits made, but I think you'll agree that they did an amazing job.

Fountain Park turned out to be an ideal spot for us; the dogs had free range and there was an old pheasant barn white washed walls!), huge fields (running!), and trees.  It was still edging toward 90 degrees in the evening, but we made it in before the storm. Sadie had a great time with Macy, and they each photobombed in their own loving way.

So excited to see these two again in September for their wedding in Jamaica.


Boston Engagement Photography .:. Downtown

Blisswork, revisited. A few belated, and beautiful, images from a Boston engagement session last fall.  On the eve of  moving from North End to Chinatown, we thought it would be fun to start in their old neighborhood and wander through the city, stopping at City Hall on our way to the Charles River.  These lovebirds have a regular running path through the city, and we hit some of their spots in the Public Garden and along the Esplanade.
We had a great time together. They have a great time together.  As you can see.   They are getting married in Aruba next year. Perhaps I will get to tag along.